Iron Man Athlete Keith McCormick, DC, on Preventing Bone Density Loss
Osteoporosis, or loss of bone density, is no longer just a disease of the elderly, says Chiropractic Physician and Iron Man athlete Keith McCormick, speaking on the Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water radio talk show on September 17, 2012. According to Dr. McCormick, osteoporosis can occur at any age and may result from lifestyle choices or genetics. Dr. McCormick and Sharon Kleyne agree that bone health should never be taken for granted.
Risk factors for osteoporosis, according to Dr. McCormick, include smoking, low weight, heavy alcohol consumption and excessive use of pain medication. However, 30 to 40 percent of osteoporosis patients have no apparent risk factors. There are also no real symptoms other then a tendency towards bone fractures (which can also have other causes). The best way to diagnosis osteoporosis is to have regular bone density tests after age 40.
For a good bone health diet, says Dr. McCormick, milk and cheese provides extra calcium but are also acidic, while calcium-rich cow milk can cause numerous allergies. Dr. McCormick recommends fish, chicken and vegetables as a calcium source, plus Vitamin D.
Sharon Kleyne noted that dehydration (insufficient body water) can cause chronic inflammation and an acidic inner body. Acidity can be a factor is osteoporosis. Dehydration is usually alleviated by drinking at least eight glasses of water daily. Since most drinking water is slightly alkaline, drinking it tends to make your body less acid.
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Dr. McCormick is author of The Whole Body Approach to Osteoporosis (New Harbinger Publishing, 2009).
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