• Felicia Newell, RD, BSc

A Surprisingly Simple Diet Change That Can Improve Bone Health

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DISCLAIMER: This post was developed in sponsored partnership with the California Dried Plum Board; however, as always, all opinions are genuine.

New Year new us, right? Heading into the new year is always a good time to reflect on our health, and what we can do to improve our overall health.

Bone diseases such as osteoporosis may not get as much attention as heart disease, cancer, and other major diseases, but they are common, and in all seriousness, they take a large toll on the population’s overall health status and quality of life. Many individuals who suffer fractures as a result of osteoporosis suffer significant pain, height loss, and may lose the ability to dress themselves, stand up, and walk. Those with osteoporosis are also at risk of complications such as pressure sores, pneumonia, and urinary tract infections.

Roughly 10 million individuals over age 50 in the United States have osteoporosis of the hip[1]. An additional 33.6 million individuals over age 50 have low bone mass or “osteopenia” of the hip and thus are at risk of osteoporosis and its potential complications later in life. 1, [2]

We only have until we’re about 30 to develop our maximum potential for bone mass, and then we slowly start to lose it in the years following, however, there with a healthy diet and exercise (particularly resistance training), we can slow the loss (and these can help us achieve more bone mass by the time we’re about 30 as well).

So as much as we tend to put off thinking of our bone health because we think it’s not something we have to worry about until we’re older, there is actually a lot you can do to improve bone health in all stages of life.

Prunes and Bone Health