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Preserving Bone Density

After puberty, bone growth ends but bone density increases until roughly age 30. Absorption and retention of calcium decreases while calcium losses increase, leaving a requirement that is estimated to be 1000 mg/day.

The drainage of calcium from bone occurs in all humans at a steady pace, but women are clearly more at risk for losses. Variability in calcium loss is best seen in pregnancy when calcium is taken from the mother’s stores for deposition in the fetus. Also, lactation creates an ongoing need for further calcium supplementation in women.

While most expectant mothers are able to replenish their needs by taking prenatal vitamins, some teens are not able to comprehend the necessity of increased calcium intake and comply. Vitamin D is also supplemented during this period in the prenatal pills, but even men and non-pregnant women should maintain adequate intake of this vitamin.

Exercise

A very important means of preserving bone density is exercise. Adults have been made aware of the benefits of exercise, especially in the elderly, for many reasons, including the preservation of bone mineral content.

It is also well accepted that increased activity will create forces on the bone that trigger increased bone density – a natural response to protect highly used bones by making them sturdier. Hence, it makes sense that kids who get more exercise will also have stronger bones.

Summary

To maximize the beneficial effects of increased bone density in adults, we need to enhance the consumption, storage, and preservation of calcium in kids and teens. This starts with adequate and appropriate intake of milk or substitute drinks, plenty of exercise, replacement as needed for pregnancy and lactation, and the minimizing of carbonated beverages.

Any dietary source of calcium will count toward the child’s daily intake, but low-fat milk is clearly the most efficient and readily available. Lactose-free milk, soy and rice drinks have recently become more easily obtainable and less expensive.

Parents should contact their child’s pediatrician for specific details about calcium consumption or questions regarding supplements in a chewable form.

SOURCE: http://www.spine-health.com/wellness/nutrition-diet-weight-loss/preserving-bone-density


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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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