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"If you think education is expensive, try ignorance."
— Emma Goldman
My mother is considering low-carb dieting after seeing the
success that I have had with it (I've lost 62 lbs.) The problem
is this: My mother has been told by her doctor that she needs to
be very wary of osteoporosis now that she is past menopause, and
her friends have been warning her that low-carbing will CAUSE
osteoporosis. Can this be true? Where do we go from here?
The prospect of osteoporosis is a justifiably frightening one.
Osteoporosis can be painful and debilitating. But the good
news is that a healthful low-carbohydrate nutrition plan can
be just the ticket to actually AVOIDING it.
"Research conducted jointly by the University of Pittsburgh,
the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and Creighton University,
Omaha, shows that a high-fiber, low-fat diet may significantly
lower the amount of calcium the body can absorb. The 142 women
between the ages 42 and 54 who participated in the program were
classified as either premenopausal or perimenopausal. The former
reported having had a menstrual period within three months of a
physical exam; the latter reported no menses within the prior
three months. Calcium absorption among participants ranged from
17 to 58 percent, but women who consumed low-fat diets absorbed
20 percent less calcium than the others did.
Here's a quote from the American Journal of Clinical
Nutrition (2000; 72: 466-71):
Researchers found that women who are better able to absorb
calcium had higher body mass index ratings and higher blood
levels of vitamin D, a fat-soluble vitamin necessary for calcium
absorption, among other important functions. These results show
that supplementation alone may not be enough to boost calcium
levels and protect bones from osteoporosis. Diet also plays a
key role. Unfortunately, women on low-fat diets excrete most
of the calcium they consume. However, eating a low-carb diet
with plenty of butter and cream and vegetables rich in calcium
provides the body with plenty of fat and calcium, ensuring that
this and other important minerals are absorbed."
You'll be getting plenty of protein, of course, and you'll also be deriving sufficient calcium
from your food — the combination that keeps your bones strong. Cheese and other dairy foods are a
great source of calcium. Just one ounce of cheddar cheese, for instance, gives you 204 milligrams
You'll also be getting plenty of vitamin D from the foods you eat while low carbing.
Butter, cheese, fish and eggs are all good dietary sources of this important — and often neglected — vitamin.
And because you'll be eating nuts, whole grains and fresh vegetables, you'll also be obtaining a lot of
the other important nutrients you need for bone strength, including magnesium, phosophorus and folic acid.
Share this information with your mother. I think you'll both
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