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                   Concerned about osteoporosis?
                               "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?

Best Wishes,
Celia Jackson

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.

Here's a quote from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2000; 72: 466-71):

"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.

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 of calcium.

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 feel better!

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