World Osteoporosis Day is on October 20, 2016! Learn How to Love Your Bones!
When you think of Osteoporosis, what do you think of? I think of broken and weak bones in women. I recently had the opportunity to partner with Sunsweet and learned more about Osteoporosis, as well as World Osteoporosis Day. Led by the International Osteoporosis Foundation, World Osteoporosis Day (WOD) takes place every year on October 20th to emphasize and raise awareness around the importance of building healthy bones.
Did you know that over 200 million people worldwide are affected by osteoporosis, with anosteoporotic fractures occurring every three seconds? That’s pretty crazy, isn’t it? I think there are a lot of people out there who don’t know that you can take preventative measures, by making simple lifestyle shifts, to prevent the risk of osteoporosis. Nutrition, coupled with physical activity and early detection, plays an integral role in protecting the future of your bones. Research findings suggest that eating prunes can lead to improved bone health. Postmenopausal women who added 50 grams (4-5 prunes) daily to their diet for six months experienced an improvement in bone mineral density**.
Recognizing World Osteoporosis Day provides a reminder of the importance of bone health. “Nutrients found in prunes – vitamin K, phosphorus, boron and potassium and polyphenols – contribute to bone health. Paired with calcium, vitamin D and weight bearing exercise, people of all ages can protect themselves,” says Shirin Hooshmand, PhD, Associate Professor of Nutrition at San Diego State University. Hooshmand has been involved in founding research related to prunes and their effect on bone health.
About World Osteoporosis Day
World Osteoporosis Day is observed annually on 20 October, and marks the beginning of a year-long campaign dedicated to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and related musculoskeletal diseases. Led by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) whose members include committees of scientific researchers, leading companies, as well as more than 230 patient, medical and research societies, working together to make bone, joint and muscle health a worldwide health-care priority. WOD generates worldwide media and assists with public awareness campaigns organized by national osteoporosis patient and medical societies in over 90 countries, globally. #
Sunsweet is a proud official sponsor of World Osteoporosis Day and supports the goal of helping reduce the preventable risk of osteoporosis, through a bone-healthy lifestyle with a diet rich in fruits and vegetables including prunes.
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** Hooshmand S, Kern M, Metti D, Shamloufard P, Chai SC, Johnson SA, Payton ME, Arjmandi BH. The effect of two doses of dried plum on bone density and bone biomarkers in osteopenic postmenopausal women: a randomized, controlled trial. Osteoporosis Int. 2016;27(7):2271-9. **
Do you know anyone affected by Osteoporosis?
What do you do to prevent it?