Childhood diet impacts bone health as we age
Preventing the debilitating effects of osteoporosis in advanced age may come down in part to what we eat as infants.
Dr. Wendy Ward, Canada Research Chair in Bone and Muscle Development, believes that early diet could help lead to a lifetime of healthier bones. As there are no ideal treatments for osteoporosis, such a prevention strategy may be the key to preventing poor quality of life and even premature death—all of which can result from osteoporosis-related fractures.
Ward is examining how enhancing the diet with soy beans, omega-3 fatty acids or vitamin D may offer long-term favourable benefits to muscle and skeletal development.
Her research is part of nutritional programming, an emerging scientific field that involves providing specific nutrients from or in foods at specific stages of early development for optimal health.
By helping people eat better when they are young, Ward’s research could greatly reduce their risk of osteoporosis later in life.