Arthritis in the Aging Population

It’s common to count calories but when was the last time you counted how much calcium and vitamin D you’re getting? Most of us hardly think about it until it’s too late and osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis in the aging population, has set in. Approximately 27 million Americans over the age of 25 years old are wishing they had eaten more calcium and vitamin D rich foods like dairy, eggs, and spinach. [Source]

What is osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis, is the degeneration of cartilage that covers joints and the underlying bone. When cartilage is healthy, it allows bones to glide over each other creating ease of motion. Arthritis is most common in middle aged adults (50+ years old) but can occur at a younger age. It causes pain and stiffness in knee, hip, and other joints.

Arthritis appears in younger patients as a result of autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis but also as a result of joint injuries and poor diet.

Joint injuries cause the breakdown of cartilage to happen at a faster rate than in non-athletes. Repetitive motions of kicking or throwing, for example, wear on the joints. Check out our blog posts on natural alternative therapies for student athletes and prolotherapy for information on using the body’s natural healing abilities for sports injuries.

What does a diet that’s good for bone health include?

Got organic milk? You should because it contains vitamin D and calcium, key ingredients for growing healthy bones in children and also in maintaining bone health as we age. Calcium supports bones and teeth and Vitamin D aids in the absorption of calcium. Milk isn’t the only food we need for bone health.

Other sources of calcium and vitamin D include salmon, tuna, spinach, collard greens, kale, broccoli, eggs, yogurt, and cheese.

Vitamin D and Calcium

It is recommended that adults up to age 50 get 1,000 mg of calcium and 200 IUs of vitamin D per day while those over the age of 50 should get 1,200 mg of calcium and 400-600 IUs of vitamin D. While we can absorb vitamin D from the sun, most of our patients are deficient and require a supplement.

We recommend pharmaceutical grade supplements to all of our patients rather than the over the counter options available at the big box stores. Pharma grade means you’re getting a clean, healthy version of the vitamins and minerals listed on the bottle. Other options include nutrient IVs of saline, calcium, and other vitamins and minerals needed for joint and overall health.

If you’re interested in natural remedies for healing joints and relieving discomfort as the result of arthritis or osteoarthritis including nutrient iv, contact us at 480-719-5119 to schedule an appointment.  

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