Irma Jennings' life turned upside down in 2005 when she was diagnosed with osteopenia. This catapulted her into a journey of deep transformation which took her from the boardroom on Wall Street to the cutting board in her kitchen.
Dissatisfied with what her doctors told her she decided to become her own health advocate and began researching, teaching and feeding her bones calcium and mineral-rich foods as the first step to rebuilding a strong skeleton.
She went on to study at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and then with advanced studies in California, India and Bali.
Osteopenia is described by the World Health Organisation as the precursor to osteoporosis which affects 200 million women worldwide and causes more than 8.9 million fractures annually with 1 in 3 women over the age of 50 being affected.
Osteoporosis occurs when bones lose minerals such as calcium more quickly than the body can replace leading to a loss of bone thickness.
Women are four times more likely to develop osteoporosis than men. Estrogen deficiency is an important cause of accelerated bone loss in women during and after menopause. It is the major cause of bone fractures in postmenopausal women when there is rapid bone loss which can last from four to eight years. However, most bone loss occurs in the first three years after menopause and thereafter the rate of bone loss slows.
Watch the episode to discover what you can do if you are diagnosed, or to prevent from being diagnosed, with osteoporosis to avoid becoming yet another statistic.
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You can find Irma at her website: www.Food4HealthBones.com
And her FREEBIE - 5 Bone Building Recipes - can be found on the front page of her website (link above).