It’s never too early, or too late, to make bone health a priority.
The U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Bone Health and Osteoporosis predicted that by 2020, half of all Americans older than 50 will be at risk for fractures from osteoporosis and low bone mass. The good news is that Americans of all ages can take simple steps to help build and maintain strong bones:
- Eat a nutrient-rich, balanced diet that includes the recommended three servings of low-fat or fat-free milk, cheese or yogurt every day.
- Be active.
- If you are a parent, act as a role model. If mom or dad drinks milk, kids are more likely to do the same.
Our bodies build up calcium in our bones until we are about 30 years old. Afterward, our bodies stop adding new bone. Dairy is an excellent source of several essential nutrients that work together to help protect bones, including calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, protein and vitamin D. Remember to bone up on dairy. Enjoying dairy at every meal (or three servings per day) as part of an overall healthy diet, families, especially children and teens in their peak bone-building years, can help reduce the risk of osteoporosis later in life.
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