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by Shauna Schultz, Registered Dietitian

What kind of steps are you already taking towards better health? What else can you do? How about taking a look at your bone health? Are you taking measures that promote bone health?

bonesDiet plays a very important role in bone health. Calcium and Vitamin D are essential for bone health and according to the USDA, 75% of Americans are not getting enough calcium each day. Let's take a look at how you can help improve the health of your bones – all 206 of them!

Healthy Bones 101

  • Bone is constantly being broken down and rebuilt with calcium and other nutrients being added to help strengthen bones. Childhood through young adulthood are critical periods for building and determining peak bone mass. This is when bone formation is greater than bone loss.

  • At about age 30, bone is broken down faster than it can be rebuilt making adequate calcium intake and regular physical activity very important to help maintain bone mass.

  • Bone is vital to our mobility and structure, protects our organs and stores calcium which helps maintain calcium levels in the blood.

  • Bone strength can vary between individuals. Some ethnicities have stronger bones than others, men generally have greater bone mass than women, bone mass decreases with age and heavier people tend to have stronger bones than smaller, thin people.

  • Regular physical activity, especially weight bearing activities ...    Continue

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