Calcium It's not JUST milk
Sticks and Stones may break my bones...but Calcium protects me.
May is Nevada Osteoporosis Prevention and Awareness Month
- Where would we be without our bones? Did you know that you have more than 200 bones? All together, the bones in your body form your skeleton and without our bones we would move like jello.
- Our bodies need the mineral calcium to build and maintain strong bones and teeth. It also helps in muscle movement, blood clotting, functioning of the nerves, and regulating blood pressure and heartbeats.
- Thirty years ago, doctors thought weak bones and osteoporosis were a natural part of aging, but today we know they are not and some people wrongly believe that when we stop growing, our need for calcium no longer exists. The fact is, calcium has been shown to be a key nutrient in bone health and therefore we need calcium throughout our lives.
- Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones become fragile and are more likely to break. These broken bones, or fractures, typically occur in the hip, spine, and wrist. Both men and women are at risk, but women are 2-3 times more likely than men to develop osteoporosis.
- This disease affects 10 million Americans, causes 2 million fractures per year, and cost the nation roughly 19 billion dollars annually. Building strong bones during childhood can help prevent osteoporosis later in life. PREVENTION is the key.
A fun video about the importance of milk.
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