Dairy Council of Arizona talks about osteoporosis

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Osteoporosis: Separating Fact from Fiction
No matter how healthy you are, your body starts losing bone mass naturally after about age 30. The result can be the brittle, fragile bones and poor posture associated with osteoporosis.
Myth or Fact?  

1.      Osteoporosis is a natural part of aging.   MYTH!   

Osteoporosis is NOT a natural part of aging and it is largely preventable. A healthy meal plan including 3-Every-Day of Dairy - three servings of calcium-rich milk, cheese or yogurt every day - combined with physical activity, helps build strong bones to last a lifetime. With 9 essential nutrients, including the bone building nutrients like protein, calcium and Vitamin D, milk, cheese and yogurt provide a unique combination of nutrients that pack a powerful punch!

2.      Osteoporosis is something that only affects you when you get old, if I'm young, I don't have to worry about it.  MYTH!

Osteoporosis is a PEDIATRIC disease with geriatric outcomes. Actually you should start thinking about osteoporosis even before your 30's. The roots of osteoporosis start in childhood and the teen years - that's when we have the opportunity to build strong, healthy bones that will last a lifetime. So ages 13-30 are the best bone building years. If we don't build bone mass then, we won't have enough to last throughout our old age. Doctors are now seeing women in their thirties with bones that look like they are in their eighties.

3.      Osteoporosis is a disease of women, so men don't need to worry about it.  MYTH!

Osteoporosis is also seen in younger women and in men. One in every 8 cases of osteoporosis happens in men, so men need to pay attention to their bone health as well. They need to be active and include 3 servings of milk, cheese or yogurt every day to get the calcium, protein and Vitamin D needed to build strong bones.

So what can you do to prevent osteoporosis? The good news is there are simple steps you can take to maintain bone health throughout your life. Plus, the more you know, the more you can help your family develop the "bone smarts" they need to fight osteoporosis and other health problems. Follow these 3 tips to help prevent osteoporosis:
       Eat 3 servings of milk, cheese or  yogurt each day. Nutrients in dairy foods including calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, protein and vitamin D all work together to help build and protect bones. In fact, a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics states that eating calcium-rich foods such as milk, cheese and yogurt during childhood and adolescence will help build strong bones, which may reduce the risk of fractures and osteoporosis later in life.
       Regular physical activity is needed to stimulate your bones to grow strong. This needs to start in childhood and last throughout your life. So be active as a family! Do things together like walking, jogging, playing in the park, playing soccer, football, basketball and other sports that include walking, running, jumping, etc to help build strong bones.
       Be a "Good Health Role Model": It's important for the whole family to eat a healthy nutrient rich diet including 3 servings or milk, cheese or yogurt and be active every day to build stronger bones and reduce risk of osteoporosis. Take care of yourself and set a good example for your kids at the same time.  
For great recipes and nutrition tips, visit www.dairycouncilofaz.org                
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