Christeena Haynes, MS, RD, LD, former Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, Dallas County, University of Missouri Extension
Osteoporosis is a disease that causes your bones to become weak and brittle and break more easily. According to the surgeon general, half of all Americans over age 50 will have weak bones by 2020, unless we take preventative measures. Osteoporosis is serious — especially for the elderly — and costly. May is National Osteoporosis Prevention Month, so it’s as good a time as any to make the following changes to your diet and lifestyle in order to help keep your bones healthy.
- Get adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D. Adults under age 50 and men up until age 70 need 1,000 milligrams (mg) of calcium per day. Women age 51 to 70 and all adults over 70 need 1,200 mg per day…
For the best sources of calcium and vitamin D, plus additional tips for keeping your bones healthy, see the full version of this article at http://missourifamilies.org/features/healtharticles/health109.htm