Many people consider osteoporosis to be a normal, unavoidable part of aging. But it is preventable, and the steps you take now — no matter how old you are — can help improve your bone health for the rest of your life.
According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, approximately 9 million Americans have osteoporosis and another 43 million have low bone density, placing them at a higher risk for the disease. This means that 60 percent of adults age 50 and older are at risk of breaking a bone. While it is most common in women, the disease also affects men, and certain diseases and medications can increase your risk.
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), many people get less than half the calcium they need. Recommended calcium and vitamin D intakes vary in children and in adults, depending on a number of factors, so it’s best to talk with your doctor. You can view recommended guidelines at the NIH’s resource center for osteoporosis and related bone diseases, www.niams.nih.gov.
Find a list of nutrient-rich, bone-building foods recommended by the National Osteoporosis Foundation at http://nof.org/foods