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Make No Bones About It — Bone Health Matters
While developing strong bones was important to us as children, maintaining them now is what is important in our adulthood to help prevent osteoporosis — a disease that causes bones to become weak and brittle.
Here are a few things you can do to reduce your risk according to the National Institutes of Health:
Get enough calcium every day. The recommended calcium intake is 1,000 mg/day for men ages 31 to 70 and women ages 31 to 50; and 1,200 mg/ day for women ages 51 to 70.
Get a good daily amount of vitamin D. The recommended daily intake of vitamin D is 600 IU (international unites) up to age 70 for both men and women.
Get active. Bones, like muscle, are living tissue that can get stronger with exercise.
If you’re concerned about your risk for osteoporosis, talk to your doctor and see what other steps you can take to help prevent the disease.
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