Osteoporosis is a debilitating disease in which bones become fragile and are more likely to break. In most cases, it can be prevented and treated but if' no steps are taken,. It progresses painlessly until, a bone breaks. Osteoporosis is a major health threat for an estimated 44 million Americans. In the United States today, 10 million individuals already have osteoporosis and 34 million more have low bone mass placing them at increased risk for developing this disease. Eighty percent of those affected by osteoporosis are Women.
Four Steps to optimal Bone health.
A calcium-rich diet, adequate vitamin D, appropriate exercise, and in some cases, medications work together to reduce your risk for developing osteoporosis. If you already have osteoporosis, these steps can slow or stop bone loss, increase bone density, and reduce the risk of fractures.
All foods contain vitamins, minerals, and other important nutrients that help keep your body healthy. Calcium is especially for bone health, it is also needed for heart, muscles, and nerves to function properly and for blood to clot normally. If your daily calcium intake is low, calcium will be removed from your bones to perform these functions correctly. Dairy products are a good source of calcium as well as protein, Phosphorous, and other nutrients. The calcium in dairy products is easily absorbed by the body. Other calcium sources include some fruits, vegetables, grains, and fish.
People who are unable to consume enough calcium from food can make up the difference taking calcium supplements. Several different calcium compounds are used in commonly available supplements. These compounds contain varying amounts of calcium, which is the actual amount of calcium available to the body. Read supplement labels carefully to determine how much elemental calcium you are really consuming.
Tips For taking Supplements.
Avoid the use bone meal or dolomite (These may contain harmful metals such as lead or other toxic metals) unless the supplement has the USP symbol.