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So why should you drink a glass of milk today? Because it promotes healthy bones! We want to help stop bone disease before it starts.
Milk is a prime source of calcium, vitamin D and potassium. Calcium is important for building strong bones and vitamin D helps your body absorb that calcium. Your body does not naturally produce calcium, so it’s important that you get it from other sources. When we think of calcium our minds go straight to milk, but there are lots of other foods you can eat to get your daily dose. Besides dairy products, you can get calcium for strong, healthy bones from leafy greens, seafood, legumes and fruit.
Not only does calcium help build strong bones, but it also helps maintain them. Osteoporosis (the brittle bone disease) is a condition that threatens the health of your bones, making them much more susceptible to fracturing and breaking. The United States sees more than two million osteoporosis-related fractures each year.
There are two ways you can reduce your risk of osteoporosis: building strong, dense bones before the age of 30 and limiting bone loss as an adult.
So, how can you reduce bone loss in adulthood? You guessed it – drinking milk! Regular exercise and getting adequate vitamin D, vitamin K and calcium all help keep your bones from becoming porous.
At our Bone Wellness Center, we offer our patients comprehensive diagnostic evaluations and a wide variety of treatment options, including bone density testing, diet and nutritional guidance, exercise therapy, fracture care and surgical intervention, as well as prevention and education.