Your food prescription
A mug of milk and strong bones go hand in hand. But dairy products aren’t the skeleton’s only pals. To stay strong, bones need other minerals, vitamins, and proteins as well – all of which the right diet can provide in ample amounts.
Our bones are living tissue, constantly breaking down and rebuilding. By about age 30, however, the breakdown of bone outpaces its building, and our bones lose density, particularly a spongy-looking interior structure called trabecular bone that gives bones strength. Over time, bones may become excessively fragile, resulting in fractures related to osteoporosis. Women’s risk of the disease is four times higher than men’s, in part because they have less bone mass to begin with. Menopausal women lose bone two to four times faster than they did before menopause, the result of a decline in bone-protecting estrogen. That rate slows down eventually, but the decline continues.
Diet won’t rev up bone replacement, but along with regular exercise, it can help us hold on to the precious bone we have.