May is National Osteoporosis Month

Kiley Putnam| View Author Bio

May is a busy month with Mother’s Day, graduations, and warmer weather activities starting up again. One of the last things you may be thinking about this month is your bone health.

May is National Osteoporosis Awareness Month and eating dairy is a great way to help keep your bones healthy. It’s never too early, or too late, to make bone health a priority. Many nutrients work together to support the growth and maintenance of bone in addition to physical activity. Getting enough calcium and vitamin D is especially important to help support bone health. That’s why getting three daily servings of dairy, the top source for both of these vital nutrients, is so important and recommended by the 2020 – 2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

One in two women and up to one in four men over age 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis, but eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly can help slow or stop the loss of bone mass and help prevent fractures.

Here are some simple steps and tools you can use to help build and maintain strong bones for life.

  • Exercising and Safe Movement: The National Osteoporosis Foundation has great tips and exercises for building and maintaining bone density.
  • 10 Ways to Use Milk to Boost Your Diet: Milk is an excellent source of calcium which is crucial for bone health. Check out our list of 10 unique ideas to incorporate milk into your diet.
  • Make the Calcium Connection: Most people know that calcium is needed to build strong bones, but it also connects to many health benefits throughout the body. Use these tips to learn how you can connect the foods you eat with the calcium you need.

Click here to learn more about osteoporosis and how you can help.

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