How do I reduce my risk of the ‘silent disease’ (osteoporosis)?
Bone composition= 65% hydroxyapatite (calcium and phosphorus) + 25% water +10% collagen +other minerals.
We reach our Peak Bone Mass (the densest and strongest our bones can be) when we are 19-30 years old. After this age we cannot deposit more calcium in our bones. If we do not get enough calcium from our diet, calcium is withdrawn from our bones without any symptoms. This could lead to osteoporosis (‘porous bones’) and increase risk of fractures. Most people don’t know they have osteoporosis until they have a bone mineral density scan or a fracture.
Dairy is rich in calcium. Higher dairy serves are recommended for adolescents for skeletal growth, elderly from reduced absorption efficiency and menopausal/post-menopausal women from decreased levels of protective oestrogen. P.S. some of you might be wondering why phosphorus is not a concern; because it’s highly abundant in our food.
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