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Why You Need Your Calcium - Mother's Circle
Thank you to Caitlin Hoff of ConsumerSafety.org for today's post in honor of National Osteoporosis Awareness Month. Among the many chores and delights of being a parent, a responsibility that was once your mother’s is now yours: encouraging your child to get their calcium. If you mother was anything like mine, a glass of milk was served nightly in your house along with clear instructions to grow strong bones and stave off the osteoporosis that runs in your family. We may laugh at this and the “got milk?” posters of our past, but osteoporosis is a real problem and it’s time we talked about bone health for the modern family. While nearly 53 million Americans are at an increased risk for bone fractures, most people don’t know that they have osteoporosis or low bone density until they actually fracture a bone. After a certain age, we all naturally experience a decline in bone mass over time. However, a person with osteoporosis or osteopenia - when bone density is low but not low enough to be considered osteoporosis - cannot feel that their bones are weaker than normal. Only a bone density test or certain imaging scans can show your bone’s true health status. This is why it’s so important to know the risk factors that lead to osteoporosis and understand the actions we can take to prevent bone loss.