Bone Health

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

When parents think about their childrens health, they may not think about their bones. But building healthy bones by adopting healthy nutritional and lifestyle habits in childhood is important to help prevent osteoporosis and fractures later in life. Dr. Edward Hill discusses childrens bone health in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Bones give our bodies structure and protect our internal organs. Its important that we nurture and protect our bones.

Our bones continue to grow until we are around age 25, so children, teens and young adults all need calcium for bone growth. Low fat milk, yogurt and cheese are all great foods to ensure the right amount of calcium in your diet. If you cant have dairy, find calcium in leafy green vegetables like spinach, fortified cereals and juices, and in certain fish like salmon.

Older adults need calcium too. As we age, bones become less dense. Adding calcium can help prevent bone loss.

But dont stop there. Our bones hold on to calcium better when we exercise. Jumping, running or hitting a ball will help bones get super strong. Watch what your family drinks. Too many sugary or carbonated drinks are taking the place of milk which can affect bone health. Make milk and other calcium rich foods part of your diet and ensure strong bones for life.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.