Osteoporosis The Facts



Adolescence is a vital time for skeletal health. Did you know that bone density (BMD) peaks in your late teens to early 20’s? In the 2 years of peak bone growth, adolescents accumulate more than 25% of their adult bone mass! Research shows that low calcium intake in teens equates to osteoporosis later in life. Pre-puberty and puberty are the most opportune times to intervene to build bone mass and prevent osteoporosis. Physical activity and nutrition are the most important modifiable factors.

Other facts: 

12-19-year-old girls consume well below the recommended daily intake of calcium.

Men lose bone mass at half the rate of women. 1 of 3 women will develop hip fracture in older age. More women die from osteoporotic related fractures than combined breast and ovarian cancer.

Just 5% increase in bone density reduces fracture risk by 40%.

Vitamin D3 is essential for the symbiotic absorption of calcium.

Vitamin D3 lowers hip fracture due to osteoporosis better than calcium or milk.

To prevent osteoporosis regular exercise, calcium, vitamin D, potassium and Zinc are essential