Bones play many roles in the body — providing structure, protecting organs, anchoring muscles, and storing calcium. Strong, healthy bones give us the mobility and the means to enjoy life. While it's particularly important to take steps to build strong and healthy bones during childhood and adolescence, you can take steps during adulthood to protect bone health, too.
Bones are constantly being remodeled, where new bone is made and old bone is broken down. When you're young, your body makes new bone faster than it breaks down old bone, and your bone mass increases. Our bodies reach peak bone mass at around age 30. After that, bone remodeling continues, but breaks down bone faster than it makes new bone and you lose slightly more bone mass than you gain. The higher your peak bone mass, the more bone you have "in the bank" and the less likely you are to develop osteoporosis as you age. So, it's never too early to start caring for your bones.
A number of factors can affect bone health including the amount of calcium in your diet, physical activity, tobacco and alcohol use, gender, size, age, race, family history, hormone level, and certain medications.
Here are a few simple steps you can take to build strong, healthy bones for life:
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