Milk & Bone Health: From Childhood Through Adulthood

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  • October 29, 2014

"Drink your milk for your bones!" Growing up, you may have heard this a time or two – and for good reason.

Did you know that milk and other delicious dairy foods like cheese and yogurt can help in a child’s growth and development, as well as throughout an entire lifetime?

If you’re younger, odds are bone diseases like osteoporosis are not yet on your radar. You likely know that milk can play several roles in a healthy diet, but may not realize the potential implications of not having enough until later in life. But did you know that osteoporosis is a disease that is impacted by what you do when you’re young? What you do in the first 30 or so years of your life sets the stage for your peak bone health and outlook for adulthood and later in life. So, by the time you’re in your late 20s it’s important to maintain bone health and work to minimize bone loss through diet, exercise and other lifestyle habits.

Fortunately, taking steps early in life can help prevent issues later on. Making sure you and your family get the recommended number of dairy servings is part of supporting bone healthy because of important nutrients like calcium and vitamin D.

And here’s an important fact to keep in mind: Adults don’t outgrow their need for these nutrients. In fact, calcium and vitamin D are essential nutrients that are needed for growing and maintaining teeth and bones throughout your life.

The best part? It’s a snap to get the nutrients your body needs – no matter what your age. Consider one of these tasty snacks.