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Pile on calcium-rich vegetables to keep your bones healthy

May 12th, 2011

Posted: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 12:00 am

By Shelly Falls Special to Leader-Telegram

When we think about getting enough calcium for our bones, often the first thing that comes to mind is images of milk mustaches.

While milk and other dairy products certainly are good sources of calcium, many people are not aware of the fantastic plant-based sources of calcium or how to add them to their diet.

May is Osteoporosis Prevention Month. Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens bones and makes them more likely to break.

Those who are thin, are inactive and have poor diets have a higher risk of osteoporosis. Smoking, drinking excess caffeine or alcohol and having a family history of the disease also increase the risk.

Osteoporosis is more common in women than in men. Bone loss speeds up in women after menopause.

Our bodies continue to build bone until about age 30, and then bone loss slowly begins to occur. People with osteoporosis have a higher risk of bone fractures. Hip fractures can cause loss of the ability to live at home, as 33 percent of people with hip fractures need nursing home care.

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