Do you know how important your bones are to your general health? Without healthy bones you can develop osteoporosis, a condition where bones become fragile and brittle as minerals, such as calcium, are lost at a faster rate than the body can replace. This leads to a decreased bone mineral density and ultimately increases your risk of fracture. In fact:
- 1 in 3 Aussie skeletons have poor bone health
- 1 in 3 people with osteoporosis are men
- In Australia there is currently 1 bone broken every 3.6 minutes due to poor bone health. That’s 395 broken bones per day*
Bones are important. But why? Our bones:
Have you got teenagers?
- Protect our soft, internal organs, like our brains and lungs
- Contain marrow where blood cells are made
- Store minerals like calcium; and most importantly
- Support the structure of our bodies so that we can maintain an active lifestyle
Over roughly two years (ages 12-14 for girls and ages 13-15 for boys) teenagers bodies build one-quarter of their adult bone mass. Those years are crucial for good bone health.