AbstractOsteoporosis, meaning “porous bones,” is a silent disease.1 Though not yet fully understood, osteoporosis is thought to be the result of a process called “remodeling,” or “bone turnover.” In the course of bone turnover, your bones are constantly being rebuilt, so to speak. Just like skin cells and taste buds, old bones are broken down while new bones are being built. From birth to around age 35, our bodies build bone, because more bone is being formed than is being broken down. Between the ages of 25 and 35 are the peak years for “bone building;” after 35, your body is not as easily able to restore the bone that is being lost, so your bone mass begins to decrease.2 Maintaining proper nutrition during your “peak years” is key, because the more bone mass you accumulate at this stage, the better your body will be able to handle losing bone mass later.2
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