From the time I was a little girl, I can remember my mom instilling in me the importance of drinking milk. She made sure I drank it with every meal to ensure that I was getting enough calcium to keep my bones strong.
Once I moved out of the house and on to college, however, I drastically cut down on my milk intake and instead turned to the soda and pizza diet (accompanied by a lot of sitting around).
Three years later at a college health fair, I decided to check out my bone density for good measure. To my surprise, I had borderline osteopenia. Now, I’m still a bit fuzzy on what that means, but according to the pharmacy student who did the test, I was more likely to develop osteoporosis in the future since I had the bone density of a 60-year-old! This was not good news considering I had just turned 21.
Immediately, I went to the store and bought calcium supplements and tried to work more milk into my diet.
The fact is, there are many ways besides drinking milk to get enough calcium and strengthen bones. Read Dr. Linda B. White’s article What Every Woman Should Know About Osteoporosis for 7 easy tips to strengthen your bones. Plus check out one of our older articles, Reconsidering Calcium.