Osteoporosis is “a childhood disease with old-age consequences.”
NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases adds that “the health habits your kids are forming now can make, or literally break, their bones as they age.” How is this possible, you ask? Mayo Clinic reminds you that “your bones are in a constant state of renewal– new bone is made, and old bone is broken down. When you’re young, your body makes new bone faster than it breaks down old bone, and your bone mass increases. After the early 20s, this process slows, and most people reach their peak bone mass by age 30. As people age, bone mass is lost faster than it’s created. How likely you are to develop osteoporosis depends partly on how much bone mass you attained in your youth.”
Where Does Milk Enter the Osteoporosis Conversation?
“I give my kids milk every day,” you say.
“But my kids don’t like milk,” you counter.
The milk companies do such an astronomically phenomenal job with forming a direct correlation between milk, calcium, and bones that many view milk as the be-all and end-all of calcium consumption–