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UAB Osteoporosis Prevention and Treatment Clinic
Step 1: Self Evaluation
Step 2: Bone Density Testing
Step 3: Specialist Examination
Step 4: Nutrition and Supplements
Step 5: Strength, Balance and Posture
Step 6: Personal Treatment Plan
Why Calcium Is Important
TYB: Class participant next to Orange Juice containerWhen it comes to preventing osteoporosis, calcium is crucial. Why? Simply put, calcium builds bones. Numerous studies have shown that calcium supplementation is one part of bone health.

In addition, your body’s need for calcium actually increases as you get older. Your bones may reach maximum strength and density around age 30, but as you age, your body absorbs calcium from your diet at a lower rate. You need to eat foods high in calcium to make up for this lower absorption and to help maintain the bone strength you gained when you were younger.

Unfortunately, most Americans get less than half of their calcium needs every day. And that not only impacts your bones, but the rest of your body as well. Studies have shown that calcium may also help lower high blood pressure and control weight.

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