|Weak bones, or osteoporosis, happen when the bones in the body are weak and can break easily. Weak bones happen when the amount of bone loss in the body is larger than the amount of bone gain.Bones can get weak slowly over time. Often a person does not know they have weak bones until a bone breaks.|
What are the signs of weak bones?
|When the bones in the back get weak, they can break. These broken bones cause a person to get shorter and shorter. In time a person may have stooped shoulders.|
What is so bad about weak bones?
When you have weak bones, simple things like sneezing, bending, and stepping can cause a bone to break. Broken bones can lead to:
How do you know if you have weak bones?
What foods should I eat for strong bones?
These foods will give your bones all the vitamins, minerals, and protein thet need to be strong.
Foods with Calcium
What about Calcium and Vitamin D pills
How much calcium do I need each day?
|4 - 8||800 mg|
|9 - 18||1200 mg|
|19 - 50||1000 mg|
|50 and older||1200 mg|
If you have weak bones:
The University of Arizona is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative
Action Employer. Any products, services, or organizations that are mentioned,
shown, or indirectly implied in this publication do not imply endorsement
by the University of Arizona.
Document located http://cals.arizona.edu/pubs/health/az1295/
Published September 2002
Return to College publication list