Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by low bone mass or what is called brittle bones.
• Osteoporosis leads to an increased risk of bone fractures typically in the wrist, hip, and spine.
• Our body needs calcium for healthy bones, teeth, and the proper function of the heart, muscles, and nerves.
• But the body cannot produce calcium, so we have to get it from the food we eat. Milk and dairy products (whole milk, low fat or nonfat milk, cheese, yogurt) are the best sources of calcium.
(Reprinted from Nestlé Philippines Family Balita, August 30, 2005)