More than half of all Australian adults do not meet their recommended daily intake for calcium
Calcium is the major building block for bones. It’s deposited as a crystal onto our bones and gives them their hard strength. Bone also acts as a storage bank for calcium so when we don’t get enough calcium in our diets, the body will snatch the calcium it needs from our bones to use for other important functions. If it is not replaced our bones will become porous and lose their strength.
That’s why it’s so important to have a daily supply of calcium, throughout our lives. Different ages, genders and stages of life require different amounts of calcium.
We know that:
- Bone building is at its peak during childhood and adolescence, and bone density is at its maximum by your twenties.
- Bone calcium begins to decrease in young adulthood and is progressively lost as we age, particularly in women. However if we continue to look after our bones we can help to maintain our bone strength.
- Teens, especially girls, whose diets don't provide the nutrients to build bones to their maximum potential are at greater risk of developing the bone disease osteoporosis, which increases their risk of fractures from weakened bones.
- When kids get enough calcium and physical activity during childhood and the teen years, they can start out their adult lives with the strongest bones possible.