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Why is calcium so important to bone health?

If insufficient calcium is ingested, the amount of calcium in the skeleton declines until the skeleton itself -- or vulnerable locations such as the vertebrae and hips -- becomes increasingly at risk for fractures. This typically happens at a slow rate, so we tend to see the effects later in life, rather than right away.

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