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How can I prevent my child from getting osteoporosis?

Children may have bone loss for a number of reasons. Severe bone loss is usually the result of major medical illnesses and long-term medical treatments, trauma or, occasionally, genetics. However, even healthy children are at risk of having low-density bones. The best way to prevent this is to encourage children and adolescents to participate in weight-bearing exercise and to get proper amounts of calcium and vitamin D. Doing so also reduces their risk of osteoporosis in adulthood.

Include calcium in your child’s diet. Children 1-10 years of age should eat about 3 servings per day, while those 11-24 years old should eat about 4 servings per day.

Vitamin D helps bones absorb calcium and may be found in fortified milk, cereals, and granola bars. Your child’s body can also make Vitamin D from sunlight when he is outdoors.

Your child should get regular physical activity like walking, jogging or dancing. This helps to strengthen bones.

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