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Keeping bones strong and healthy is important throughout the aging process. In order to ensure that the body stays strong as it ages, consider taking care of the bones from a young age. Osteoporosis and arthritis are two afflictions that commonly occur as the body ages. The bones weaken, become brittle, and are easily damaged when they are looked after. To maintain strong, healthy bones as the body ages, keep the following facts in mind.

To properly maintain the health of the bones, each age group should take these precautions:

For teenagers (10-20 years): Keep an adequate dosage of calcium in the daily diet. Drink milk, eat dairy products, and eat leafy greens in order to get the 1300 mg of calcium that the body requires per day. Vitamin D is also essential to the body’s absorption of calcium, so include Vitamin D in the daily diet as well.

For young adults (20-30 years): New bone is no longer being built by the body, however bone density is being strengthened during this time. To build bone density, consume 1000 mg of calcium per day, and also exercise regularly. Weight-bearing exercise is important to building bone strength.

For adults (30-50 years): This is a crucial time to maintain bone density. In the later years of this age bracket, bones begin to lose their density and become weak. During this time it is critically important to keep 1000 mg of calcium in the daily diet and to continue exercising to maintain the density of the bones.

For seniors: (50 years and older): These ages are the markers for rapid loss of bone density. To keep the bones healthy for as long as possible continue the calcium diet from earlier years and continue to exercise, at least 3 times a week, as well.

Also remember to protect the bones as much as possible. Do not abuse the body, but instead take careful steps, wear a seatbelt, and protect the body during sports or workouts. As the body ages, bones that have had previous breaks are more likely to break again. So treat the body with respect, and keep it healthy by not only eating correctly, but by physically protecting it from harm.