An estimated ten million Americans have the bone condition osteoporosis.
It puts people at risk of fractures from falls because of weak bones.
So what can you do in your younger years to prevent it down the road?
Susan Hendricks has answers in today's Health Minute.
Osteoporosis, a condition where the bones become significantly weaker, predominantly affects women after menopause.
But, don't wait until you're older to think about your bone health.
"People should recognize that bone is living tissue and during teenage years and young adulthood, we're actually in a phase of building bone."
Experts say healthy lifestyle choices in your younger years are essential for strong bones in both men and women.
Those include not smoking and limiting your alcohol.
Weight training and weight-bearing exercises protect your skeleton and improve balance, too.
"Exercises like jogging, jumping rope, playing tennis, or hiking would be best for bone health."
Doctors recommend one thousand milligrams of calcium a day and four hundred to eight hundred international units of vitamin d.
This can come from a combination of foods and supplements.
But they say foods are the best source of calcium.
This includes low-fat dairy, green vegetables and nuts.
Good habits to protect your bones for a lifetime.
For today's health minute, I'm Susan Hendricks.