Getting enough calcium and vitamin D when as a child and teenager could dramatically cut your risks of developing osteoporosis later in life.
The amount of calcium you need can depend on your age. For children they recommend around 1,300 milligrams of calcium a day and for adults around 1,000 milligrams a day up to the age of 50, and thereafter 1,200 milligrams a day.
An example of this could be as simple as an 8oz glass of milk which has nearly 300 milligrams of calcium. Dairy products also have a high level of calcium in them.
Vitamin D plays an important role in getting the calcium into the bloodstream from the intestines and the kidneys. So vitamin D is as important as calcium for osteoporosis sufferers.
Genes can play a role in your risk of developing the condition so if it’s in your family talk it through with your GP.
Try not to sleep more than 8 hours as a recent study has found that 19,000 people found that those who slept for more than 8 hours a night were at a higher risk of osteoporosis.