Drink your milk -- it makes your bones strong!" How many times did we hear that growing up? What’s even harder to swallow than all the milk they pushed on us is the idea that our mothers were some sort of osteoporosis visionaries.
But they were right on target. We should have drunk our milk then and, no matter how old we are now, we should be drinking it today -- and eating our yogurt, cheese, broccoli and other calcium-rich foods.
Calcium is one of our best lines of defense against osteoporosis, a silent bone disease without symptoms or warnings. At this moment, 8 million American women have osteoporosis -- and millions more have low bone mass, which places them in the high-risk category for the disease.