Building Strong Bones: Calcium Information for Health Care Providers

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Building Strong Bones: Calcium Information for Health Care Providers

Description

This fact sheet can be used by health care providers to educate their patients about the importance of calcium consumption in children and teenagers.

This fact sheet is part of Milk Matters, a public health education campaign to promote calcium consumption among tweens and teens, especially during the ages of 11 to 15, a time of critical bone growth.

This fact sheet answers the following questions:
  • How does pediatric bone development influence osteoporosis later in life?
  • Why are milk and dairy products especially good sources of calcium?
  • What kind of milk is best for children?
  • What if children don’t like milk?
  • How does bioavailability affect calcium absorption?
  • What about people who have trouble digesting milk or milk products?
  • What is the role of physical activity in bone development?
  • Are there any special calcium recommendations for lactating or pregnant teens?
  • What about calcium supplements?
  • What can I do to help my patients?

Developer:

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; National Institutes of Health

Funding Sources:

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; National Institutes of Health

History

Release Date: 2006
Original Summary: September 2006
Last Updated: 03/13/13

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