At thirty-one, I’ve never broken a bone. I’m not going to lie – the thought terrifies me a little.
Reading a statistic about Osteoporosis that read ‘By 2035, it is estimated that almost 42,000 individuals will experience a broken hip per year, meaning that those in their 30s and 40s now are at risk’ made me think about this fact – and wonder if I’m doing enough now, to keep that claim to fame.
Guidelines recommend consumption of 1000-1200 mg of calcium per day, most women fail to reach this level with their dietary intake – many only getting 300 mg/day. I’m willing to bet that I fall into this category, with the cup of chocolate almond milk and occasional coconut milk greek yogurt with overnight oats – combined with the fact that a cup of broccoli contains just over 40 mg of calcium.
Though we try to eat balanced meals, healthful ingredients and make good choices – it doesn’t always mean that we’re getting enough.
Like most mothers. The kids come first. Finding the time in the day to make sure that I’m grabbing more than a protein bar and a package of raspberries for breakfast, on the go, as I drop the kids off at the gym childcare to make time for a quick workout, is hard.
At thirty-one, I’m conscious of the future. It’s why I care for my skin by wearing sunscreen, it’s why I find the time to fit in a few sessions to swim laps through the week, it’s why I choose to ride my bike instead of driving a couple of times a week.
“It’s never too early to start thinking about bone health and there are easy steps that Canadians can take, at every age, to help prevent osteoporosis,” said Bhavika Prajapati, pharmacist and Associate-Owner, Shoppers Drug Mart. “Ensuring your diet is rich with calcium, supplementing with vitamin D and adding regular exercise to your daily or weekly routine will help build bonestrength and can make a difference in prevention of osteoporosis and fractures.”
Just as I’m conscious about my skin, and about getting enough activity – I’ve started to become more conscious of calcium and bone health. Shoppers Drug Mart is working with Osteoporosis Canada, helping to further educate Canadian women about osteoporosis, through medically accurate in-store information and advice.
Are you worried you’re not getting enough? Osteoporosis Canada is lending its endorsement to Life Brand Vitamin D and Calcium products, to help in the prevention and management of Osteoporosis.
Getting enough. That’s my plan for continuing on the whole ‘I’ve never broken a bone’ claim. What about you? Are you getting enough calcium? Learn more about the Shoppers LOVE YOU program.