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Figure Skater Peggy Fleming Teams With HealthSaver: Osteoporosis and Bone Health
Date:6/17/2008

NORWALK, Conn., June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- More than half of people 50 and older are at risk for osteoporosis, the most common bone disease, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation. It is essential to make bone health a priority because bone loss occurs without symptoms.

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"Osteoporosis, or the 'silent disease' as it is often called, is of particular concern to women, who are more susceptible to it," said Peggy Fleming, Olympic figure skating champion and HealthSaver spokesperson.

Bones protect the heart, lungs, brain and muscles, and store calcium, an essential nutrient. Without strong bones, the risk of osteoporosis and broken bones increases.

"Luckily it is never too late to prevent or treat osteoporosis," said Brad Eggleston, vice president of HealthSaver.

Be sure you get enough calcium in your diet and stay physically active. These are two of the most important things you can do to keep both your body and bones at optimal health.

Calcium is Essential

-- If you do not consume enough calcium, your body will take the calcium from your bones and use it to maintain healthy nerves, muscles and blood levels. This loss of calcium causes your bone structure to deteriorate and become fragile.

-- Since bone is living tissue that constantly renews itself, maintaining strong bones is of utmost importance, especially in our early years. After age 30, bone breakdown exceeds bone formation, causing us to reach our peak bone mass. It is therefore necessary, by age 30, to have accumulated enough calcium in our bones to maintain calcium requirements for both our skeletal structure and our body.

-- A study conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that 78 percent of women and 55 percent of men over the age of 20 do not meet the recommended calcium inta
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