How to get the calcium you need
Teens, senior citizens, pre-teens, middle-aged adults, children and young adults: A common thread for all these people is the need for calcium. It plays a vital role in the body at every age, especially in the development of strong teeth and bones.
American diets are lacking in calcium when their bodies need it. Studies show that teens, for example, are drinking more soft drinks and less milk, one of the best sources of calcium available. This can have long-term effects, since the good health of bones in later years depends a lot on calcium intake between the ages of 20 and 30.
Research from American Dairy Association suggests that between the ages of 12 and 55, milk consumption drops from about 26 gallons a year to less than 10. A consequence of this lifelong shortage of calcium may be osteoporosis, a serious disease in which the bones grow thin with age and can break easily.