Nutrition is a key component to bone health because certain nutrients form the structure of bone and play a role in bone development. Low bone mineral density is known as osteopenia and as bone density decreases further, it is known as osteoporosis and increases the risk of bone fractures. This occurs over time, when the body uses more calcium that it’s able to replace. Osteoporosis can be a debilitating disease with high mortality rates. Making sure to eat foods every day that meet specific nutrients needs, such as calcium, vitamin D and protein, can help to prevent brittle bones later in life.