Britons are oblivious to the risk of osteoporosis, a leading charity dealing with the disease has said today.
The National Osteoporosis Society (NOS) claims that its latest research shows that despite Britons enjoying better diets than 20 years ago, they could still be putting their bones at higher risk.
According to their latest survey, a fifth of the population eats less calcium than in 1986 and that 80 per cent of the over-55s are unconcerned about the risks of osteoporosis.
Jackie Parrington, spokeswoman for the NOS, said: "While it is great to see the majority of us are concerned about eating healthily, it is clear that the message is not getting through to everyone.
"Osteoporosis can lead to painful and debilitating fractures and we know that one way of improving bone health is through making sure you have a balanced diet."
Sufferers of the disease have a greater risk of fracturing their bones and vitamin D and extra calcium is usually required to treat it.
Ms Parrington said that the best way to reduce the risk of contracting osteoporosis was to eat a balanced diet that included different foods, such as fruit and cereal.
With half of women and one in five men over the age of 50 expected to break a bone as a result of the disease, she urged people to improve their diet and visit the NOS website for further details on how to reduce the risk of osteoporosis.