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Osteoporosis Drugs Don’t Always Make Strong Bones

If you have osteoporosis, it’s likely that your doctor has talked to you about Fosamax, Actonel, Boniva or another bisphosphonate drug. These medications, which rake in $8 billion annually in worldwide sales, are prescribed to prevent fractures. But they too often make bone health worse. Bisphosphonates…

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Four Medical Tests that Can Save Your Life

…I don’t recommend bone mineral density screening for everybody, I think it is important for postmenopausal women who are at greatest risk of osteoporosis. The best, most reliable test for this is dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA). This test is quick, painless, noninvasive, and quite safe—although…

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TGIF: A Healthy Reason to Enjoy a Beer

…(namely resveratrol)—beer is making a comeback. But what you may not realize is that beer is a boon for a multitude of health conditions. One is osteoporosis. Everyone knows that calcium plays a role in building strong bones, but silicon is also important. This mineral promotes greater bone mineral density…

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New Study Shows Drinking Coffee Prevents Skin Cancer

…blood pressure or you’re pregnant or expecting to become pregnant, I’d recommend that you go easy on caffeine. And if you’re struggling with osteoporosis, limit your coffee intake to a cup every now and then—higher intake has been linked with a decrease in bone density. Now it’s your turn: How…

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5 Ways to Prevent Falls

…can cause you to slip and fall. Now it’s your turn: How do you protect yourself from falls? You may also be interested in: The Truth Behind Osteoporosis Drugs Walk Your Way to Better Health

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The Calcium Conundrum

…contain high levels of lead. Don’t Forget the Magnesium I shudder to think of how many women take calcium pills day after day, hoping to prevent osteoporosis, without knowing that calcium should be taken with magnesium to be optimally absorbed into bones. Magnesium is as important to bone health as calcium…

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4 Steps to Strong Bones

May is National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month, and according to recent figures released by the National Osteoporosis Foundation, an estimated 9 million adults in the United States have osteoporosis and more than 48 million have low bone mass. While some loss of bone density is normal with…

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You Need More Than Calcium for Healthy Bones

Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month, which is a good reminder to everyone to pay attention to healthy bones. Head to the health-food store, and you'll see shelves full of nutritional supplements that boast high-potency calcium. But I'm going to let you in on a little secret: Osteoporosis doesn't…

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Nutrient Spotlight: Importance of Minerals

…contraction, nerve transmission, and vasodilation, or relaxation, of the arteries. Supplemental calcium slows bone loss in patients at risk of osteoporosis. This mineral also reduces symptoms of PMS, risk of colorectal cancer, and blood pressure. I recommend 1,000 mg of calcium daily. To ensure optimal…

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New Vitamin D Recommendations Are Misguided

…issue a press release highlighting the fact that the USPSTF’s vitamin D recommendation does not apply to postmenopausal women or people with osteoporosis, low bone mass, or those who have suffered a bone break after age 50. Finally, folks, we’ve been down this road before. Back on November 30, 2010…

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Do You Need a Vitamin K Supplement?

…patients. The usual suggested daily dose of vitamin K2 (MK-7)—the kind we use in the clinic—is 100–150 mcg. If you have arterial disease or osteoporosis, consider taking up to 300 mcg per day. Vitamin K supplements are safe, even at higher levels—except for those taking Coumadin. If you are taking…

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6 Surprising Benefits of Vitamin D

You are likely familiar with some of the benefits of vitamin D, including its ability to help prevent osteoporosis and colds and flu. But here are six other ways optimal levels of vitamin D can help improve or support your health, and why supplementing with vitamin D is so important. * Abdominal obesity…

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Five Healthy Reasons to Enjoy Your Cup O' Joe

…they drink. If you’re pregnant or expecting to become pregnant, I’d recommend that you go easy on caffeine. And if you’re struggling with osteoporosis, limit your coffee intake to a cup every now and then—higher intake has been linked with a decrease in bone density. Otherwise, enjoy the boost…

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The Scary Truth About Halloween--and 5 Guilt-Free Treats

…your holiday celebrations, go ahead and enjoy a mug. Not only is it okay, it’s a preventative for a multitude of health conditions including osteoporosis, heart attacks, and stroke. But don’t forget that the positive effects of alcohol end after one or two drinks. Now it’s your turn: What is your…

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Ward Off Winter's Assaults With Vitamin D

…that vitamin D is protective against a long list of diverse health conditions, ranging from heart disease and cancer to autoimmune disorders and osteoporosis. For example, a study published in the November 9 issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry found a link between low levels of vitamin D in people…

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Nutrient Spotlight: Benefits of B Vitamins

…retinopathy, peripheral vascular disease, and kidney disease. * Keep your bones strong. Everybody knows that calcium and vitamin D protect against osteoporosis and fractures. However, Harvard researchers discovered significant links between elevated levels of homocysteine and risk of hip fracture in postmenopausal…

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Do You Have Low Thyroid Function?

…disturbances * Difficulty concentrating Of even greater concern, hypothyroidism can contribute to an increased risk of heart attack, stroke and osteoporosis. If you have any of the symptoms listed above for low thyroid function, are following a weight loss program that includes a healthy diet and regular…

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