Osteoporosis

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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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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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Steps to Stave Off Sarcopenia

…common among older women, for example, the muscle-related lack of steadiness and inability to catch oneself in a fall may be as much to blame as osteoporosis. How to Prevent Sarcopenia Fortunately, there are ways to prevent sarcopenia. Regular weight-bearing exercise is a simple and effective way to gain…

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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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Which Calcium to Take for Strong Bones

…Important for Strong Bones I shudder to think of how many women take calcium pills day after day, hoping to maintain strong bones and prevent osteoporosis, without knowing that calcium should be taken with magnesium to be optimally absorbed into bones. Magnesium for bone health is as important as calcium…

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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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Better Bone Density? Hop to It!

…* Jumping Rope * Dancing * Tennis Supplements, Not Drugs, for Bone Health Though the pharmaceutical companies would have you believe that the osteoporosis drugs they’ve manufactured work wonders, they aren’t all they are cracked up to be. In fact, prescription drugs like Fosamax and Boniva are…

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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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Four Medical Tests That Can Save Your Life

…mineral density screening for everybody, this is one of the medical tests that postmenopausal women should have since they are at greatest risk of osteoporosis. The best, most reliable test for bone density is dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA). This bone density test is quick, painless, noninvasive…

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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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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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Forget About the RDAs: Here's Why You Need More B Vitamins

…of stroke, heart attack, and other cardiovascular events. 3. Keep Your Bones Strong: Everybody knows that calcium and vitamin D protect against osteoporosis and fractures. However, Harvard researchers recently discovered significant links between elevated levels of homocysteine and risk of hip fracture…

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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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Health Benefits of Coffee: Prevent Skin Cancer

…that you go easy on coffee since the risk associated with consuming caffeine outweighs the benefits of coffee. 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: Are…

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5 Ways to Prevent Falls

…stocking feet which 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: * Osteoporosis Drugs Don’t Always Make Strong Bones * Walk Your Way to Better Health

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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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Preventing Asthma Attacks Naturally

…asthma drugs also have potentially significant adverse effects. Extended use of oral corticosteroids (prednisone) is associated with cataracts, osteoporosis, and immune suppression; long-acting beta agonists (Serevent, Advair, Symbicort, Foradil) increase risk of severe exacerbations and death; and leukotriene…

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