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  1. Building Stronger Bones

    One in two women and one in four men over age 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in her/his remaining lifetime. Yes, osteoporosis ("porous bones") affects men, too. Yet the advanced effects of bone loss -- a humped upper back or easily shattered limbs -- does not have to be in the future

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  2. Bone Density: A Clue to Your Future

    Health-conscious women who wouldn't dream of skipping their Pap test or mammogram appointments can be woefully ignorant about another type of vital health check -- the bone density test. This quick and painless evaluation, often done for the first time after menopause , can help predict whether you'

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  3. The Truth About Vitamin D: Why You Need Vitamin D

    Why do I need vitamin D? Your body must have vitamin D to absorb calcium and promote bone growth. Too little vitamin D results in soft bones in children (rickets) and fragile, misshapen bones in adults (osteomalacia). You also need vitamin D for other important body functions. Vitamin D deficiency h

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  4. Belly Fat Linked to Women’s Osteoporosis Risk

    Nov. 30, 2010 (Chicago) -- Belly fat may be bad for women's bone health, raising their risk of osteoporosis, researchers report. In a study of 50 premenopausal women, many of whom were obese, those who had more fat around the waistline were more likely to have low bone mineral density, an osteoporos

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  5. The Truth About Vitamin D: Vitamin D Tests

    Will a vitamin D test tell me if I need more vitamin D? That depends on whom you ask. As part of your regular blood test, your doctor can order a test for 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25-OHD). The problem is not with the test. The problem is how to interpret the results. An expert committee convened by the

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  6. The Truth About Vitamin D: Can You Get Too Much Vitamin D?

    Can I get too much vitamin D? Too much of any good thing is a bad thing. Too much vitamin D can cause an abnormally high blood calcium level, which could result in nausea, constipation, confusion, abnormal heart rhythm, and even kidney stones. It's nearly impossible to get too much vitamin D from su

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  7. New Views on Frequency of Osteoporosis Screening

    Oct. 17, 2010 -- Women aged 65 and older are advised to undergo bone mineral density (BMD) screening every two years, but those with normal results at age 67 may be able to wait 10 years before their next screening test, a new study suggests. Researchers say the 10-year interval is OK because the wo

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  8. FDA: Osteoporosis Drugs May Raise Thigh Fracture Risk

    Oct. 13, 2010 -- The bisphosphonate class of osteoporosis drugs -- including Actonel, Atelvia, Boniva, Fosamax, Reclast, and generics -- may raise the risk of thigh bone fracture, the FDA warns. There's no proof that the drugs cause the rare, serious thigh fractures called atypical femur fractures.

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  9. Exercise Helps Prevent Fractures

    Sept. 27, 2010 -- Elderly women with osteopenia, a condition with low levels of bone mineral density, can reduce their risk of hip fractures with regular daily exercise, a new study says. In people diagnosed with osteopenia, bone mineral density is lower than normal, but not low enough to be classif

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  10. Osteoporosis Drugs Linked to Rare Fractures

    Sept 14, 2010 -- Popular osteoporosis drugs known as bisphosphonates may increase the risk of rare, but painful thigh bone fractures, and their labeling should be updated to reflect this increased risk. That's the conclusion of a 27-person international task force that was convened by the American S

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