3 Vital Ingredients to Keeping Your Bones Healthy

Although osteoporosis overwhelmingly affects women, it’s not just a female problem. Osteoporosis affects more than half of U.S. adults, about a quarter of whom are men, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF). About 10 million U.S. adults have osteoporosis, the NOF reports. Another nearly 43 million U.S. adults – half of them men – have low bone mass. Osteoporosis is a disease in … Read More

Which Yogurt Is Right for You? (Infographic)

Yogurt is a popular snack that’s here to stay. Whether you’re trying to build muscle or lose weight, you’ve got more yogurt options than ever. Below, we compare dairy varieties — both Greek-style and regular — with non-dairy varieties. Some provide more protein, calcium and vitamin D. Others are better for vegans or those with dairy sensitivities. We explain which … Read More

Best Beverages for Your Kids to Drink in Hot Weather

Whether your child is dripping with sweat from playing tag in the hot sun or from playing basketball in the gym, it’s critical for moms and dads to  make sure their youngsters drink enough fluids in the summertime. That doesn’t mean heading for the nearest vending machines for a sugar-laden beverage. On average, a 12-oz serving of … Read More

Recipe: Tofu Italian ‘Meatballs’

For a twist on the traditional, try this recipe the next time you crave Italian. You’ll eat fewer calories, less fat and less cholesterol. And as a bonus, the tofu is a good source of calcium. Ingredients Meatballs 1 pound firm tofu 2 tablespoons onion flakes ¼ teaspoon oregano ¼ teaspoon salt Pepper Dash of … Read More

Are You Taking Too Much Calcium, A or D?

Vitamin and mineral supplements are a good thing. But too much of a good thing can negate any health benefits — and even pose health risks. With calcium, vitamin A and vitamin D, “more is not necessarily better,” cautions Melissa Young, MD, of the Center for Integrative Medicine. 1. Calcium Why it matters: Calcium plays … Read More

Best for Your Heart: Calcium From Food

If you are a heart patient or at risk for heart disease, cardiology experts suggest eating a high-calcium diet rather than taking calcium supplements for bone health, unless your doctor advises otherwise. Bone density declines as you age. The risk of bone fractures is particularly high in post-menopausal women. Calcium supplements can help, but the … Read More

Study Finds Smarter Predictions for Heart Attack Risk

When plaque calcifies inside the coronary arteries, it puts you at higher risk for heart attack or stroke. A new study finds that knowing just how dense these plaques are may help doctors better predict who is at greater risk for a cardiovascular event. Researchers at the University of California-San Diego studied computed tomography (CT) … Read More

Do You Really Need to Take Vitamin D Supplements?

Researchers analyzing hundreds of studies say vitamin D supplements won’t protect healthy, middle-aged adults from osteoporosis. And even worse, they say the supplements may increase the risk of death from other diseases. But make sure you aren’t deficient in vitamin D before you stop taking the supplement, say Cleveland Clinic bone health experts. “The take-home … Read More

5 Osteoporosis Assumptions: Myth or Fact?

Sadly, the first time many people think about osteoporosis is after their first bone fracture. Even though this disease of weakened bones is highly common — affecting as many as 200 million people worldwide — many myths prevent people from seeking the treatment or risk-reduction strategies they need. Below are just a few common assumptions. … Read More