If you don’t get enough calcium from your diet, your body can compensate by borrowing it from your bones. This can make your bones weak and brittle over time. However, a simple blood test can detect this condition, called hyperparathyroidism.
Looking for a healthy balance? Registered dietitian Laura Jeffers, MEd, RD, LD, provides tips for adding maca — a nutritionally dense Peruvian root — to your diet.
Milk is good for bones, but what if your child won’t drink it – or can’t due to lactose intolerance? Learn how to make sure your child gets enough calcium and builds strong bones, milk or no milk.
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
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
If you drink milk to keep your bones strong, there’s good logic in it. Milk and dairy products are concentrated calcium sources, and we know calcium fortifies bones and prevents osteoporosis. However, a recent study suggests that while some milk may be good, more is not better. In fact, too much milk may be bad … Read More
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
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
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
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