Holly L. Thacker, MD, talks about how young women should give more thought to their bone health, and much earlier in life, than many actually do. If you’re in this camp, maybe you’re not aware that you can grow bone density all the way up to ages 25 to 30! To maximize bone growth, get plenty of calcium and vitamin D — milk is one obvious source — and exercise.
Vitamin D is known for fortifying bones but may have many other health benefits, too. “The literature of the past decade goes way beyond bone health,” says Tanya Edwards, MD, Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Integrative Medicine. “The populations that have the highest vitamin D levels have a lower incidence of Alzheimer’s disease, strokes … Read More
If you have Crohn’s disease, you are more at risk for low bone mineral density, or osteoporosis. This means your chance of breaking your bones is much greater. The good news is there are ways to prevent this, including simple vitamin and mineral supplements. But first, your doctor needs to determine if these are right … Read More
Collaboration has always, and will always, further discoveries in science and medicine. Recently, I’ve witnessed the renewal of a six-year, $64.6 million dollar NIH grant awarded to Cleveland’s Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC). The grant will be shared by Cleveland Clinic, University Hospital Case Medical Center, MetroHealth System, and the Louis Stokes VA Medical … Read More
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Age 70 and beyond are very important senior years when women want to maintain their independence.
We tend to associate osteoporosis, or the loss of bone density, with women. But 1.5 million men over age 65 have osteoporosis, and another 3.5 million are at risk for the disease. Osteoporosis in men is often associated with: Prolonged exposure to medications that impact bone density —These include steroids, anticonvulsants, cancer therapies and aluminum-containing … Read More
Your 60s should see you continuing your periodic Pap smears and HPV tests, mammogram, pelvic exams and colon cancer screenings (if needed), advises Holly L. Thacker, MD. You should have had your shingles vaccine by age 60, and by 65 you need the pneumonia vaccine and a bone density scan. Check your senses: are you having regular hearing and eye exams? You should!
Your body needs vitamin D — especially if you are active. Vitamin D has the power to maintain and repair bone. Plus, vitamin D helps prevent low bone density, osteoporosis and fracture. Vitamin D helps you reach your peak athletic performance by improving strength, speed, endurance, balance and reaction time, explains Cleveland Clinic Sports Health medical … Read More