Can Drinking Too Much Milk Make Your Bones More Brittle?

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

Sodas, Tea and Coffee: Which Can Lower Your Bone Density?

Colas and coffee appear to have some effect on women’s bone density and could lead to osteoporosis. But tea — even the kind with caffeine — and other sodas do not. And men are not affected at all. Confused? You’re not alone. While scientists have gathered data that links consumption of colas and coffee with loss of … Read More

Stay Healthy as a Senior Athlete

Aging affects multiple organ systems, from the heart and lungs to your bones and metabolism. Of all the changes, musculoskeletal issues have the most impact on the aging senior’s sport. These changes include: An overall decrease in muscle and bone mass Stiffening of muscles Weakening of tendons and cartilage The good news is that staying … Read More

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Vitamin D: Great for Bones But Not Pain Relief

Vitamin D may not be the answer for arthritis pain relief in our knees, but it’s still a vitamin vital for good bone health. A new study from Tufts Medical Center found vitamin D supplements did not reduce knee pain or cartilage volume loss among knee osteoarthritis sufferers. Yet even if Vitamin D isn’t effective … Read More

Why Women Need to Mind Their Bones

The percentage of Americans with osteoporosis who are women is a whopping 80 percent — totaling more than 35 million people. What’s the message for women? Mind your bones! While bone density – the amount of tissue contained in bone – diminishes as we age, exercise is one way to help offset the effects. Exercise tips … Read More

What Women Need to Know About Their Bones (Video)

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.

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Vitamin D: Good for Bones and More

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

Crohn’s and Bones: Avoid Osteoporosis Risk

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