A new study reports that calcium supplements could help women live longer. But what about previous research linking too much calcium to heart disease risk? More
Topic: bone health
This morning I wrote about a new study linking extra weight to poor bone quality in young women. So as not to dwell on the negative, let’s move on to ways to boost bone health—without adding any more dairy to the diet.
There’s been a good deal of research on “belly fat”—the deep, visceral layer of fat that accumulates underneath the abdominal muscles—as a serious risk factor for older, post-menopausal women. But new research highlights the toll this type of abdominal fat can take on young women as well— particularly on our bone health. More
A woman in Michigan has developed a rare bone disease, almost never seen in Europe or North America, called skeletal fluorosis, and doctors believe it’s from too much tea. As a woman who is almost never without a pot of water on the stove, I was pretty horrified to hear that my love of green tea and honey might be detrimental! Here’s what happened, plus whether or not you should start side-eyeing your Earl Grey. More
Many people take calcium and magnesium to prevent osteoporosis, but those two nutrients alone aren’t enough to achieve optimal bone health and reduce your risk. What causes osteoporosis and bone loss isn’t just a calcium deficiency, so your osteoporosis prevention plan should also take into consideration the following recommendations More
The award for worst health reporting of the week goes to…numerous news outlets that reported on the benefits of booze for bone health today. A study released this morning, which suggests that regular alcohol consumption could lower risk of osteoporosis in women over 50—the problem is, the study’s scope was miniscule, didn’t test against other lifestyle factors, and its findings run counter to just about every other evaluation of alcohol’s impact on bone health. So headlines reporting the study’s conclusion in the guise of cutting-edge health advice aren’t just overly hopeful; they’re overly irresponsible. More
May is Employee Health and Fitness Month, but it’s also about a million other cause-months that we think are important. Like, for example, National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month–which we take pretty seriously because, here in the U.S., about 10 million individuals already suffer from osteoporosis, and about of half women over the age of 50 will break a bone due to the highly-preventable disease. Regardless of your age, it’s never too late to start thinking about your bone health. More