How to Prevent Osteoporosis

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  • Internationally, osteoporosis affects 1 in 10 women aged 60; 2 in 10 women aged 70; 4 in 10 women aged 80; and two-thirds of women aged 90. Across Europe, the rate of prevalence among men ranges between 6.7% and 6.9%
  • An estimated 34 million Americans also have low bone density, known as osteopenia, which raises your risk of fractures and may progress into osteoporosis
  • Bisphosphonate drugs prescribed for osteoporosis have been shown to weaken bone and cause microcracks that heighten your risk for atypical bone fractures
  • Nutrients that are important for healthy bone growth and strength include vitamin D, vitamins K1 and K2, calcium, magnesium, collagen, boron and strontium
  • Most load-bearing exercises fail to produce sufficient osteogenic load to trigger bone growth. Research suggests the load needed to trigger bone growth in the hip is 4.2 times your bodyweight. Blood flow restriction training is an alternative that not only appears to have a beneficial effect on bone health but is also viable for the elderly and those who can’t lift heavy weights

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Research Project Takes Aim at Magnesium Deficiency

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  • Magnesium is required for the functioning of more than 300 enzyme systems driving a diverse array of biological reactions in your body
  • Magnesium is important for healthy mitochondrial function, energy production, heart health and cognition. It’s also important for the metabolism and activation of other nutrients, including vitamin D
  • An estimated 48% of Americans do not get sufficient magnesium from their diet. Among postmenopausal women with osteoporosis, the rate of magnesium deficiency is 84%, and up to 75% of diabetics are magnesium depleted
  • While severe deficiency can be identified through a careful analysis of physical symptoms, mild or subclinical deficiency is far more difficult to spot, so testing is advisable
  • GrassrootsHealth’s Magnesium*PLUS Focus Project aims to help identify the ideal dosage with a given compound and level, the specific health outcomes associated with magnesium deficiency and sufficiency, the dose-response relationships and much more

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Annual Physicals May Do More Harm Than Good

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Studies in which people have been randomly assigned to get an annual physical or not have found there is no significant difference in health between the two groups  Continue reading

Top Foods to Eat When You’re Pregnant

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If you’re pregnant or planning to be, focus on minimizing processed foods while increasing your intake of vegetables, healthy fats, and high-quality sources of protein  Continue reading

Foods, Supplements, and Other Lifestyle Strategies That Promote Good Vision

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Deteriorating vision is primarily a side effect of our modern lifestyle that limits our time outside in daylight Continue reading

Foods, Supplements, and Other Lifestyle Strategies That Promote Good Vision

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Deteriorating vision is primarily a side effect of our modern lifestyle that limits our time outside in daylight Continue reading

Basic Exercise Guide for Older Seniors and the Infirm

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Falls are the most common cause of hip fractures and traumatic brain injuries among seniors, and injuries like these may spell the end of independent living Continue reading

Essential Tips for Treating Sunburn

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One of the most strategies for sunburn is applying raw aloe vera gel topically to the burn

Research has shown applying aloe to sunburn offers both and pain-relieving effects, Continue reading

US Government Admits Americans Have Been Overdosed on Fluoride

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The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has lowered the recommended level of fluoride in water from 0.7 to 1.2 milligrams per liter (mg/L) of water to 0.7 mg/L, to prevent signs of fluoride overexposure

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Boost Your Brain Health by Developing a Higher Purpose in Life, and Other Simple Brain-Boosting Strategies

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Personality traits like optimism and having a sense of purpose can benefit your health in a number of different ways, and ultimately help you live longer

One recent study found that having a sense of purpose reduced odds of Continue reading

Eat Right to Protect Your Eyesight

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Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of blindness among the elderly, but may be largely preventable through an antioxidant-rich diet Continue reading

Beginner’s Guide to Edible Mushrooms as Medicine

Although mushrooms get good press as a low-calorie, high fiber, low-cholesterol, low-sodium decoration for your pizza, there is much more to the mushroom story than that. Continue reading

Do You Need a Vitamin D Supplement to Maintain Ideal Levels?

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Vitamin D is involved in the biochemical cellular machinery of all cells and tissues in your body. When you don’t have enough, your entire body will struggle to operate as nature intended Continue reading

Does a Pepper a Day Keep Parkinson’s Away?

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Eating peppers – but not other vegetables in the Solanaceae family — was associated with a 19 percent lower risk of Parkinson’s disease in a new study

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Neuroplasticity Studies Reveal Your Brain’s Amazing Malleability

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Your brain is malleable, continually changing in response to your lifestyle, physiology, emotions, and environment; this is called neuroplasticity

Your choices and habits today profoundly influence how healthy your brain remains and how well it continues to function as you age Continue reading