Osteoporosis

Petra Casey, M.D., is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mayo Clinic. Her clinical and research interests
Facing particular disadvantages, here are a few things African American women can do to avoid osteoporosis.
A reminder not to get your health advice from Instagram.
Until recently, muscle has been the stepchild of organs. Seen as an unsophisticated apparatus for locomotion and nothing
Take care of yourself and your family. After all, healthy families build healthy communities!
Eating disorders, amenorrhea, and osteoporosis affect certain groups of athletes, often occurring as symptoms to this syndrome
She told me that although all that walking is great for my overall health and keeps me lean, I am -- ironically -- too lean
To kick off National Osteoporosis Month, I'll start by sharing the best strength-training exercises you can do anywhere, any time, and without equipment! Okay . . . grab your sneakers and let's go!
For some, having a few extra pounds has an added cosmetic bonus. Often body fat provides a bit of volume replacement and fills in wrinkles and sunken areas of your face. While not a real health benefit, looking good usually makes people feel good and feeling good and positive goes a long way.
Kids often get knee pain. When it persists, an X-ray may show a lesion of the articular cartilage: the bearing surface of the joint. That lesion is usually called Osteochondritis dissecans, a terrible and misleading name that implies inflammation (itis) and drying out (dissecans), though neither is present in the condition.
We take sunlight for granted. In our hubris we produce our own version of light and imagine it an acceptable replacement. Oddly, we have a greater appreciation of plants' need for natural light than our own. Recent research now adds depression to the already lengthy list of illnesses associated with inadequate sunlight.
Mark your calendars! October 20th is World Osteoporosis Day, an annual event dedicated to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease.
If you don't get much sun exposure and don't consume vitamin D from fortified foods, such as dairy foods, you may be deficient. Taking 400 to 1,000 IU is very safe. Otherwise, don't overdo a good thing.
Good news you can control. The foods that you eat -- as well as other lifestyle habits -- can affect your bones. To build
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I do not recommend anyone wait until 60 to begin an active exercise routine, but if you are in this age range and want to finally begin, it is possible to succeed.
If you're over 50 and fracture a bone, there's a very good shot you'll be treated and released without first having a simple test that could make the difference between enjoying a healthy, active future . . . or succumbing to a painful, limited one.
"Stand up to osteoporosis. Before you can't." I'm here to tell you that I'm sitting down, but I'm still on board with the prevention of osteoporosis. These two concepts are not mutually exclusive.