Calcium Underfire

Increased calcium intake from either supplements or dietary sources may not be as effective in supporting bone mineral density (BMD) or reducing fracture risk as once thought.  Researchers found increased calcium intake resulted in only small increases in BMD in 14,000 people over 50, but the changes were so small they would not be clinically significant. Another…

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High School Habits Build Stronger Bones

Japanese researchers examined the bone mineral density of the spine and hip in almost 400 high school males over a ten year period. After adjusting for the participants' age and weight, the researchers found that consuming breakfast and exercising for at least 10 hours per week was associated with peak bone mass. PositiveTip: Healthy habits…

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Is Whole-Body Vibration Beneficial?

Wondering about getting one of those expensive platforms to rapidly vibrate your body to build bone density? Think again! Canadian researchers found no siginificant difference between women who received 20 minutes of whole-body vibration (WBV) everyday for one year compared to no WBV. All received calcium and vitamin D supplements. There were 202 postmenopausal women in…

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Cola May Be Bad News for the Bones

More than 2500 people in the Framingham Osteoporosis Study with an average age of 60 were given bone-mineral density measurements of the spine and and three different hip sites. In the women, cola drinks were associated with lower bone mineral density at all three hip sites. The principle investigator, Katherine Tucker said, "The more cola…

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Good News for Vegetarians’ Bone Density

Bone health has been a concern to those who choose a vegetarian diet. A newly published meta-analysis of nine earlier studies on bone-mineral density (BMD) and vegetarian diets is cause to breathe a bit easier. While vegetarians and vegans have a slightly lower BMD (4% and 6% respectively) than omnivores, the size of the difference…

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