Exercise Reduces Risk of Kidney Stones

Choosing the minor discomfort of regular exercise may reduce the excruciating pain of kidney stones in women. Researchers studied the exercise and eating habits 84,225 postmenopausal women for a median of 8 years. They found that women who exercised more reduced their kidney stone risk by 31%. The equivalent of 4 hours of gardening per…

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Soy Milk Can Lower Risk of Osteoporosis

Soy milk, fortified and consumed at least once per day, was as effective as dairy consumption in protecting against osteoporosis. This finding comes from a cohort of 337 postmenopausal women enrolled in Adventist Health Study 2. Those drinking soy milk had 58% lower odds of osteoporosis, and women drinking dairy milk at least once per…

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Recipe for Weight Loss

More than 400 postmenopausal women were randomly assigend to two groups: either a "lifestyle change" group, which included group meetings with professionals, or a health education control group. After 48 months of follow-up, 57% of the women in the lifestyle change group and 29% of the controls had maintained at least 5 pounds of weight…

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Walking Improves Breast Cancer Survival

The Women's Health Initiative study conducted at Yale School of Public Health found that postmenopausal breast cancer survivors live longer if they walk briskly for three or more hours per week, compared to survivors who had low levels of activity. This held true even if the women had not been active before their diagnosis.PositiveTip: Walking regularly…

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Exercise Benefits Postmenopausal Bones, Black Cohosh Doesn’t

The results of a year-long German clinical trial of 128 postmenopausal women discovered that women who exercise vigorously maintained bone density in their spines, and had a slight increase in density at the hip.A subgroup of the exercisers who received black cohosh showed no benefit from the herbal supplement. Women who exercised lightly experienced declines in…

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