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31 Days to Stronger Bones - May 11th - Ask Your Doctor About Medication

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

SP's "31 Days to Stronger Bones" tip today is,

"Ask about medication. Prescription medication can both treat and prevent osteoporosis. Talk to your doctor to see if you're a good candidate for these bone-enhancing drugs."

tells us that aggressive prevention and treatment of osteoporosis can involve medications that work by preventing natural breakdown of bone or medications that promote new bone formation. Examples of medications for the treatment of osteoporosis that prevent natural bone breakdown (anti-resorptive agents) include alendronate (Fosamax), risedronate (Actonel), etidronate (Didronel), and calcitonin. A medication designed to promote new bone formation is teriparatide (Forteo).

The bone is a living dynamic structure; it is constantly being removed (resorbed) and rebuilt. This process is an essential part of maintaining the normal calcium level in the blood. When the rate of resorption exceeds that of rebuilding over time, osteoporosis results. Anti- resorptive medications inhibit bone removal or resorption. This tips the balance toward bone rebuilding, thus increasing bone mass.

Today's "food for thought" is,

"Soft drinks have long been suspected of leading to lower calcium levels and higher phosphate levels in the blood. When phosphate levels are high and calcium levels are low, calcium is pulled out of the bones. The phosphate content of soft drinks like Coca -Cola and Pepsi is very high, and they contain virtually no calcium." ~ Michael Murray ND and Joseph Pizzorno ND, Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, Revised Second Edition

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EGRAMMY 5/12/2011 8:33AM

    Thanks for doing the work to bring us great blogs. SP should put you on staff.

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 5/12/2011 12:41AM

    Great stuff!

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DEE107 5/11/2011 11:52PM

    thanks for sharing

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31 Days to Stronger Bones - May 10th - Make It A Meatless Monday

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

SP's "31 Days to Stronger Bones" tip today is,

"Make it a Meatless Monday. Studies show that vegetarians have greater bone density and lower rates of osteoporosis than meateaters. Try going meatless at least once a week."

tells us that osteoporosis is to a great degree a total dietary problem, not merely a calcium problem. Our bodies can adapt to a reduction in calcium intake by increasing the efficiency of intestinal calcium absorption. Usually only about 30% of the calcium we eat is absorbed. But when needed we can double or nearly triple the absorption. If we choose to eat a balanced vegetarian diet, we can prevent, and in many instances partially reverse osteoporosis. Studies done to compare bone density in meat eaters and vegetarians, found that vegetarians had greater bone densities than meat eaters, even though the quantity of bone calcium was lower in the vegetarians. Those vegetarians who reach approximately 69 years of age, appear to suffer no further decline in bone density, whereas in meat eaters, bone loss continues.

Today's "food for thought" is,

"Osteoporosis is not an inevitable part of ageing; it is preventable. So it is vital that all of us, of all ages, start taking care of our bones now, before it is too late." ~ Camilla Parker Bowles

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OURELEE1 5/11/2011 5:30PM


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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 5/11/2011 12:53AM

    I've been doing this since watching Oprah a few months back talk about it. This is a great and healthy way to start your week off good.

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DEE107 5/10/2011 11:11PM

    thanks for sharing

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EGRAMMY 5/10/2011 9:48PM

    emoticon So how did you make the words in the heart?

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31 Days to Stronger Bones - May 9th - Pump Iron

Monday, May 09, 2011

SP's "31 Days to Stronger Bones" tip today is,

"Pump iron. Strength training is good for your muscles and your bones. Dumbbell, resistance band, body weight and machine exercises all build bone strength. Aim for 2 - 3 sessions per week."

By stressing your bones, strength training increases bone density and reduces the risk of osteoporosis.

tells us that when researchers compared a group of 50-to-70 year old women who lifted weights twice a week with a group who did no exercise, after a year they found the non-exercisers had lost about 2% of bone density, while the strength trainers gained 1% proving indeed that strength training works!!!

Today's "food for thought" is,

"Osteoporosis and fracture risk are under diagnosed and under treated in the US and world wide. We have the clinical, research, and public health knowledge to improve this, but there is a gap between what we know we need to do and what we are actually doing." ~ Prof. Ethel Siris, president of National Osteoporosis Foundation (USA), IOF Board member.

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EGRAMMY 5/10/2011 3:12PM

    OK I should follow your advice to better health. Thanks for keep us informed

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 5/10/2011 12:42AM

    Some great stuff there, thanks!

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DEE107 5/9/2011 10:41PM

    thanks for sharing

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31 Days to Stronger Bones - May 8th - Go Dairy

Sunday, May 08, 2011

SP's "31 Days to Stronger Bones" tip today is,

"Drink milk. Dairy products are the best sources of calcium. Just one cup of milk or yogurt contains 300 mg of calcium. Try to get three servings of dairy (or other calcium-rich alternatives) each day."

Easy tips to include calcium-rich nutrients from the National Dairy Council found at betterkidcare.psu.edu/BKCKitLunch/Lu

- Instead of mixing your hot cereal with water, use milk.
- Top pancakes with yogurt and fruit instead of syrup.
- For easy on the go yum, try adding yogurt with cereal instead of ilk; fewer spills!
- Fill ice cube trays with chocolate or strawberry milk and serve in glasses of milk for a cold surprise.
- Top your popcorn with finely shredded cheese.
- Dip your fruit in yogurt.
- Mix plain yogurt with taco seasoning or ranch dressing mix for a yummy vegetable dip.
- Did pretzels and vegetables in 1 cup plain yogurt mixed with mustard.
- Serve warm milk sprinkled with cinnamon.
- Roll pretzel rods in 1 - 2 slices of low-fat cheese.

And today's "food for thought" is,

"Unless we constantly replenish our supply of calcium, drop by drop, our bones become thinner from depleting our calcium savings account. It's like living off your principal instead of your interest. It's not smart, and it puts you at risk for osteoporosis." ~ Robert Heaney

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OURELEE1 5/9/2011 5:32PM

  Thank you.

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EGRAMMY 5/9/2011 6:52AM

    emoticon I love milk. DH loves ice cream. I am fat and he is too skinny.

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 5/9/2011 12:38AM

    I do well with dairy except for milk, getting better though. Thanks for sharing.

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DEE107 5/9/2011 12:13AM

    thanks for sharing

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Mama by B.J. Thomas - Happy Mother's Day!!!

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Take a moment to listen and enjoy!

Who's the one who tied your shoe when you were young
And knew just when to come and see what you had done?
Mama, oh Mama
And who's the one who patched your eye and told you not to cry
'cause he was too big for you to try?
Mama, Ma-a-ma

And who's the one you didn't need to plead
To give her time to the Little League?
It was Mama, oh, ma-a-a-ma-a-a
And who's the one who gave her shoulder
When you told her your first love was over she'd met someone older
Mama, Mama

It was Mama, my ma-a-a-ma-a-a
Ma-a-ma, oh ma-a-ma

Who's the one who taught you obligation then dedication result graduation?
Mama, Mama
And who's the one who's shown the friends you've known
A home away from home when they were tired and all alone?
Mama, Mama

And who's the one who held a tear inside
When you introduced your future bride?
And who's the one who didn't mean to cry
As you walked down the aisle, the tears you saw her smile
Mama, oh, Mama
Ma-a-m-a-a, my Ma-a-ma-a
It was Ma-a-m-a-a

(Lyrics by Mark Charron)

Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever. ~ Author Unknown

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DEE107 5/9/2011 12:13AM

    thanks for sharing HAPPY MOthers day

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EGRAMMY 5/8/2011 10:30PM

    Thank you

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OURELEE1 5/8/2011 8:33PM

  Beautiful-Thank you

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    lovely - thanks!

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