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Talk about osteoporosis

By EmpowHER February 4, 2008 - 4:24pm
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Share your struggles and successes about osteoporosis with other women.

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Thanks for the list of calcium-rich foods; it is a great "memory-jogger" of all the great foods that we can eat (including a yummy, low-fat milkshake). :-)

For those of us who are Southerners, I thought I'd also point out another calcium-rich food that is a staple in many outdoor outings: baked beans! :-)

1 cup of baked beans = over 150 mg of calcium
(www.mypyramid.gov can provide you with an individualized recommended daily allowance of calcium your body needs, depending on your gender, age and dietary needs).

There are some great recipes online for baked beans that use brown sugar in moderation. Send me a message and I'll send you a link to my favorite "healthier" baked bean recipe!

February 7, 2008 - 3:13pm
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80% of the people who suffer from Osteoporosis are women!

Calcium will not completely eliminate the risk but it helps - a lot. Each year, Americans suffer from 1.5 million fractures because of osteoporosis.

Here is what we can do -
Have a bone density test done.

Eat calcium rich foods -
Think dairy - milk, cheese, yogurt. Keep it low fat if you can. If you are lactose intolerant, vegetarian/vegan or just don't like dairy, try Chinese cabbage, kale and broccoli. Although most grains are not high in calcium (unless they have been fortified), they do contribute calcium to the diet because they are usually eaten frequently. There are many calcium-fortified foods now available, including fruit juices, breads, fruit drinks, tofu and cereals.

If you like fish then sardines and salmon are good choices.

Consider a calcium supplement and make sure it has Vitamin D added because this will aid with absorption.
Bone density can begin to lessen in our late 20s and 30s and post-menopausal women at at particular risk. Pregnant and breastfeeding women need to take care to make calcium intake a daily goal.

So getting plenty of calcium can help our bones stay healthy and it's never too late to help your body stay strong.

So pass the (low fat) milkshake!

Do you have any tasty recipes to share? What are you doing to make sure your body is getting the calcium it needs?

February 6, 2008 - 2:02pm
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