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Editor’s Letter—Calcium and Vitamin D: Diet is Your Best Source

By Orli R. Etingin, MD, Editor-in-Chief

Calcium is an essential mineral for bone health, metabolism, and muscle function. A recent study suggests that dietary calcium is healthiest, and that women who take calcium supplements may even have a slightly higher risk of heart disease. With that in mind, many patients are

Bone Health: Milk and Beyond

Osteoporosis is typically thought of as a woman’s concern but it also affects a lot of men. As many as one-half of postmenopausal women and one and five older men are at risk for osteoporosis-related fractures.
The risk of this bone-thinning disease increases with age. At the time of menopause, women

How to Accurately Test for Vitamin D Deficiency

Several tests are available from your doctor to determine your degree of bone loss or rate of bone breakdown with the DEXA scan being the “gold standard”. But, a test for vitamin D deficiency may be the most important test of all.

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