In addition to its key role in imparting strength to bones and teeth, calcium plays a critical role as a messenger in cell-signaling pathways throughout the body and is necessary for normal cell function, transmission of nerve signals, secretion of hormones, blood coagulation, muscle contraction, and muscle relaxation.
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One in three women over age 50 suffers a fracture due to osteoporosis, a condition that causes fragile bones, according to a report issued by the International Osteoporosis Foundation in October 2013. Although osteoporosis itself causes no symptoms, it raises the risk of a bone fracture, which can be painful
You know that calcium is important for bone health, but you may not be aware that certain medications and medical conditions can affect calcium absorption. So, while getting calcium from dietary sources is optimum, taking calcium supplements may be crucial for women with a calcium deficiency.
Corticosteroids, heartburn medications, and certain
Natural diuretics are herbs or other plants used for their effect on the urinary tract and fluid balance. Diuretics are primarily used to eliminate excess fluid from body tissues, to flush the urinary tract in the treatment of urinary infections, and in detoxification of the body via increased excretion of
Kidney stones have historically afflicted mostly men under the age of 60. That’s no longer the case. It’s now estimated that about 20 percent of men over age 65 form kidney stones. But it’s not just white men who are increasingly at risk. The incidence of kidney stones is also
Because kidney pain location is frequently focused in the upper back, it’s easy to mistake kidney pain for pinched nerve that can trigger spinal stenosis symptoms. Kidney pain also tends to feel different—deeper, with kidney pain location under the ribs rather than centered on the spinal column (although kidneys pain
Over a lifespan, celiac disease symptoms tend to shift from primarily gastrointestinal ones in children (diarrhea, bloating, pain) to “non-classical” or “subclinical” ones in adults (fatigue, anemia, arthritis, and numbness/tingling in the fingers and toes). Non-classical symptoms can make celiac disease harder to spot, particularly if a patient has other
Meeting Your Water Needs
You’ve no doubt heard that everyone should drink eight glasses of water a day, but that’s mostly a myth. What is true is that there’s far more to hydration than counting glasses of water: In addition to water, other beverages, and even foods, can help you meet
You Might Need More
Most Americans get plenty of protein, despite the marketing hype suggesting otherwise, but an emerging scientific consensus says older adults may need even more. Evidence also is mounting that the timing of older adults’ protein consumption may be important; the traditional, protein-heavy dinner might need to give