According to the National Institutes of Health, osteoporosis is a disease that weakens bones and makes them more prone to breaks. To determine whether you have osteoporosis, your physician will order a bone mineral density test to take a “snapshot” of your bone health. The test can identify osteoporosis and
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Don’t Like a Healthy Food? Try It Again (and Again)
Dislike healthy foods like legumes (beans)? Maybe you just haven’t eaten them enough. “A primary factor that determines whether people like a food or not is their previous exposure to the food—in other words, if it’s a regular part of their
What does “osteoporosis -2.5” mean? To answer that question, we start with bone density scans, sometimes referred to as bone densitometry or dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA, also written as DXA). Such scans have become an increasingly popular testing modality as more than 10 million adults in the United States alone
Fibromyalgia symptoms may respond to vitamin D supplementation
People who suffer from the chronic pain and fatigue of fibromyalgia may benefit from taking vitamin D supplements, according to a study published in the February 2014 issue of the journal PAIN. Since there is no known cure for fibromyalgia, treatment focuses on
Q: I have pain in the bottom of my foot, in the area of my heel. What could this be?
A: It’s possible that you have plantar fasciitis, characterized by pain in the morning when you take your first step, followed by slight improvement, and then more pain later in the
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
According to the World Health Organization, osteoporosis poses a greater disease threat than exceeds that of hypertension (high blood pressure) and breast cancer. Yet, the disease rarely gets the attention it deserves.
Nonetheless, deterioration of the bones and increased risk of fractures is a huge health threat in the Western world, particularly
Whether you’re one of the estimated 50 million Americans who are lactose intolerant and avoid dairy products due to unpleasant gastrointestinal symptoms, or you simply avoid dairy as a dietary preference, it’s still important to meet your calcium recommendations. Calcium is an important nutrient for maintaining healthy bones, as well
When it comes to disease prevention, many people worry about heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, but rarely do people consider preventing a debilitating disease in their bones. Yet, the health of our bones should be…