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A man who breaks a wrist after age 50 is more likely to die prematurely than a woman with the same injury.
November 5, 2014 A broken wrist may not seem like much, but it can be the first sign that you're headed for a broken hip or spinal fracture. Men often don't realize they are at risk of osteoporosis as they age.
If only it was as simple as popping a supplement and being set for life. But alas, no.
October 12, 2013 A review of clinical trials using vitamin D to build bone density in middle-aged women finds that it doesn't help. That may be because those women aren't generally low on calcium and that D helps the body absorb calcium in the gut only if it's seriously lacking. It may do more good in the elderly.
A broken hip like the one at left is a big health worry for older women.
September 25, 2013 Many older women get bone scans every two years to look for signs of osteoporosis. But for the vast majority of people, the repeat scans don't detect significant changes. New research suggests it may make sense to stop or slow down on the scans after people have had an initial test.
Forgoing calcium supplements is a fine approach for most people, a preventive services panel says.
February 25, 2013 There's no evidence that calcium supplements help prevent bone fractures in most people, a preventive services task force says. And calcium supplements boost the risk of kidney stones, and perhaps heart disease.
Federal health officials recommend 1,000 milligrams of calcium per day for people younger than 50, but some are overdoing it.
August 13, 2012 Calcium has been touted to stave off osteoporosis and promote bone health. But new research suggests going overboard on calcium consumption could lead to kidney stones or even a heart attack.
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June 21, 2012 Our evolutionary history is inscribed on our very skin. The explanation for why diverse skin colors evolved over time makes not only for good anthropology, but also for applied knowledge that may help us keep intact our Vitamin D health.
January 18, 2012 Many older women currently get scans every two years to check for signs of osteoporosis, a bone-thinning disease that can cause painful spine fractures and broken hips. But a new study suggests perhaps half of women over 67 might not need such bone scans more often than every 15 years.
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July 21, 2011 Some research suggests there may be an increased risk of esophageal cancer for people who take some popular osteoporosis medicines. The Food and Drug Administration is reviewing the data but says there isn't enough information to draw a firm conclusion.
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