Farming helped fuel the rise of civilizations, but it may also have given us less robust bones.
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December 22, 2014 Humans have lighter bones than other primates, and that change happened a lot later than anthropologists had thought. Blame our sedentary ways after our ancestors took up farming.
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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.
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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