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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Take Care of Your Bones: Take Calcium

When I was 14 yrs old, I had scoliosis surgery (curvature of the spine) and 5 yrs ago, I had another surgery which fused one of my disks. Due to the previous issues with my spine and now that I'm getting older, I have to take extra care of my bones/spine. I certainly don't want to develop osteoporosis or be affected with low bone density.

Osteoporosis is a condition that features loss of the normal density of bone and fragile bone.
According to Health Reports an estimated 10 million Americans over the age of 50 years old have osteoporosis. In addition 33 million people, mostly women, are afflicted with low bone density, placing them at an increased risk for developing this condition. At menopause, bone loss can range from 4% to 8%

Magnesium is an important supplement to add to your diet.Magnesium suppresses the hormone that tells your body to pull calcium from the bones, and stimulates the hormone that tells the body to put calcium in your bones.

A diet rich with calcium not only can help build strong bones and teeth, but also may help prevent osteoporosis, reduce the risk of colon cancer, control blood pressure, ease PMS and calm your nerves

The National Osteoporosis Foundation's daily recommendation of calcium is 1,000 to 1,500 milligrams each day.

Here's what you need at every age and stage of your life:
Ages 1 to 10: 800 to 1200 mg
Ages 11 to 24: 1200 to 1500 mg
Women 25 to 50: 1000 mg (pregnant & breastfeeding women should check with their doctor)
Men age 25 to 65: 1000 mg
Postmenopausal Women: 1000 mg if on hormone replacement therapy
1500 mg if not on HRT
Men over 65: 1500 mg

Health and Diet / True or false: The calcium content of low-fat dairy products is equal to regular, fat dairy products? True!
They both have the same amount of calcium, but the fat content is different. To cut down on the fat and not the calcium, choose 1 percent or fat free milk (or other low-fat dairy foods). Calcium is crucial for healthy bones and to ward off the effects of osteoporosis. Both men and women are susceptible.

Best calcium rich foods:

Nonfat milk, Ricotta cheese, yogurt, calcium-fortified soymilk, tofu, spinach, sardines, swiss chees, legumes, almonds

See 14 Calcium Rich Recipes from Better Homes & Garden

Don't fall behind with taking your calcium. Take Care of Your Bones!

Source: http://www.ediets.com/


Anonymous said...


I have had scoliosis for many years. In fact it started when I was nine years old. My parents never liked the idea of surgery, so we were introduced to this new Spincor Brace, it changed my life. if you want more info on it go to http://www.scoliosisspecialist.com . well I really enjoyed reading your blog. thank you.


AC Associates said...

Thanks Jessica for visiting. I really didn't have a choice with regards to the surgery. My spine was already into my lungs and breast tissue. Back then it was 9 months recovery, 3 of those months not being able to get out of bed...my poor mother! Well, it was all worth it. I hope you are pain free and have no affects from the curve.
Thank you for taking the time to comment.

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