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According to Swedish researchers – early menopause linked to fracture risk

Researchers in Sweden have reported that undergoing the menopause before the age of 47 can result in an increased risk of both mortality and fractures at the age of 77. They followed 390 women who had their bone mineral density measured at the age of 48 and again at 77. The team also collected data on mortality rates and the number of fractures until the women reached the age of 82. Continue reading According to Swedish researchers – early menopause linked to fracture risk

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Does your lifestyle cause a change in the effect of alcohol on bone density at menopause?

Researchers at the University of Aberdeen have been looking at the research about lifestyle choices around such factors as healthy eating, smoking and physical activity and considering whether this has an impact on the way that alcohol affects the bone density of women during the menopause. Continue reading Does your lifestyle cause a change in the effect of alcohol on bone density at menopause?

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Eating Soy May Help Bone Health

A study of over 24,000 Chinese women has revealed that those that ate the most soy had the fewest bone fractures after menopause.  It appears that eating at least 5 grams of soy a day helped to prevent bone fractures, but those that ate more than 13 grams a day got the most benefit. 13 grams is equivalent to more that 60 milligrams of soy isoflavones. The greatest protection was afforded to those women who were within 10 years of their menopause as increased Soy intake did not appear to strengthen weakened bones.

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Weight Loss and Osteoporosis

Californian researchers have noted that women who lose about seven pounds or more in twelve months often show a decrease in their bone density.  This is more frequent in older women, therefore if you are planning to achieve some weight loss, it would be worth discussing an exercise plan with your doctor to help strengthen the bones for future years

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