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Increasing vitamin D levels to help prevent osteoporosis

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One of the risk factors contributing to an increased likelihood of developing osteoporosis is a lack of vitamin D. As we all know we get most of it from being exposed to sunlight for a small portion of every day; however here in the UK that’s difficult during the winter months in particular as the light often isn’t strong enough and the cold reduces our willingness to expose our bare skin. Continue reading Increasing vitamin D levels to help prevent osteoporosis

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June 2012 Newsletter and Updates from The Hysterectomy Association

Welcome to our June 2012 Newsletter and firstly I’d like to give a huge welcome to everyone who has joined us on email since April. There has been so much going on for the last two months and I have so much to report and share with you too. Many more of you are coming forward to share your stories, both the happy and the sad ones and I’m always aware that it is through this personal contact that most women feel supported. So thank you to everyone who has contributed to this section of the website – it is growing well and will be a resource of enormous benefit for the future. Continue reading June 2012 Newsletter and Updates from The Hysterectomy Association

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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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Osteoporosis could be reduced if more women were aware of the risk factors

Earlier this month the president of the European Foundation of Women and Health, told a meeting of clinicians who work with osteoporosis patients in Dublin that the number of cases of osteoporosis could be reduced if more women were aware of the risk factors and how lifestyle choices such as drinking, smoking, lack of exercise and lack of calcium could increase their chances of getting the disease. Continue reading Osteoporosis could be reduced if more women were aware of the risk factors

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On Osteoporosis

Researchers in New Zealand and Minneapolis (US) have found that women who turn grey before they are 40 and who are very slim, may be at an increased risk of osteoporosis. Indications are that premature loss of hair may also be linked to osteopenia (low bone density). (Journal Clinical Endocrinol Metabolism; [1997]; Vol 82:11; 3580-3)

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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.