Nutrition / Nutrition / September 14, 2012

The world woke up to Mediterranean diet in the mid-1990s and from the time Dr. Walter Willett of Harvard University’s School of Public Health spoke of it in the positive, the Health shelves in bookstores have been replete with bestsellers on Mediterranean Diet. Even television’s lifestyle shows have run series on Mediterranean Diet and enjoyed a cult-like status. Many a study were launched and funded to find out about the health benefits this diet rich in olive. Today we know that olive has a very positive and strong impact on our cardiovascular health. It also protects us from certain cancer types. It now turns out that using a Mediterranean Diet rich in olives also protects our bones and including them in your diet for just two years exhibited a protective effect on bones which were on their way to losing…

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Bone-Healthy Living / Nutrition / September 5, 2012

There is some good news for wine drinkers. If recent research from the University of Oregon is to be believed moderate consumption of wine on a regular basis benefits the bones and this is especially true for aging women who have crossed menopause. Apparently, a glass or two of wine works as well as certain anti-resorptive drugs at keeping the bones strong and from leading to the development of osteoporosis. However, make no mistake it is wine or beer and not any other form of alcohol that drives home the benefit to the thinning bones. Also, caution is to be practiced in terms of the amount of wine that is being consumed. Any more than a glass or two will do damage. Experts from the International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research took a look at the study conducted by the…

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Nutrition / Nutrition / December 13, 2011

Overweight and obese premenopausal women who are on severe diets can now draw hope from the recent findings which show that increasing the proportion of dairy foods in their diet could keep their calorie count low and yet not affect their bone health adversely. Studies on bone mass conducted several years ago showed that a higher body weight contributed towards greater bone mass and so when persons go on diet to curb weight gain or reduce weight, they compromise their bone health. Though effects of factors such as dairy intake (for calcium and protein) and exercise on bone health were individually studied independent of each other, there were no cases that observed their combined effect on overweight and obese premenopausal women. Now, a new study conducted by the McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario has a report which has been accepted…

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Bone-Healthy Living / Nutrition / October 14, 2011

Reclast is a Novartis drug (chemical name: zoledronic acid or zoledronate) that prevents the release of calcium from bones, thus reducing the rate of bone mass deterioration, especially in post-menopausal women. The chemical is also sold under the brand name Zometa. It is prescribed for men to help increase their bone mass and is especially recommended in persons who will be on any steroid combination for over a year as a part of their osteoporosis management program. (1) Now there is sufficient evidence that Reclast raises the risk for kidney failure in osteoporosis patients especially if they already have kidney impairment or suffer from severe dehydration. The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has gone further to warn such patients as those on potentially kidney-damaging medications or diuretics while they are being given Reclast. Though the drug which was approved in…

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