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How protect yourself from osteoporosis and heart disease besides taking estrogen

Some 20 million American women are affected by osteoporosis.
Certainly for osteoporosis there are natural things that a woman can do that are somewhat helpful. Exercise, eat a decent diet, get enough calcium—but at the next level, which is taking medication, a woman’s options include alendronate, calcitonin and raloxifene or tamoxifen.
Ask your doctor if you should have a bone density scan, which is an x-ray of your bones that can detect bone loss. Your doctor may recommend hormone therapy or other drugs, diet changes or exercise to increase the mass and strength of your bones.

For cardiovascular disease, it’s the same thing: a low-fat diet, antioxidant vitamins, exercises, not smoking—all the things we know and read about. None of them is as good as estrogen for either osteoporosis or cardiovascular disease, but there certainly is some benefit. It’s better than doing nothing.

In the antioxidant area, folate is at least as strong as estrogen for fighting cardiovascular disease, as is vitamin E. For a smoker, quitting smoking will actually have as big an impact as taking estrogen.

So in fact there are a number of comparable strategies, and those with equal benefits and low risks should come to the top of the list of strategies. To me, that’s where some of these options clearly dominate the choice of estrogen for preventing heart disease.


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One Response to “How protect yourself from osteoporosis and heart disease besides taking estrogen”

  1. Protein Bar on October 19th, 2009 1:39 pm

    Protein Bar…

    There are a lot of good opinions here. Really gives me a new way of looking at things….

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