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        <p>As a woman ages, and begins edging toward menopause, she
produces less estrogen, the hormone that helps control the rate at which
calcium is reabsorbed into the bones. As estrogen levels fall, the bones
may begin giving up more calcium than they take in. As a result, they get
softer, weaker, and more prone to fractures. Doctors call this
osteoporosis. While men also get osteoporosis, they suffer from it much
less than women.</p> <p>Â </p> <p>Doctors estimate that osteoporosis is
responsible for about a third of all hip and vertebral fractures in
people fifty years and older. It also causes back pain and, in some
cases, a stooped posture as bones in the spine weaken and collapse.</p>
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             <strong>WHEN TO SEE THE DOCTOR</strong></p>
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<p><strong>Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â </strong>Osteoporosis
is a very serious condition that should always be under a  </p>
<p>                    physician’s care. Women
going through menopause are especially at risk of      </p>
<p>Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â developing osteoporosis.
Other things that can increase your risk include</p>
<p>Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â surgery to remove the
ovaries, smoking, heavy drinking, not getting enough</p>
<p>Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â calcium, or talking
medications such as steroids. If you have any of these</p>
<p>                    risk factors and haven’t
been checked for osteoporosis, it’s probably time to</p>
<p>Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â make an appointment just to
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<p>Â </p> <p>Once you have osteoporosis, it can be very difficult to
reverse. But it’s easy to prevent, mainly by making simple changes in
your diet and lifestyle.</p> <p>Â </p> <p><strong>Concentrate on calcium.
</strong>The most important thing you can do to prevent and treat
osteoporosis is to get more calcium. All women should get at least 1000
milligrams of calcium a day. Women who are past menopause need even more,
about 1500 milligrams a day. Most women don’t get anywhere near those
amounts, and that’s unfortunate because it’s very easy to get all the
calcium you need in your diet.</p> <p>Â </p> <p>Dairy foods are the best
sources of calcium. A cup of skim milk, for example, has over 300
milligrams of calcium. A cup of yogurt has a lot more, about 450
milligrams. Cheese is also good. A serving of mozzarella cheese, for
example, has over 180 milligrams of calcium.</p> <p>Â </p> <p>Even if
you’re not a big fan of dairy foods, there are plenty of other places
to get calcium. Fortified orange juice, contains about as much calcium as
an equal serving of milk. You can also get a lot of calcium in leafy
green vegetables, like bok choy, kale, and broccoli.</p> <p>Â </p>
<p><strong>Ask your doctor about supplements. </strong>If you’re not
getting enough calcium in your diet, your doctor may recommend that you
take calcium supplement, which will easily provide all you need.</p>
<p> </p> <p><strong>Don’t forget the D. </strong>Your body needs
vitamin D in order to absorb calcium. This is perhaps the easiest
nutrient to get. All you have to do is spend a little time outdoors.
Vitamin D is called the “sunshine vitamin― because your body produces
it naturally whenever sunshine touches your skin. You can also get
vitamin D by drinking fortified milk.</p> <p>Â </p> <p><strong>Consider
hormone replacement. </strong>Although it’s not for everyone, some
women past menopause will benefit from taking supplemental estrogen.
Increasing the amount of estrogen in your body will vastly improve the
bones ability to absorb more calcium.</p> <p>Â </p> <p><strong>Cut back
on colas. </strong>Colas and other soft drinks contain a substance called
phosphoric acid, which can speed the removal of calcium from your
bones.</p> <p>Â </p> <p><strong>Exercise regularly. </strong>Doctors at
one time hesitated before recommending exercise to post-menopausal women
because it was thought that vigorous activity might increase the risk of
fractures in already weak bones. Experts now know, however, that regular
exercise – especially weight-bearing exercise, such as walking and
lifting weights – can actually cause the bones to take in more calcium,
making them thicker and stronger. Swimming is a great exercise because it
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