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Fashion Flash

This week Fab Over Forty is hosting Fashion Flash!  Get the latest tips for women over 40 right here. You’ll find fabulous topics on a variety of subjects like these:

PrintWhat condition are millions of women neglecting? Find out, at Fab Over Fifty

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Designing clothing for plus size women takes not only a strong desire, but a special skill set and ingenuity.

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One in three women over the age of 50 will suffer a fracture caused by weak bones. Are YOU at risk for osteoporosis? Find out how you can prevent or reduce your risk at MenopauseMakeover.com

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Positive Aging Expert Barbara Hannah Grufferman is terrified of falling and breaking a bone! Too many Americans are at risk, according to a recent report by the National Osteoporosis Foundation, and Barbara is determined not to be just another statistic. Click here for the best foods to eat to build better bones . . . for life.

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Deb of No-Nonsense Beauty Blog  finds a no-nonsense facial


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As the weather gets warmer going sleeveless is a no brainer. To give you the confidence you need and cool off at the same time try these fat burning water exercises to sculpt and tone with Boomer Fitness Guru Mirabai Holland

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Get the most fashion mileage out of your clothes. Style expert Deborah Boland from Fabulous After 40 shares how one of her readers wears a striped dress in three unique and fashionable ways.

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Have you heard of Little Black Bag yet? It’s a subscription service for bags, shoes, accessories and beauty. AND if you don’t like your selection, you can trade!  Beware, Cindy at Prime Beauty has become addicted!

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The newest yummy taste that’s good for you – fruit infused cocoa beans! Jackie Silver from AgingBackwards.com tempts you with the details.

And here at Fab Over Forty, don’t forget to enter for a few giveaways going on – One is for a Laura Mercier Lip Glace Bare Baby and the other is for an at-home teeth whitening kit from Smile Brilliant!   And all this week we’re going to the top beauty experts to get their favorite lip looks for summer – stay tuned!

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Do you love your wrinkles?

Read about my journey aging after menopause at Menopause Matters – a great magazine from our sister on the other side of the pond, the fabulous Dr. Heather Currie.

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Fashion Flash

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MenopauseMakeover.com is hosting the fabulous Fashion Flash this week!  Great tips from my favorite bloggers including the perfect nail color to creating abs of steel to the power of lemons and music.

If you are over 40 and have a question about beauty, health, style or advocacy – Fashion Flash has the answers!

When life hands you lemons…use them for beauty! Jackie Silver from
AgingBackwards.com shares lemony beauty tips (on her newly-designed,
gorgeous site!).

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Summer is a great time to venture into wearing neutral shades of beauty. Fab Over Forty shares a favorite nude nail collection that’s wearable for any skin tone.

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What’s the BEST EXERCISE to tighten and tone your abs? Female Fat Loss Over 40 expert, Shawna K demonstrates and gives you a home workout too.


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Managing our weight can be a daunting task. Boomer Fitness Guru Mirabai Holland has a real world formula for success.

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Deb of No-Nonsense Beauty Blog shows that great hair is not born, but blown out.

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Positive Aging Expert Barbara Hannah Grufferman knows that music not only
soothes the savage beast . . . but can make your workout a lot more fun!
Click here to get her “Best of Everything Workout Playlist” to inspire,
motivate and get you moving! Yay!

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Plus Size Actress Melissa Mc Carthy is photo shopped in The Heat Film poster which makes her look at least thirty pounds thinner and insults the public and sends a message that plus size women must slim down.
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The Makeup Wars rage on and this time the blogging warriors are showing off their finest regalia in the form of the Best Summer Eye Looks.  Prime Beauty’s go-to summer eye look is all about adding a pop of color with eyeliner!

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Does your hair looks as dull as dishwater? Where did that youthful lustre go and how can you get it back? Style expert Deborah Boland from Fabulous After 40 shares 8 tips to make your hair shiny after 40.

She kissed and now her daughter wants to tell. How would you advise Alice? at Fab Over Fifty.

Menopausal? Confused? MenopauseMakeover.com has the secret to finding reliable menopause information online.

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Exercise May Lower Breast Cancer Risk by Changing Estrogen Metabolism

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About 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.  For women in the US, breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other cancer, besides lung cancer.

The most significant risk factor for breast cancer are your sex and age.

Take action, read this insightful article provided by BreastCancer.org and start exercising today! Great chart of aerobic activities below.

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Many studies have shown a link between exercise and a lower risk of breast cancer, but the reason why hasn’t been clear. Now new research is starting to provide an answer by showing that aerobic exercise seems to change how our bodies break down estrogen. It’s the first study to show that aerobic exercise has a direct impact on estrogen metabolism in premenopausal women.

The study was published in the May 2013 issue of the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. Read the abstract of “The Effects of Aerobic Exercise on Estrogen Metabolism in Healthy Premenopausal Women.”

The researchers wanted to find out whether exercise affects the body’s production of compounds produced when estrogen is broken down. These compounds are called estrogen metabolites. Earlier research has suggested that a higher ratio of certain “good” estrogen metabolites to certain “bad” estrogen metabolites was linked to lower breast cancer risk. The “good” metabolite is called 2-hydroxyestrone (2-OHE1) and the “bad” metabolite is called 16alpha-hydroxyestrone (16alpha-OHE1). 2-OHE1 can reduce the effects of estradiol, a type of estrogen that’s been linked to breast cancer development. 16alpha-OHE1 can contribute to cell processes that could lead to the development of breast cancer.

The researchers randomly assigned 391 inactive, healthy, young, premenopausal women to either a non-exercising control group or an exercise intervention group. The women were between 18 and 30 years old and ranged in weight from healthy to obese.

The women in the control group continued an inactive lifestyle for the 16-week study period. The women in the intervention group did 30 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous aerobic exercise five times a week during the 16 weeks. The intensity of the workouts was adjusted for each woman so they all had similar maximum heart rates.

For 3 days before the study started and 3 days after it ended, the researchers measured the amount of certain estrogen metabolites in the women’s urine.

At the end of the study, the women in the exercise group had higher levels of 2-OHE1 (“good” estrogen metabolites) and lower levels of 16alpha-OHE1 (“bad” estrogen metabolites). This means the ratio of 2-OHE1 to 16alpha-OHE1 was higher in women who exercised. This ratio increase didn’t happen in women in the inactive group.

There were no other differences in other estrogen metabolites or ratios in either group.

Over the course of the study, the women in the exercise group also became more aerobically fit, gained more lean body mass, and lost body fat.

Based on the results, the researchers concluded that the effect exercise has on estrogen metabolism may be one explanation of how exercise reduces breast cancer risk.

Keep in mind that we don’t know the exact ideal amount or intensity of exercise to reduce breast cancer risk. The American Cancer Society and many doctors recommend that women who’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer exercise regularly — about 4 to 5 hours per week at a moderate intensity level.

Along with healthy diet and lifestyle choices, regularly doing moderately intense exercise is one the best steps all women can take to help keep breast cancer risk as low as it can be. Regular exercise also helps keep your general health the best that it can be. No matter how old you are, it’s never too soon or too late to get moving.

Visit the Breastcancer.org  Exercise pages for tips on exercising safely and how to stick to an exercise routine.

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Aerobic Exercise


Aerobic exercise uses the large muscles in your body in rhythmic, repetitive motions. See the chart below for some examples.

Benefits: Aerobic exercise makes your heart, lungs, blood vessels, and muscles work more efficiently, increasing your stamina and endurance. It also boosts your mood, helps you sleep better, and reduces your stress. It can also reduce your risk of breast cancer coming back (recurrence), as well as reduce the risks of heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis.

Type of Aerobic Exercise Equipment You Need Where You Can Do It
Walking walking shoes, comfortable clothing just about anywhere (sidewalk, track, mall, treadmill)
Running/jogging running shoes, comfortable shorts or running pants, comfortable shirt, sports bra inside on a treadmill, outside on running paths, trails, sidewalks (watch out for pedestrians, bikes, and cars), or a track
Bike riding bicycle, comfortable clothing, helmet outside, on bike trails or bike lanes; check your local ordinances about riding a bike on sidewalks
Elliptical machine*/stair stepper elliptical or stair stepper machine, comfortable clothing inside your home if you own a machine, at a gym if you don’t
Dancing (Zumba, belly dancing, flamenco, tap, ballet, square dancing, ballroom dancing, etc.) comfortable clothing; certain types of dance (flamenco or ballet, for example) require special shoes in your home if you have a large, empty room; at a dance studio, gym, or classroom
Skiing skis, poles, boots, helmet, hat, goggles, insulated jacket and pants or bibs, gloves, and socks cross-country skiing* can be done at parks or ski resorts; downhill skiing is usually done at a ski resort
Skating ice or roller skates or roller blades, socks, comfortable clothing, wrist and elbow guards, helmet roller skating and roller blading can be done on jogging paths and sidewalks; ice skating can be done on indoor or outdoor rinks
Tennis* racquet, balls, comfortable clothing, court shoes indoor or outdoor tennis court
Swimming bathing suit and towel; goggles and swim cap may be required at certain pools public or private pools; certain public lakes allow swimming
Aerobics comfortable clothing, court shoes various types of aerobics classes are offered at many gyms; you can also move along to a DVD at home
Rowing* comfortable clothing, a shell and oars if you’re rowing outside, a rowing machine if you’re rowing inside outside on a river or lake, inside on a rowing machine at the gym or your home
Hiking hiking boots or shoes, socks, comfortable clothing appropriate for the weather, water bottles; a hat, pack, sunglasses, insect repellent, and first-aid kit; hiking poles are optional outside at public and national parks
Basketball court shoes, comfortable clothing, basketball, hoop inside at a gym or school with a court, outside on courts, or anywhere with a hoop
Golf clubs, bag, shoes, balls, tees, comfortable clothing (you may be able to rent clubs and a bag at certain golf courses) outside at public or private golf course
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Fashion Flash

FashionFlashNEWlogo1 150x150 Fashion Flash Monday, June 10th, 2013The Fashion Flash brings together your favorite beauty, health and style bloggers to tell you everything you want to know about getting fit, eating well, looking fab and being the best you can be . . . at any age.

Shawna from Female Fat Loss Over Forty is hosting Fashion Flash this week!

Enjoy the articles from the fabulous women who come together each week to bring you FASHION FLASH!! Yay!!

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Looking for a great drugstore beauty brand? Fab Over Forty interviewed Sonia Kashuk and discovered some of her favorites of the Sonia Kashuk for Target line.

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There’s always time and space to do a quick body weight workout if you’re really motivated. I’ll show you a sample workout I did in a weird public place.  You don’t have to make a spectacle of yourself, just DO IT in your living room icon wink Fashion Flash Monday, June 10th, 2013

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Women want to know what really works when it comes to skin care. Jackie Silver from AgingBackwards  found out and she shares the details with you on her newly-designed (gorgeous!) website!

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The Menopause Makeover 8-Step 12-Week Plan incorporates the thermic effect of food to help burn off that stubborn menopause belly fat.

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We all know that tanning beds and too much sun exposure can lead to wrinkles, sun spots, and even cancer but getting a natural looking faux tan can be challenging. Meet Vita Liberata the newest self-tanner on the scene. Vita Liberata provides natural color, is easy to use, and moisturizing! Color Prime Beauty tan and impressed!

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“Summer’s here and time is right for dancin’ in the street,” (Martha and The Vandellas, 1964) or joggin’ or otherwise working out. Here’s Mirabai Holland’s rule of thumb for stayin’ hydrated.

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What do you wear on a fancy night out when you are bored of the routine cocktail dress? A “Luxe Tux” is an elegant and sexy option. Style expert Deborah Boland from Fabulous After 40 is sharing 7 styling tips for getting this trend just right.

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Deb of No-Nonsense Blog  jumps into the debate on the pros and cons of grey hair.

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Positive Aging expert and author of “The Best of Everything After 50?Barbara Hannah Grufferman thinks that reading glasses can be sexy, stylish and fun. You just need to figure out the best shape to fit your beautiful face. Click here for all the details.

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Abercrombie and Fitch is the center of the attractive and fat campaign from a plus size blogger.

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Fashion Flash

The fabulous Jodell from Black Cat Plus hosts Fashion Flash!

Do you ever feel like you’re going to ‘pee your pants’ when you laugh? Heaven forbid you try a jumping jack if this is the case. Female Fat Loss Over 40 expert, Shawna K, has a solution for you here.

With summer humidity on its way, how can a girl fight frizz? Jackie Silver from AgingBackwards.com shows you a new hot tool that helps smooth hair and add shine.

When you feel trapped in a tornado of activity, spirituality may keep you grounded to your center of happiness.  MenopauseMakevoer.com has 15 tips to nourish your spirituality.

Prime Beauty got a royal pampering  with Perlier luxury bath and body products for a pauper’s price and you can too!

Positive Aging Expert and author of “The Best of Everything After 50?

Barbara Hannah Grufferman wants you to embrace the Plank, your body’s new best friend.  Click here for the scoop on how to do it right . . . so it really works! Video included!

From Moving Free with Mirabai, Don’t have time for a lunch break let alone an exercise break? At least you can reduce your stress. Try these two quickie stress relievers at your desk.

There is more than one type of sensitive skin.  Deb of No-Nonsense Beauty Blog looks at a common trigger.

Who doesn’t love a cute summer dress? But which ones are best for your over 40 lifestyle? Style expert Deborah Boland shares her picks for 9 summer dresses that will make you look modern.

Fab Over Forty interviews Sonia Kashuk and gets her beauty do’s and don’ts for women over 40.

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Osteoporosis: Are You at Risk?

What is osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis (OS-tee-oh-poh-ROH-sis) is a disease of the bones. People with osteoporosis have bones that are weak and break easily.

A broken bone can really affect your life. It can cause severe pain and disability. It can make it harder to do daily tasks on your own, such as walking.

What bones does osteoporosis affect?

Diagram of osteoporosis in the vertebrae

Osteoporosis affects all bones in the body. However, breaks are most common in the hip, wrist, and spine, also called vertebrae (VUR-tuh-bray). Vertebrae support your body, helping you to stand and sit up. See the picture below.

Osteoporosis in the vertebrae can cause serious problems for women. A fracture in this area occurs from day-to-day activities like climbing stairs, lifting objects, or bending forward. Signs of osteoporosis:

  • Sloping shoulders
  • Curve in the back
  • Height loss
  • Back pain
  • Hunched posture
  • Protruding abdomen

What increases my chances of getting osteoporosis?

There are several risk factors that raise your chances of developing osteoporosis. Some of these factors are things you can control, while some you can’t control.

Factors that you can’t control:

  • Being female
  • Getting older
  • Menopause
  • Having a small, thin body (under 127 pounds)
  • Having a family history of osteoporosis
  • Being white or Asian, but African American women and Latinas are also at risk
  • Not getting your period (if you should be getting it)
  • Having a disorder that increases your risk of getting osteoporosis, (such as rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes, premature menopause, anorexia nervosa)
  • Not getting enough exercise
  • Long-term use of certain medicines, including:
    • Glucocorticoids (GLOO-koh-KOR-ti-koids) — medicines used to treat many illnesses, including arthritis,asthma, and lupus
    • Some antiseizure medicines
    • Gonadotropin (GOH-nad-oo-TROO-pin) -releasing hormone — used to treat endometriosis (en-doh-mee-tree-O-sis)
    • Antacids with aluminum — the aluminum blocks calcium absorption
    • Some cancer treatments
    • Too much replacement thyroid hormone

Factors that you can control:

  • Smoking
  • Drinking too much alcohol. Experts recommend no more than 1 drink a day for women.
  • A diet low in dairy products or other sources of calcium and vitamin D
  • Not getting enough exercise

You may also develop symptoms that are warning signs for osteoporosis. If you develop the following, you should talk to your doctor about any tests or treatment you many need:

  • Loss in height, developing a slumped or hunched posture, or onset of sudden unexplained back pain.
  • You are over age 45 or a post-menopausal and you break a bone.

How can I find out if I have weak bones?

There are tests you can get to find out your bone density. This is related to how strong or fragile your bones are. One test is called dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA or dexa). A DXA scan takes X-rays of your bones. Screening tools also can be used to predict the risk of having low bone density or breaking a bone. Talk with your doctor or nurse about this test or tools to assess risk.

When should I get a bone density test?

If you are age 65 or older, you should get a bone density test to screen for osteoporosis. If you are younger than 65 and have risk factors for osteoporosis, ask your doctor or nurse if you need a bone density test before age 65. Bone density testing is recommended for older women whose risk of breaking a bone is the same or greater than that of a 65?year?old white woman with no risk factors other than age. To find out your fracture risk and whether you need early bone density testing, your doctor will consider factors such as:

  • Your age and whether you have reached menopause
  • Your height and weight
  • Whether you smoke
  • Your daily alcohol use
  • Whether your mother or father has broken a hip
  • Medicines you use
  • Whether you have a disorder that increases your risk of getting osteoporosis

How can I prevent weak bones?

The best way to prevent weak bones is to work on building strong ones. No matter how old you are, it is never too late to start. Building strong bones during childhood and the teen years is one of the best ways to keep from getting osteoporosis later. As you get older, your bones don’t make new bone fast enough to keep up with the bone loss. And after menopause, bone loss happens more quickly. But there are steps you can take to slow the natural bone loss with aging and to prevent your bones from becoming weak and brittle.

1. Get enough calcium each day.

Bones contain a lot of calcium. It is important to get enough calcium in your diet. You can get calcium through foods and/or calcium pills, which you can get at the grocery store or drug store. Getting calcium through food is definitely better since the food provides other nutrients that keep you healthy. Talk with your doctor or nurse before taking calcium pills to see which kind is best for you. Taking more calcium pills than recommended doesn’t improve your bone health. So, try to reach these goals through a combination of food and supplements.

Here’s how much calcium you need each day.

Daily calcium requirements
Ages
Milligrams(mg) per day
9-18
1,300
19-50
1,000
51 and older 1,200

Pregnant or nursing women need the same amount of calcium as other women of the same age.

Here are some foods to help you get the calcium you need. Check the food labels for more information.

Foods containing calcium
Food
Portion
Milligrams
Plain, fat free yogurt
1 cup
452
Milk (fat-free)
1 cup
306
Milk (1 percent low-fat)
1 cup
290
Tofu with added calcium
1/2 cup
253
Spinach, frozen
1/2 cup
146
White beans, canned
1/2 cup
106

The calcium amounts of these foods are taken from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

2. Get enough vitamin D each day.

It is also important to get enough vitamin D, which helps your body absorb calcium from the food you eat. Vitamin D is produced in your skin when it is exposed to sunlight. You need 10 to 15 minutes of sunlight to the hands, arms, and face, two to three times a week to make enough vitamin D. The amount of time depends on how sensitive your skin is to light. It also depends on your use of sunscreen, your skin color, and the amount of pollution in the air. You can also get vitamin D by eating foods, such as milk, or by taking vitamin pills. Vitamin D taken in the diet by food or pills is measured in international units (IU). Look at the pill bottle or food label for the IU amount.

Here’s how much vitamin D you need each day:

Daily vitamin D requirements
Ages
IU per day
19-70
600
71+
800

Although it’s difficult to get enough vitamin D through food, here are some foods that can help. Check the food labels for more information.

Foods containing vitamin D
Food
Portion
IU
Salmon, cooked
3 1/2 oz
360
Milk, vitamin D fortified
1 cup
98
Egg (vitamin D is in the yolk)
1 whole
20

These foods and IU counts are from the National Institutes of Health Office on Dietary Supplements.

White milk is a good source of vitamin D, most yogurts are not.

3. Eat a healthy diet.

Other nutrients (like vitamin K, vitamin C, magnesium, and zinc, as well as protein) help build strong bones too. Milk has many of these nutrients. So do foods like lean meat, fish, green leafy vegetables, and oranges.

4. Get moving.

Being active helps your bones by:

  • Slowing bone loss
  • Improving muscle strength
  • Helping your balance

Do weight-bearing physical activity, which is any activity in which your body works against gravity. There are many things you can do:

  • Walk
  • Dance
  • Run
  • Climb stairs
  • Garden
  • Jog
  • Hike
  • Play tennis
  • Lift weights
  • Yoga
  • Tai chi

5. Don’t smoke.

Smoking raises your chances of getting osteoporosis. It harms your bones and lowers the amount of estrogen in your body. Estrogen is a hormone made by your body that can help slow bone loss.

6. Drink alcohol moderately.

If you drink, don’t drink more than one alcoholic drink per day. Alcohol can make it harder for your body to use the calcium you take in. And, importantly, too much at one time can affect your balance and lead to falls.

7. Make your home safe.

Reduce your chances of falling by making your home safer. Use a rubber bath mat in the shower or tub. Keep your floors free from clutter. Remove throw rugs that may cause you to trip. Make sure you have grab bars in the bath or shower.

8. Think about taking medicines to prevent or treat bone loss.

Talk with your doctor or nurse about the risks and benefits of medicines for bone loss.

How can I help my daughter have strong bones?

Act now to help her build strong bones to last a lifetime. Girls ages 9-18 are in their critical bone-building years. Best Bones Forever!® is a national education effort to encourage girls ages 9-14 to eat more foods with calcium and vitamin D and get more physical activity. There is also a website for the parents. This site gives parents the tools and information they need to help their daughters build strong bones during the critical window of bone growth — ages 9-18.

What if dairy foods make me sick or I don’t like to eat them? How can I get enough calcium?

If you’re lactose intolerant, it can be hard to get enough calcium. Lactose is the sugar that is found in dairy products like milk. Lactose intolerance means your body has a hard time digesting foods that contain lactose. You may have symptoms like gas, bloating, stomach cramps, diarrhea, and nausea. Lactose intolerance can start at any age but often starts when you get older.

Lactose-reduced and lactose-free products are sold in food stores. There’s a great variety, including milk, cheese, and ice cream. You can also take pills or liquids before eating dairy foods to help you digest them. You can buy these pills at the grocery store or drug store. Please note: If you have symptoms of lactose intolerance, see your doctor or nurse. These symptoms could also be from a different, more serious illness.

People who are lactose intolerant or who are vegans (eat only plant-based foods) can choose from other food sources of calcium, including canned salmon with bones, sardines, Chinese cabbage, bok choy, kale, collard greens, turnip greens, mustard greens, broccoli, and calcium-fortified orange juice. Some cereals also have calcium added. You can also take calcium pills. Talk to your doctor or nurse first to see which one is best for you.

Do men get osteoporosis?

Yes. In the U.S., over two million men have osteoporosis. Men over age 50 are at greater risk. So, keep an eye on the men in your life, especially if they are over 70 or have broken any bones.

How will pregnancy affect my bones?

To grow strong bones, a baby needs a lot of calcium. The baby gets his or her calcium from what you eat (or the supplements you take). In some cases, if a pregnant woman isn’t getting enough calcium, she may lose a little from her bones, making them less strong. So, pregnant women should make sure they are getting the recommended amounts of calcium and vitamin D. Talk to your doctor about how much you should be getting.

Will I suffer bone loss during breastfeeding?

Although bone density can be lost during breastfeeding, this loss tends to be temporary. Several studies have shown that when women have bone loss during breastfeeding, they recover full bone density within six months after weaning.

How is osteoporosis treated?

If you have osteoporosis, you may need to make some lifestyle changes and also take medicine to prevent future fractures. A calcium-rich diet, daily exercise, and drug therapy are all treatment options.

These different types of drugs are approved for the treatment or prevention of osteoporosis:

  • Bisphosphonates (bis-fos-fo-nates) — Bisphosphonates are approved for both prevention and treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis. Drugs in this group also can treat bone loss, and in some cases, can help build bone mass.
  • SERMs — A class of drugs called estrogen agonists/antagonists, commonly referred to as selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs) are approved for the prevention and treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis. They help slow the rate of bone loss.
  • Calcitonin (kal-si-TOE-nin) — Calcitonin is a naturally occurring hormone that can help slow the rate of bone loss.
  • Menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) — These drugs, which are used to treat menopausal symptoms, also are used to prevent bone loss. But recent studies suggest that this might not be a good option for many women. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has made the following recommendations for taking MHT:
    • Take the lowest possible dose of MHT for the shortest time to meet treatment goals.
    • Talk about using other osteoporosis medications instead.
  • Parathyroid hormone or teriparatide (terr-ih-PAR-a-tyd) — Teriparatide is an injectable form of human parathyroid hormone. It helps the body build up new bone faster than the old bone is broken down.

Your doctor can tell you what treatments might work best for you.

More information on osteoporosis

For more information about osteoporosis, call womenshealth.gov at 800-994-9662 (TDD: 888-220-5446) or contact the following organizations:

Provided by: WomensHealth.gov

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