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Vitamin D and Your Immune System

Every now and then, I get to interview an expert who is so passionate about his or her work that the enthusiasm is infectious. That was certainly the case with John S. Adams, a professor at David Geffen School of

Posted in bone health, cancer, cardiovascular disease, drugs, eating well, sun exposure, vitamins

The Calcium Connection

The recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for calcium is 1,000 mg per day for men and women ages 19-50. After age 50, women get bumped up to 1,200 mg per day. Although it is far and away better to get your

Posted in blood pressure, bone health, calcium, cardiovascular disease, food, fracture, fruits and vegetables

Prescription Antacids May Increase Fracture Risk

Last year, the FDA issued a warning about a possible link between a class of antacids called proton pump inhibitors and increased risk of fracture of the hip, wrist, and spine. Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) help reduce the amount of

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What are your views on the recent recommendation that everyone should reduce their sodium intake to 2/3 of a teaspoon (the current limit for high-risk Americans)?

Consuming too much sodium can harm your health (and speed aging) in several ways, including weakening your bones, increasing your blood pressure (and, by extension, your risk of cardiovascular disease), and putting you at higher risk for kidney problems. And

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