bone health

  1. Running can boost your bone health

    Strengthen your bones in just 1 minute flat!

    You probably don't think about your bones much -- that is, until you break one.

    Any fracture -- even a minor one -- can be debilitating, especially if you're on the older side. But if you break a major bone, like your hip, it could even put you into an early grave.

    Even if you haven't yet been diagnosed with osteoporosis -- the bone-thinning disease that affects 1 in 4 women over age 50 -- your bones might already be brittle and fragile.

    It's a vicious cycle. If you're worried about breaking a bone, you might not get around much anymore... but the less you get up and around, the more likely you are to develop osteoporosis.

    But according to a new study, what you should be doing to protect your bones is the exact opposite of treating yourself like a china doll -- because you can boost your bone health and cut osteoporosis off at the pass by going for a short run.

    And I mean a very short run -- one that takes just ONE MINUTE of your time.

    British researchers recently measured the activity levels and bone health of over 2,500 women and found that the women who ran each day -- for just A MINUTE OR TWO -- had 4 percent better bone health than those who ran less than a minute (or not at all).

    And the women who ran more than two minutes a day had 6 percent better bone health than those who ran under one minute.

    Those may seem like small benefits, but remember: The women achieved those "bone boosts" in half the time it takes you to brush your teeth.

    And it didn't matter whether the women in the study had already gone through "the change" -- because both reaped the benefits.

    It turns out that BRIEF bursts of high-intensity activity can have a significant impact on your bones... and that impact can add up over time.

    Now, the thought of running -- even for 60 seconds -- may sound like torture to you, but you don't have to become a "runner."

    Start by increasing your walking activity first. Then, when you're feeling pretty sure in your stride, you can add a few running steps to the walk -- just like you were speeding up to catch the bus.

    Slowly, you can work your way up to the activity levels recommended by the researchers: a medium-paced run for pre-menopausal women or a slow jog for post-menopausal women.

    Regardless of which intensity you choose, it's still just a minute-long run.

    And there's another reason a quick run can be good for your bones -- because stepping out into the sunshine will allow your body to convert UV rays into vitamin D (a.k.a. the "sunshine vitamin"), something that's also important in keeping your bones strong.

  2. Merck pushes forward with osteoporosis drug linked to strokes

    Dicey bone-building pill could be a heart-stopper

    Imagine it's the 1870s and you and the family are working the homestead in some Midwestern prairie town.

    That's when a traveling snake oil salesman set up shop in the village square and unloads the worst sales pitch you've ever heard. He tells you his miracle tonic won't regrow your hair or loosen up that balky knee -- heck, he admits it may even kill you.

    Then he tries to sell it to you for $100 a bottle.

    And if that sounds crazier than having your shoes shined in a dust storm, then you'll be sorry you missed a recent Merck shareholders meeting. Because a drug company scientist violated Big Pharma's first rule of business.

    He told the truth. He admitted Merck's new drug is a would-be killer -- and they're going to try to sell it to you anyway.

    Merck, which rakes in a cool $48 billion a year off your misery, has announced it's going to plow ahead and seek FDA approval for its potentially dangerous osteoporosis drug odanacatib. And odanacatib will strengthen your bones alright -- in fact, you may have the finest looking skeleton in the cemetery.

    That's because even Merck's top researcher is admitting that the drug has been found to cause strokes and atrial fibrillation -- a rare and possibly deadly irregular heartbeat -- among folks in clinical trials.

    But Merck has poured MILLIONS into developing drugs like odanacatib, and I imagine your life is worth a heck of a lot less to them than that.

    This isn't some outrage -- it's the new normal. Big Pharma is bringing DOZENS of potentially deadly drugs to market each year, practically daring the cowards at the FDA to reject them.

    But like an unemployed mason, Uncle Sam just doesn't have the stones. If you want to keep your bones rock solid as you age, try natural supplements like magnesium that are great for your bones AND your heart.

    But skip Merck's latest wonder cure. Because it's a potential killer... and that smiling carnival barker trying to sell you a bottle knows it.

  3. Low B12 could lead to bone breaks

    Low levels of vitamin B12 could increase your risk of a potentially devastating fracture or bone break.
  4. The right amount of vitamin D

    Vitamin D supplements can protect bone and slash your risk of breaks and fractures -- but only if you get enough, according to a new study.
  5. Vitamin D builds stronger bone

    Low levels of vitamin D can lead to weaker bone, according to new research.
  6. Moderate drinking can protect women's bones

    Women looking to get a leg up on osteoporosis should raise a glass -- because new data shows that moderate drinkers have a lower risk of the bone disease.
  7. Missed opportunity

    Osteoporosis meds have been linked to kidney failure, crippling pain, death, and even -- ironically -- shattered bones. So what's an FDA "expert panel" doing to protect the 5 million women who take bisphosphonate meds such as Fosamax, Actonel, Reclast, and Boniva every year?
  8. A little calcium is all you need

    Ladies, you do need your vitamins -- but stop with the darned calcium chews already!
  9. Heartburn meds linked to more pain & suffering

    I've been saying for years that people taking heartburn drugs don't really need them... and now the mainstream is finally ready to agree with me.
  10. Forget healing bones-here's how to avoid breaking them in the first place

    It's avoiding the fall to begin with that's the key - and the best way to do that is by maintaining healthy muscles.

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