Nutrition & Supplements

Get Calcium from Food, NotJust Dairy

For years, calcium supplementation was routinely recommended. Then, along came studies showing that taking calcium supplements may increase risk for heart disease. This was followed by other studies that did not show such a link. But this has created concern among people with low bone mass who are often counseled to take calcium supplements.
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There is no cure for osteoarthritis, which can worsen over time. Treatment is aimed at relieving symptoms. The most effective treatment is weight loss if you are above ideal weight, says Dr. Day. Physical therapy, exercise and knee braces can help. Other options are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), acetaminophen (Tylenol), supplements, and injections of corticosteroids or hyaluronic acid.
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Reactive Arthritis & NSAIDs

Ive been diagnosed with reactive arthritis. Is this a chronic condition or will it go away? Ive been taking Aleve for my knee arthritis for several months. My doctor didnt prescribe it. Should I be concerned about taking it long term?
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Is Intermittent Fasting Right For You?

A better weight loss plan would take away the craving. Thats the potential of an intermittent fasting diet. Intermittent fasting does not mean completely going without food. This is not a starvation diet, says Kirkpatrick. The idea is to strategically time eating so you cycle through periods of normal eating and ingesting no or minimal calories.
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When your back or neck aches, you may reach for pain relieving medications. While they can help, experts suggest trying nondrug treatments first. For both short-term and longstanding low back pain, for example, the recently updated guidelines by the American College of Physicians recommend starting with therapies such as heat, massage, exercise and spinal manipulation.
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In The News: July 2017

Women who eat a healthy diet appear to have a lower chance of getting rheumatoid arthritis, according to a study published in the journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (January 2017). People with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis face a higher risk than the general population for bone fractures. After joint replacement surgery, some people are sent from the hospital to a rehabilitation facility for a short stay.
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Do You Need a Supplement?

Treating the pain and functional limitations of joint conditions like arthritis and back aches requires a multipronged approach. This may include exercise, weight loss, pain medications and other approaches. Many people turn to supplements for added pain relief. Should you?
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Diet Advice for Gout Sufferers

Many people mistakenly believe that gout is caused by overindulging in rich foods. But this is not true. What you eat and drink doesnt cause gout. But people with gout do need to pay attention to their diet and lifestyle, both to prevent flare-ups and for general good health.
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Bone Density Tests and Fish Oil Supplements

The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends a bone density test of the hip and spine for all women age 65 and older and all men age 70 and older. They also recommend testing for postmenopausal women under age 65 who have risk factors for osteoporosis. Fish oil is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, which the body needs but cannot manufacture. Omega-3 fatty acids are involved with brain function, growth and development. They also help reduce inflammation. Being deficient in these fats can lead to health problems, including heart disease.
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Is Viscosupplementation Right for You?

Youve had physical therapy and you exercise regularly. Youve lost weight. You take a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), such as ibuprofen. Perhaps youve also had a corticosteroid injection. Yet pain in your knee from osteoarthritis continues to impair your ability to function the way you want. If this in any way describes you, viscosupplementation may be an option.
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Vitamin K; Plantar Fasciitis

Vitamin K is an essential nutrient for the body, playing a role in both blood clotting and healthy bones. It comes in two forms. Vitamin K1 (also called phylloquinone) is found in green leafy vegetables. Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of foot pain, especially near the heel. It is named after the structure thats affected.
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How to Avoid a Vitamin D Deficiency

Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, which is necessary for healthy bones. In 2010, recognizing that the recommended dietary allowance of vitamin D-at the time 400 IU per day-was too low, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) raised it to 600 IU per day for people up to age 70 and 800 IU per day for people over age 70. According to Dr. Deal, some people need evenmore.
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