Research continues to point to the link between prebiotics and calcium absorption, and food choices play an integral part in this process. Foods such as fruits and vegetables are not only full of vitamins and minerals, but certain fruits and vegetables also contain a small amount of prebiotics. As you might have heard, prebiotics support the growth of beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract, which promotes healthy digestive and immune systems. Fruits, vegetables, and other plants contain carbohydrates called oligosaccharides and fructooligosaccharides (FOS). FOS — a prebiotic — can be found in foods such as bananas, onions, garlic, and artichokes. These carbohydrates pass through the small intestine and enter the large intestine (colon), where they fuel the growth of beneficial bacteria. FOS is easily converted into short-chain fatty acids by the friendly bacteria, providing an excellent fuel source for cells lining the colon.1 An added benefit of having more short-chain ...
Medication. If you're at high risk for osteoporosis and your bone mineral density declines during treatment, there are three types of medications you can take to reduce the risk of or treat osteoporosis: bisphosphonates, a selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM), or a targeted therapy.
The following bisphosphonates are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat osteoporosis:
Fosamax (chemical name: alendronate sodium)
Actonel (chemical name: risedronate)
Boniva (chemical name: ibandronate)
Reclast (chemical name: zoledronic acid)
Fosamax and Actonel are available as daily or weekly doses. Boniva can be taken once a month or injected once every 3 months. Reclast is injected once a year. Together, you and your doctor can decide if one of these medicines is right for you.
There are other bisphosphonates that are being studied to protect bones during breast cancer treatment. They are:
Zometa (chemical name: zoledronic acid) (this is a different formulation th...
During any type of medical visit, there are four main vital signs that are routinely monitored by the medical professionals. These vital signs assist the healthcare providers with detecting and monitoring potential medical problems. One of the vital signs monitored by the physician is the pulse rate. The pulse rate and high blood pressure are significant in that the rate of the pulse is firm and strong if your blood pressure is not elevated.
Because high blood pressure causes tension and complicates cardiovascular normal activity, it may cause stress with your pulse activity. Meaning, the arteries experience resistance against the flow of the blood. The pulse rate calculates the number of times the heart beats per minute. The rate measurements indicate the heart rate, heart rhythm and the strength of your pulse. Therefore, high blood pressure slows down normal blood flow causing the arteries to demonstrate difficulty with expanding.
Your blood pressure responds differen...
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