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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...
As far apart as they seem, erectile dysfunction (ED) and heart disease all too frequently go together. Where you find one, you'll often find the other. In fact, ED, formerly known as "impotence," is so closely tied to heart disease that it should rank alongside high cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking, and diabetes as prominent indicators of potential heart disease. The 2006 COBRA study in men with advanced coronary disease showed that an astounding 93% experienced ED. At the other end of the spectrum are men with risk factors for heart disease like high blood pressure, low HDL cholesterol, or high LDL cholesterol , or have coronary plaque as detected by a heart scan (signifying early heart disease but not causing symptoms like chest pain or breathlessness). How many men who simply have a heart scan score positive to any degree (meaning any score >0) have ED? Around 50%. Only in the last few years have the rules of conversation loosened sufficien...
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