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How To Protect Your Bones

DIET:
-- Eat plenty of high-calcium foods such as nonfat dairy products, sardines, and broccoli

-- Adults should get 1,000 mg of elemental calcium daily; teens, lactating mothers, and menopausal women, 1,500 mg

-- Ingest a daily nutritional supplement with at least 400 IU of vitamin D

EXERCISE:
-- Engage in weight-bearing activities such as jogging, walking, and tennis, which are best for building bones

-- Stay fit and active, no matter which exercise you choose. Strong muscles cushion your bones and prevent you from falling and getting injured

DRUGS:
-- Menopausal women should consider estrogen replacement therapy. Alternatives include calcitonin nasal spray and Fosamax, in pill form

-- Testosterone-deficient men can take a testosterone replacement drug

DATA: BUSINESS WEEK





Updated June 14, 1997 by bwwebmaster
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