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Osteoporosis and your genes

Posted Sep 23 2010 2:31am 1 Comment

Once you’ve had the menopause, you’re at more risk than any other group of developing osteoporosis. In this condition your body can’t build enough new bone to keep your skeleton strong, so your bones become frailer and much more prone to easy breaks.

Scientists working at the University of Barcelona have discovered that women who carry a particular genetic variant have double the risk of fracturing a bone in their spine because of osteoporosis. Research is at an early stage, but in time it could be possible to predict who’s more likely to develop osteoporosis and give them treatment to prevent or delay weakened bones.

If you’re a woman over 35, when bone loss begins (yes, that young!), you need to take plenty of exercises for osteoporosis , make sure you get enough calcium in your diet and wise up on the osteoporosis risk factors . The earlier you adopt a healthier lifestyle, the better your chances of moving through the years ahead without any broken bones.

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It's been scientifically proven that women can minimise and perhaps eliminate, menopausal hot flashes and swings by incorporating soy foods into their diet. Some researchers claimed soy protein can be used in place of HRT. Women receiving a soy supplement had a reduction of about 50% in hot flashes. This was attributed to the phytoestrogens found naturally in soy. Common menopause symptoms such as mood swings and hot flashes, insomnia, depression, diminished sexual activity and  decreased bone mass may be effectively managed by drinking a cup of soy milk and eating few ounces of firm or soft tofu each day.

In fact, soybean is the main active ingredient in Provera, a synthetic progestin HRT drug. Soy is safer than HRT, the isoflavones in soy are less potent that the estrogen used in HRT.

Soy also appears tolower cholesterol in postmenopausal women. Soybeans also work much like the anti-breast-cancer drug tamoxifen. This means that they can be expected also to help prevent osteoporosis and bone loss as tamoxifen does.

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