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Though calcium is essential for bones and muscles, it can accumulate in the body in unwanted places. There is concern that calcium intake may be to blame for calcium buildups in joint and tendons as well as kidney stones and breast calcifications. So how does calcium get deposited beyond the bones? Here's what we know so far.
After menopause, many women experience vaginal dryness and
discomfort. There are a variety of products available to treat
this condition, including vaginal moisturizers and estrogen
Women who take tamoxifen to prevent a recurrence or first
occurrence of breast cancer should avoid certain antidepressants
that interfere with tamoxifen's action in the body.
Bisphosphonates are the class of drugs most frequently prescribed
for strengthening bone and reducing fractures; they are
FDA-approved for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. A
few women taking a this medication for several years experienced
unusual thighbone fractures, but a large Danish study did not
find sufficient evidence to support a connection.
I'm 79 years old and have been taking 3,000 mg of vitamin C a day
for years. I'm now uneasy about taking this amount and plan to
cut back to 1,000 mg daily. Is this the right dose? Will my body
be startled by the abrupt change?