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Surveys suggest that many Americans don't get enough magnesium in
their diets. It's important to make sure that you're including
whole grains, dark-green leafy vegetables, and legumes in your
diet. Here's a list of foods and their magnesium content.
Smoking, poor diet, physical inactivity, high cholesterol,
obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes increase the risk of
developing cardiovascular disease (CVD). There's mounting
evidence that depression should be added to this list. Research
suggests that it increases the chances of developing heart
disease and stroke, even after factors such as smoking are taken
into account. Two investigations highlight the relationship
between depression and CVD in postmenopausal women.
Most people are aware of the dangers of overeating and
overimbibing during the winter holidays, but few worry about a
lesser-known risk of year-end celebrations. Every year, 48
million Americans develop foodborne illness (also known as food
poisoning or stomach flu), most of which isn't reported to health
authorities. Festive dinners and buffets offer more opportunities
for contamination than most meals, but you can greatly reduce
your risk by taking a few precautions.
Whether it comes after a broken bone or a low bone density
reading, a diagnosis of osteoporosis spurs you to rethink your
relationship with exercise. An exercise program will not only
make your bones more resilient, but also help you avoid falls and
fractures and lower your risk for chronic conditions such as
heart disease and diabetes — all of which are important in
preserving your mobility and independence.
Postmenopausal women with overactive bladder may benefit from a low-dose vaginal estrogen ring.
The synthetic estrogen diethylstilbestrol (DES) was widely prescribed in the 1940s, '50s, and '60s to prevent miscarriage and premature delivery. Its dangers were first revealed in the early 1970s, when Harvard-affiliated researchers linked the drug to a rare cancer of the vagina and cervix in the daughters of women who took DES while pregnant. In 1971, the FDA issued a warning against its use by pregnant women, but five to 10 million pregnant women and their babies had already been exposed. In the following decades, many other health problems were discovered among DES daughters and have been documented in a follow-up study.
Should I have my magnesium level checked regularly to make sure
I'm getting enough for my bones?
Do vaginal estrogens that are used for vaginal dryness have the
same risks as estrogens taken orally or by skin patch?