LiveWell: His & Hers
Calcium: Your Best Source for Strong Bones
Your prostate probably isn’t something
you’ll discuss with the guys. But it’s a
topic you should take up with your
“Take charge of your prostate health,”
says Elisabeth Heath, M.D., director
of prostate cancer research at the
Karmanos Cancer Center. “Prostate
cancer is the second-leading cause of
cancer death for men in the U.S.”
The prostate is a walnut-size gland in the male reproductive
system. An enlarged prostate can lead to symptoms like
painful urination or a weak urinary stream. Lifestyle
changes, medication and surgery can help.
Early-stage prostate cancer usually shows no symptoms.
That’s why it’s important to make prostate cancer screening
part of your annual covered physical.
Don’t Be Shy about
“The disease is curable when found early,” Dr. Heath says.
“The chance of getting prostate cancer rises after age 50.
African-Americans and people with a family history of the
disease are at increased risk.”
Treatment options include surgery, radiation therapy,
chemotherapy and hormonal therapy.
“Don’t avoid talking to your doctor if you’re concerned
about prostate health,” Dr. Heath says. “Your discussion
could lead to early detection and a better outcome.”
To remain healthy and active as you age, it’s important to take care of your
bones today. That’s especially true for women, who are at increased risk of
osteoporosis, a decrease in bone density that can lead to bone fractures.
Calcium is crucial for maintaining bone health. Women age 50 and older
need about 1,200 mg to 1,500 mg of calcium each day. To reach that goal,
eat three low-fat dairy servings a day (one cup of low-fat milk or yogurt, or
one ounce of cheese, equals one serving).
If you’re lactose-intolerant or don’t like the taste of dairy products, a
calcium supplement can help keep your bones strong. Look for one
that contains vitamin D, which helps bones absorb calcium. For better
absorption, take calcium supplements in small doses (500 mg or less)
with food. Take one supplement for every dairy serving you miss.
To learn more, watch the webinar
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