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Osteoporosis Resources

May is National Osteoporosis Prevention/Awareness month. Osteoporosis is a major health threat for 44 million Americans. Ten million Americans have the disease and an estimated 34 million have low bone mass placing them at increased risk. Eighty percent of those affected by osteoporosis are women and on average one in two women over the age of 50 will break a bone due to this disease.

Risk Factors for Osteoporosis
  1. Older age
  2. Female
  3. Family history of osteoporosis or broken bones
  4. Small and thin body type
  5. Smoking
  6. Diet low in calcium and vitamin D
  7. Inactive lifestyle
  8. Alcohol abuse
  9. Certain medications (steroids, immunosuppressants, anticonvulsants)
Steps to Prevent Osteoporosis
  1. Get your daily recommended amounts of calcium and vitamin D. For premenopausal women (typically age 19-49) recommended daily calcium is 1000mg and 400-800 IU of vitamin D. For postmenopausal women or those 50 and older the recommended dose is 1200 mg of calcium and 800-1,000 IU of vitamin D.
  2. Engage in regular weight bearing exercise and muscle strengthening
  3. Avoid smoking or excessive alcohol intake
  4. Talk to your health care provider about bone health
  5. Have a bone density test and take medication when needed
Calcium supplements
  1. Take your supplements with food. Most supplements work best if taken with a meal or snack.
  2. Don’t take all of your supplements at the same time. Your body can only absorb 600mg of calcium at one time.
  3. Calcium citrate is one form of calcium supplementation. This can be taken with or without food.
  4. Don’t take supplements that come from unrefined oyster shell, bone meal, or dolomite.
  5. Use a supplement that has added vitamin D
All information provided by the National Osteoporosis Foundation. For more information please visit www.nof.org

Weight Gain Guidelines For Pregnancy

In an attempt to promote better health for mothers and their infants, the Institute of Medicine revised the recommendations for weight gain in pregnancy in May of 2009. The following summarizes these recommendations. For further information, please visitwww.iom.edu/pregnancyweightgain.

The new recommendations for healthy weight gain in pregnancy are based on prepregnancy BMI. BMI is based on your height and weight. To calculate your BMI visit www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi/ or for those of you with an iphone/ Ipod touch download the BMIapp (it’s free).  Then see where you fall on the chart below to determine a healthy weight gain for your pregnancy.

 

Prepregnancy BMI

BMI (kg/m2)

Total Weight Gain (lbs)

Rate of Weight Gain in 2nd and 3rd trimesters (mean range in lbs/wk)

Underweight

<18.5

28-40

1

(1-1.3)

Normal weight

18.5-24.9

25-35

1

(0.8-1)

Overweight

25.0-29.9

15-25

0.6

(0.5-0.7)

Obese

>30

11-20

0.5

(0.4-0.6)

 

The total weight gain recommendations assume a weight gain of 1.1 to 4.4 lbs weight gain in the first trimester.

If you have any questions regarding these recommendations, please ask at your next appointment. Here’s to a happier, healthier pregnancy for both mom and baby!

Health-related Websites

For more information regarding women’s health issues, please visit the following websites.

Information regarding various female gynecologic disorders with one page patient oriented overviews with links to more detailed information http://medlineplus.gov

Information and educational sheets about gynecological cancers.  www.cdc.gov/cancer/knowledge

Are you at risk for sexually transmitted infections? The following site offers on 5 minute questionnaire to assess your risk and offer STD screening recommendations. www.stdwizard.org

Resources for pregnant women about swine flu (H1N1)    www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/pregnancy

Are you biologically older, younger, or the same as your calendar age? Take the real age test and get a personalized plan to feel younger and find out what is making you younger or older. Get free health tips and healthy recipes. www.realage.com

American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology’s (ACOG) website for perimenopausal and menopausal women. pause.acog.org/