Category Archives: Osteoporosis

Osteoarthritis helped by acupuncture?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I’ve been diagnosed with osteoarthritis. Will acupuncture help me? A: Yes! Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can help with the symptoms of osteoarthritis. The usual treatment course will be one to three months of weekly treatments, dietary and herbal prescriptions, and tai chi or qigong exercises. There are various etiologies and…

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Calcium must be paired with vitamin D?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Is it true that calcium needs to be paired with vitamin D to help prevent osteoporosis? A: Calcium is necessary to build and maintain bone. You need vitamin D, too, as the body cannot absorb calcium without it. Although your body can manufacture vitamin D when exposed to the sun, in…

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What accounts for bone loss?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, What is it that accounts for the bone loss experienced with osteporosis? A: In centuries past, the fragile bones and stooped stature of the aged were taken for granted. Today, however, prevention of osteoporosis is a real possibility. Many factors are now known or suspected to accelerate the rate of bone…

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Recommend for postmenopausal bone loss?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, What treatment do you recommend for the bone loss that occurs with postmenopausal osteoporosis? A: Numerous good studies indicate that calcium supplements can help prevent and slow osteoporosis. Calcium supplementation at the recommended doses appears to be able to reduce bone loss in postmenopausal women in every bone site except the…

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Possible to take too much calcium?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Is it possible to take too much calcium? Are there any negative effects to taking more calcium than you need? A: Calcium taken in excessive amounts can cause numerous side effects, including dangerous or painful deposits of calcium within the body. If you have cancer, hyperparathyroidism, or sarcoidosis, you should only…

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Best way to take calcium?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Is there a best way to take calcium for maximum absorption and effectiveness? A: Good evidence also tells us that when calcium needs to be taken with vitamin D to be absorbed. Some forms of calcium appear to be better absorbed and more effective than others. Perhaps the best forms of…

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Which form of calcium to take?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Is one form of calcium better than another when taking it to build calcium and prevent osteoporosis? A: Some forms of calcium appear to be absorbed better and more effective than others. Perhaps the best forms of calcium are calcium citrate and calcium citrate malate. In lieu of calcium supplements, you…

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Link between carbonation and osteoporosis?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I’m in my sixties and a longtime heavy Coke and Pepsi drinker; I’ve been diagnosed with osteoporosis. Can you give me more information about the link between carbonation and osteoporosis? A: Other than the carbonation factor, there are actually many other reasons to avoid carbonated drink—diet drinks and sodas, in specific….

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Can Osteoarthritis be helped by acupuncture?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I’ve been diagnosed with osteoarthritis. Will acupuncture help me? A: Yes, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can help with the symptoms of osteoarthritis. The usual treatment course will be one to three months of weekly treatments, dietary and herbal prescriptions, and tai chi or qigong exercises. There are various etiologies and…

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