|Publisher: Owl Books
Date: October 1, 2004
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Nonfiction / Self-Help
|Reviewer: Lynda E. Lukow
Guide to Recognizing and Treating Early Bone Loss in Women of All
By Harris H. McIlwain, M.D., and Debra Fulghum Bruce, Ph.D. with Laura McIlwain Cruise, M.D. and Kimberly Lynn McIlwain M.D.
sometimes called "the young women's silent epidemic",
is the thinning and weakening of bones. This condition, which often
goes undetected until a fracture, can strike women as young as their
twenties. The good news is osteopenia can be prevented and even
reversed by following the guidelines in Reversing Osteopenia:
The Definitive Guide to Recognizing and Treating Early Bone Loss
in Women of All Ages.
Are you at risk
even if you're not a humpbacked dowager? Ask the young, female athlete
who eats a healthy diet yet has developed osteopenia or read chapter
one, which discusses factors that indicate increased concern. Whether
or not you're at risk, now is the time to start building your bones.
Healthy exercise is the first positive step. Chapter two discusses
different types and levels of fitness training and includes sample
workouts tailored to specific age brackets. Chapter three, which
discusses bones' vitamin and mineral requirements, includes information
on the various foods that are part of a bone-healthy diet. Subsequent
chapters deal with preventing fractures, including fall-proofing
your environment; medical approaches and calcium supplements; and
special situations such as children, men and postmenopausal women.
Chapter seven is full of bone-building recipes; tempting drinks,
breads, soups, salads and sides, entrees and desserts are all covered.
For after a hearty, healthy meal, chapter eight explains and illustrates
good doctors are in the house, and they're ready, willing and able
to teach you things other physicians are just beginning to understand.
No medical mumbo-jumbo, no lectures. Reversing Osteopenia: The
Definitive Guide to Recognizing and Treating Early Bone Loss in
Women of All Ages is written in an easy-to-understand, amiable
tone. Graphs, charts, suggested diets and workouts are highlighted
and/or encased in boxes for quick reference. The case studies of
women diagnosed with osteopenia, which are interspersed throughout
the guidelines, give the condition a human, and sometimes surprising
face. After exercising, blend up a Sweet Mango Drink, sit back and
relax. It's not too late to have stronger bones in your future!