Magazine article Work & Family Life

Did You Know That. .

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Did You Know That. .

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* Vitamin D does more than help keep our bones strong. It also helps prevent falls in older people-by maintaining muscle function, according to a report in the journal of the American Medical Association. In older people, a vitamin D shortfall often shows up as muscle weakness, especially in the lower legs, that causes fatigue, limits walking and increases the risk of falls.The RDA for people over 70 is 600 IU of vitamin D, but researchers suggested that 800 IU a day is a better target. Most people will need to take supplements to meet this goal.

* Women shouldn't count on soy to reduce their risk of breast cancer. A study reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that a group of Dutch women who consumed the most soy and other foods rich in plant estrogens were just as likely to develop breast cancer as those eating few of these foods. Researchers concluded that the findings in this area have been "complicated, inconsistent and inconclusive" but do not support calls for American women to boost their intake of plant estrogens. …

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