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Antidotes for Aging Parts

By Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., November/December 2007

7 ways to maintain your health and prevent disease as you age.

Bones

From age 30 on, cells that build bone become less active while those that dismantle bone keep working. (In women, decreasing estrogen during menopause accelerates this loss.) Bone-strengthening calcium and vitamin D, which enhances calcium absorption, become increasingly important as you age. New research indicates that vitamin K—essential to the proteins that rebuild bone and abundant in leafy greens—also helps reduce age-related bone loss.



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