Osteoporosis, Breast Cancer, and Eating Disorders: Not Just for Women
- Eat a balanced diet with adequate calcium and vitamin D.
- Ask your doctor if you should take a calcium supplement. A study reported that taking 1,200 mg (milligram) a day of calcium helped to increase bone mineral density in men.
- Exercise regularly, emphasizing weight-bearing activities. Be sure to use proper form when lifting weights. If you have osteoporosis, you may need to change certain movements to protect your spine. You may also need to avoid activities that involve a lot of twisting motions, like golf or tennis.
- If you smoke, quit.
- If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation.
Breast Cancer Screening
- Age—Average is 59 years.
- Family history of breast cancer
- Prior radiation exposure to the chest—This is usually from treatment of another cancer.
- Liver disease—This can lead to higher estrogen levels and gynecomastia.
- Gynecomastia (enlargement of the male breast)
- Hyperestrogenism, estrogen treatment (e.g., for prostate cancer) or abnormal secretion of the hormone estrogen
- Klinefelter's syndrome—This is a male disorder characterized by reduced or absent sperm production, small testicles, and enlarged breasts
- Heavy alcohol consumption
Breast Cancer Treatment
Treatment for Eating Disorders
National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders http://anad.org/
National Cancer Institute http://www.cancer.gov/
National Osteoporosis Foundation http://www.nof.org/
Bulimia Anorexia Nervosa Association http://www.bana.ca/
Canadian Cancer Society http://www.cancer.ca
Osteoporosis Canada http://www.osteoporosis.ca
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Bulemia. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what.php. Updated July 17, 2012. Accessed December 13. 2012.
General Information. National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders website. Available at: http://www.anad.org/get-information/about-eating-disorders/general-information/. Accessed December 13, 2012.
Osteoporosis. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what.php. Updated November 5, 2012. Accessed December 13. 2012.
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- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 12/2012 -
- Update Date: 12/13/2012 -
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