osteoporosis is a real threat for women

Osteoporosis is a real threat for women, and the risks can build quickly. Hormonal imbalance — from PMS to perimenopause and menopause — can have dire effects on bone density, especially if it goes unchecked for years.

But science is clear on how most women can head off osteoporosis and maintain strong, healthy and flexible bones indefinitely. And it certainly doesn’t involve bone drugs of any sort.

Instead, you can naturally stabilize your bone health — even build new bone — no matter what your age. And we can help with our exclusive line of Better Bones supplements from renowned bone health expert, Dr. Susan Brown, PhD.

Modest shifts in diet, stress management and exercise will set the stage for you to enjoy a vibrant, active and bone-supporting life from here on.

The sooner you set your course for having natural bone health, the better. And the good choices you make for your bones will also benefit your overall wellness. So let’s get started.

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Do you really need a drug for your bones?, by Dr. Susan Brown, PhD. If you’ve been told you need a drug to stabilize your bone health, you may ask, is it true? Get the real facts from one of the world’s leading authorities on natural bone health so you can make your own decision.

7 best nutrients for your bones, reviewed by Dr. Susan E. Brown, PhD. Calcium, vitamin D, magnesium? How many nutrients do you need every day to have healthy, strong bones? Our natural bone health expert explains exactly which nutrients you need, and why, and tells you how much to get of each one.

Top 5 myths about bone health, by Dr. Susan Brown, PhD. There is an ocean of misinformation out there about bone health. Banish your fears about the future of your bones with these myth-busters and get with the truth about osteoporosis and osteopenia. We promise it will make you feel better.

Six ways to stop bone loss during the menopause transition, by Dr. Susan Brown, PhD. In the years around menopause, women can lose a big chunk of their bone mass. Learn how to preserve the bone you have now and build healthy new bone in the future, while you do it naturally and without drugs.

Nature's tips on bone health - 6 signs and symptoms of bone loss, by Dr. Susan Brown, PhD. Without a DEXA scan, you can’t know whether you are losing bone — can you? Bone health expert Dr. Susan E. Brown, PhD, talks about six visible symptoms that may be early signs that you’re losing bone — and how to take action!

20 key nutrients for bone health, by Dr. Susan Brown, PhD. For many years, calcium was viewed as the all-important nutrient for bone health. Every day we are learning more about the many other minerals, vitamins, and macronutrients that are crucial for healthy bones. Join us as we pick our top 20 bone-building nutrients, touch on how they work in the body, and review how much you really need to keep your bones strong across a lifetime.

10 ways to alkalize your body, by Dr. Susan Brown, PhD. Alkaline balance is critical for bone health, but many of us produce almost twice as much acid as our body can handle because of our food choices. Here are 10 simple steps to shift your body back into an alkaline balance and reduce bone loss.

If you want your bones to last a lifetime, there's a lot of help here, by Dr. Susan Brown, PhD. This article provides essential information on bone health in women, including news about osteoporosis you may find surprising, with links to other articles in this section.

Already taking bone-building drugs? Benefits of adding a natural approach, by Dr. Susan Brown, PhD. Even if you’re taking bone drugs, you can do more to build and preserve your bone by adding the benefits of a natural approach. Dr. Susan E. Brown, PhD explains how.

Learn how to speed bone fracture healing time - simply and naturally, by Dr. Susan Brown, PhD. Women dread fractures because they fear the time it takes to heal. But did you know you can help your bone heal faster? Bone health expert Dr. Susan E. Brown, PhD, tells you how.

The calcium myth, by Dr. Susan Brown, PhD. Contrary to popular belief, calcium is not the only nutrient essential for maintaining bone health, and dairy foods are not necessarily the best dietary source of calcium for your bones. While calcium is certainly a major component of bone, there are numerous other diet and lifestyle factors that determine how well the body absorbs and uses calcium. Women's Health Network dispels the myths surrounding calcium and bone health.

Those scary statistics — banishing fear of fracture with a dose of common sense, by Dr. Susan Brown, PhD. Women are needlessly frightened by the commonly cited statistics on bone loss in women. Dr. Susan Brown, PhD, gives a clearer picture of what women’s risk of osteoporosis really is after menopause.

Exercise: one powerful way to stem menopausal bone loss, by Dr. Susan Brown, PhD. Exercise is a great way to stem menopausal bone loss, but where do you start? Dr. Susan Brown, PhD explains what kinds of exercise are helpful and safe for women to maintain bone during the menopause transition.

Good health rests on your bones, by Dr. Susan Brown, PhD. Women's Health Network explains how low bone density occurs in the body and how it can be halted and even reversed with a natural approach.

Dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) — how dense are your bones? The DEXA test your doctor might recommend as you near menopause is intended to measure your bone mineral density. But the test has significant limitations even though it is often used to prescribe bone drugs to women. Understanding more can help you take better care of your bones.

Vitamin D — the new giant for bone health and overall disease prevention. Research shows that higher blood levels of vitamin D can prevent bone degeneration and chronic disease, including cancer. Our bodies make vitamin D but many of us don’t have enough every day. Learn more about this important test and what it can mean to your health.

N-telopeptide (NTx) — a valuable marker of bone breakdown. To help you have a more complete picture of your bone health, get the details about the NTx test. This simple assessment looks at the process known as bone resorption, a key part of your body’s natural bone-turnover process, to see if you’re losing too much bone.