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My journey as a writer began as a child, but my first published book came as a result of my ovarian cancer diagnosis. The title is Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir which received three awards. All proceeds are donated to gynecologic cancer research. I am a member of Rave Reviews Book Club. Follow me on Twitter @KIngallsAuthor www.facebook.com/KarenIngalls, and you can find my books at www.amazon.com. ALL ORIGINAL CONTENT COPYRIGHT 2011 THROUGH 2018.

Thursday, June 5, 2014


Osteoporosis occurs when bones become brittle and weak. It is caused when new bones being formed are not keeping up with the replacement of old bones. 

                        No symptoms in early stages. However, once advanced the symptoms are:
                                                                    Back pain
                                                                    Decrease in height
                                                                    Stooped posture
                                                                    A fracture that occurs too easily

                                                                   Risk Factors:
                                                            White and Asian women 
                                                            Age...the older you get, the greater risk
                                                            Family history 
                                                            Decrease in estrogen
                                                            Sedentary lifestyle
                                                            Low calcium intake
                                                            Tobacco & alcohol intake
                                                             Small-framed people

                                                          Exercise, especially weight-bearing
                                                          Adequate calcium & vitamin D intake
                                                          Do not smoke cigarettes, cigars, or pipes.

I have had osteopenia for several years which is a precursor to osteoporosis. I have experienced a significant decrease in my height and now at 73years I am at greater risk for developing osteoporosis. I take calcium and Vitamin D supplements, eat lots of fruits and vegetables, and exercise.

My thanks to Dr. Mario Trucillo of The American Recall Center, and Mayo Clinic for their information.

                This is your only body...cannot exchange it nor buy a new one...so take good care of it.
                              It is the vessel in which the soul resides, keep it strong and healthy.

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