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Subtracting pounds? Add calcium

Trying to shed extra weight? That’s a good idea at any age. But postmenopausal women watching their weight should also keep their daily calcium requirements in mind. Researchers warn they may lose some bone density along with extra pounds, setting the stage for osteoporosis.

If you are over 50, female and dieting, ask your physician if you need a calcium supplement. And be sure to include good sources of the mineral, such as low-fat cheese and milk, soy, almonds, calcium-fortified orange juice and canned sardines with bones, in your weight-loss plan.