29 Sep '13, 2am

Are you eating enough? Here's what happens when active women don't eat enough:

Are you eating enough? Here's what happens when active women don't eat enough:

What happens when active women don't eat enough By Michelle Hamilton Female runners, cyclists, and other active women who limit their food intake are at an increased risk for menstrual problems and osteoporosis, according to a new study in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise . These adverse health effects are part of what’s called the female athlete triad , three overlapping conditions that include kilojoule restriction or disordered eating, bone loss or osteoporosis, and amenorrhea (absence of menstruation). The study is part of a larger investigation called REFUEL, which is looking at the effects of increased kilojoule intake on menstrual and bone health in active women with menstrual disturbances over the course of a year. The current study's findings build on previous research that linked kilojoule restriction to menstrual problems, but it was the first to examine ...

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