What we know about vitamin D and bone health
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by Lisa Qualls
1y ago
Vitamin D is a popular topic. Studies about vitamin D supplements often appear in the news media. It is important for consumers to keep in mind what we know, and what we don’t know, about this fat-soluble nutrient. Virtually all cells in all tissues in the bodies express the vitamin D receptor protein that allows the body to respond to vitamin D. For bone health, vitamin D allows calcium and phosphorus to be absorbed in the intestines. Vitamin D enables bones to be formed in childhood and remodeled throughout the lifespan. Children who don’t have enough vitamin D can develop rickets, a condit ..read more
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American Bone Health calls on Americans to know their risk factors and take action to prevent falls and broken bones during Falls Prevention Awareness Week
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by Mark Richens
1y ago
American Bone Health calls on people of all ages across the United States to learn their risk factors and take action to prevent falls and broken bones during Falls Prevention Awareness Week, which this year takes place Sept. 19-23. This observance is organized by the National Council on Aging (NCOA). According to the NCOA, falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries for older Americans. Almost 30% of Americans 65 and older fall, resulting in about 36 million falls each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Not only older Americans are at risk ..read more
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Understanding How Obesity Affects Bone Health and Risk of Fractures
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by Mark Richens
2y ago
For people living with obesity, understanding bone health is complicated. Scientists who study bone health are changing how they think about obesity and bone health. Consider this: Having a slender build and “small bones” is a risk factor for osteoporosis. Losing weight can cause bone loss. Also, consider this: Scientists long believed being overweight could protect us against broken bones. People living with obesity have greater bone density. Many studies have shown links between greater body weight or body mass index and greater bone density and less risk of fractures1. Recent studies ..read more
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QCT vs. DXA for diagnosing osteoporosis
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by Bill Isenberger
2y ago
The gold standard for diagnosing osteoporosis has long been dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA scan). It is often called a bone density test or bone mineral density (BMD) test. A DXA measures the quantity of bone in at least two locations on the body, usually the lower spine and one or both hips. The results of a DXA scan are converted to a T-score that compares an individual’s bone density to that of an average 30-year-old woman. DXA is inexpensive, it provides valuable results, and it delivers a very low dose of radiation. Recently, however, a growing number of patients have been getting ..read more
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American Bone Health calls on American to Build Better Bones during National Osteoporosis Month 2022
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by Mark Richens
2y ago
American Bone Health is celebrating National Osteoporosis Month with a busy schedule of activities throughout May. This year, American Bone Health calls on all Americans —regardless of age, gender, health status, or race — to learn their risk factors and take action to Build Better Bones. Throughout May, American Bone Health invites everyone to participate in the Balance Challenge to Build Better Bones. Working on our balance not only helps prevent falls/fractures but also can improve our confidence so we can lead full, active lives. Because balance is something that we can improve, everyone ..read more
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Dr. Nancy King Reame joins American Bone Health’s Medical and Scientific Advisory Board
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by Mark Richens
2y ago
March 4, 2022 — American Bone Health is proud to welcome Nancy King Reame, MSN, PhD, FAAN, to its Medical and Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Reame is the Mary Dickey Lindsay Professor Emerita of Nursing at Columbia University. Although retired, she remains a faculty affiliate of Columbia’s Center for the Study of Social Differences and the Masters’ Program in Bioethics. Trained in reproductive neuroendocrinology at the University of Michigan, Dr. Reame has conducted more than 25 years of federally funded and industry-sponsored research in women’s health, first at the University of Michigan an ..read more
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American Bone Health joins new coalition empowering women to Know Where to Go and Know What to Do to prioritize their health
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by Mark Richens
2y ago
While women are the ‘Chief Healthcare Officers’ of their households, they don’t always prioritize their own health. In fact, over 60% of women admit that they procrastinate on their health, often because they spend more time managing the health of others in their family[1]. Meanwhile, during the global pandemic, over 33% of women with major health issues (i.e. heart disease, diabetes) admit to delaying or canceling their doctor appointments or screenings.1 Understanding the tremendous pressure women have in today’s fast-paced society, and the dismal consequences of neglecting one’s health ..read more
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American Bone Health launches collaborative effort to train case managers so they can educate people living with HIV
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by Mark Richens
2y ago
RALEIGH, N.C. — American Bone Health has partnered with the Suncoast Health Council in Florida to launch a new educational campaign to train case managers who serve clients living with HIV on how the disease and some of its treatments can affect bone health. The “Love Your Bones” HIV/AIDS Health Education Program & Toolkit Campaign, which launched in late 2021, is the first of its kind in the nation. The curriculum trains case managers with the bone health information their federally funded clients living with HIV need to know, such as enhancing awareness of the effects of HIV and its tre ..read more
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Michael Casarella joins American Bone Health Board of Directors
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by Mark Richens
2y ago
RALEIGH, N.C. — American Bone Health is pleased to announce that Michael Casarella recently joined its Board of Directors. Casarella has spent 35 years in the biopharmaceutical industry, focusing on oncology. He is currently Senior Director of Medical Affairs at Kinnate Biopharma, working with doctors around the world on clinical trials of therapies for various types of cancer. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science. “Mike Casarella is passionate about improving patient outcomes and supporting treatment innovations, and we look ..read more
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American Bone Health wants people living with diabetes to make a plan to protect their bones from fractures
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by Mark Richens
2y ago
RALEIGH, N.C. — November is National Diabetes Month, and American Bone Health wants people living with diabetes to understand how the disease, and some medicines prescribed to treat the disease, can affect their bone health. With this understanding, people living with diabetes can consult with their health care providers to make a plan to protect their bones from fractures. American Bone Health recently revised the American Bone Health Fracture Risk Calculator to include diabetes among medical conditions that increase a person’s risk of breaking a bone in the next 10 years. The revision to ..read more
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