Osteoporosis and Parkinson’s disease: one is a disease of the bone, the other a disease of the brain. So what do they have in common, and why are they worth exploring together? It turns out they pose similar risks.
Every day, approximately 6,000 women in the U.S. reach menopause. By 2020, 50 million women will be postmenopausal, and because we are all living longer, most of us will spend over half our lives as a postmenopausal woman! In this third and final episode of our series on menopause and bone health, we discuss what happens to our bodies when we go through menopause, the impact it may have on your sexual life and why you may not need to put sex on the back burner after all.
Hormone therapy can help ease the symptoms of menopause, but it’s got a bad rap thanks to a study released in 2002. The flawed study caused many healthcare professionals to cease prescribing hormone treatment, but in recent years it has begun working its way back into the good graces of the medical community. With so much information (and mis-information) out there, it can be hard to know what’s right for you. In this episode—part two of our three part series on menopause and bone health—bone and women’s health expert Dr. Margaret Nachtigall explains what hormone therapy is, the current recommendations around it, and what questions you should be asking your healthcare provider to know what’s right for you.
Menopause: it’s a hot topic that’s about so much more than just hot flashes! In part one of this three part series, NOF bone health ambassador, Barbara Hannah Grufferman, sits down with Dr. Margaret Nachtigall, highly regarded reproductive endocrinologist, and Clinical Associate Professor within the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Division Reproductive Endocrine at NYU Langone Health, to discuss how women can create strong bones before, during and after menopause.
Is it a pulled muscle, or a vertebral compression fracture? Vertebral compression fractures can sometimes be painless, but are still a significant risk to overall health. So how do we diagnose and treat something we may not even know we have? In this episode, Dr. Douglas P. Beall, Chief of Radiology Services at Clinical Radiology of Oklahoma, sits down with NOF CEO, Elizabeth Thompson to discuss.
In Part One of our two-part series on “Strides in Osteoporosis Treatment and Medicine,” Dr. Felicia Cosman shared information on the types of medications and treatments currently available to osteoporosis patients. In Part Two, Dr. Greenspan sits down with Dr. Cosman again -- this time to address Evenity™, (Romosozumab), a drug that has made headlines for doing what no other osteoporosis medication can do: build new bone while also slowing bone loss. But like all medications, it has its warnings and side effects. In this episode, Dr. Cosman helps us understand its risks and benefits, and how to work with your healthcare provider to know if Evenity™ is right for you.
As the National Osteoporosis Foundation celebrates 35 years of helping others be bone strong, NOF’s Chief Executive Officer, Elizabeth Thompson, sits down with internationally respected osteoporosis researcher, Dr. Susan Greenspan. Dr. Greenspan serves as Professor of Medicine in the Departments of Endocrinology and Geriatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Her professional focus is on how osteoporosis affects elderly women. Both her personal and professional life have taught her that it’s never too late to treat osteoporosis — and it’s never too late for wellness. Join us as Dr. Greenspan uses real-life examples of her patients, Henry, Rose, and Margaret, to illustrate various treatment options.
In our latest podcast, National Osteoporosis Foundation Chief Executive Officer Liz Thompson interviews Dr. Felicia Cosman, an osteoporosis specialist and endocrinologist. Dr. Cosman serves as Medical Director of the Clinical Research Center at Helen Hayes Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Columbia University College of Physician and Surgeons in New York. In this episode, Dr. Cosman discusses the enormous strides in the research of and treatments for osteoporosis— particularly medications—since she started her career in the field more than 30 years ago. For Dr. Cosman, this work isn’t just her profession; it’s deeply personal. She not only comes from a family with a history of the disease, but has herself been diagnosed with osteoporosis.
At one time or another, the role of caregiver will enter our lives — sometimes unexpectedly and without preparation. It may come in the form of providing care for an aging parent, for a loved one who has fallen ill or is recovering from surgery, or for a dear friend. Or we might require care ourselves. It is estimated that approximately 70 million Americans serve as volunteer caregivers for a loved one. They juggle the roles of nurse, therapist, financial planner, social worker and personal assistant — oftentimes while working full time themselves. These people provide about 90 percent of the caregiving done in the U.S.
Barbara Hannah Grufferman, nationally recognized author of “Love Your Age: The Small-Step Solution to a Better, Longer, Happier Life”, shares her strategies for early diagnosis of and customized treatments for osteoporosis. As an NOF board member and author, Barbara is passionate about both healthy aging and osteoporosis education. It is estimated that nearly half of all women over age 50 will break a bone due to the effects of osteoporosis. What makes the disease so elusive is that no symptoms appear until a sufferer fractures a bone. The good news is that osteoporosis is generally preventable and, for those with the diagnosis, treatable. In this latest postcast, Barbara offers invaluable advice that, regardless of whether you suffer from osteoporosis or simply want to reduce your risk, can help each of us protect our ability to live our best life.
Proactive healthcare is key to the wellbeing for older adults — especially for postmenopausal women. In this first episode of a new series on bone health, Elizabeth Thompson, CEO of the National Osteoporosis Foundation, interviews Dr. Ethel Siris, Director of the Toni Stabile Osteoporosis Center at Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Siris discusses why postmenopausal women are particularly vulnerable to osteoporosis, and offers strategies for dealing with the disease, as well as encouraging insights on why it is never too late to lessen your chance of bone loss and fracture — even into your 90s!