The Bone Zone
Current issues from our Medical and Scientific Advisory Board members
One might find it surprising that many people in “healthy” California are at significant risk for fractures and may not know it. I worked with American Bone Health in July and learned this first hand.
Using a web-based tool, I joined 138 other volunteers at 36 Walgreens Stores throughout California. Together we screened 523 older adults. 72% of those people we screened were at moderate or high risk of having a life-changing fracture in the ... Read more
There are nearly 164,000 primary care doctors (not including pediatricians) in the US compared to an estimated 4,000 endocrinologists and 4,946 rheumatologists who see adult patients. If you count the number of endocrinologists who specialize in osteoporosis, the number is much smaller. So if 40 million people are at risk for osteoporosis, how will they ever see an endocrinologist? Well – they won’t. It’s an unfortunate tale that in medical schoo... Read more
Bone Mineral Density (BMD) testing is an important diagnostic tool for health care providers to understand one component of bone health. However, it is not the entire story. There are critically important clinical risk factors, as measured by a number of tools including the FORE Fracture Risk Calculator™ (https://riskcalculator.fore.org) that assess the possibility of fracture – the most important consequence of bone loss.
To focus exclusi... Read more
Stronger Evidence for Stronger Bones
When a woman is prescribed exercise for the prevention or treatment of osteoporosis, there are two questions she will probably want to ask her orthopedic doctor: “What exercise activities are best for my bones?” and “How much exercise do I need?”
Surprisingly, there is not enough clinical research data to provide definite answers to these important questions. Instead, doctors currently base their advice on ... Read more
For the past 20 years, we have been fortunate to have bone densitometers that provide a reliable diagnostic test for osteoporosis--- the bone mineral density (BMD) test. This test has led to better identification of people at risk for fracture who can be treated effectively and, on the other hand, to better discriminate people whose risk of fracture is low and who needn’t worry. Recent studies confirm that BMD changes are relatively small... Read more
Physicians have identified only 30% of the US residents who have osteoporosis. While these patients have been screened for bone loss and have had the opportunity to be treated, the remaining 70% with osteoporosis are living with the serious threat of hip or spine fracture and possible long-term disability or death.
This is an unacceptable level of medical care that has a simple solution. Women over 65 and men over 70 years are at high risk for o... Read more
Meet our Volunteers
Hello! My name is Jennifer Shearer, and I joined American Bone Health this January 2015. I am part of American Bone Health's first collegiate chapter at UC Berkeley!