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The Bone Zone
Current issues from our Medical and Scientific Advisory Board members
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
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
I have always had a passion for public health and patient advocacy. When I came to American Bone Health in 2001 (then it was FORE) I knew it would be a great fit for me.
We have been through many changes since 2001, most notably was our move to being a true volunteer driven, grassroots organization. I am continually inspired by the enormous amount of work and heart given by our volunteers to raise awareness of osteoporosis and fracture prevention and bone health.
One day we will see a wor ...