Don't Fight The Weight (s)

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Honey, I Shrunk

I know I’ve been saying how I wanted to lose weight—get smaller—but I didn’t mean in stature. And until a couple of days ago, I didn’t even know that I had lost height. Ok, I’ll admit it was only a quarter of an inch, but still....more

My Grandmother Shrunk

I remember when I noticed that my grandmother was shrinking. This tall, imposing figure from my childhood, who never baked a cookie in her life, and kept her brood grandchildren in line, with one raised eyebrow and a look that said, "You're not measuring up to my impossibly high standards."  How did she go from 5' 7" to 5' 1" ?  ...more

Bone Density Testing (you’ll need a flight of stairs)

As a chronically ill patient, I take daily doses of steroids which draw calcium from my bones. As a result, I am at an increased risk for osteoporosis. According to my doctors, bone density testing is an essential part of managing my disease.I’m nothing if not compliant.My bone density tests generally consist of tumbling down a flight of stairs. It’s not a procedure I recommend – not even for myself – but my subconscious somehow seems to prefer this test to other, more conventional methods (like getting my joints x-rayed)....more

Back Pain

I have a friend who called the other day after being diagnosed with a bulging disc in the lower lumbar area of the spine.  He was told to take it easy and take some anti-inflammatory medications for a few days until the swelling subsides. The doctor, who looked at the MRI was reassuring and said that he should recover well in a few months....more

Vitamin D: Essential for Good Bone Health

I was at Costco the other day, getting stocked up on paper towels and olive oil and went down the vitamin aisle.  I love that aisle, because it just seems like this is one place where there's lots of healthy choices. There's a wide selection of  vitamins and supplements available there and I quickly grabbed the Nature Made Vitamin D for the cart so that I could get in line....more

Osteoporosis

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Gluten-Free Blues and Vitamin D

So school is in full swing! I'm busily reading, taking notes and doing tons of homework. I forgot how hard it is to be in school and it sure doesn't get any easier the older you get. I know, I know...I'm not that old. Tell that to my body. The last few months I have been so fatigued I started to wonder if there was something wrong with me...AGAIN. I'm not a hypochondriac by any means. Matter of fact, I'm more likely to NOT go to the doctor's office if I can help it....more

Osteoporosis & Rare Thigh Fractures

I was just interviewed about bone health and osteoporosis for National Osteoporosis Awareness month. One issue that many women wanted to understand better had to do with recent reports of more thigh bone  fractures associated with the prescription medications for osteoporosis....more

Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis

I get this question a lot.  "What is the difference between osteoporosis and osteoarthritis"? Well, as you can see from the photos below:  Osteoporosis is a silent disease that affects how dense or thick the bones are. It literally means "porous" bone. People often have no symptoms until they start to lose height or worse, fracture a bone. Osteoporosis threatens 44 million americans.  There are about 8 million women with osteoporosis and 2 million men....more