BoneSmart Pilates: Aging Strong – Volume 1

Teresa Maldonado Marchok, LPT, just produced a very impressive DVD that will help improve your posture, balance, muscle tone, AND bone strength. Teresa, a licensed physical therapist and certified Pilates teacher (at my alma mater, Stanford University, no less!) will show you how to improve hip and leg strength and stabilize your spine through exercise [...]

By |2019-05-13T17:34:55-04:00December 13th, 2016|0 Comments

Proton Pump Inhibitors Not Only Cause Osteoporosis but a New Study Points to Increased Risk for Stroke

I am continually dismayed at how many of my patients with osteoporosis are taking PPIs. They have been prescribed proton pump inhibitors by their medical physicians to help reduce stomach acid and treat the symptoms of heart burn or GERD. But PPIs have the nasty side effect of reducing bone density and increasing a person's [...]

By |2019-05-13T17:37:20-04:00December 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

A Crisis in the Treatment of Osteoporosis can be Turned Around with a Paradigm Shift

According to an editorial by Drs. Khosla and Shane in the August 2016 Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, there is A Crisis in the Treatment of Osteoporosis.(1) I totally agree...but my call to action is different. The point of the editorial is that even with all the “remarkable advances in the diagnosis and treatment [...]

By |2019-05-13T17:40:16-04:00September 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Early Detection and Intervention are Crucial to Stop the Progression of Bone Loss – How Biomarkers Can be Used to Improve Treatment of Osteoporosis

As you know from my book The Whole-Body Approach to Osteoporosis,(1) I am a strong advocate for working closely with your health care provider and using specific laboratory tests to gather critical information about your bone health. Both men and women begin to lose a small amount of bone mineral density in their mid-thirties. A [...]

By |2019-05-13T17:41:16-04:00June 30th, 2016|0 Comments

Becoming Anabolic in the Face of Osteoporosis – Even While Running 50 miles at the 2016 Pinelands Salomon Trail Running Festival

Reducing fracture risk is about more than just making bones denser with calcium. It is also about: 1) reducing chronic systemic inflammation, 2) staying strong and supple, and 3) remaining positive as you navigate through life.  As I was slogging through a 50-mile race in Maine a few days ago, I began to wonder if [...]

By |2019-05-13T17:43:34-04:00June 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

Probiotics May Be Repurposed for Therapy in Osteoporosis

In my book, The Whole-Body Approach to Osteoporosis,I write about the importance of gut health when treating osteoporosis. An unhealthy digestive tract can not only interfere with optimal nutrient absorption but it disrupts the immune system and can lead to chronic systemic inflammation. As with the loss of estrogen at menopause, another common cause of osteoporosis [...]

By |2019-05-13T17:44:46-04:00May 5th, 2016|0 Comments

Zolpidem (Ambien) Increases Fracture Risk In Men and Women with Osteoporosis

People break bones when they fall. In fact, falling is the number one cause of fractures especially in the elderly. It therefore makes sense that people with osteoporosis should avoid taking medications that increase their risk of falling. That is exactly what a recent study published in Osteoporosis International concluded. Park et al. conducted a [...]

By |2019-05-13T17:47:38-04:00April 26th, 2016|0 Comments

Do Calcium Supplements Contribute to Clogged Arteries?

"Am I at risk for clogged arteries by taking calcium supplements?" Woman age 65 living with osteoporosis Excellent question. The short answer: Healthy bones DO need a sensible intake of supplemental calcium, along with adequate vitamin D and K, and magnesium for proper absorption. They also need ingredients that (1) promote balanced bone remodeling and [...]

By |2019-05-13T17:48:24-04:00April 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro

Success/failure...?...well, the course of this adventure was certainly not the way I had planned it... but I'm going to put it in the category of success none the less. I guess that is the way I will interpret my ascent up Mt. Kilimanjaro (19,341 feet) two days ago. My plan had been to take the [...]

By |2019-05-13T17:49:12-04:00April 9th, 2016|0 Comments