Bone & Joint Health

It’s easy to address health problems that we can see and feel – however, one common health concern can easily escape our notice: bone health. Bone loss – or osteoporosis – is common as we age and can affect men as well as women. Bone loss is a silent condition. It has no symptoms and occurs slowly over the years. Many people have no idea that they have suffered bone loss until one day, they trip, fall, and fracture a bone.

Bone loss affects everyone and we can all benefit from learning about the causes and consequences of bone loss, as well as approaches to prevention and treatment. Cancer patients are particularly susceptible to bone loss because several types of cancer treatment are known to decrease bone density. However, there are steps that can be taken to address this problem, including medications that have been shown to help prevent bone loss.

Bone-building Moves

  By Maryann Hammers Your bones have supported you all these years. Isn’t it time you returned the favor? Sure, you make certain your diet includes plenty of calcium and ample Vitamin D, but diet is just half the battle. Exercise—especially weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening moves—is the other 50 percent of the equation. Balance exercises can […]

“B” Is for “Bone Health: Vitamin B Might Help Keep Your Bones Strong

Calcium-rich foods aren’t the only thing you can eat to keep your bones strong. Research suggests that vitamin B might also help you maintain bone health. Over the years research has taught us that we can help keep our bones strong as we age with weight-bearing exercise and a diet rich in calcium along with […]

Building Bone Health

Skeletal health is hardly at the top of anyone’s list of big health concerns. We worry about heart health, cancer, diabetes, and other health problems—but what about osteoporosis?

Stomach Bugs and Other Unpleasant Infections May Help Prevent RA

We rarely think of an infection as a good thing, but recent evidence suggests that certain bugs may help protect against rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In a study conducted in Sweden, researchers found that people with recent stomach or urinary tract infections had a lower risk of developing RA.

5 Plant-based, Bone-Friendly Foods

Strengthen your bones — no milk mustache needed. By Maryann Hammers A woman has more than a one-in-three chance of an osteoporosis-associated bone break in her life. One in ten women have osteoporosis by the time they turn 60. The risk doubles by age 70.[1] That’s why you should take steps now to keep your […]

Bone Health and Alcohol

Want to improve your bone health? Drink up. It may sound too good to be true—but recent research indicates that alcohol may prevent osteoporosis in older women. Understanding Bone Loss Although we may think of bone as hard and durable, in fact it is living tissue that grows and changes throughout our lives. Old bone is constantly […]

Boost Your Balance

Balance is the most overlooked aspect of fitness. We spend a lot of time focusing on strength, cardiovascular fitness, and flexibility—but what about balance?

Do I Need a Bone Density Test?

You have some options if you want to learn if your bones are strong, take a bone mineral density test, also known as a bone density test.

The Truth about Bone Health

Healthy bones are a fundamental part of living and aging well. By keeping our bones strong, we decrease our chance of fractures and are able to perform daily tasks and enjoy our favorite activities.

Build Bone Density with the Right Exercise

If you want healthy, strong bones for life, it might be time to overhaul your exercise program. Weight-bearing exercise has long been known to build bone density—and contrary to popular belief, lifting weights is not enough.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Tips: Shoes!

For many women shoes matter. For shoe lovers diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), their love of fancy footwear, and especially high heels, can be challenged by the physical symptoms of the diagnosis.

Understanding Joint replacement

After trying just about everything under the sun—including acupuncture, pain management, physical therapy, yoga, and more—she finally opted for a total hip replacement.

You Need More than Vitamin D to Boost Bone Health

You may have heard the buzz about vitamin D and bone health—but it turns out, you need more than a vitamin D supplement to boost your bone health.

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis

At first glance the word arthritis seems straightforward: it means “joint inflammation.” The reality, however, is far more complex. There are several different types of arthritis, and the two most common—rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA)—have very different causes, symptoms, and treatments.

A Voice for Patients

When Kelly Young was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) after the birth of her fifth child in 2006, she didn’t know anyone else with the disease.