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.

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.

Bone Drugs May Offer Cancer-fighting Benefit

Bisphosphonate drugs for osteoporosis and cancer-related bone damage might have an added anticancer bonus: according to current research, these drugs may help prevent or fight cancers that are driven by HER (human epidermal growth factor receptor).

Can Joint Replacement Improve Heart Health?

Joint replacement may come with an added bonus: a reduced risk of heart disease.

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 […]

Ask the Doctor: What Should Women Know about Osteoporosis?

By Laura Ryan, MD Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism Assistant Director for Special Programs, Center for Women’s Health The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Q: What Is Osteoporosis? A: Osteoporosis is a condition char­acterized by bone loss and a reduc­tion of bone structure and strength, which leads to […]

Postmenopausal Women Under Age 65 without Osteoporosis May Not Benefit from Repeated Bone Scans

Because a bone mineral density (BMD) test can be so valuable, it’s helpful to know when you can most benefit from initial and repeated screening. According to recent research, if you’re a postmenopausal woman between age 50 and 64 and have had a normal scan (no osteoporosis), you may not need to be rescreened before age 65.

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?

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Nutrition

It is possible that certain foods could contribute to a disease flare, but there are no data to suggest that there are universal flare-provoking foods.

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.

Living and Thriving with RA: Sandi Davis

I was in junior high when my knees started to hurt. I remember practicing my flute with my knees slathered in liniment, wrapped in elastic bandages and heating pads.

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.