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Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis: Should You Be Tested?
8 out of 10 of the 25 million Americans affected by osteoporosis are women, most of whom are over age 50. The word “osteoporosis” simply means “porous bones”. Should you be tested for osteoporosis?
(Article)
Menopause 101
The average age for menopause in American women is 51. However, when menopause begins and the length of time it lasts varies for every woman. Menopause means more than just losing your periods.
(Article)
New Medicines In Development For Women
Read about advancements in development of medicines for women's health issues.
(Article)
Preventive Health Issues
Read health guidelines for women. Know when certain baseline tests should be performed and when certain screenings for things such as colon cancer and diabetes are needed.
(Article)
Debunking Myths About Osteoporosis
Read an article that discussed a disease that can cause bone loss at a much earlier age than we expect.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Calcium 101
Learn the importance of adequate calcium intake to lower the symptoms of several medical conditions.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Clinical Trials For Women
Read an article discussing the use of biomedical research to zone in on medical breakthroughs for women's health.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
September is Menopause Awareness Month
Read the first in a series of articles discussing symptoms of this aging condition in women. The article addresses the importance of preparation, education, and information.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
The Treatment of Fibroids
Read an article exploring the available treatments for fibroid tumors.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
What is Osteoarthritis?
Read an article explaining the most common form of arthritis.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
What Is Osteopenia?
Learn about low bone mass which can lead to osteoporosis.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Women And Tooth Loss
Did you know that by age 65, one out of 3 women in the US will have NONE of their original teeth?! While tooth loss is often considered “only” a cosmetic problem, it may also signal a much larger health concern: poor oral hygiene or osteoporosis.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Osteoporosis Decisionnaire
We hear a lot about “risk factors” for osteoporosis. To find out if you are at risk, take Dr. Donnica’s Decisionnaire™ for Osteoporosis
(Decisionnaire)
Osteoporosis Myths
Common Myths, Misconceptions, and Misinformation About Osteoporosis
(Debunking Myths)
Menopause Myths
Read about common misconceptions of menopause. Learn that symptoms of menopause, like any other disease or disorder, can be treated.
(Debunking Myths)
Fast Facts on Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis, or “porous bone”, is a disease characterized by low bone mass and structural deterioration of bone tissue, leading to bone fragility and an increased risk of fractures of the hip, spine and wrist.
(Fast Facts)
Osteoporosis at the Age of 34
I am 34 years old. I have just been diagnosed with osteoporosis and have been put on Didrocal. My doctor told me that the bone density test result was very disturbing. Last year, my mother was diagnosed with osteoporosis and I had just asked for safety's sake to have my bone density tested. How does a 34-year-old woman, who is active and doesn't drink alcohol, get osteoporosis?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Preventing Osteoporosis
My Mother has osteoporosis and I’ve heard it’s hereditary. Is there anything I can do to prevent osteoporosis?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Teriparatide for Osteoporosis
I just read an article about teriparatide, the new drug approved by the FDA for treating osteoporosis. I am in a study for osteoporosis and am injecting myself daily with a parathyroid hormone. I was wondering if this new drug is similar to what I am taking and how I could get more information about it.
(Frequently Asked Question)
The Difference Between Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis
What's the difference between osteoporosis and osteoarthritis?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Bone Density Tests and Differing Results
The most dramatic period of bone loss for women is in the first 5 years of menopause.
(Frequently Asked Question)
Constipation from Calcium Supplements
I'm 50 years old and perimenopausal, so my doctor suggested taking a daily OTC calcium and magnesium supplement to help protect my bones from osteoporosis. I've been following his advice for a few months, but now I'm constantly and painfully constipated. How can I help my bones without this annoying side effect?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Heart Attack Prevention
Can Heart Attacks be Prevented?
(Frequently Asked Question)
High Blood Pressure
My doctor told me I have high blood pressure. Is there anything I can do to lower it?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Menopause, Depression & HRT
I recently visited my health care provider who checked my hormone levels. The results showed that I am menopausal. I have hot flashes, night sweats, etc. Sometimes these symptoms don't bother me much. The real disturbance for me is depression. I am seriously debating whether or not to take HRT but when I read about HRT on the net I get more depressed because a lot of it seems to be negative.
(Frequently Asked Question)
Premature Ovarian Failure and HRT
Dr. Donnica answers a question about premature ovarian failure and whether to continue taking HRT.
(Frequently Asked Question)
Thyroid Disease
What is thyroid disease? Dr. Donnica explains thyroid disease, prevention and disease management.
(Frequently Asked Question)
Black Cohosh: A Safe Alternative For Menopause Symptom Management, by Maida Taylor, MD
Dr. Maida Taylor explains hormone replacement therapy, it's side effects, and the use of black cohosh as an alternative to HRT.
(Guest Expert)
Women and Pain: Why It Hurts and What You Can Do, by Mark Allen Young, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Do you suffer from constant, agonizing pain? Have you been to doctor after doctor, only to receive nothing that helps or be told
(Guest Expert)
"The Importance of Osteoporosis Testing", by award-winning actress Rita Moreno
Celebrity guest and award-winning actress, Rita Moreno, discusses osteoporosis prevention, detection and treatment.
(Celebrity Speak Out)
Osteoporosis, Mrs. America 2002, Laurett Ellsworth Arenz
Laurett Ellsworth Arenz talks about osteoporosis prevention and what you can do to protect your bones now.
(Celebrity Speak Out)
Sally Field Talks about Osteoporosis
(Celebrity Speak Out)
"Caring For Those With Alzheimer's Disease", by Emmy award winning actress, Miss Linda Dano
Celebrity Guest, Emmy award winning actress, Miss Linda Dano, discusses her personal experience with her father's battle with Alzheimer's Disease.
(Celebrity Speak Out)
"Graduation into Menopause", with singer Patti Labelle
Super dynamo, singing sensation Patti LaBelle went into menopause 10 years ago. . .now 56, with a new CD, a national concert tour, a new book, and a new television show all within one year, she’s thrown the phrase “Finished At Fifty” out the window!
(Celebrity Speak Out)
Aisha Tyler Sets A Healthy Example For Bones
An estimated 10 million or more Americans have osteoporosis. This condition is defined as low bone mass accompanied by structural deterioration of bone,leading to weakened bones and the increased risk of spine, hip, and wrist fractures.
(Celebrity Speak Out)
Eikenberry And Tucker Know The T-Score
“Like most men, I didn’t think a whole lot about bone loss,” says actor Michael Tucker, 57. “After all, I felt fine and nobody can see your bones anyhow, so it wasn’t a concern of mine.
(Celebrity Speak Out)
Sharon Lawrence Dives Into Coral Calcium
NYPD Blue alum Sharon Lawrence portrayed a character that made a living determining right from wrong. Now Lawrence is helping people make a similar distinction when it comes to the health of the world’s coral reefs.
(Celebrity Speak Out)
Valerie Bertinelli Gives Thanks For Walking
Valerie Bertinelli is hitting her stride again. After beginning a new life apart from Eddie Van Halen, she’s just finished a new television movie, and has a new fitness workout she absolutely loves.
(Celebrity Speak Out)
Books and Tapes
Dr. Donnica's Book and Tape Recommendations
(Books & Tapes)
Osteoporosis Diagnosis
Osteoporosis is called “the silent disease”-- it rarely has symptoms. As a result, it often goes undetected and undiagnosed.
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Osteoporosis Diagnosis
Osteoporosis is called “the silent disease”--it rarely has symptoms. As a result, most patients go undiagnosed until they have advanced disease or a fracture. Advanced osteoporosis can cause tremendous pain and frequent fractures.
(Radio Transcript)
Osteoporosis in Women of Color
We know that fair-skinned, white women of eastern European background are at greatest risk for osteoporosis. While this is true, women of color often get the message that as a result, they are not at risk. . .which is simply not true.
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Osteoporosis Prevention
Osteoporosis is a disease of pediatrics that shows up in geriatrics. The best way to prevent osteoporosis is to ensure that children, teenagers and young women get an adequate calcium intake. . .it’s like putting money in the bank.
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Osteoporosis Prevention
Osteoporosis is a disease of pediatrics manifested in geriatrics. The best way to way to prevent osteoporosis is to ensure that children, teenagers and young women get an adequate calcium intake.
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Osteoporosis Treatment
For years the diagnosis of osteoporosis was overlooked because there weren’t many treatment options for women who couldn’t take estrogen. Estrogen replacement therapy remains the gold standard for osteoporosis prevention and treatment, although it’s not for everyone.
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Osteoporosis Treatment
For years the diagnosis of osteoporosis was overlooked because there weren’t many treatment options for women who couldn’t take estrogen. Estrogen replacement therapy remains the gold standard for osteoporosis prevention and treatment, although it’s not for everyone.
(Radio Transcript)
The Importance of Osteoporosis Testing
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The Importance of Osteoporosis Testing
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What is Osteoporosis?
Got Milk? If you didn’t get enough as a youngster you may be at increased risk for osteoporosis, a debilitating disease where bone is lost and fracture risk increases.
(Radio Transcript)
What is Osteoporosis?
Got Milk? If you didn’t get enough as a youngster you may be at increased risk for osteoporosis, a debilitating disease where bone is lost and fracture risk increases.
(Radio Transcript)
What is Osteoporosis?
Inadequate calcium intake is only part of the osteoporosis story. The greatest risk for osteoporosis is estrogen loss, particularly for women going through menopause.
(Radio Transcript)
Calcium
What do PMS, colon cancer, high blood pressure and osteoporosis have in common? A secret enemy: calcium.
(Radio Transcript)
Calcium
What do PMS, colon cancer, high blood pressure and osteoporosis have in common? A secret enemy: calcium.
(Radio Transcript)
Calcium 101
Women have heard for years that adequate calcium intake--from food or supplements--protects bones and delays osteoporosis. Recent research shows that calcium's value extends to many other functions as well.
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Calcium 101
What do PMS, colon cancer, high blood pressure and osteoporosis have in common? A secret enemy: calcium.
(Radio Transcript)
Calcium 101: How Do I Know Which Supplements to take and how much?
The average 44 yr. old American woman has a calcium intake of 440 mg per day, a third of the RDA. Menopausal women need even more daily calcium: 1500 mg, whether or not they take estrogen.
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Calcium 101:  How Do I Know Which Supplements to Take and How Much?
The most important reason for most women to take calcium is to protect their bones. Calcium may also have a role in preventing colon cancer, heart disease, and even PMS.
(Radio Transcript)
Happy Mothers’ Day
When was the last time your mother had a general check-up? Many women neglect their annual Pap smears and pelvic exams after they’ve finished having children or gone through “the change”; is your mom one of them?
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Happy Thanksgiving: Advances in Women’s Health We Are Most Thankful For
As I reflect on all that I am thankful for today, I have to include the progress made in women’s health research and development in the past year alone. We now have medicines available that were only pipe dreams a decade ago.
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HRT 101
Estrogen--progesterone--HRT--ERT--do you know the difference? We hear a lot about hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, yet 7 out of 10 women cannot name the two most important female hormones.
(Radio Transcript)
HRT 101
Estrogen—progesterone—HRT—ERT—do you know the difference? We hear a lot about hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, yet 7 out of 10 women cannot name the two most important female hormones.
(Radio Transcript)
HRT 101
Estrogen—progesterone—HRT—ERT—do you know the difference? We hear a lot about hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, yet 7 out of 10 women cannot name the two most important female hormones.
(Radio Transcript)
HRT 101
Estrogen—progesterone—HRT—ERT—do you know the difference? We hear a lot about hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, yet 7 out of 10 women cannot name the two most important female hormones.
(Radio Transcript)
HRT Use Prevents Osteoporotic Fractures
A recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (6/13/01) supported the importance of early menopausal hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to prevent fractures from osteoporosis.
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Myths About Menopause
Read a radio transcript about the myths, misinformation, and misconception of menopause.
(Radio Transcript)
Now Is the Time to Prevent Bone Loss
Twenty-two million American women have osteoporosis, but most don’t know it. The first sign of the disease--bone loss-- is painless; it causes no symptoms until a minor fall becomes a serious accident!
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Osteoporotic Fractures
Even though osteoporosis causes one fracture every 20 seconds, few people recognize how fractures can affect them. Many still don’t realize that breaking a bone as an adult could be a sign of osteoporosis.
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September is Menopause Awareness Month
For the past 5 decades, the American media have closely followed every new Baby Boomer trend. Now with 4,000 women entering menopause per day, this topic is a popular one. Sadly, however, most women are still confused about where to get reliable medical information about menopause.
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September is Menopause Awareness Month
For the past 5 decades, the American media have closely followed every new Baby Boomer trend. Now with 4,000 women entering menopause per day, this topic is a popular one. Sadly, however, most women are still confused about where to get reliable medical information about menopause.
(Radio Transcript)
What is Scoliosis?
If scoliosis is allowed to progress untreated, it has the potential to cause deformities of the chest, lung abnormalities, and even difficulty breathing.
(Radio Transcript)
What is Thyroid Disease?
The thyroid is our “Gland Central”...its function is critical to many life functions. Yet thyroid disease affects nearly 13 million Americans!--and women are affected up to eight times more often than men.
(Radio Transcript)
Women and Tooth Loss
By age 65, one out of 3 women in the US will have NONE of their original teeth!
(Radio Transcript)
Women of Color and HRT
Women of color believe that they are not at risk for the consequences, such as osteoporosis and heart disease. But in fact, women of color after menopause have higher rates of heart disease, and if they do develop osteoporosis, they have more complications. Read more about Hormone Replacement Therapy in this article!
(Radio Transcript)
Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis Health Links and Resources.
(Women's Health Resources)
Arthritis
Arthritis Health Links and Resources
(Women's Health Resources)
Choosing a Health Care Provider
Women's Health Care Provider Links and Resources
(Women's Health Resources)
Menopause
Menopause Health Links and Resources
(Women's Health Resources)

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