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March 1, 2011 @ 11:14 pm

Osteoporosis with Nurse Barb


Nurse Barb, a practicing women’s health nurse practitioner joins the show. Barb is an award winning author, who lectures at Stanford and has a commercial free daily health blog at For the last 3 years, Barb has been working with Sally Field and the Boniva team to get the word out about Osteoporosis.

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Nurse Barb is a practicing Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, award winning author, and a nationally recognized health expert. She holds a BS from Boston College and earned Masters degree at the University of California, San Francisco. An in demand and popular national speaker on all aspects of women’s health, she also lectures at Stanford and is a frequent health expert on ABC TV's View from the Bay in San Francisco. She has appeared on CNN, Good Morning America Now and NBC's iVillageLive.


Osteoporosis is a disease where bones become thinner and more brittle and much more likely to break.  Osteoporosis affects 10 million Americans, 8 million of whom are women.  There are an additional 44 million people at risk.  1 in 2 women will suffer an osteoporosis related fracture in her lifetime and 1 in 4 men will.  In fact there are 2 million fractures every year. The good news is that osteoporosis can be treated and fractures prevented.  Many people are not sure how to keep their bones strong and healthy and may not know the most accurate information. Here to bust some myths about Osteoporosis is:

Nurse Barb discusses & answers the following:

  • What is the # 1 myth surrounding Osteoporosis? (Myth: I drink plenty of milk, so I can’t get osteoporosis)
  • Do people really need to get more Calcium than they would from a daily latte?  (Myth:  I can get plenty of Calcium from my daily latte.)
  • Wouldn’t it be obvious if a person has Osteoporosis?
  • If a person does have Osteoporosis, what can they do to treat it? (Myth: Treating Osteoporosis just means getting more calcium and weight bearing exercise)
  • If a person take medication for osteoporosis for a year or 2, should they stop and take a break?

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