The complete book of bone health

Diane L. Schneider, 1953-

Book - 2011

Using evidence-based research, first-hand stories and her own experience, the author compiles the latest information about bolstering bones, from prevention to treatment, into a single, easy-to-understand resource. -- From publisher.

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Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books c2011.
Physical Description
491 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Main Author
Diane L. Schneider, 1953- (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

"As its title suggests, this book covers the waterfront when it comes to bone health. Written by a well-known bone researcher and medical doctor, with a foreword by ex-astronaut Sally Ride (one of her former patients), it looks at everything anyone would need to know about osteoporosis. It's as reader-friendly as a medical-advice book can be, with each chapter ending with a bullet-pointed summary called "The Bare Bones." Schneider looks at such topics as bone-density scans, calcium, vitamin D, existing medicine, drugs in development, and fall prevention ("stay off ladders!" and "turn on the lights!"). The guide includes plenty of surprises. For example, the class of antidepressants that includes Prozac is associated with an increase in the risk of fractures and with lower bone density. And type 1 diabetics, including Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor, also have low bone mass and an increased risk for adult osteoporosis and fractures. Women concerned with their bone health will want to thumb through this book before, during, and after their visits to their doctor." Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Choice Reviews

Patients seeking information on osteoporosis will appreciate this book for its straightforward style. Packed with images, the text covers basic bone physiology, bone assessment, pharmaceutical and nonpharmaceutical treatments and preventatives for osteoporosis, and the effects of common medical problems on bone health. In her introduction, Schneider (formerly, Univ. of California, San Diego; cofounder, states that she wants readers to feel that they are "having a friendly chat," and this is a perfect description of how the book is written. The conversational style makes it an easy and fun read for patients, but some may feel that this informality detracts from the book's value for undergraduate research use. Other features, including the index and chapter references that cite articles from professional journals, make the book more student-friendly. Chapters conclude with a bulleted summary, and one can read each of the book's six parts independently. The book provides lay readers a helpful, simplified introduction to osteoporosis and its treatment. It may also be useful for entry-level health sciences students as well as nonscience students who are researching and writing papers about health-related topics. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers and lower-level undergraduates. General Readers; Lower-division Undergraduates. S. L. Knight-Davis Eastern Illinois University Copyright 2012 American Library Association.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Presents information on bone health, covering such topics as bone density scans, medication, risk factors for bone loss, ostopenia, and exercise and nutrition.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Schneider, a former professor of clinical medicine at the U. of California, San Diego, who is associated with a non-profit organization on bone health awareness and education, explains aspects of bone health, from the basics to treatment and prevention of osteoporosis. She explains assessment, including bone density scans; general measures like exercise, fall prevention, nutrition, calcium, and vitamin D; various medicines for osteoporosis, drugs in development, and complementary and alternative medicine; what to do after a major fracture; and bone connections to common problems and medicines, including pregnancy and breastfeeding, birth control, menstrual problems and endometriosis, eating disorders, thyroid and intestinal problems, weight loss, steroid use, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, depression, and breast and prostate cancer. Included are stories of patients. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Review by Publisher Summary 3

This book compiles the latest information about bolstering bones, from prevention to treatment, into a single, easy-to-understand resource. The author, a leading expert on osteoporosis, covers everything you should know about your bones. Using evidence-based research, first-hand stories, and her own experience, she provides practical recommendations to optimize your bone health. Get the facts on: bone health basics; risk factors for bone loss and fractures; bone density "DXA" scans; exercise and nutrition; vitamin D; prescription medicines; controversial "hot topics"; complementary and alternative approaches; and common health problems and medicines affecting your bones. Designed to be practical and user-friendly, each chapter ends with a bottom-line summary, "The Bare Bones," allowing you to easily reference issues of interest. This book is a clear, accurate, and up-to-date guide to improving bone health and contributing to a healthier life.