A Lifetime of Strong Bones
Osteoporosis Foundation announcements, news, views, personal diary and thoughts on the world of Osteoporosis
 
Women, Tell Your Story About Osteoporosis
A writer from a national women's magazine is looking for women to interview who have been diagnosed with osteoporosis.  She would like to find out how they discovered their osteoporosis, what medications they might be on and any other strategies they use in their day-to-day lives to cope with the disease. 

If you are female, in your 50s or late 40s and are interested in being interviewed, please contact I. Davidson by Email at Davidson787@gmail.com for more information.  Thank you.

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Disclaimer: Osteoporosis Foundation neither endorses nor confirms the above writer's views and opinions

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Posted by Sanjay Dalal at 1/25/2008 6:25 PM | View Comments (3) | Add Comment | Trackbacks (0)
Osteoporosis Reversal

Is it Possible to Reverse Osteoporosis?

My latest Bone Density Scan has shown rather surprising results.  I have actually reversed Osteoporosis in the lumbar spine.  I have asked some specialists about this, and the consistent answer I have obtained is "this is impossible".  Could this be possible?  Could this be a miracle?  From being diagnosed with confirmed advanced Osteoporosis in 2005 to reversing it all together in 2007; this does not make any sense.  And if the results are indeed accurate (I used a different facility at Kaiser for my latest bone density scan because of change in my health plans), this is amazing. 

I thank God, family and friends for helping me through this ordeal in the last two years, and accomplishing what was thought to be impossible.  Perhaps conquering Osteoporosis.  The reason I say "perhaps" is because I want to confirm the results again next year by repeating the test, and ensure that the Osteoporosis is indeed in remission.

On the other hand, my Osteopenia has increased in another key area.  Hence this is somewhat bitter-sweet.  I need to make sure that the Osteopenia reverses as well by next year and perhaps I can completely get rid of Osteoporosis and Osteopenia.

What has perhaps helped me reverse Osteoporosis?

1. Healthy Diet rich in Calcium and Vitamin D - Milk, Calcium-fortified Orange Juice, Dairy Products, Fortified Foods, Vegetables (steamed) such as Broccoli and Spinach, Bananas, and supplements (although I have not been very regular on the supplements)
2. Increased consumption of the above foods compared to what I was doing in the past (at least three times daily)
3. Physical activity - including daily walks, walking the dog (we adopted a dog in April of this year), playing around with our kids, doing more things in and around the house, parking the car further away from the grocery store or book store to walk that extra step, etc.
4. Deep resolve, prayers, faith and belief that Osteoporosis can be indeed conquered

I am excited about my change, my family and I have moved recently to Irvine, Orange County, California, and I am looking forward to continuing my regimen of building strong bones in Irvine.

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Posted by Sanjay Dalal at 10/1/2007 4:30 AM | View Comments (7) | Add Comment | Trackbacks (0)
Free Osteoporosis Screening Test at Washington Hospital Community Health Resource Library

A key step towards determining whether you may have Osteoporosis or are at risk of having an Osteoporosis is taking a simple, ten minute screening test offered FREE by Washington Hospital's Community Health Resource Library in Fremont, California.  This FREE test is not a substitute for the Osteoporosis Diagnosis Test or Scan prescribed by a doctor.  However, this test can provide you an early indicator on whether you have Osteoporosis or are likely to have Osteoporosis - in any case, the best approach is to take this simple screening test, and take the results of the exam to your doctor and get professional advice.

Earlier in the week, I visited the Community Health Resource Library located at 2500 Mowry Avenue, Suite 100 in Fremont.  I met the Library Operations Coordinator, Ms. Sumedha Shende, who provided me some background information on the library, and why they began the Free Osteoporosis Screening.  Shende is a passionate advocate for Osteoporosis prevention and screening, and speaks eloquently on the subject and the library's drive.  Overall, from my discussion with Shende, I learnt that the FREE Osteoporosis Screen test has been a successful initiative, and a thousand plus community patrons have already visited the library to learn about Osteoporosis, or taken the test.  Besides the Free Screen, the library also provides information and resources on Osteoporosis assembled from various foundations and organizations.

Although I have been diagnosed with Osteoporosis, I wanted to test out the Screen Test, the process, and get a sense of its accuracy and relative ease-of-use.  A senior volunteer who was quite patient and kind helped me with this very simple scan that only required me to take my shoe out, and put my left heel at a slight angle on a simple machine while sitting in a comfortable chair.  Initially, the machine did not provide results (after trying for a minute); the volunteer knew what the issue was - the machine required just a bit of cleaning and oiling the contact points.  On the second attempt, the machine provided results within five minutes.  The entire process took less than ten minutes, and was painless.  This particular Hologic machine measures Osteoporosis in the heel, and provides a BMD (Bone Mineral Density) score.  The associated one page information allows you to interpret the results.  However, it's best to take the results and get a doctor's professional opinion.  My results were consistent with the diagnosis.

Washington Hospital has provided a solid health foundation for the people in Fremont for many decades.  Recently, Fremont won the honor of Top Five City for Living by Men's Health magazine; the people in Fremont have Washington Hospital Healthcare System, and other local health clinics and centers to thank for the good health.

If you are looking to get a FREE Osteoporosis Screen, I would highly recommend Washington Hospital Healthcare System's test available at Health Resource Library on weekdays and on Saturdays.  The library also offers FREE Blood Pressure and BMI test, and host of other resources for maintaining and keeping good health.

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Posted by Sanjay Dalal at 4/13/2007 5:22 PM | View Comments (0) | Add Comment | Trackbacks (0)
Ravi Krishnan joins Osteoporosis Foundation as the COO

I am pleased to announce that Ravi Krishnan, Senior Director of Partnerships and Business Development at IT outsourcer Cognizant Technology, has agreed to join the Osteoporosis Foundation in the position of COO - Chief Operating Officer.  Ravi will be leading the operations and strategy for the Osteoporosis Foundation.

In his current role at Cognizant, Ravi oversees key areas of expansion within the Insurance and Financial services practice.  His prior professional experience includes stints at GE Insurance where he was AVP, Strategic Technology Initiatives, and as a principal Strategy Consultant at PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC).
 
Ravi’s academic background includes an undergraduate degree from Birla Institute of Technology & Science, India, and an MBA and a Master’s in Mass Communications from Arizona State University. Ravi is married to Meera, a physician at Kaiser Permanente (where we recently joined for our health coverage), and they are both busy raising and having fun with their 15-month-old son, Sidharth.

On a personal note, I have known Ravi for the past seven plus years as a personal friend and a well-wisher, and we particularly enjoy playing online Fantasy Football.

Please extend a huge welcome to Ravi on joining the Osteoporosis Foundation as the COO.

I look forward to working with Ravi in driving the vision, mission and goals of the Osteoporosis Foundation.

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Posted by Sanjay Dalal at 3/28/2007 6:29 PM | View Comments (0) | Add Comment | Trackbacks (0)
Welcome to Osteoporosis Foundation Inc.

I welcome you to the launch of the Osteoporosis Foundation Inc. non-profit organization and the website at:
http://www.osteofoundation.org

I look forward to your comments about our new website, our vision, bold mission and goals.  Please take some time to browse the website, and tell us what you like, what you don't, and where you would like us to improve.

I am excited about the launch of the new non-profit Osteoporosis Foundation, and our overarching mission to stop Osteoporosis before it begins.

I look forward to your support and help towards advancing and promoting strong bone health, reversing bone loss and preventing Osteoporosis, especially in children, tweens, teens, young adults and adults before Osteoporosis strikes.

Here's to "A Lifetime of Strong Bones".

Sincere regards,
Sanjay Dalal

Founder and CEO

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Posted by Sanjay Dalal at 3/27/2007 9:44 PM | View Comments (5) | Add Comment | Trackbacks (0)