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Bone Matters with Dr. Marla Shapiro

Learn helpful tips and tricks from Dr. Marla Shapiro and her expert team as they discuss the ins and outs of managing osteoporosis and preventing the consequences of bone loss, specifically broken bones from osteoporosis.

From the physical demands of osteoporosis to the emotional ones and everything else in between, Dr. Shapiro and her team of experts look at the effects of osteoporosis through a series of articles. All aimed at helping you find the strength to take charge of your condition - and your life.

Osteoporosis and the Sandwich Generation

"Sandwich generation" is the term often given to those caught between the generations. People just like me find themselves focusing on either end of the spectrum of caring. On the one hand, we are balancing the often difficult demands of raising our own children, and on the other hand, caring for aging parents or relatives. Dealing with these demands can make life interesting but also very stressful.

Emotional health: Staying strong with osteoporosis

In my practice I not only see the physical effects of osteoporosis but also the toll it can take emotionally. I asked Dr. Keri-Leigh Cassidy, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Dalhousie University, about the impact of osteoporosis on mental health.

When it comes to osteoporosis, do you know your score?

Detecting osteoporosis early is important and can help prevent fractures from occurring in the first place. Having your bone mineral density (BMD) tested will help your doctor determine whether you are at risk or whether or not you have low bone mass or osteoporosis.

Meet Dr. Marla Shapiro
You may recognize Dr. Shapiro from CTV where she serves as Health and Medical Contributor on Canada AM - as well as editor of Parents Canada magazine. Dr. Shapiro can also be found on where she maintains a weekly blog on health.

In 2006, Dr. Shapiro won the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada/Canadian Foundation for Women's Health Award for Excellence in Women's Health Journalism for her documentary "Run Your Own Race." And in recognition of her lifelong commitment to family medicine, Dr. Shapiro was awarded the College of Family Physicians of Canada's Award of Excellence for 2008.

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