Bone Health

WIG Podcast: Bone Health Bone Basics -- Listen Now!

About 54 million Americans have osteoporosis, and many don’t even know they’re at risk of developing weak bones. One in two women and up to one in four men age 50 and older will break a bone because of the disease, leaving many with permanent pain and a stooped or hunched posture. There’s a bone health crisis affecting the country tallying up repeat fractures, hospitalizations and long-term care needs resulting in Medicare costs of 52-billion dollars a year. What’s more, many of these cases could have been prevented with scans and appropriate care. In this episode of the Women In Government Podcast, our panel discusses what happens when you or someone you love receives a diagnosis of osteoporosis. We’re going to get back to the basics… the bone basics.
MODERATOR: Lucy Gettman, executive director, Women In Government

Featured Guests:

GUEST #1: Stacey Guerin, Maine State Senator and Board Chair of Women In Government
GUEST #2: Jennifer Longdon, Arizona State Representative
GUEST #3: Dr. Andrea Singer, Associate Professor and Chief, Division of Women’s Primary Care and Director of Bone Densitometry, in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

Additional Resources:

Bone Health Briefing-featuring Congresswomen Linda Sanchez (D-CA) & Jackie Walorski (R-IN) 

Bone Health Quick Kit 

Bone Health Toolkit

U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging Report

National Osteoporosis Foundation & Milliman Report "Medicare Cost of Osteoporotic Fractures"

State Slides - Bone Health By The Numbers (DXA Testing)

National Osteoporosis Foundation - Medicare Cost of Fractures Infographic