by Jenna Ksaibati April 16, 2015
Did you know that if you have low bone mass or osteoporosis, you’re in very fancy company? Osteoporosis can affect anyone, male or female, young or old. Even celebrities are not immune to this condition. These women have been affected by low bone mass and have decided to take their knowledge and use it to increase awareness of this disease.
Gwyneth Paltrow is an American actress, singer and food writer. She also has a bone condition in which her bone mineral density is lower than normal. This condition is called osteopenia and is possibly a precursor to osteoporosis.
After suffering a leg fracture, Gwyneth received a bone scan from an orthopaedic surgeon that showed her low bone density. Her low levels of Vitamin D, an essential mineral needed to absorb the calcium your bones require, may be one of the causes of her condition. Gwyneth reminds us that your bone and joint health is vital to consider at any age.
Meredith Vieira is an American journalist who recently shared news of her own brush with osteoporosis. After becoming menopausal and with a family history of osteoporosis, her doctor recommended a bone density test. The test revealed that she had low bone density and was headed towards osteoporosis. A long time news reporter, Meredith has brought you new findings and stories. Now she is a spokesperson for The National Osteoporosis Foundation’s awareness campaign, she dedicates her time to bringing awareness to this silent disease while sharing her own story.
Meredith knows that osteoporosis can strike at any age but that the test is easy and painless. She also knows that she doesn’t have to wait for osteoporosis to hit, although she does have low bone mass there are still things she can do to prevent further loss. She advises you to talk to your doctor to know where you are and what you can do with your bone health.
Joan Rivers was an American actress, comedian, writer, producer and television host. She, like so many others, believed that osteoporosis was an old woman’s disease and since she lived a fairly healthy lifestyle she saw no reason to be concerned about it. In 2002 Joan was diagnosed with osteoporosis. Although she already had this disease, she learned that osteoporosis is reversible and there are ways to prevent further loss. After exercising and eating properly, her six month check-up showed an amazing change in her bone density.
Joan Rivers soon became a National Osteoporosis Foundation Ambassador where she brought awareness to Capitol Hill in 2005, met with the Surgeon General and worked with Congressional leaders to increase support for awareness and real action to prevent this disease.
Sally Field is an American actress and director. With a history of osteoporosis on both sides of her family, her doctor suggested getting a bone mineral density test. Even though she does not smoke and follows a healthy diet and exercise routine she was still at risk for osteoporosis.
In her mid-50s she was diagnosed with osteopenia and in 2005 she was diagnosed with osteoporosis. Today, Sally is a spokesperson for an osteoporosis pharmaceutical company where she shares her story and brings awareness to this disease.
Osteoporosis affects 10 million people in just the United States and 18 million more Americans are at risk of osteoporosis. To speak with a doctor about your bone health please call, Consult-A-Nurse at (800) 611-6913 for a physician referral. That’s not enough? Need more information? Join us for the annual Women and Wellness Symposium May 9th to hear a presentation by Dr. Jason Shinn an orthopaedic surgeon at North Florida Regional Medical Center.