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Everything you should know about your bones
in a single, easy-to-understand guide.

Dr. Diane Schneider, a leading expert on osteoporosis, provides practical recommendations to optimize your bone health at any age and any stage.

Foreword by Dr. Sally Ride, who was the beloved astronaut and CEO of Sally Ride Science, introduced this critical health topic:

"It's important for the future of space travel for NASA to understand bone loss in weightlessness and ensure that astronauts maintain healthy bones. It's just as important for women and men to understand this critical health issue and how to develop bone healthy habits."

The Complete Book of

Bone Health & Osteoporosis

by Dr. Diane Schneider

You will find up-to-date information on bone health basics, bone density “DXA” scans, exercise and nutrition, vitamin D, calcium, prescription medicines, and much more.

"We all know, ‘eat your breakfast, brush your teeth, exercise, and cut out the fatty foods,’ but bone loss? Who knew? That is, until Dr. Diane Schneider’s comprehensive and eminently understandable book on good bone health for women and men. It leaves nothing out: from childhood to old age it educates us on how to strengthen and maintain our bones to prevent life-threatening bone breaks, which is especially vital for us older folks. Every adult and parent should read Dr. Schneider's fascinating guide to a longer, better life with healthy bones!"

– David Hartman, television producer and original host,
Good Morning, America

"Dr. Schneider has written a comprehensive, highly lucid survey of osteoporosis, its nature and causes, along with sensible approaches toward its prevention and management. Her focus on nonpharmaceutical aspects is strong, as is her focus on both safety and the efficacy of approved treatments. I enthusiastically recommend this book to any person who has, or who is concerned about, developing osteoporosis. I also recommend it highly to health professionals who are not specialists in this condition, as Dr. Schneider provides many valuable tips that will improve patient care."

– Robert Marcus, MD, Professor of Medicine, Stanford University 

"Dr. Schneider's comprehensive and wonderfully readable book reveals why bone health matters and how to keep our bones strong and fracture free."

– Ethel Siris, MD, Director, Toni Stabile Osteoporosis Center, Columbia University Medical Center, New York-Presbyterian Hospital

Editorial Review from Booklist

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.

– Karen Springen, August 2011

Bone up on prevention and treatment of osteoporosis, fracture risk assessment using the FRAX® tool, how fractures happen and how to prevent them, what a T-score means on your DXA scan, and the latest controversies about osteoporosis medicines, vitamin D, and calcium.

Editorial Review from Library Journal

We may think of osteoporosis as a disease of old age, but this volume challenges that notion. Instead, medical researcher Schneider tells readers that osteoporosis is a childhood disease that manifests later in life. With this in mind, she gives medical advice related to bone health for the whole family. Readers who are intimidated by the length of this comprehensive book may appreciate the "Bare Bones" summaries that conclude each chapter, a final chapter that recaps fitness and nutrition tips by age range, and appendixes that define medical terms and other information. Schneider is open to complementary and alternative medicine, but she acknowledges a dearth of scientific evidence about the efficacy of these remedies. Nonetheless, she provides what information is available about the results of several natural remedies and techniques, including vibration therapy, tai chi, and yoga. She focuses on the latest research and encourages readers to stay current with the website for her nonprofit organization (

Verdict: This is a solid choice for consumers looking for an overview of osteoporosis, or for public libraries looking to update their collections.

– Mindy Rhiger, Mackin Educational Resources, Minneapolis, August 2011

Editorial Review from CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries

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.

– S. L. Knight, Davis Eastern Illinois University, April 2012

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Paperback $21.00
ISBN 978-1-61614-435-7

EBook $11.99
ISBN 978-1-61614-436-4

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