Ever wondered how researchers find out detailed information about bone and surrounding tissue? If so, check out (by clicking) Part 1 of our series looking into some of the devices used in bone health research!
Aging causes an increase in oxidative stress and inflammation in our bodies. Along with declining estrogen levels, these changes may lead to bone loss in postmenopausal women. The effects of estrogen on bone have been investigated in great detail, but not much is known about the effects of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory substances on bone. Since … Continue reading Our Research – Does vitamin E help bone health?
Congratulations to our director Dr. Angela M. Cheung for being awarded the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Musculoskeletal and Postmenopausal Health! The Canada Research Chair program attracts and retains the world’s most accomplished and promising scientists. The focus of Dr. Cheung's work is to improve the quality of life, health and healthcare of people … Continue reading Dr. Angela Cheung has been awarded the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair
When research is completed, its results don’t just stay in academic hallways – they end up being shared with other researchers, healthcare professionals and you, the public. In part 1 of this blog, we’ll bare how researchers, including our group, share findings amongst themselves. This is a crucial step in science and without it, we … Continue reading Where goes research?
The Osteoporosis Program was recently profiled in the UHN Arthritis Program Clinical and Research Report. The report highlights our fracture care and prevention study, The Bridge Study, and shows how our outreach through social media is helping to raise awareness of osteoporosis. Click on the image below to read the full report. To support the … Continue reading Osteoporosis Program Report
Given the important role of vitamin D in bone health, in general, people with low levels of vitamin D in their blood have lower bone density and higher risk of fractures. One way to get vitamin D is from the sun; but because darker skin absorbs less UVB rays, the levels of vitamin D are … Continue reading There’s more to vitamin D than meets the eye
Many of our research and clinic patients have questions about calcium supplements, such as which form of calcium supplements to take and how much, and how to avoid common side effects such as constipation. Our nutrition researcher, Dr. Maryam S. Hamidi, answers these questions and offers other helpful information in the video below: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJuUxmMRuUQ You … Continue reading Calcium supplements
In our last post, we introduced the different types of vitamin K and their dietary sources, and we also noted that vitamin K has some important functions in maintaining our bone health. The question then arises: can taking vitamin K supplements protect us from osteoporosis and fractures? Our knowledge on whether vitamin K is involved … Continue reading Vitamin K and bone health (part 2)
The idea of using nutritional supplements to prevent diseases has been gaining currency over the past several years. For osteoporosis, vitamin K has been getting a lot of attention because of its role in bone health. But can vitamin K supplements actually prevent osteoporosis? In a review article published recently in the Journal of Clinical Densitometry, our … Continue reading Vitamin K and bone health (part 1)
We spoke to Dr. Maryam S Hamidi, our nutrition researcher, about the controversy around calcium supplements and why it is better to get your calcium from food. Dr. Hamidi also advised us on the best foods to eat when trying to meet our daily calcium needs. A little more about Dr. Hamidi: She completed her … Continue reading Meeting your calcium needs from food vs supplements