Sticks and Stones May Break Our Bones—And So Can Menopause

Understanding Bone Health
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May 22, 2024, 1-2pm EST
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Menopause often takes a heavy toll on women’s bones, leading to life-long health implications. Few women know that  20% of their bone loss happens in the four to five years around menopause, as their estrogen drops precipitously. Osteoporosis, which means — meaning “porous bone,” — is often called the “silent disease” because women don’t know their bones are weakening until one of them breaks. Approximately one in two women over age 50 will break a bone because of osteoporosis — which, in turn, is associated with poor quality of life and greater mortality.

It’s time we pull osteoporosis from the silence and start talking. Join us for aconversation with Dr. Kristi DeSapri, a national leader in osteoporosis and menopause management, as we discuss why midlife women need to start thinking about their bone health sooner than they may realize. Dr. DeSapri will unpack available preventative and treatment measures we can implement in our daily lives to improve our bone health during menopause and beyond.

About the Speaker

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Dr. Kristi Tough DeSapri truly believes that women deserve to function at optimal health and are gatekeepers to their families’ and communities’ health. She is a board-certified internist specializing in midlife women’s health and is regarded as a national leader in the field of osteoporosis and menopause management.

After fellowship training at the Cleveland Clinic, she has worked in private practice and academic medicine, including being director of the Northwestern Women’s Bone Health program at the Center for Sexual Medicine and Menopause at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago. She is the founding physician and owner of Bone and Body Women’s Health, LCC, a specialized midlife women’s health practice in Winnetka, IL, focused on consultation and management of perimenopause, menopause, osteoporosis, fracture prevention and treatment, and sexual health.

Dr. DeSapri is an invited lecturer at national academic conferences and sits on several medical society committees, including the Association of Bone Mineral Research (ASBMR), Bone Health and Osteoporosis Foundation ( BHOF), the Menopause Society, and Ms. Medicine. Since 2010, she has also been an active Menopause Certified Practitioner (formerly known as NAMS).

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