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What to expect if you are called back after a mammogram

Being called back for further testing after a routine screening mammogram can seem alarming. While it’s very important to follow up and have the recommended tests, being called back after a mammogram doesn’t necessarily mean there is anything wrong. “In most cases it means the radiologist wants to take a […]

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Out-of-pocket medical expenses create a health gap for diabetes patients

For many patients, diabetes is more than a chronic health issue. It’s also a chronic financial issue. Patients are responsible for costs such as medication, blood glucose testing meters, test strips and insulin pumps. A 2011 report from the Canadian Diabetes Association notes that on average, Canadians with diabetes spend […]

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Gestational diabetes is an early sign of Type 2 diabetes risk

Gestational diabetes arises in certain women who cannot overcome the insulin resistance that develops during pregnancy. In most cases, the condition goes away after the baby is delivered. However, women who have gestational diabetes have increased risks of developing Type 2 diabetes later in life. It’s important to note that […]

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Gestational diabetes: high blood sugar in pregnancy

Gestational diabetes affects about six per cent of pregnancies in Canada. Like type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes is a condition in which the body has trouble making or using a hormone called insulin, which is produced in the pancreas. Insulin controls blood sugar levels, so insufficient insulin can lead to […]

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Breast awareness: no one knows your breasts as well as you do

For most women at average risk, Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) recommends a mammogram every two years from age 50 to age 74 to screen for breast cancer. Women ages 40 to 49 are advised to talk to their doctor about mammography to decide if they would benefit from screening. However, […]

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Physical activity for good bone health

Dr. Sandra Kim, medical director of the Centre for Osteoporosis and Bone Health at Women’s College Hospital, explains how weight-bearing exercise and muscle-strengthening activity help stimulate bone growth and slow the rate of bone loss as we age.

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What puts women at risk for osteoporosis?

Dr. Sandra Kim, medical director of the Centre for Osteoporosis and Bone Health at Women’s College Hospital, discusses risk factors for osteoporosis, a condition in which loss of bone density and deterioration in bone quality causes bones to become weaker and more fragile.

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When do I need a bone density scan?

Bone mineral density (BMD) testing measures bone mass, and can indicate whether someone has osteoporosis or is at risk. Dr. Sandra Kim, medical director of the Centre for Osteoporosis and Bone Health at Women’s College Hospital, outlines BMD testing guidelines.

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Calcium and vitamin D: How much is recommended for bone health?

Calcium is your skeleton’s major building block. Dr. Sandra Kim, medical director of the Centre for Osteoporosis and Bone Health at Women’s College Hospital, talks about calcium and vitamin D recommendations for good bone health.

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Calcium and vitamin D quiz

Calcium and vitamin D are important for bone health for people of all ages. Take this quiz to test your knowledge about these vital nutrients.

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