FemTech Focus

American Bone Health gives us the basics on Bones and Osteoporosis - Episode 160

Episode Summary

In today’s episode, I interview Cheryl Hostinak, the Executive Director of American bone health. American Bone Health teaches people how to build and keep strong and healthy bones for life with practical and up-to-date information and resources to engage, educate and empower them to prevent bone loss, osteoporosis and fractures. They love bones and we should too! Bone health is something we should think about sooner rather than later. Many health conditions that women deal with, and treatments for those conditions, can cause bone loss and increase risk of broken bones. Everything from diabetes to breast cancer to lupus to mental health. People achieve peak bone mass by about age 30, so after that, you want to minimize net bone loss. Around menopause, bone loss increases significantly. “Primary osteoporosis” is a state of low bone mass related to age and loss of estrogen; “secondary osteoporosis” is low bone mass caused by something else, whether another disease or a medicine or factors such as smoking, alcoholism or an eating disorder. American Bone Health has a scientifically validated assessment tool called the American Bone Health Fracture Risk Calculator. This is a great tool for anyone over 45 to learn whether they are at low, moderate or high risk for weak bones. Take the quiz and learn more about bone health at www.americanbonehealth.org Enjoy the episode!

Episode Notes

FemTech Focus is a 501c3 non-profit organization founded to empower, equip, and bring together healthcare professionals, life-science entrepreneurs, and forward thinking investors to revolutionize women’s health and wellness. FemTech Focus elevates the FemTech industry through increased awareness, providing resources to FemTech founders, & creating opportunities to support FemTech startups through exposure, networking, and access to capital.

The FemTech Focus Podcast with Dr. Brittany Barreto is a meaningfully provocative conversational series that brings femtech experts – including doctors, scientists, inventors, and founders – on air to talk about the innovative technology, services, and products (collectively known as femtech) that are improving women’s health and wellness. The podcast gives our host, Dr. Brittany Barreto, and guests an engaging, friendly environment to learn about the past, present, and future of women’s health and wellness.

Dr. Brittany Barreto is a scientist, serial entrepreneur, and venture capitalist. While finishing her PhD in Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine, Brittany founded Pheramor, the first nationwide DNA-based dating app. She then embarked into venture capital as the Senior Venture Associate at Capital Factory and was tasked with launching the fund’s Houston branch. Brittany now has her sights on advancing women’s health. She is host of the FemTech Focus podcast which has 150+ episodes and 30 thousand downloads in 105 countries. Brittany is the co-founding partner of Coyote Ventures, a US-based venture fund investing in early-stage women’s health startups.