Patient Education

This series of videos will help you have a more effective visit with your osteoporosis specialist. The UAB clinic patient educator, Beth Kitchin PhD, RDN, will teach you all about what osteoporosis is, how we diagnose it, and most importantly, how we treat it.

You'll learn how nutrition, exercise, and medications all work together to make your bones stronger and lower your chances of breaking a bone. The videos are short segments that you can watch all at once or just one or two at time so you can learn at your own pace.


1. What is Osteoporosis?

When you've been diagnosed - you have many questions. What does this mean for you? What are the symptoms? And most importantly - how do you stay healthy and safe? Beth Kitchin, PhD, RD, is the Patient Educator at the UAB Osteoporosis Prevention and Treatment Clinic and she answers your questions here.


2. Why Do I Have Osteoporosis: Risk Factors You Don't Have Control Over

When our patients are diagnosed with osteoporosis, they sometimes ask us "Why do I have this disease"? But there are many risk factors for osteoporosis that are out of your control.


3. Why Do I Have Osteoporosis: Risk Factors You Have Control Over

In part two of this series, we take a look at more factors that can lead to osteoporosis. Only this time we, talk about the factors that you can control.


4. How Much Calcium Do I Need?

Getting enough calcium is important for your bones. We help you figure out how much calcium you need and if you're getting enough from your foods!


5. Which Calcium Supplement Do I Need?

Your body does not produce calcium on its own so you must get it another way. Many choose supplements, but which should you take?


6. How Do I Read a Calcium Supplement Label?

When you look at a calcium supplement label you will see symbols, and serving sizes, and types, and more. This video tells you what to look for and what it all means.


7. When Should I Take My Calcium Supplement?

When is the best time to take your calcium supplement? Well that depends on the type of calcium you are taking, what calcium foods you are eating, and more.


8. Do I need Vitamin D Supplements?

How much Vitamin D do I need? Do I need more if I have osteoporosis? Should I take a supplement? How do I get Vitamin D naturally? What is an IU? What is an mcg? Beth Kitchin, PhD, RD, has all your answers.