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We can’t see our bones, so we often forget that we need to keep them healthy. In this blog, written by our intern Hannah, we will look at why bone health is important, what affects it, and how you can improve it.
Why are healthy bones important?
Our bones have several functions. They:
For our bones to do these jobs well they need to be strong and healthy. Poor bone health can lead to thinning of the bones (osteoporosis). With this condition bone density is very low, so bones are weaker and more likely to fracture.
What makes bones unhealthy?
Osteoporosis can be caused by a number of factors:
Some cancer treatments also affect bone health
Your doctor or cancer specialist can give you advice on whether the treatment you have will affect your bone health.
How to keep bones healthy: the do’s and don’ts
As Christine says, there are lifestyle changes you can make to keep your bones as healthy as possible. Here are just a few:
Do eat well:
Don't drink excessively:
Where can I get more information and support?
We have a booklet called Bone Health. It has more information about the importance of bone health, the impact of cancer treatments and how to look after your bones.
We also have information about bone health on our website.
Another organisation that can offer lots of information about osteoporosis and bone health is the National Osteoporosis Society.
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Elissia, thank you for your write up on Bone Health.
I have been a very fit/active guy for my past 50 years, eating healthy and enjoying active sports. I had an accident where I received fractures to my Neck and back (C6, T7 & T8) due to this I also received a "DEXA" (Bone density) scan where is showed Osteopinia.
I had no indication of this but, I do live in Scotland, I did work offshore on 3 weeks of nightshift at a time (no sun light) and I did enjoy heavy weights work outs and consumed a lot of protein and drank a lot of milk (some say this "strips calcium" from our bones).
I was also found to have tower than normal testosterone.
I am now on TRT which is working well along with supplements for bone health including Accrete D3.
I am working out at gym with good recovery and my next DEXA scan is in 6 months time, hopefully this will show a turn around as my health and fitness is improving daily. Body fat is dropping and muscle mass is increasing at a steady rate.
I would advise anyone who works nightshift to be aware of what effects nightshift working can do to your body.
NOTE: Tayside NHS no longer carry out blood tests for "Free Testosterone" or SHGB even if you suffer from osteopenia, osteoporosis or if you are on TRT
Tayside NHS said they no longer test as they are "cash struck"
Very sad that Tayside NHS put cash & finance before health.
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