About two weeks before the end of 2020 I broke my arm, when I tripped over a log on the ground. In my mind it was an unavoidable accident, and because I fell hard, it didn’t surprise me that I broke bones. My doctor had other ideas, and felt that it was an accident that shouldn’t have resulted in broken bones. We agreed to disagree.
When she suggested I have a bone density, I wasn’t at all happy and was grumpy that she would think the fall caused a ‘minimal trauma break’ as she called it. I’d never had a bone density test, and as I was told it wasn’t painful, decided to go off and have it, even though, in my mind, I knew it was a waste of time.
Well, it turns out that I was wrong and having the test was not a waste of time. My results were fairly bad and showed a very low bone density score. The bone density test is similar to an x-ray, so it’s a very simple test to have. The result is called your T-score. Your T-score is compared to that of young healthy person with healthy bones. The range of the T-score indicates the severity of bone loss. A negative T-score means there is reduced bone density, which is to be expected in an older female. My reading indicated I had very low bone density which if left unchecked could, eventually, lead to osteoporosis. The low score indicated I had a high risk factor for fractures, which of course is correct. As well as my recent break, I broke my other arm five years ago, and broke two bones in my spine when a car hit me while I was riding my bike, twelve years ago.
As a result, I now have to have an injection every six months and take daily high dose calcium tablets. The surprise I had at my resuts, made me wonder how many others have had their bond density tested. As most of my readers are in the danger age group, this post is a reminder to ask your doctor if you should be tested.
As the doctor described to me, our bones do most of their growing in our childhood and teenage years. When we reach our mid thirties, we start to lose bone density faster than our bones can grow.
My grumpiness at having to take the test, turned to gratefulness,that I was urged to have it, and can now have the treatment necessary to prevent severe bone deterioration. I’ve been prescribed daily high dose calcium tablets and an injection every six months.
Ways to Control Loss of Bone Density
We should try to include the following into our lifestyle, in order to control loss of bone density as we age.
- Add calcium rich products to the diet
- Small amounts of caffeine and alcohol only
- Daily Vitamin D
- Weight bearing exercise, eg. walking up hills
- No smoking
- Add balance exercise to your program, which will help to prevent falls.
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