Bone den­sity tests for Childers

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IN A BID to re­in­force the im­por­tance of bone health, Friendlies Phar­ma­cies in Childers will host bone den­sity testing next Fri­day.

Aus­tralian Bone Den­sity Testing Cen­tre direc­tor Eve­lyn Hols­man said Aus­tralians needed to take bet­ter care of their bones.

“Your bones are im­por­tant,” she said.

“They are the body frame that al­lows for mo­bil­ity and protects vi­tal or­gans, such as the heart and brain, from in­jury.”

Build­ing and main­tain­ing the strong­est bones pos­si­ble can pre­vent or re­duce the like­li­hood of fragility frac­tures due to os­teo­poro­sis.

A re­port by the In­ter­na­tional Os­teo­poro­sis Foun­da­tion in 2013 found that in Australia one in three peo­ple, or 34%, over the age of 20 have low bone den­sity and 66% of peo­ple over the age of 50 have poor skele­tal health.

“Bone den­sity tests are a valu­able as­sess­ment to per­son­alise the im­por­tance of life­long bone health and in­cludes guide­lines to as­sist in­di­vid­u­als to keep their bones as healthy as pos­si­ble for the rest of their lives,” Ms Hols­man said.

“Re­gard­less of age and level of risk, all peo­ple re­ceive in­for­ma­tion about cal­cium, vi­ta­min D and phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity.”

Os­teo­poro­sis means that bones that were once strong have be­come thin, frag­ile and break eas­ily.

Know­ing your bone den­sity early pro­vides more time and in­for­ma­tion to re­duce risk as you age.

“It doesn’t hap­pen sud­denly at age 70, bone loss can progress slowly, un­de­tected for many years un­til a frac­ture oc­curs,” Ms Hol­man said.

Bones reach peak strength by the mid-20s but af­ter mid-30s bone mass may slowly begin to decline.

The out­stand­ing fact is that os­teo­poro­sis is largely pre­ventable and treat­able.

“For many peo­ple, sim­ple pre­ven­tive ac­tions through­out life will en­able them to en­joy an ac­tive, in­de­pen­dent qual­ity of life,” Ms Hol­man said.

“You can’t see or feel your bones get­ting thin­ner. It’s there­fore a good idea to check your bone den­sity ev­ery two years.”

Book bone den­sity test ap­point­ments at Friendlies Mary­bor­ough (4122 1455) and Childers (4126 1235).

The cost is re­duced to $40 (usu­ally $55) and re­sults are im­me­di­ately avail­able.

Go to www.bone­den­si­tytest­ for more in­for­ma­tion.

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