Bone density tests for Childers
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.bonedensitytesting.com.au for more information.