Know Your Bones
A Key Component of Overall Health
Mr Lyubomirsky says “we want Australians to think about their bone health as a key component of their overall health. This is because breaking a bone from a minor trip or fall is an ongoing medical emergency – it typically requires time in hospital, surgery, rehabilitation and home care. It affects both the patient and their whole family. People in this situation should not be leaving hospital without being tested for osteoporosis.”
The good news is there is a lot that can be done to protect your bone health. Greg says “maintaining good bone health involves 3 essential factors – adequate daily calcium, vitamin D and the appropriate types of exercise. For people diagnosed with osteoporosis, there are also a range of proven treatments available to reduce the risk of fracture.”
Know Your Bones
Osteoporosis Australia and the Garvan Institute of Medical Research have introduced an online self-assessment called Know Your Bones to help Australians understand their risk. The website provides users with a report showing results and risks which can then be discussed with their doctor. It is based on key findings from Garvan’s 26-year osteoporosis study (the world’s longest-running study of osteoporosis in men and women). In the first year alone over 75,000 Australians have visited the website and the number is growing. The easy-to-use online self-assessment is available at www.knowyourbones.org.au so have a look and tell your friends.
How Would I Be Tested for Osteoporosis?
Your doctor will check if you have any risk factors for osteoporosis and may refer you for a bone density test. This is a simple scan – you lie flat on a bed and the scanning arm passes over your body, it only a few minutes and the results are sent back to your doctor and indicate if your bone health is in the range of normal, low bone density or osteoporosis. Both women and men can be referred for a test and rebates are available.
Be proactive for your bone health so you can stay active, independent and fracture free. It’s never too late to make your bone health a priority.