Bone Density Check

@Inlemay (17341)
South Africa
October 11, 2017 9:58pm CST
Last visit to my doctor left me with a clean bill of health but before I left he suggested I go for a BONE Density check before my next visit. I have googled what it entails and what might be the outcomes, but I am not so sure if at the ripe old age of 57, if anything can be done about one's bones if they are lacking in density or whatever might be the problem. I might schedule this visit toward the end of the month as my hubby and I are changing our medical aid soon as retirement approaches. Therefore I need to make sure the scan is fully covered. Has anyone some insight into a bone density check? At the moment I am also going naturally grey which means no more hair colour until I decide otherwise. My hair is short and I dont very much like it, but its the only way to CUT off the existing regrowth. Two cuts so far and I think in 3 weeks time the last cut will have all the coloured points gone. It's a painstaking process and I am glad that most of my bowling days I get to cover it with a hat, but soon I shall have my hair grown out with a 'salt and pepper' look of natural beauty - he he he Happy Thursday everyone - be happy and always remember to be kind too.
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15 responses
@cahaya1983 (9505)
• Malaysia
12 Oct
From what I've read it is possible to increase bone density (if that's the issue) through potassium and vitamin K intake, for instance. Some exercise routines can help boost bone strength too. The doctor would probably recommend the best ways that would work for you after the test.
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@vandana7 (57490)
• India
12 Oct
Blink...I thought it is Calcium and vitamin D...from where did potassium and vitamin k come in.
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• Philippines
12 Oct
first time i've heard about vit. k and potassium for bone density. but for exercise for bone strength, what i read was it should be weight-bearing.
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@Inlemay (17341)
• South Africa
12 Oct
that is good to know
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• Eugene, Oregon
12 Oct
My wife, Anne, formerly a blonde and redhead, stopped coloring a few years back. I find the natural salt & pepper quite attractive.
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@vandana7 (57490)
• India
12 Oct
Are you sure you want to say that? You might have big companies like Garnier gunning you down...LOL. Honestly I like salt ..not salt and pepper. Salt but shining. :)
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• Philippines
12 Oct
my mother's hair is all white now and it's actually prettier
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@Inlemay (17341)
• South Africa
12 Oct
@vandana7 I have complimented yesterday that my hair is very shiny - I have strong thick hair and it has volumes of silver, so I suppose it must have been very shiny.
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@Juliaacv (23163)
• Canada
12 Oct
I've been having bone density testing done since my late 30's, it isn't an indication of age in my case. I have severe osteopororsis. And they can measure accurately how thin your bones are and can prescribe medications to counteract that. My spine is so narrow and thin that I do not have to fall to fracture it, bending the wrong way can do it for me, so I've sold my skates, since falling on ice would surely fracture my spine, and this is as a result of the testing.
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@vandana7 (57490)
• India
12 Oct
Aw...I am sorry ...hope you are taking your medicines in time.
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@Inlemay (17341)
• South Africa
12 Oct
That is one of my greatest fears - before we change our medical aid, I need to know this because the new medical aid does not cover any aid or procedure for osteoporosis
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@FourWalls (9920)
• United States
12 Oct
I've had a couple of them. What it entails: nothing. You lie on a table and a machine scans your bones. No prep. No fasting. No kidding! Seriously, I wish all tests were as easy as a bone density scan.
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@Inlemay (17341)
• South Africa
12 Oct
sounds like an afternoon relaxation. Thanks for your response, I will go have my BDC without fear.
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@JudyEv (100716)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Oct
I'm salt and pepperish too. Apparently it is never too late to improve bone density, at least a little bit. Weight-bearing exercise is good and it seems dancing and walking count as weight-bearing as starters.
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@Inlemay (17341)
• South Africa
12 Oct
well then I should be super fine as I dance every day with the ballerinas and I walk my a - off at Bowls
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@JudyEv (100716)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Oct
@Inlemay It will be interesting to see your results - for you that is. You don't have to tell us of course.
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@Inlemay (17341)
• South Africa
16 Oct
@JudyEv ha ha ha I might just share
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@jaboUK (50626)
• United Kingdom
23 Oct
It's not so bad going grey - I quite like mine now. I've never had a bone density check, so I can't help you.
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@Inlemay (17341)
• South Africa
23 Oct
My grey is growing on me and I shall post a picture for the profile soon
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@Shiva49 (9587)
• Singapore
12 Oct
I understand bone density check is needed especially for women. Calcium supplements are advised and they help especially at a young age. We have to fit in to our age groups and face the reality with a smile! siva
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@Inlemay (17341)
• South Africa
12 Oct
with a smile indeed
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@snowy22315 (34181)
• United States
12 Oct
I think mine bones are dense enough but a couple of times my leg bones actually hurt for no particular reason. I am not sure why.
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@Inlemay (17341)
• South Africa
12 Oct
I think mine are dense enough as well, I believe my doctor is just covering all angles of my health. I get pain in my legs when they are tired and I have overworked them - which is more often than not
• Preston, England
16 Oct
great that your health is ok - no idea what bone density testing involves, so I hope it goes ok for you
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12 Oct
Glad to hear your medical checkup was good. I hope the bone density test also turns out ok. I never colored my hair, I am 30 years old and have a lot of grey hairs but I don’t mind it. I love it natural.
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@LadyDuck (121670)
• Switzerland
12 Oct
I do not dye my hair anymore, silver and pepper is very nice. I had no Bone Density Test, I think it's covered by the medical insurance only after 65 years for women and 70 years for men. I had a bad fall two years ago and I broke nothing, I suppose my bones are strong.
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@TRBRocks420 (62148)
• Banks, Oregon
12 Oct
Happy Thursday and, have a good day :)
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@thelme55 (11806)
• Germany
12 Oct
We are of the same age. Maybe I need that examination, too. I am looking forward to the comments to know more about bone densities.
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@MALUSE (32759)
• Denmark
12 Oct
You've reminded me that I have to have such a check again. I take medicine to keep my bones firm. It's a big tablet I put in a glass of water and drink every morning. I've had my hair dyed for longer than I remember and will go on having it done until my end.
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@just4him (91769)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
16 Oct
The bone density test is the easiest test you can take. It's non invasive of any type - no needles They just scan your body with a machine similar to a X-Ray machine, best way to describe it. It takes only a few minutes - maybe 15 at most, and that's it. As for what they can do - if it shows you're getting osteoporosis, there is some medication they can put you on to help with that. My bones were transparent, and when I went to the chiropractor earlier this year, they weren't transparent any longer. So that's a good thing.