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How Can You Increase Your Bone Density After Chemotherapy
Bone density & chemo: It partially depends on the type of cancer (can you take estrogen or not) and whether or not you have gone through the menopause. Calcium and vit d supplementation are important but you may need a dexa scan to check your current bone density. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more
Calcium, Vit D: In your age group, the best things to do for bone density is to avoid excessive weight loss, do regular exercise, consume at least 1000 mg of calcium daily (preferably in foods rather than supplements), take about 2000 iu of vit d daily, don't smoke, avoid medications that can lower bone density (steroids, proton pump inhibitors). Also, be aware that dexa scans in your age group may be inaccurate. ...Read more
Maybe: If your intake of calcium is low, any calcium supplement will increase your bone density. The difference in raising bone density between the various calcium supplements is clinically not significant. There is a big difference in price and some supplements have been reported to contain lead. Better products will state that they have been independently tested for heavy metals. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Absolutely: Evidence shows that exercise help build and maintain bone density at any age. Studies have seen bone density increase by doing regular resistance exercises such as lifting weights for 20mi, 2-3 times a week. This type of weight-bearing exercise appears to stimulate bone formation via bone stimulation through muscle contraction. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Avoid those: Things which can decrease bone density such as tobacco, alcohol, inactivity, muscular disorders, arthritis, certain medication such as seizure drugs/cortisone/etc, lung of liver disease. To increase bone density make sure calcium and vitamin d intake are adequate and use weight bearing exercise and keep active. Also, if density low, avoid potential accidents/trauma. Talk w/doc re sex hormone defic. ...Read more
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