Shepparton residents are being encouraged to take a bone density test today in a bid to minimise the risk of osteoporosis.By Kaitlin Thals
Testing to prevent or minimise the risk of osteoporosis will be available in Shepparton today.
The Australian Bone Density Testing Centre will conduct bone density testing and provide bone health information for the community.
John Anderson Pharmacy in Shepparton will host the testing.
Centre director Evelyn Holsman said osteoporosis did not happen suddenly at age 70.
Rather, bone deterioration could progress slowly and silently for many years without knowledge until a fracture occurred.
‘‘Osteoporosis is largely preventable and need not be a consequence of ageing,’’ Ms Holsman said.
‘‘Knowing your bone density and understanding how to keep your bones as healthy as possible for the rest of your life is a good start to help you prevent osteoporosis.
‘‘A safe, reliable, inexpensive ultrasound for bone density can assess your risk before a fracture occurs.’’
The centre is a mobile service available to the community through pharmacies, as part of workplace health and wellness programs in private and government organisations, and at health and fitness centres.
Bone density testing consultations cost $35 payable on the day, results are immediate and each person will receive information about calcium, vitamin D, exercise and general bone health.
Appointments are limited, so phone ahead to book a time and allow 15 minutes for consultation.
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