Bone Density Scanning
Friday, November 28, 2014
At 63 yo, I've never had a bone density scan: first is scheduled for today. Apparently most people get these done in their 50s . . .
Given my height (I "claim" 5'9" but that may involve semi-permanent heels!!) and shoe size (9-10) I would have thought it's self evident: could not have any bone density issues.
And I don't have any of the indicia -- Latin background, incipient dowager' hump etc.
But my new doctor told me that I'm "thin" (!!!!! what? who? me?) and she wanted a base line bone density number just for monitoring purposes.
Oh my I was flattered!
Apparently it's an easy-peasy process, just involving a slide into a scanner . . . most difficult thing for me is finding something to wear today that involves nothing at all metal. No zippers, no bra hooks, no belt buckles etc. Which makes it fast fast fast -- no need even to disrobe into one of those cute li'l gown and robe combos.
All right then. We just received word a few days ago that a good friend had a slip and fall in the garage and shattered her knee cap. Yikes, painful! And . . . I would not have thought she had any bone density issues either; but apparently that's a factor.
So -- if you haven't had a bone density scan: probably a good idea?
Also new-doctor recommended: daily calcium, daily Vitamin D supplements -- and I'm doing that now too.
(And: weight steady! But I'm not thinking this is the "plateau" for lowest achievable purposes just yet . . . )