Coming soon to AusCare Pharmacy... BONE DENSITY TESTING!
Coming soon to AusCare Pharmacy
BONE DENSITY TESTING
What is bone density?
Bone density is a medical term referring to the amount of matter per cubic centermeter of bones. In simple terms, it is a measure used as an indicator of the strength of a persons bones and their risk of osteoporosis and fractures due to brittle bones.
What is osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a disease which affects the bones. It is a condition in which the bones become thin and fragile and as a result are more likely to break.
Are you at risk of osteoporosis?
Bone loss can begin as early as the age of 35, however osteoporosis need not be a consequence of aging; it can be prevented and treatments are available.
Are you a female over 40 years of age?
Are you a male over 50 years of age?
Do you have an Oestrogen deficiency as a result of menopause, especially early or surgically induced?
Do you have a family history of osteoporosis or easily broken bones?
Have you had prolonged absence of menstrual periods?
Have you had eating disorders eg Anorexia nervosa?
Have you had low lifetime calcium intake?
Have you had prolonged use of cortisone based medications, diuretics, or medications, for epilepsy or thyroid conditions?
Are you a male with low testosterone levels?
Have you broken a bone as an adult due to minimal trauma?
Do you have an inactive lifestyle?
Are you or have you been a cigarette smoker?
Are you an excessive user of alcohol?
If you answer yes to any of the following questions, you could be at risk of osteoporosis:
At AusCare Pharmacy we can perform a simle test using ultrasound technology to give you a reading of your bone density. This test is quick and non-invasive and is recommended if you answered yes to any of the above questions.
To find out more information or to make an appointment to have your bone density tested, please speak to our friendly staff.