Wednesday, May 12, 2010

If You Think I'm Dense, You're Right

***********I received this letter from my gynecologist today. Even though I wasn't overly concerned regarding the density of my bones, it's always encouraging to get a good report. My grandmother had bone cancer, thus I'm doing everything I can to avoid it.

I've been taking calcium for several years. Presently, I take two Caltrate tablets per day. I take one in the morning and another with dinner. In addition to these supplements, I exercise regularly. Running and all weight-bearing workouts are excellent for preserving bone density.

I can't remember all of the benefits of vitamin D, but I vividly recall how insistent Dr. Criswell is that Lon and I both take 2,000 I.U. per day. The label on the bottle states that it supports breast and prostate health and helps protect bone and joint health.

Lon has worked for Dr. and Mrs. Criswell several times over the years. A year ago, Lon was again doing some interior decorating for them in their home. At that time, Dr. Criswell was very excited about the articles on vitamin D that he'd been reading in his medical journals. He sent a note to me through Lon encouraging both of us to start taking vitamin D supplements.

Back on the subject of bone density, I'm relieved they didn't scan my head.
How dense are you, my friends?


Anonymous said...

Don't you just love those good news letters. They are comforting. I'm not old enough (says my GYN) for a bone density scan yet. But with your good advise I'm sure I'll do well when the time comes. Now off to buy some Caltrate - I already take D and C.

Shaddy said...

darksculptures: I'm glad to hear you're taking vitamin D. It sounds like a very good idea for many reasons. Dr. Criswell said you can't take too much vitamin D so don't be afraid to take 2,000I.U. per day. I think you'll greatly benefit from taking Caltrate as well.

"Dem bone, dem bones, dem dry bones." Those lyrics are fine in a song but we don't want dry, porous bones in our bodies. Right?

Gullible said...

My doctor insists on me taking Vitamin D also, because he thinks most Aaskans don't get enough natural sunlight. Oh, well, D in a bottle doesn't come with UV rays.

What's involved in a bone density test? Does it hurt? Involve needles?

Heck, no, I'm no wimp....

Anonymous said...

Good for you! You're a pillar of good heath between your good eating habits, vitamin taking and working out. Thank you for setting such a good example for those of us who do not always make good decisions.

Shaddy said...

Gully: It's a totally pain-free test. I reclined on a flat surface and a machine moved above me, scanning my lower body. Nothing touched me.

I like your new accompanying photo.

dayner: It's all about me, ya know!!?? (I often feel like I focus more on myself than I should).

Anonymous said...

You should absolutely focus on yourself. You're kids are grown, your job there is done. Enjoy life and take care of yourself, you deserve it! :)

Shaddy said...

dayner: I like your way of thinking. Yes, I like it a lot, appreciate it and will remember your words.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, my friend.

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