CHECK-UP: Boyne Tannum Discount Drug Store retail manager Carol Collins and pharmacist Nancy Griffin are offering a bone-density testing clinic today.
CHECK-UP: Boyne Tannum Discount Drug Store retail manager Carol Collins and pharmacist Nancy Griffin are offering a bone-density testing clinic today. Luka Kauzlaric

One in four are deficient in vitamin D

WHAT'S crackin'? Local health workers want to make sure it's not your bones.

The warning comes as findings from the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveal that one in four Australians are vitamin D deficient, which can cause weak bones.

A clinic offering bone-density testing will be held today.

The clinic will assist in determining if preventative medication is needed to strengthen your bones.

Boyne Tannum Discount Drug Store pharmacist Nancy Griffin said testing bone density was vital to determine if any extra measures needed to be taken to enhance bone strength.

"If there is no early detection you can get a minimal-trauma fracture," she said.

"If you're osteophenic (weak bones) and you fall over down the steps or in the garden, you're much more prone to break something.

"Tests like this and prevention strategies can save you a lot of trouble later on."

A lower-than-average bone-density measure can be caused by a lack of vitamin D, calcium or exercise.

"Getting an indication of how close to the normal for your age you are can tell you if you need to take any preventative medication now," she said.

At the clinics, each participant will receive information about the benefits of calcium, vitamin D and exercise, fill out a simple questionnaire and perform a quick and simple ultrasonic bone-density test.

Participants will then sit with a clinician who will go over their results and personal risk factors, discussing the best preventative measures and treatments.



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