With the latest COVID-19 outbreak, you may be worried if you have osteoporosis. However, the Royal Osteoporosis Society has found that having osteoporosis does not increase your risk of catching coronavirus (COVID-19). To ease your mind, we’ve gathered some key information about managing your osteoporosis and bone health during the outbreak.
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If a significant change in body shape means you have serious breathing issues, you’re more at risk of complications if you do get the coronavirus. To help protect yourself, we recommend you consider 'social shielding'. Social shielding means staying at home and avoiding all face-to-face contact for 12 weeks. You can still have contact with people that help you with personal care. If you share a kitchen and bathroom with others, this advice from the Government can help you protect yourself.
Hospital and GP Appointments
Most routine face-to-face GP and hospital appointments have now been canceled. This is to reduce pressure on the NHS, and keep you safe from unnecessary exposure to the coronavirus. If possible, you may be offered an appointment over the phone. If you have a scheduled appointment and haven't heard anything, check the hospital or GP website first. Receptionists are very busy at the moment, so for appointments in the months ahead, consider calling them closer to the time.
It’s important that your next injection isn’t delayed for more than four weeks, as the benefits wear off quickly. Be reassured that the NHS is recommending to hospitals and GPs that they make sure you still get your treatment on time. You can also have repeat injections up to four weeks early, so you have some flexibility. If you're due your next denosumab treatment, contact your hospital or GP, to find out what arrangements are in place.
Eat Healthy and Exercise
To keep your bones strong, increase your intake of foods rich in calcium and vitamin D. These include low-fat dairy, canned fish with soft bones, dark-green leafy vegetables, and eggs. You can also find foods fortified with calcium and vitamin D, including orange juice, bread, cereals, and milk. You should also consider increasing the amount of exercise you do. The best workouts are weight-bearing exercises like dancing, walking, weight lifting, and playing tennis.
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