Keeping bones healthy
Age, as well as androgen deprivation therapy (ADT), can increase a man’s likelihood for developing osteoporosis. The good news is, there are several strategies to reduce the risk of osteoporosis or lessen its effects if he already has it.
Calcium plays a key role in building and maintaining bone strength.
Found in: Low-fat dairy products, dark greens, and leafy vegetables
Vitamin D plays an important role in calcium absorption and bone health.
Found in: Fatty fish (salmon, trout, tuna, etc) and whole eggs
The best exercise for bone health is weight-bearing exercise, including walking, climbing stairs, dancing, and weight training.
For your bone health, focus on mineral waters rich in bicarbonates and calcium.
Bone density scanning is a form of X-ray that is used to measure and track actual or potential bone loss. This test is also referred to as dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) or bone densitometry.
OSTEOPOROSIS AND ADT
Osteoporosis is a silent disease because it can weaken bones over the years without causing symptoms. For men coping with prostate cancer, weak bones may not seem very important. However, studies have shown a link between androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) for prostate cancer and both osteoporosis and broken bones.1
It is never too late to improve your bone health: osteoporosis can be treated and prevented. Don’t wait for your doctor to bring up your bone health with you. Men being treated for advanced prostate cancer with androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) should discuss with their doctor whether bone mineral density (BMD) testing is a good idea.
As far as bone health is concerned, a well-balanced diet rich in calcium and vitamin D is important. Taking dietary supplements or multivitamins can also help ensure that you meet your body’s daily calcium requirements. Check with your doctor before you begin taking any vitamins or supplements.
Beyond traditional preventative supplements (eg, supplemental calcium, vitamin D), your doctor may recommend other medications if supplements are not enough. Discuss other medications with your doctor if you feel you are at particular risk for osteoporosis.
Recommended ranges for key vitamins and minerals
|Recommended Intake*||Upper Level Intake†|
|Vitamin A||900 μg/day||3,000 μg/day|
|Vitamin B6||1.7 mg/day||100 mg/day|
|Vitamin C||90 mg/day||2,000 mg/day|
|Vitamin D||400 IU/day||2,000 IU/day|
|Calcium||1,200 mg/day||2,500 mg/day|
|Folic Acid||400 μg/day||1,000 μg/day|
*Recommended dietary allowances or adequate intakes to be used as goals for individual intake.
†The maximum level of daily nutrient intake that is likely to pose no risk of adverse effects; represents total intake from food, water, and supplements. Values are for healthy males aged 51 to 70.
Reference: 1. National Institutes of Health. What Prostate Cancer Survivors Need to Know About Osteoporosis. http://www.niams.nih.gov/health_info/bone/osteoporosis
/conditions_behaviors/osteoporosis_prostate_cancer.asp. Accessed November 16, 2018.
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Bone Health and Osteoporosis
Age, as well as androgen deprivation therapy (ADT), can increase a man’s likelihood for developing osteoporosis. Here are some strategies to reduce the risk of osteoporosis or lessen its effects.