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3 Bone Building Tips for MS Patients

February 1, 2017

Multiple Sclerosis patients have a greater chance of developing osteoporosis, a disease that weakens the bones. As patients are well aware of, falling is something that can happen often. For this reason, bone health is crucial for patients who want to avoid fractures or sprains. Here are 3 tips to keep your bones in top shape:

Be Able To Carry Your Body Weight- Weight-bearing exercises are movements in which your bones and muscles work against gravity, and your legs are forced to hold up your body weight. Activities like jogging, walking, or stair climbing will help strengthen your bones. Doing some sort of weight bearing exercise daily will go a long way towards keeping your bones healthy.

Know What You Are Putting in Your Body- If you’re having a flare, your doctor will probably prescribe steroids. However, they can affect how your body metabolizes calcium and vitamin D, which can lead to bone loss. If you take steroids a lot and you find that this is damaging your bone health, talk to your doctor about taking something else.

Have a Bone Density Screening- Ask your doctor whether you should have a baseline bone density screening. A DEXA scan uses X-rays so that your doctor can see the density of your bones. DEXA scans will show whether you're losing bone and whether your medicine for osteoporosis is working.