Maintaining bone health is essential throughout cancer treatment for both men and women. A nasty side effect of Intermittent Hormone Therapy is bone loss. Aromatase Inhibitors (AI’s) block the production of estrogen and are associated with an increased risk of osteoporosis sand fractures. For many men following prostate cancer bone loss is not explained by the oncologists. A simple sneeze or couching fit can break or fracture a rib. Vertebrae can break for no reason, causing a curved spine. Nothing good comes from a bend skeletal frame that prevents organs to maximize their abilities such as when lungs are not able to expand fully which are more vulnerable to pneumonia. A broken hip can leave a patient bedridden for a long time.
Dr. Catherine Van Poznak states that diet and exercise (weight bearing activities and resistance training) are the foundation of maintaining and regaining strong bones as well as taking the appropriate amount of calcium and vitamin D supplements. The National Comprehensive Cancer network (NCCN) Task Force on Bone Health in Cancer recommends bone density DEXA screenings regardless of age or gender on a regular basis. Men are advised to have a DEXA scan before starting hormone therapy and again a year later, and to pay attention to bone health.
Osteoporosis in the spine or hip increases the risk of fractures which can also happen by performing inappropriate or high risk exercises or movements. Don’t let your favorite exercise be a bone crushing event. I recommend you consult a qualified health fitness specialist who can analyze your current exercise program or activities of daily living and design a safe bone building and preserving exercise program that still meets your fitness goal.