What is bone health and why is it important?

You may have heard members of your CF team talk to you about your bone health. Bone mineral density is an area of concern for someone with Cystic Fibrosis because low bone density is found in 40-70% of adults with CF and it is something that should be monitored regularly. If you have CF you are at risk for developing osteopenia or osteoporosis (thinning of the bones) which can lead to bone fractures, bone deformities, and bone pain. There are many reasons why this may happen including malnutrition, vitamin deficiencies, chronic inflammation, low body weight, hypogonadism, and steroid use. In your yearly visit, you will be asked to have a bone mineral density scan called a DEXA (dual energy x-ray absorptiometry) scan to check your bones. As well, we do blood work to look for any possible cause for low bone density that may be corrected with medication.