Saturday, 13 June 2015

Post Transplant, Osteoporosis & Right Diet (后移植、 骨质疏松症 & 正确的饮食)

Post Transplant, Osteoporosis & Right Diet (后移植、 骨质疏松症 & 正确的饮食)
Why this topic – Post Transplant & Osteoporosis?

I hope by sharing my experience on this topic will benefit many other post-transplant friends as many doesn’t even aware of the importance of Bone Mineral Density (BMD) test (骨密度测试).  One of the post-transplant complications is osteoporosis. Post-transplant osteoporosis and fracture occur in a substantial proportion of patients.

Many patients who had undergoing kidney dialysis prior to undergoing transplantation are already having low bone mineral density and vitamin D deficiency.

So what is BMD test? 

BMD Test

It is a test using X-rays to measure how many grams of calcium and other bone minerals are packed into a segment of bone.

Purposes of BMD Test
·      Identify decreases in bone density before you break a bone
·      Determine the risk of broken bones (fractures)
·      Confirm a diagnosis of osteoporosis
·      Monitor osteoporosis treatment
The higher your bone mineral content, the denser your bones are (骨矿物含量越高,骨头的密度越大). And the denser your bones, the stronger they generally are and the less likely they are to break (密度越大的骨头,更不容易破裂).

My doctor orders test on my spine and hip twice a year.

Relationship of Osteoporosis and Post-Transplant

Transplant patients are highly recommended to have periodic BMD test because of:

·      Taking steroid medications such as prednisolone interferes with the bone-rebuilding process and will lead to osteoporosis.
·      Anti-rejection drugs taken by transplant patients interfere with the bone-rebuilding process and thus we are at higher risk of osteoporosis
In addition, I strongly recommend you taking a BMD Test prior to transplant if you are undergoing dialysis now.  Such test will give you a base line to measure against post-transplant.  Those had dialysis for many years tend to have higher risk of osteoporosis as against those with shorter period of dialysis.
How is BMD being measured? 
Results are reported in two numbers:
·      T-score
·      Z-score

T-score – The bone density as compare to what is normally expected in a healthy young adult of same sex. T-score is the number of units — called standard deviations — that is above or below the average population.


What your score means

-1 and above

Your bone density is considered normal.

Between -1 and


Your score is a sign of osteopenia, a condition in which bone density is below normal and may lead to osteoporosis.

-2.5 and below

Your bone density indicates you likely have osteoporosis.


Z-score – It is the number of standard deviations above or below what's normally expected for someone of your age, sex, weight, and ethnic or racial origin. If your Z-score is -2 or lower, it may suggest that something other than aging is causing abnormal bone loss. If your doctor can identify the underlying problem, that condition can often be treated and the bone loss slowed or stopped.


Osteoporosis is being nicknamed as the ‘silent disease’ because bone loss occurs without symptoms and is painless. The condition often is not detected until it is quite advanced. Some signs in the advanced stages may include:

·      Fracture of the hip, spine and wrists
·      Back pain
·      Loss of height over time
What is the right diet?
Taking calcium-rich foods like milk and soya products can grow strong bones to protect against osteoporosis developing later (象牛奶和大豆产品的钙丰富的食物可能生长强的骨头以防止受到后骨质疏松).
1.   Kai Lan (Kale)
2.   Chinese and English Spinach ()
3.   Chye Sim (菜心)
4.   Long and French bean (长和扁)
5.   Broccoli (绿花椰)
1.   Salmon ()
2.   Cooked Sardine once a week (1 sardine = 190mg of sardine) {煮熟的沙丁鱼每星期一次 (1个沙丁鱼沙丁鱼=190mg)}
3.   Anchovies (aka Ikan Bilis) soup and eat the bones which has the calcium that is essential for the growth and maintenance of strong bones
1.   High calcium but low fat milk such as HL Milk (高钙,但是低脂牛奶例如HL Milk)
2.   Four tea-spoons of milk powder (四个茶匙奶)
3.   Wholemeal bread (全麦面)
4.   Packed soy milk (包装的豆)
5.   Exposed your hands to sunlight for 10 minutes between 10am to 3pm
6.   Palm full of almond or peanuts daily (每日吃小部杏仁或花)

For the past one year, I have been following the above diet though I don’t take milk power that much nowadays.  So how’s my HydroxyVitamin D serum test result?  Here you go:

·      February 2015 – 30.5 MCG/L

·      May 2014 – 21.2 MCG/L

The acceptable reference range is 10.1 – 41.3 MCG/L

Calcium Supplements
Some doctors suspect that calcium supplement may increase risk of heart attack.  A recent study from the National Institutes of Health suggests there is an increased risk of heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular diseases from taking calcium supplements for men only. Other studies suggest there is an increased risk for both men and women.  As such, further researches are necessary.  I am glad that I have stopped taking the supplements one year ago.
Underlying message of my post to you:

·      One can change the diet to achieve the desirable results – It’s Your Life

·      Have regular check up to ensure one is healthy

·      Exercise regularly to build up strong bones – Engage in regular weight-bearing exercise

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Disclaimer: I am not a Medical Doctor. All my blog postings are based on my personal experience that I've went thru and what I've read up from the internet. If you've any symptoms of diabetes OR want to better manage your health, I strongly urge you to have regular medical-ups to avoid future complications. In addition, control your diet portions and have regular exercise.