Maidstone Support Group

Contact: Penny

Tel: 0300 999 5090

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Maidstone Support Group is on the fourth Monday of each month at The Early Bird pub

Minor Centre,
Grovewood Drive,
Maidstone, Kent
ME14 5JT

11am - 1pm
Support groups are a really great opportunity to meet and share with others.

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Eastern and South East England What's On

Maidstone Meet Up - September 2018

Mon 24 Sep 2018
Early Bird Pub, Minor Centre, Grovewood Drive, Maidstone, Kent ME14 5JT

Port Solent Meet Up - September 2018

Mon 24 Sep 2018
The Harvester, 15 The Boardwalk, Port Solent, PO6 4TP

Bedfordshire Meet Up - September 2018

Thu 27 Sep 2018
Frosts Garden Centre, Conservatory, Sandy Road, Willington, Bedford, MK44 3QP

Brighton Meet Up - October 2018

Mon 8 Oct 2018
The Ladies Mile Pub, Mackie Avenue, Patcham, Brighton, BN1 8RA

Harlow - October 2018

Mon 8 Oct 2018
Redeemer Lutheran Church Hall, 22 Tawneys Rd, Harlow, CM18 6QS

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Maidstone Meet Up - September 2018

Our meeting this week was swollen by five "newbies," four ladies and one gentleman.  Four are PMR sufferers and one has GCA.  The group decided that it would benefit everyone if they went round the group telling of problems encountered during the past couple of months and listening to the stories from our latest attendees. Some had been diagnosed a while ago but one had only learnt of his condition eight weeks ago, so he was still a little shell shocked. 

The group generally discussed the merits of uncoated and coated steroid tablets, some people revealing that their GPs refused to prescribe  the uncoated variety .... owing to the extra cost? 

The talk then naturally turned to Dexa scans, the newbies being urged to have one as soon as possible,  and the vexed question of such medication as Alendronic acid etc etc.... 

Our next meeting is on MONDAY 24 September when we will have a talk by an Osteopath.

Maidstone - July 2018 Report

Maidstone Group had a really excellent speaker, a retired osteoporosis nurse who gave an eye opening talk. 

We learned that it was only in the late 1990s was it deemed necessary to give calcium supplements if a patient was prescribed steroids, even though it was known that the use of steroids was damaging to bone structure.

It is really important to build good bone structure by the time one reaches the late 30s since that is the level for the rest of one's life.

The bone building cycle goes through four phases beginning with a resting phase, followed by the resorption of bone by osteoclasts. Next comes the clearance of debris from cavities in the bone. New bone is then laid down by osteoblasts after which the bone returns to the resting phase.

Smoking affects bone structure and formation as does alcohol consumed in excess.  Bone mass declines with age anyway particularly in women after the menopause. Frighteningly one in two women over the age of 50 will have a fracture.

Weight bearing exercise helps build up stronger bones as does drinking a pint of SEMI SKIMMED milk (which at 700ml contains more calcium than full fat milk). "Normal" people need 800ml a day of calcium whereas those unlucky enough to suffer from osteoporosis need 1500ml a day.

So for those who remember the old advert "Drinka pinta milka day," I will add one of my own "A walk a day keeps the fractures at bay."

Don't forget Vitamin D either. Our speaker, tongue in cheek, advocated running up and down the garden, naked, for ten minutes every day from May to September - as we get older we tend to cover up more thus losing exposure to the sun's rays.

There will be no meeting in August as the regular date falls on a Bank Holiday but the group decided that they would like a meeting on Monday the 3 SEPTEMBER instead.

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