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Maidstone Support Group

Contact: Margaret

Tel: 0300 999 5090

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Maidstone Support Group meetings are normally on the fourth Monday of each month at The Early Bird pub.  When the Monday is a bank holiday, the meetings will be held on the fourth Tuesday.  See below for upcoming meetings in Maidstone and surrounding area.

The Early Bird, Minor Centre, ME14 5TQ

11am - 1pm

RSVP: It helps us to prepare if we know you are coming - please email: maidstone@pmrgca.org.uk

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Whitstable Meet Up - September

Fri 20 Sep 2019
Riverside Church Cafe, Thanet Way, Whitstable, CT5 3JQ

Maidstone - September 2019

Mon 23 Sep 2019
Early Bird Pub, Minor Centre, Grovewood Drive, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 5JT

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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.

Maidstone Meet Up - June 2018 Report

Thank you to everyone who attended our meeting in June, which covered a wide range of subjects:

  • Vitamin D levels,
  • DEXA scans,
  • iron tablets,
  • sciatica,
  • magnesium oil,
  • reflexology, and
  • the many benefits of eating eggs.

Forget the old advice of only eating two or three eggs a week because of the danger of increasing your cholesterol levels, eggs do not do this!

Eggs contain 22% of your RD amount of selenium; they contain Choline which helps transport vitamins and minerals around the body more efficiently; they contain all 9 essential amino acids; they contain nutrients that are beneficial for the health of your eyes and finally each egg contains 6 grams of high quality protein, 57% of which can be found in the white.

Our next meeting will be on Monday 30 JULY when we have a speaker coming to talk about Osteoporosis.

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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