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Turkey Medicals member and hospital center Biochemistry and Anti-Aging Specialist who says that we should start protecting our bone health before bone resorption occurs, Dr. said, ’For this purpose, it is necessary to try to implement all kinds of health recommendations from nutrition to sleep’.

Although it looks like a hard tissue, our bones also wear out and weaken with advancing age. In particular, bone resorption can lead to bone fractures with a sudden impact or fall. Moreover, the fact that we have been closed and motionless in houses due to the pandemic that we have been experiencing for two years causes this problem to be more common. However, it is possible to reduce this risk in old age with simple measures to be taken at an early stage, Biochemistry and Anti-Aging Specialist Dr. we asked about the points to be considered for our bone health.


Bone resorption is often associated with a lack of calcium. Does regular consumption of dairy products prevent bone resorption?

Yes, when it comes to bone health, calcium immediately comes to mind. But rather than a state of lack of calcium, it should be taken into account where the location of calcium is. In order for calcium to get to the bone and absorb calcium from the foods we eat, we need vitamin D. It is traditionally said that dairy products are a source of calcium. However, this approach has begun to change in recent years. Because milk and dairy products can cause some health problems with them, we should activate other food sources as a source of calcium. For example, oilseeds such as sesame are a good source of calcium. Nuts in the same way. Vegetables and fruits should also be kept on our table for bone health. Vitamin C is also important for the formation of bone structure. Collagen, which is also necessary for bones, is also better renewed with vitamin C. Therefore, vegetables and fruits such as lemon, kiwi, which contain vitamin C, are important for maintaining bone health. It is desirable to explain that when osteoporosis is called bone resorption, the balance of the cycles of bone construction and destruction changes. Bones undergo a constant construction and destruction. Decreased production and increased destruction cause osteoporosis. In addition to vitamin D and calcium, other biochemical balances such as phosphorus, magnesium, parathormone (a type of hormone secreted by the parathyroid glands to regulate calcium) also affect the construction-destruction balance. All of these are essential for bone health to be in balance.


Vitamin D deficiency is a common problem in our country. So what should we pay attention to when taking supplements?

During the pandemic period, we were closed at home for months. We are also experiencing the winter season at the moment. So our contact with the sun has decreased. However, when we talk about the sun, we remember our need for vitamin D. We have known for many years about the relationship of vitamin D supplementation with osteoporosis. As we age, our risk of osteoporosis increases. Not only women, but also men are at risk of bone resorption. Vitamin D is also a common denominator in reducing our risk of all diseases, including Covid, cancer. Therefore, do not forget to have your vitamin D value measured. Because if it is missing, your doctor in Antalya Turkey will supplement it.


How can we maintain our bone health?

We need to start maintaining bone health, without bone resorption. The hitherto healthy recommendations in nutrition and lifestyle are also necessary to maintain bone health. A diet in which animal food is low, simple and processed carbohydrates are not present, as well as plant foods and healthy fats are ideal for bone health. Looking at the regions of the world consisting of long-living people, it can be seen that the people here live for a long time by sunbathing and eating plenty of vegetables and living as active a life as possible. The fact that those who live in these geographical areas, called Blue Zones, have a solid bone structure depends on such a way of life.


A bone density measurement is performed to check bone health. But vitamin D, calcium-ionized calcium, phosphorus, magnesium should also be measured. Tests called CTX and NTX show us if there is an excess of bone destruction residues. For women, the risk of postmenopausal osteoporosis increases. Bone density measurement is recommended after menopause.


What contribution does exercise have to bone health?

Exercise has a great importance for bone health. In the balance of bone construction and destruction, exercise works in the direction of increasing construction. The slight load that we create when moving creates a stimulating effect on the bones. Within a few weeks of astronauts going into space, they experience advanced bone loss. The main reason for this is that there is no load on the bones in an environment without gravity. What we can understand from here is that light brisk running or walking stimulates bone construction. In case of movement, the load on the bones increases, and it becomes as if the bone has received light blows. You have observed that the shoe that hits your foot forms small bone protrusions on your foot over time.


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President of Organ Transplant Center at MedicalPark Hospital Antalya

Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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