EP329: Bloods For Bone Health


Welcome to my podcast. I am Doctor Warrick Bishop, and I want to help you to live as well as possible for as long as possible. I’m a practising cardiologist, best-selling author, keynote speaker, and the creator of The Healthy Heart Network. I have over 20 years as a specialist cardiologist and a private practice of over 10,000 patients.

Doctor Warrick Bishop discusses various blood tests that can be done if someone has concerns about their bone health such as osteopenia or osteoporosis. He recommends checking kidney and liver function, as well as calcium, phosphate, magnesium and vitamin D levels. Hormone levels should also be analyzed, including testosterone, estrogen, thyroid and adrenal functions. Additional tests may provide information about bone markers, prostate health, inflammation and growth. Regular screening through blood work in combination with lifestyle changes can help detect bone issues early and slow or prevent further bone loss.


  • Heart disease is a major issue in Australia, with one in four people suffering a heart attack. Lifestyle changes could prevent many cases.
  • Bone mineral density scans can assess bone health and detect osteopenia or osteoporosis early. Medicare rebates may cover the cost.
  • Blood tests that may be done if low bone density is detected include electrolytes, liver and kidney function, calcium/magnesium/phosphate, full blood count, ESR, thyroid function, vitamin D, and hormones like testosterone.
  • Inflammation markers like ESR may indicate issues like myeloma affecting bone health.
  • Thyroid function and vitamin D are important for bone health and should be checked.
  • Adrenal function impacts bone and should be assessed via DHEAS test.
  • Sex hormones like estrogen, progesterone and testosterone all impact bone health.
  • Growth hormone levels impact bone and IGF-1 can be checked.
  • PSA screening in men yearly can detect early prostate issues affecting bone.
  • Lifestyle programs like those at Osteo Strong can help naturally improve bone density when issues are detected. Early intervention leads to better outcomes.

Australia, like the rest of the western world, has a heart problem.

Over 9 million people around the world die from heart disease every year.

Every 10 minutes, someone in Australia suffers a heart attack. And 21 lives are lost daily because of it.

The devastating fact in all of this is… 

Almost every one of those cases could have been prevented. 

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  • 94% of Australians have at least One Risk Factor for heart disease.
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  •  Yet only 3% of Australians have had a Full Heart-Health Assessment in the past 12 months.

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