Saturday, June 29, 2013
My doctorís office called to give me the results of my bone density scan. I was shocked to hear I have osteopenia (thinning of the bones), mostly because my last scan (10 years ago) showed strong healthy bones that were much better than average. Doctorís office recommended increasing calcium intake and adding vitamin D, and retesting in 1 year. I will follow those recommendations. Weight bearing exercise such as walking is also important; I already am exceeding the recommendations for exercise and I will keep that up.
I think two things happened to lead to my deteriorating bones (besides the obvious factors of increasing age and menopause, which occurred earlier in my life due to hysterectomy).
1. I started taking thyroid medication, and was told I could not take calcium until several hours after taking the thyroid pill. So I stopped my morning routine of taking calcium, and didnít switch to taking it in the evenings. Bad decision. I will take calcium now at lunch and at dinner, and maybe also before bed.
2. The doctor didnít tell me this. But I have been taking LOTS of medication (prilosec) for GERD (acid reflux). Apparently that causes a HUGE increased risk for osteopenia and osteoporosis. So I need to STOP the medication for acid reflux, and do better about controlling GERD through dietary changes and reducing stress.
I REALLY donít want to develop osteoporosis, and I would prefer not to take the medication Fosamax (which has possible side effects of stomach problems and muscle pain). So Iíll make a few more sensible changes: add calcium, add vitamin D, eliminate the GERD medication, and control my acid reflux through better diet. Acid reflux triggers for me are: coffee, wine, alcohol, rich desserts, overeating Ö hmmmÖ these steps should help me on my weight loss journey!