SparkPeople Spark Osteoporosis Team Messageboard A team to share your experiences and what has worked or not worked for you. You never know when one of us may benefit from your solutions. SparkPeople Spark Osteoporosis Team Messageboard Howdy from Montana I'm seeing if this is the right team for me. I was diagnosed with Osteoarthritis in my right knee yesterday at ER. I'm really frustrated right now because I'm a walker and usually walk 4 or 5 miles daily plus another mile with my husband. I love both times. Now I have problems walking from one end of my house to the other. Thankfully I don't have any steps except 4 steps on my porch. <BR> <BR> I live in western Montana with my husband for 46 years. We are empty nesters. We have 5 gr... Wed, 5 Jul 2017 12:52:29 EST Greetings from Switzerland I have joined multiple teams so here is my intro for them all: <BR> <BR> My name is Carmen, I am 51 and live just outside of Zurich in Switzerland. I am married and have two sons ages 16 and 20. <BR> <BR> Over the past couple of years I have managed to gain more than 10 kilos / 22 pounds... I do not recognize myself. <BR> <BR> I have been diagnosed with osteoporosis (after I fell and broke my wrist 1.5 years ago) and struggle with anxiety and depression (life long). I have been vegetarian ... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 04:35:08 EST Osteopenia gone from wearing weight vest and diet I was diagnosed with osteopenia over a yr ago and my dr said he wanted me to consider taking fosamax . After reading how dangerous this drug is I said no to the drugs and did a natural approach with a very healthy diet some supplements of calcium one of which I make in my kitchen out of egg shells! and for weight bearing exercise I got an NYKNYC weight vest . I walk an hr each day in the vest carrying 8 lbs . after a year my bones no longer hurt and I feel incredibly strong . But best of all ... Tue, 13 Oct 2015 22:35:46 EST Hello! Glad to find this team! I recently had a bone density test and was diagnosed with Osteoporosis and a compressed fracture of vertebrae in the lower back, after 3 months of testing to find out why I was having such sharp pains when coughing, sneezing or laughing, so did a team search on Spark and found this one. Looking forward to sharing this journey with you. Sun, 18 May 2014 11:02:00 EST Co Leader Hi All <BR> <BR> I have not received any replies to my team email asking for a volunteer for helping Jwillis40 colead the team. I guess this means she want be that busy for now. <BR> <BR> I am removing myself as leader so if anyone would like to assist her, please contact her through here, I am sure she will appreciate it very is not that difficult to do and can be very rewarding. <BR> <BR> Thanks all! <em>247</em> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:27:04 EST Exercise and Activity How do you feel about exercise and activity? Well, with osteoporosis, arthritis, neuropathy, neuralgia, heel spurs, balance issues, and a spur under my knee cap...kind of speaks for itself. Walking in water is just about my limit. <BR> <BR> My husband and I are going to get bicycles. I will wrap my knee for protection and see how that goes. but, no tracking these for me for now anyway. Don't want to fall for sure! <em>40</em> That is all I need! Fri, 21 Feb 2014 02:19:47 EST New, yet Not. Hello! I thought I had posted an introductory thread when I joined the team about this time last year, guess not can't find it, <BR> <BR> Just before I turned 50, I went in for my Annual Physical and the Doctor thought we should get a jump on running those tests that are suggested for when you turn 50, Bone Density was one of them and that was the start of the end of my life as I had known it and the beginning of new way that I fought against. MY initial Bone Density T Score was/is -3.2. WHOA! Ho... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 02:15:16 EST Epidural Steroid Injections and Osteoporsis I have lumbar spine disk thinning and some pain in the area. I was sent to a pain management doctor who wanted to do the epidural steroid injections. Well, I did a lot of research and ran across some information that totally drove me away from ever getting these injections. The possibility of the steroid weakening the bones...well I already have osteoporsis so I don't need anything else doing that, so I refused the injections. <BR> <BR> If you are in the same boat, do your research. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 12:00:00 EST What a day~!! Woke up this morning thinking my doc appt was at 2 this was was for an hour from the time I awakened!!! UUGGHHH! That brain fog again. <BR> <BR> I made it and found my results, which I posted in the sharing experiences forum. <BR> <BR> Now after running errands all leg is killing me!!! My knee all the way up and down!!! <em>198</em> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 23:17:16 EST Bone Thieves: What's robbing your bones I've posted this information in different ways before, but reminders are good! This is a quick list of things we do to make our osteo worse: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>bone-thieves </link> <BR> <BR> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 20:06:14 EST Top Teas to Support Bone & Tooth Health While I don't agree with the article title ("Banish osteoporosis and tooth loss..."), these teas might be helpful. Be sure to evaluate all their properties to ensure they don't make something else worse. (I have to run them past my kidney doc first, for example.) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sis_tooth_loss_teas.html </link> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 19:58:48 EST No Sign Vitamin D Helps Aging Bones This is interesting. A 2012 study finds that Vitamin D supplements have no effect on osteoporosis. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rticles/2013/10/11/no-sign-that-vitami<BR>n-d-supplements-help-aging-bones-study </link> <BR> <BR> Here's another article about the same subject: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rticles/2013/09/24/vitamin-d-alone-doe<BR>snt-boost-bone-health-study-says </link> <BR> <BR> Every day we learn more about wha... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 19:53:16 EST The new Activity Tracker Have you heard? SP now has its own pedometer-like device (it does a lot more than count steps)! Here's a link to the announcement. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=spark_your_fitness_with_sparkpeople<BR>s_new_activity_tracker </link> Thu, 3 Oct 2013 22:21:16 EST Bone Healthy Recipes Looking for something different? Give this web site a try. <BR> <BR> Once again, I'm ready to throw my ratzafratten tablet out the window in frustration because it won't let me use the 'add a link' feature. You'll have to copy/paste this into a browser window. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 18:13:36 EST 25 Ways to Improve Bone Health Get Enough Calcium and Vitamin D Every Day <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>--------------------------- <BR> 1. Try low-fat yogurt or Greek yogurt to add more calcium to your diet. <BR> 2. Include green vegetables that have calcium in your recipes. Good <BR> choices are broccoli, bok choy, kale and turnip greens. <BR> 3. Try foods that have calcium and vitamin D added. Fortified juices, <BR> cereals, and milk alternatives like soymilk are some good choices. <BR> 4. Take a ca... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 18:05:49 EST 25 Ways to Prevent Falls 1. Remove all loose wires, cords and throw rugs. <BR> 2. Keep floors free of clutter. <BR> 3. Be sure all carpets and area rugs have skid-proof backing or are tacked to the floor. <BR> 4. Do not use slippery wax on bare floors. <BR> 5. Keep furniture in its accustomed place. <BR> 6. Install grab bars on the bathroom walls beside the tub, shower and toilet. <BR> 7. Use a non-skid rubber mat in the shower or tub. <BR> 8. If you are unsteady on your feet, consider using a plastic chair with a... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 18:02:18 EST 25 Calcium Rich Foods From the National Osteoporosis Foundation <BR> <BR> Listed as Food name, servicing size, and lastly calcium in mg's. <BR> <BR> 1. American cheese 1 oz. 175 <BR> 2. Bok choy (Chinese cabbage), raw 8 oz. 75 <BR> 3. Broccoli, cooked and drained 8 oz. 60 <BR> 4. Cereal with added calcium, without milk 8 oz. 100-1,000 <BR> 5. Cheddar cheese, shredded 1 oz. 205 <BR> 6. Cottage cheese, 1% milk fat 4 oz. 70 <BR> 7. Dried figs 2 figs 55 <BR> 8. Frozen yogurt, vanilla (soft serve) 4 oz. 105 <BR> 9. ... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 19:55:49 EST 25 Facts About Your Bones and Osteo A list from the National Osteoporosis Foundation <BR> <BR> 1. Bone is living, growing tissue that is both flexible and strong. <BR> 2. Throughout life, you are constantly losing old bone and <BR> forming new bone. <BR> 3. Osteoporosis happens when you lose too much bone, <BR> make too little of it or both. <BR> 4. Bone loss usually speeds up at midlife in both men and women. <BR> 5. Osteoporosis and the broken bones it causes can be prevented. <BR> 6. About half of all w... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 19:46:38 EST Spark Solution Summer Challenge June 21 To celebrate the start of summer, we're launching The Spark Solution Summer Challenge on June 21. Lose weight while using the comprehensive 14-day program from SparkPeople's new book--and be entered to win prizes, including a $250 Visa gift card. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=join_the_spark_solution_summer_chal<BR>lenge_and_win_prizes_while_you_lose_weight </link> <BR> (This is a repeat as many people didn't get the book in time the first time around.) Tue, 11 Jun 2013 16:57:05 EST do survey & win 2 weeks @ Canyon Ranch <BR> SparkPeople has teamed with Canyon Ranch - <BR> <BR> Fill out a survey for a chance to participate in a free eight-week online healthy weight coaching program from the experts at Canyon Ranch—and win a trip for two to Canyon Ranch Tucson. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=get_live_canyon_ranch_online_coachi<BR>ng_for_free </link> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 16:41:53 EST Do Your Medications Affect Your Bones? Here's the first few paragraphs of an article on WebMD: <BR> <BR> WebMD Feature <BR> By Kathleen Doheny <BR> Reviewed By Brunilda Nazario, MD <BR> If you have osteoporosis, or are at risk for it, you want to do all you can to keep your bones as strong as possible. Besides following your doctor's advice on diet and exercise, you should know that some medications are bone-friendly -- and others may have side effects that affect the bones. <BR> <BR> Some medications prescribed for common healt... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 16:51:43 EST New Data: Prevalence of Osteoporosis Here's the first 2 paragraphs of an article published by the National Osteoporosis Foundation: <BR> <BR> WASHINGTON, DC (April 18, 2013) — The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) today released new prevalence data estimating that approximately 9 million adults in the U.S. have osteoporosis and more than 48 million have low bone mass (indicated by T-scores between -1.0 and -2.5), placing them at increased risk for osteoporosis and broken bones. The study “The 2010 Burden of Osteoporosis an... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 16:44:04 EST Soda and Osteoporosis: Is There a Connection? Here's a short article on WebMD discussing this: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>soda-osteoporosis </link> <BR> <BR> I lived on Mountain Dew for decades - never drank coffee or water or, frankly, anything but Mountain Dew. There isn't a history of osteo in my family, so I seem to be the anecdotal evidence for this. <BR> <BR> Here's another article published on (an SP competitor) that gives a list of soda ingredients that might be contributing to ... Sun, 5 May 2013 22:48:09 EST Hi calcium levels might predict of ovarian cancer Here's another article that discusses high blood calcium levels. <BR> <BR> "A new study from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is the first to report that high blood calcium levels might predict of ovarian cancer, the most fatal of the gynecologic cancers...... They found that women who were later diagnosed with ovarian cancer and women who later died of ovarian cancer had higher levels of calcium in blood than women who did not before their cancer diagnosis." <BR> <BR> Here's a link to ... Sun, 5 May 2013 22:28:59 EST High serum calcium may = hyperparat thyroidism This is an interesting article. Not directly related to osteo, but I ran across it as I was searching about osteo and calcium. <BR> <BR> It seems that almost always, high levels of calcium in the blood almost always means that hyperparathyroidism is present. This is largely undiagnosed and affects African Americans more than other races. <BR> <BR> Here's a link to the complete article: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tudy-finds-endocrine-disorder-243645.aspx </... Sun, 5 May 2013 22:25:44 EST April - The Top Tens Here are our leaderboards for April. Rather than sending kudos to each individually, I thought it might be nice to share the info with everyone! (Yes, you can see this yourself on the team page, but, be honest, when was the last time you thought to look at it?) <BR> <BR> Time, effort, and consistency will get you to the top of the leaderboards, too. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <BR> <BR> Points Top 10 <BR> <BR> 1) DLDMIL <BR... Sat, 4 May 2013 03:12:58 EST Study Finds Fat/Bone Mass Are Genetically Link <BR> "Study Finds Fat and Bone Mass Are Genetically Linked" from the American Friends of Tel Aviv University discussing study results published in the "Bone" medical journal. <BR> <BR> First few paragraphs: <BR> <BR> Obesity and osteoporosis should not be treated separately, TAU researcher counsels <BR> <BR> When it comes to body shape, diet and exercise can only take us so far. Our body shape and geometry are largely determined by genetic factors. Genetics also have an impact on our body... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 18:49:51 EST teenage red flags for future osteoporosis Wow. They are learning more and more. <BR> <BR> "Smoking and Depressive Symptoms in Adolescent Girls Are “Red Flag” for Postmenopausal Osteoporosis" from the AlphaGalileo Foundation. <BR> <BR> First 2 paragraphs of article: <BR> <BR> First-Time Study Shows Smoking and Depression in Adolescents have Negative Impact on Bone Mineral Density, say Investigators in the Journal of Adolescent Health <BR> <BR> Depression, anxiety, and smoking are associated with lower bone mineral density (BMD) i... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 18:40:35 EST Heathly Bones segment on Today Show The National Osteoporosis Foundation highlighted foods for healthy bones on the Today Show on April 8th. <BR> <BR> Here is a link to a video of the segment. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 18:34:36 EST Fat and Bone Mass Are Genetically Linked from 3/11/13 article: <BR> <BR> When it comes to body shape, diet and exercise can only take us so far. Our body shape and geometry are largely determined by genetic factors. Genetics also have an impact on our body composition -- including soft fat tissue and hard bone tissue -- and can lead to excess fat or osteoporosis. <BR> <BR> As a result of this genetic connection, "a medication that is prescribed to treat obesity might have a negative impact on skeletal health." <BR>... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 14:46:41 EST Vitamin K may be key to osteoporosis prevention from, 12/17/12 article: <BR> <BR> "Vitamin K - a nutrient associated with green, leafy vegetables - may play a critical role in bone health and the prevention of osteoporosis, according to a study conducted by researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, Yale University, Villanova University, and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. <BR> <BR> The researchers discovered that a poorly understood p... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 14:40:08 EST Osteogenesis Imperfecta I am a 55 year old female. I just joined the "Living with Osteoporosis" team as my severe and incurable (due to osteogenesis imperfecta) osteoporosis has a major impact on my ability to exercise. Due to both of my hips being at a very high risk of fracture (per bone density scans), having already lost over 3 inches from spinal collapse and my tendency to get spontaneous fractures (occur without trauma), I am medically prohibited from doing most exercises commonly prescribed for weight lo... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 21:55:33 EST Hi Everyone I am new here. I've just completed my first week and am quite happy with the results, down 7 lbs. Of course this weight loss will slow down now, the first week is usually the best week. I've joined Sparkpeople in hopes of finding some friends and some support. I believe that supportive friends around you make for much better outcomes, so here I am. <BR> <BR> More about me, I am happily married to a wonderful man who loves me no matter my weight. We will celebrate 10 years this fall, thank yo... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 14:00:43 EST 50# in 2013 no more excusses im ready to lose these 50# and it begin today Fri, 8 Mar 2013 08:59:31 EST Osteoporosis Fractures: PT and Pain Management Many fractures hurt, so treatments will ease the pain and help heal a broken bone. You can recover and come back stronger. Good news: Pain usually does get better. <BR> <BR> It may take time, though. "It can take a couple of months," depending on how deep the damage to the bone, says endocrinologist Ann Kearns, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. <BR> <BR> Here is an article from WebMD discussing the options available to us. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> Wed, 6 Mar 2013 21:24:18 EST Reminder: Protecting Your Spine <BR> It is important to protect the spine by moving properly during exercise and daily activities. Activities that place stress on the spine can increase the likelihood of breaking a bone. For example, people with bone loss in the spine should not: <BR> <BR> bend forward from the waist <BR> twist and bend at the torso (trunk) to an extreme <BR> carry packages that are too heavy <BR> bend forward when coughing and sneezing <BR> reach for objects on a high shelf <BR> d... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 21:08:18 EST Vit.D Supplements: Is What You See What You Get? Looks like there's a chance you aren't taking as much as you think you are: Some tested at only 7% of the labeled amount! <BR> <BR> <BR> MONDAY, Feb. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Many vitamin D supplements may not contain what their label says they do, a new study warns. <BR> <BR> Some pills may pack a lot more vitamin D than the label states, and others may provide markedly less, according to the findings, published in a research letter Feb. 11 in JAMA Internal Medicine. <BR> <BR> The researc... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 04:18:52 EST Calcium Supplements May Raise Odds of Heart Death From MSN Living, here's the first few paragraphs of the article: <BR> <BR> TUESDAY, Feb. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Women eating a high-calcium diet and taking calcium supplements adding up to more than 1,400 milligrams a day may be running nearly twice the risk of dying from heart disease, a large Swedish study suggests. <BR> <BR> Both men and women take calcium supplements to prevent bone loss. The new findings come on the heels of another recent study that found a similar increased risk of ... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 04:14:13 EST 2013 my time hi my name is cyndi im 56 yrs old im married to my best friend i have 2 children and 2 grandchildren i like to read i have alot of medical problems and i know by losing weight and changing my life style i will live a longer and happier life and beable to spend the time with the grandchildren Thu, 14 Feb 2013 08:40:35 EST ABC's 20/20 profiles 50% weight loss achievers Tonight on ABC's 20/20 show has a segment tonight called "Half Their Size". They will be profiling people who have lost 50% of their weight. They will be sharing their story and what steps they took to achieve these great accomplishments. <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> <em>248</em> <em>205</em> <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> too! Fri, 4 Jan 2013 16:47:02 EST Posture: 3 great ways to straighten up Here's an article that gives us tips on the correct way to stand, sit, and rest. Proper posture helps reduce the stress on our weak bones. The article is one page with a lot of white space, so it's a real quick read. <BR> <BR> <link>https://pages.unitedhealthcare-hmhb.<BR>com/page.aspx?qs=5c591a8916642e73e5221<BR>1f83cc60d5899269eb57e7abc54510c7ca3460<BR>4215365f569c74cf4f1ff0c561afc8a784538f<BR>efa40c7ca464c8a863d37b8d334840f1d29be3<BR>49727a746f30bd1c3aa94df93bae09f298a636ce927db53cbfb... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 14:39:42 EST Grapefruit may turn more drugs deadly From NBC News: <BR> <BR> "If you kick-start your day with a glass of grapefruit juice, be careful. <BR> <BR> Canadian scientists say the number of common prescription drugs that can interact badly with the tart citrus is climbing, with the potential for dangerous, even deadly, results. <BR> <BR> Twenty-six new drugs that can cause serious harm when mixed with grapefruit have been introduced in the past four years alone, bringing the total to 43, said Dr. David Bailey, a clinical pharmaco... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 15:56:01 EST Share Your Inspirational /Motivational Quotes I have 2 that mean the same thing, really. I was a project manager career wise, so I lived for the little details! I find they mirror SP's philosophy very well. <BR> <BR> Plan the Work; Work the Plan <BR> Fail to plan; Plan to Fail Sun, 25 Nov 2012 13:36:11 EST Gearing Up For Fall <em>422</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> Ahh now I am sure you thought gearing up for a fall LOL no no its gearing up for fall - the next season that naturally follows summer. As the evenings get cooler/mornings too, we all want to wear proper attire for our activities, that might mean reaching in the closet for that wool sweater, or what not. Please Please Please before you put on anything that has not been warn all spring/summer, check them inside and out for insects that might have ... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 23:57:41 EST Any other young people in here? Just curious if there was anyone like me, in their 30's, with osteoporosis. Most people my age don't have to worry about that just yet. Still here to help support and be supported though, by everyone. Fri, 7 Sep 2012 12:37:03 EST Well, hello! I'm new to sparkpeople, sort of. Used it many years ago but have gained a lot of weight and I'm back. I was diagnosed with osteoporosis of the spine and osteopenia of the hips at the ripe old age of 32. I have celiac disease to thank for that. It's not bad enough to need medication so my prescription is get enough calcium, preferably most, if not all, through diet, and weight bearing exercises. I've been a runner for just over three years now so I think I have that covered. I'm currentl... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 20:23:33 EST Calcium Supplements Potentially Dangerous From, which touts itself as "The World's #1 Natural Health Website" <BR> <BR> Article entitled, "New Studies on 3 Important Nutrients" <BR> <BR> Excerpts: <BR> <BR> "Your body not only depends on nutrients in the food you eat, but is actually composed -- atom-by-atom, molecule-by-molecule – by them, which is why we should not be surprised by the profound power that certain nutrients and food constituents have in supporting optimal health. One of them, calcium, is an old-stan... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 18:43:54 EST Early Menopause: Red Flag for Bone Health From The New York Times published May 1, 2012 <BR> <BR> Here is the complete content of the article: <BR> <BR> Women who reach menopause early are at significantly greater risk for osteoporosis and bone fracture later in life, a Swedish study has found. <BR> <BR> Researchers recruited 390 48-year-old women in 1977 and followed them for more than 34 years, evaluating their bone health. For this study, 198 of the women were still available. <BR> <BR> After controlling for age, body mass ind... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 18:15:28 EST 2 new ways to earn SparkPoints Now there are two new ways to get more SparkPoints. <BR> <BR> 1. Coach Nicole made this announcement: <BR> <BR> We're excited to unveil today a redesign of our video pages! Our videos are now easier to browse, thanks to tags and categories that separate them by body focus, intensity level, type of workout/video and more. <BR> <BR> We've also added new videos from our partner Everwell that cover various nutrition and wellness topics as chosen by our editors. <BR> <BR> When viewing a vide... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 17:24:50 EST This is what a member from another group wrote. THIS IS WHAT SHE WROTE: <BR> <BR> "I had a bone density test two years ago and was told I had Osteopenia in my right hip. I was already taking Calcium so did nothing. I had another one last month and it is still Osteopenia. My doctor didn't seem too worried." <BR> <BR> WHEN I READ THIS I NEARLY JUMPED OUT OF MY CHAIR. SHE IS IN MY WEIGHT LOSS GROUP. SO I KNOW THAT NO ONE WILL KNOW WHO SHE IS. SHE ALSO THINKS YO YO DIETING IS JUST FINE AND SHE IS A LEADER. SHE IS 65 YEARS OLD. OMG. <BR> OUT... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 06:52:26 EST High Salt Diet Could Deplete Bone Calcium ScienceDaily (July 24, 2012) — When sodium leaves a body, it takes calcium along with it, creating risk for kidney stones and osteoporosis. The scientific community has always wanted to know why people who eat high-salt diets are prone to developing medical problems such as kidney stones and osteoporosis. Medical researchers at the University of Alberta may have solved this puzzle through their work with animal lab models and cells. <BR> <BR> Here's the rest of the article: <BR> <BR> <li... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 19:00:32 EST Nine genes found to affect bone density Sydney, Aug 8 (IANS) <BR> <BR> Scientists have identified nine genes that seem to weaken or strength bone, which could pave the way to more effective treatment for osteoporosis, affecting millions worldwide. Out of 100 'knockout mice,' which have a gene disabled, scientists identified these genes that appear to weaken or strengthen bone. Osteoporosis is a disease that leads to an increased risk of fracture. <BR> <BR> Read the rest of the article here: <BR> <BR> <link> Thu, 9 Aug 2012 18:54:50 EST ready to begin again hi my name is cyndi and im ready to make a lifestyle change once and for all Wed, 1 Aug 2012 07:15:19 EST Member on Today Show Monday July 23rd! Angela (4A-HEALTHY-BMI) will be featured in the final hour of the Today Sow on Monday, July 23rd. Go Angela! Sat, 21 Jul 2012 19:18:13 EST control stem cells to make bones Here's a mouthful: <BR> <BR> Discovery of Epigenetic Links in Cell-Fate Decisions of Adult Stem Cells Paves Way for New Osteoporosis Treatments <BR> <BR> ScienceDaily (July 9, 2012) — The ability to control whether certain stem cells ultimately become bone cells holds great promise for regenerative medicine and potential therapies aimed at treating metabolic bone diseases. <BR> <BR> Now, UCLA School of Dentistry professor and leading cancer scientist Dr. Cun-Yu Wang and his research team h... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 12:33:03 EST Drink to Your (Bone) Health By Steven Reinberg <BR> HealthDay Reporter <BR> <BR> WEDNESDAY, July 11 (HealthDay News) -- Drinking one or two alcoholic beverages several times a week may improve the bone health of older women and reduce their risk for osteoporosis, a small study suggests. <BR> <BR> Here's a link to the complete article: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rticles/2012/07/11/ladies-drink-to-you<BR>r-bone-health </link> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 12:25:47 EST Merck has new RX in pipeline for osteoporosis <BR> This short article is written from the perspective of the NASDAQ analyst's perspective. The drug has proven so effective, Merck has been able to cut short a phase III randomized, placebo-controlled study due to strong efficacy and a favorable benefit-risk profile. <BR> <BR> That doesn't mean it doesn't have some of the side effects that other osteo drugs have. But, it may be good news for those who feel a drug regimen in addition to holistic approaches is the best therapy for them. ... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 12:23:18 EST newbie Hello, I have had osteopenia since 2008 but Dr didn't notice until 2010. My last scan had it progressing. I had gastric bypass and have been slowly having more issues with malabsorbtion. I do my exercises but now I'm getting scared that there is nothing they can do slow down the progression. So relieved there is a place with like people <em>386</em> . Mon, 9 Jul 2012 21:33:56 EST Strontium Can anyone tell me what they know about Strontium and if it has any bone-building benefits. I had a Reclast infusion last Aug. and am due to have another soon. I have been looking at diets, excercise and anything else that will help me. I don't think another infusion is a good idea. Last August my numbers were -3.3 for my spine and -1.0 for my left hip. I have been doing (not enough) strength excercises. My diet has always been excellent without hardly any junk food but have had too much coff... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 22:26:52 EST reclast infusion One of our new members has been advised to have a reclast infusion. Any one getting this annual treatment? <BR> <BR> Reading about it quickly, it's clear that if you have any kidney disease (like me!) this treatment could put you into dialysis - very very bad. So, before you do this, insist that your doctor run a RENAL PANEL blood test to ensure your kidneys are ok. I'm seeing that there are cautions similar to the other drugs about unusual fractures, too. There are also several forums f... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 18:58:27 EST Earlier Detection of Bone Loss May Be in Future Earlier Detection of Bone Loss May Be in Future: Isotope Analysis Rather Than X-Ray Used for Measurement <BR> <BR> ScienceDaily (May 28, 2012) — Are your bones getting stronger or weaker? Right now, it's hard to know. Scientists at Arizona State University and NASA are taking on this medical challenge by developing and applying a technique that originated in the Earth sciences. In a new study, this technique was more sensitive in detecting bone loss than the X-ray method used today, with les... Sun, 17 Jun 2012 21:13:24 EST Older Women Should Not Take Calcium, Vitamin D TUESDAY, June 12 (HealthDay News) -- A leading U.S. government advisory panel has proposed that postmenopausal women not take low-dose calcium and vitamin D supplements daily to ward off bone fractures. <BR> <BR> But the jury is still out on higher doses of these supplements, stated the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), which issued the draft recommendations Tuesday. Public comment on the draft recommendations is invited until July 10. <BR> <BR> Here's a link to the complete art... Sun, 17 Jun 2012 21:10:20 EST 5 Surprising Reasons You're Not Losing Weight Having trouble losing weight? Blame pesticides and toxic pans. <BR> <BR> If current predictions hold true, 42 percent of the U.S. population will be either obese or "severely obese" (100 pounds or more overweight) by the year 2030. That staggering statistic came out of a study published this week in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, and it also found that the number of restaurants per 10,000 citizens nearly doubled over the past decade. <BR> <BR> here may be more than just unheal... Sun, 17 Jun 2012 21:00:53 EST When You Eat Matters, Not Just What You Eat ScienceDaily (May 17, 2012) — When it comes to weight gain, when you eat might be at least as important as what you eat. That's the conclusion of a study reported in the Cell Press journal Cell Metabolism published early online on May 17th. <BR> <BR> Here's a link to the complete article: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>5/120517132057.htm </link> Sun, 17 Jun 2012 20:56:43 EST 86% more heart attacks with calcium supplements From an article entitled "Calcium supplements and heart attack: Implications for a nutrient hungry nation" <BR> <BR> 1st paragraph: <BR> <BR> A recent study out of the University of Zurich Wednesday reported the controversial findings that taking calcium supplements is linked with double the risk of heart attack. <BR> After studying over 24,000 men and women, researchers found that those who took calcium supplements were 86 percent more likely to have a heart attack than peop... Wed, 30 May 2012 19:08:49 EST Why Binge Drinking Is Bad For Your Bones Article from entitled "Why Binge Drinking is Bad for Your Bones" <BR> <BR> 1st paragraph: <BR> <BR> Studies in recent years have demonstrated that binge drinking can decrease bone mass and bone strength, increasing the risk of osteoporosis. Now a Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine study has found a possible mechanism: Alcohol disturbs genes necessary for maintaining healthy bones. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>newsid=126651 </link> Wed, 30 May 2012 18:59:17 EST Sports Drinks impact on osteoporosis Article from entitled: "Sports drinks are sometimes better than water, but can also cause kidney stones and osteoporosis" <BR> <BR> 1st paragraph: <BR> <BR> (NaturalNews) Sports drinks are a favorite of athletes and some exercisers to quench their thirst and replenish lost nutrients. These drinks contain calcium, sodium and other minerals called electrolytes. An imbalance of electrolytes may be harmful. Sports drinks can help prevent or decrease some conditions by increasin... Wed, 30 May 2012 18:55:35 EST Sports Can Help Men Prevent Osteoporosis Article from LiveScience: "Sports Can Help Men Prevent Osteoporosis" <BR> <BR> Article excerpts: <BR> <BR> "Young men may not worry much about osteoporosis. But if they play load-bearing sports like basketball or volleyball, they me preventing the bone condition." [the wording isn't right, but it was their wording!] <BR> <BR> "Men who increased their load-bearing activity from age 19 to 24 not only developed more bone, but also had larger bones compared to men who were sedentary during t... Fri, 4 May 2012 19:29:49 EST Gene Variants Linked With Osteo/Bone Fractures Article from HuffPost: "Gene Variants Linked With Osteoporosis And Increased Fracture Risk" <BR> <BR> Article excerpts: <BR> <BR> "Genes may be at least partially to blame when it comes to osteoporosis and fracture risk in women, according to new research." <BR> <BR> "They also found that women who have proportionally more of these genes variants are at a 50 percent increased risk of breaking a bone." <BR> <BR> "This is the first time anyone has identified the genetic variants that are s... Fri, 4 May 2012 19:24:46 EST Microchip Used to Deliver Bone Drug Here's an article from "MedPage Today" <BR> <BR> Some article excerpts: <BR> <BR> "An implantable microchip about the size of a flash memory stick that can be controlled wirelessly delivers doses of an osteoporosis drug with the same efficacy as injections, researchers found." <BR> <BR> "The tiny chip used in the study contains 20 micro-reservoirs that hold individual doses, and each is hermetically sealed to preserve the drug. A dose is released when an electrical signal -- which can be p... Fri, 4 May 2012 19:20:17 EST Welcome to DLDMIL! Her SparkPage says she is"50+ female needing to get physically fit and reduce my osteoporosis with exercise instead of meds." So, let's help her do that! Mon, 23 Apr 2012 02:14:13 EST Welcome to MARILYNGF! <BR> Hi! <BR> <em>213</em> Sun, 22 Apr 2012 05:35:21 EST He Who Sits the Most Dies the Soonest An article in the Atlantic, April 19th. The results of this study are eye opening! <BR> <BR> Here's the first paragraph (I've added the asterisks): <BR> <BR> A study of more than 200,000 Australians adds to the growing body of evidence that people who sit the most die the soonest. It also found that ****you can't exercise this effect away, though exercise does help reduce it greatly****. <BR> <BR> And another paragraph: <BR> <BR> Its most striking finding was that people who sat more tha... Sun, 22 Apr 2012 02:49:05 EST Osteo Drugs may lead 2 Eye Trouble This is an article from HealthDay News reported on the US News & World Report Health web site (link below). The article is short enough that I'm copying the whole thing right here: <BR> <BR> MONDAY, April 2 (HealthDay News) -- First-time users of osteoporosis drugs called oral bisphosphonates may be at increased risk for serious inflammatory eye disease, a new study contends. <BR> <BR> Oral bisphosphonates, such as Fosamax and Actonel, are the most commonly prescribed class of drugs to pre... Sat, 21 Apr 2012 05:36:43 EST Osteo fractures & pain management An article from WebMD - some quotes from the article: <BR> <BR> ... many fractures can be very painful. "Some patients believe that the osteoporosis medicines they are on protect them from pain," says Ann Kearns, MD, a consultant in endocrinology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. "Osteoporosis medications do not treat pain," ... <BR> <BR> ....Another misconception about fractures caused by osteoporosis is that the pain will be gone quickly. Depending on the severity and other factors, "it ... Sat, 21 Apr 2012 05:31:04 EST new ways to detect & treat osteoporosis!! An article from "". First couple paragraphs: <BR> <BR> Scientists at the University of Sheffield have discovered new ways to help detect and treat the debilitating brittle bone disease osteoporosis. <BR> <BR> According to a scientific study published today (Thursday 19 April 2012) in the European Journal of Human Genetics, women with a faulty gene have lower bone mass and lose nearly 10 times more bone than women who have a correct copy of a receptor for the energy molecule ... Sat, 21 Apr 2012 05:23:50 EST Welcome to BILLPHIL123! We have a new member! Stop by her SparkPage and say Hi! Tue, 17 Apr 2012 16:54:32 EST New to Spark and this group HI! Have had quite the year. I have a rare auto immune disease called primary sclerosing cholangitis that attacked my bile ducts and lead to needing a liver transplant. I was lucky enough to receive my liver in the nick of time on 11/11/11! Unfortunately with the great news of a gift of life comes some bad side effects-weight gain, hair loss and osteoporosis from steroids leading to back pain and 2 compression fractures in spine. Started forteo. Looking for ideas, support and help in getting ... Wed, 11 Apr 2012 11:59:20 EST Osteo friendly Exercise videos I'll add to this post as I find more. If you know of any, add. <BR> <BR> **NO DISCUSSION** This thread is for video links only! <BR> <BR> SP has recently teamed with Acacia for exercise tapes (there are a couple on the new 28 day bootcamp DVD).Here is a link to a tape recently added to SP <BR> <BR> VIDEO: 12-Minute Low-Impact Cardio Workout from the ''Keeping Fit: Cardio'' DVD: <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1731 </link> <BR> <BR> I found a 30 mi... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 13:27:36 EST Osteo Spinal Fracture Information Here's a few quotes from an article on the New York Times web site entitled "Along the Spine, Women Buckle at Breaking Points": <BR> <BR> ----- <BR> <BR> ..while vertebral fractures are a telltale sign of bone loss among women over age 50 and men over age 60, most who suffer them are unaware of the problem and receive no treatment to prevent future fractures in vertebrae, hips or wrists, the bones most likely to break under minor stress when weakened... <BR> <BR> Most vertebral fractures d... Sat, 31 Mar 2012 04:19:58 EST New Stats on Sitting, Cancer & Mortality Here's a few paragraphs from the article: <BR> <BR> Sit More Than 11 Hours Per Day? You’re 40 Percent More Likely to Die Prematurely <BR> <BR> In the past few years medical researchers have begun to tie sitting to premature death, but a recent study does a precise job of breaking down the numbers. If you sit more than 11 hours per day, you’re 40 percent more likely to die over the next three years, according to Yahoo News. <BR> <BR> ... <BR> <BR> One fascinating study linked inactivity to... Thu, 29 Mar 2012 21:49:31 EST New SP Limited Mobility Lifestyle Center The SparkPeople staff has collected all of our limited mobility and seated exercise workouts into one comprehensive lifestyle center that is now live on the site. You’ll find the Limited Mobility Lifestyle Center listed with all lifestyle centers (note that it’s not yet in the dropdown navigation, but will be added there soon). <BR> <BR> <link><BR>le_cen ter_detail.asp?id=19 </link> <BR> <BR> This is a great idea; there are so many people for whom the ... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 01:02:16 EST Exercising: Stay active the safe way This article from the Mayo Clinic provides information on the four types of exercises that build bones safely. It also has a few paragraphs on the exercises to avoid and why. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>is/HQ00643 </link> <BR> <em>85</em> <em>417</em> <em>311</em> <em>231</em> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 06:13:39 EST Welcome to SMARTONEWW! No Spark Page, so we can't welcome SMARTONEWW personally. <BR> <BR> I hope we are able to provide the support you are looking for. Please join the forum threads and tell us about yourself and your disease management. Also, there is lots of information to learn from all the links to external news articles, etc. <BR> Fri, 23 Mar 2012 17:00:46 EST Hi! to John4Fitness, KimLou55, & Corimama3! Everyone, welcome our 3 newest members! <BR> <BR> We all hope you participate in our forums, sharing information you've learned from your health support people (docs, acupuncturist, whoever!) and how you are managing your disease. <BR> <BR> Talk to you soon! Thu, 22 Mar 2012 16:42:21 EST Heart Failure/Osteo Go Hand-in-Hand First couple paragraphs: <BR> <BR> TUESDAY, Feb. 7 (HealthDay News) --Heart failure is linked to thinning of the bones and an increased risk of fractures, a new study indicates. <BR> <BR> The findings suggest that aggressive screening for osteoporosis may be important for heart failure patients, the researchers said. <BR> <BR> Link to article: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rticles/2012/02/07/heart-failure-osteo<BR>porosis-go-hand-in-hand-researchers </link> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 16:00:35 EST Generic Boniva Approved for Osteoporosis <BR> First paragraph of article: <BR> <BR> MONDAY, March 19 (HealthDay News) -- The first generic versions of the once-monthly osteoporosis drug Boniva (ibandronate) have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. <BR> <BR> Link to article (it's very short): <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rticles/2012/03/19/generic-boniva-appr<BR>oved-for-osteoporosis </link> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 15:58:07 EST Osteo Drugs - Risk of Esophageal Cancer This article was published almost a year ago, but I thought it might be of interest. <BR> <BR> The medical community itself is recommending osteo drugs less and less and they learn more about the unanticipated side effects. Which isn't to say that no one should take them, just that the decision should be thought through carefully. <BR> <BR> First paragraph of article: <BR> <BR> SSUE: FDA notified healthcare professionals and patients about its ongoing review of data from published studies... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 15:55:01 EST Exercise buddy: State/City where you live Our new member, John, asked me if there was anyone else in our area that could be an osteo exercise buddy and it occurred to me that we only know where each other lives by reading comments or SparkPages. <BR> <BR> So, add an entry in this thread - and maybe we'll get lucky and find each other close! Tue, 20 Mar 2012 16:35:13 EST Welcome to MEH50BEWELL! Welcome to our newest member, MEH50BEWELL! S/he doesn't have a SparkPage, so we can't post comments to him/her, so this is the place. <BR> <BR> We hope you will be active in our forums so that we can get to know each other. <BR> <em>235</em> <em>229</em> <em>199</em> <em>252</em> Thu, 15 Mar 2012 18:02:11 EST Osteo Meds Linked to Thigh Fractures Osteoporosis Medication Linked to Unusual Thigh Fractures <BR> <BR> Experts Recommend Taking a 'Holiday' From Bisphosphonates to Prevent Broken Bones <BR> <BR> By Laird Harrison <BR> WebMD Health News <BR> Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD <BR> <BR> Feb. 8, 2012 -- Some drugs used to strengthen bones may increase the risk of an unusual type of fracture if patients take them for many years, a new study shows. <BR> <BR> Overall, most people with osteoporosis, a loss of bone density over time,... Wed, 14 Mar 2012 01:25:57 EST Stem Cells to Increase Bone Formation "Researchers Develop Method of Directing Stem Cells to Increase Bone Formation and Bone Strength <BR> <BR> ScienceDaily (Feb. 6, 2012) — A research team led by UC Davis Health System scientists has developed a novel technique to enhance bone growth by using a molecule which, when injected into the bloodstream, directs the body's stem cells to travel to the surface of bones. Once these cells are guided to the bone surface by this molecule, the stem cells differentiate into bone-forming cells ... Wed, 14 Mar 2012 01:18:33 EST Please read: forum structure changes <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <BR> Do not post in this forum - it's not being used at this time. <BR> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> Wed, 14 Mar 2012 00:51:19 EST **Please Read: New forum structure** <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <BR> Starting today, links to news articles, web sites, blogs that might be of interest to someone with osteopenia and/or osteoporosis will be found in this forum. Add comments or questions and start a conversation! <BR> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> Wed, 14 Mar 2012 00:47:19 EST Osteoporosis vs Osteoarthritis Here's a link to and the first paragraph of an article that explains the differences between these 2 diseases. <BR> <BR> "Both Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis are common diseases that occur during the middle to later stages of life. Osteoporosis is a bone-disease where the bones become more fragile due to a reduction in bone mineral density. The bones of an Osteoporosis sufferer have an increased susceptibility to fractures. Osteoarthritis, on the other hand, is a joint-disease. This is caus... Thu, 8 Mar 2012 23:42:25 EST Habits: How Formed & Broken Here's an article published by NPR entitled, "Habits: How They Form And How To Break Them". <BR> <BR> Here's an intro paragraph from the article: <BR> <BR> "It turns out that every habit starts with a psychological pattern called a "habit loop," which is a three-part process. First, there's a cue, or trigger, that tells your brain to go into automatic mode and let a behavior unfold." <BR> <BR> It's a discussion with the author of a book called, "The Power of Habit". <BR> <BR> <link>ww... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 17:28:01 EST Share Your Test Results I had my test in September, 2011 <BR> <BR> -1 or above is ok; -1 thru -2.5 is osteopenia; -2.5 or less is osteoporosis. <BR> <BR> My results: <BR> -0.8 Left wrist <BR> -0.8 Left hip <BR> -1.3 Femoral Neck (top of leg) <BR> -2.75 Spine <BR> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 23:12:22 EST Osteo Ball Exerciser <BR> I've been looking at all the different osteo sites looking at recommended exercises and ran across this item - the OsteoBall®. I seem to do better using a device for my exercises, so thinks looks like it's right down my alley! It includes a regime for those who can only do seated exercises. It's cover is washable cotton! Anyone have experience with it? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>4b%20b86ea8&a_bid=e8c3ed01 </link> Tue, 21 Feb 2012 15:52:31 EST new to team have ph problem Hi Guys - nice to meet you. This is the first time I have ever written on any web site so this is a new experience for me. I found this site a couple of weeks ago and liked the way it looked and the people talked to each other. I am in need of some help, coaching, assistance or whatever (even just moral support). Am not to much overweight 142 looking for 130 working on that. But I have osteoporosis. Diagnosed a year and half ago. Elected not to take medication and worked on it myself. ... Wed, 21 Dec 2011 01:44:45 EST Interesting support group Ran across this web site and it looks interesting. Patients with an illness get together and share information about their particular health issue. I created a profile; it asked me for my age, gender, and medical diagnosis. For each diagnosis it asked when I was diagnosed, had I had symptoms, was I controlling it with meds and a few other questions. Anyway, every time I put in an answer, it came back with a graph on how many people answered with each of the possible answers (how many said... Thu, 8 Dec 2011 22:35:49 EST December Weight Bearing Challenge This is a simple challenge. We each set a personal goal for the month on how much time we will spend doing Cardio Weight Bearing exercises (walking, etc) and/or number of/types of Strength Building Exercises (squats, etc). No requirements on what you do, just do whatever activities you choose. <BR> <BR> It is easy to track; just report the time spent doing cardio and/or the weight bearing exercises done (squats, etc). <BR> <BR> Goodies to be awarded to all participants. <BR> <BR> Here's... Fri, 2 Dec 2011 16:43:12 EST Weight Bearing Challenge I would like to start a challenge this month related to weight bearing exercises/ activities. <BR> <BR> For example: I'll say do 10 squats and the next person will say done and post another weight bearing exercise or activity. <BR> <BR> Who's with me? Thu, 1 Dec 2011 09:36:32 EST Prunes are bone friendly This is a word for word article in the current issue of Reader's Digest. No authors were listed. The text between the asterisks were bolded in the original article. <BR> <BR> --start quote-- <BR> <BR> What's Best for Bones? <BR> <BR> Talk about an image makeover. First prunes got a new name (they're dried plums, if you please), and now it seems they offer a previously unrecognized benefit: they're good for your bones. In fact, says nutrition researcher Bahram H. Arjmandi, RD, at Flori... Thu, 27 Oct 2011 01:16:53 EST Reality check I just joined SP about a month ago to work on my overall cardiovascular fitness and take off that pesky 8 pounds that just never wants to go away. Things were going well - 5 pounds and counting. <BR> <BR> And now I've been diagnosed with osteoporosis. I've known I was at risk since I'm only 5 feet tall and am in that dangerous age range. And I have a confession: I may have a carton of yogurt every day, but I almost never drink milk and kind of got away from eating cheese. <BR> <BR> I exe... Wed, 21 Sep 2011 20:50:18 EST New to Team, Sparking for a year Hello, everyone. I was surprised to see that there is only one team for osteoporosis and only 156 members in it. Well, 157 now! <BR> <BR> My name is Claire and I live in Phoenix. In the last couple years I've been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, Chronic Kidney Disease Stage 3 and have had Hashimoto's (thyroid) and high cholesterol for some time. <BR> <BR> About 6 years ago my DEXA showed I had reached the osteopenia stage. I don't know where my head was at, but I didn't repeat it until thi... Wed, 21 Sep 2011 20:35:43 EST Just What I Need! Hello! I just turned 60 and was diagnosed with osteo about 6 years ago. The last year I have been on Actonel. I drink 3 glasses of milk a day plus one yogurt or some cheese...all low or no fat. It has paid off because now I am in the normal range for a person my age. Doc says it`s better to get my calcium from food and not supplements, and the supplements make me sick anyway as do vitamins. I look forward to learning new things about osteo and reading all your tips and advice, and hope I... Mon, 5 Sep 2011 23:45:32 EST New here, hi! My scan 2 years ago revealed osteoporosis in hips. PCP wanted me to take fosamax and tums, I said NO. Luckily GYN tested my vit D and it was low. So I brought my levels of D to where they should be, take Calcium and magnesium, eat veggies to try to be alkaline, walk and do tai chi. Monday I go for another scan, hoping for an improvement! <BR> Just wanted to say hi. Fri, 8 Jul 2011 22:36:33 EST So Quiet??? I joined a couple of days ago, posted an intro but haven't heard anything from anyone on this team. Is it me or is the team really quiet? <BR> <BR> Just curious, <BR> Pat <BR> <BR> Mon, 4 Jul 2011 16:20:05 EST Just Joined Today, July 2, 2011 Hi, <BR> <BR> My name is Pat. I was diagnosed with severe osteoporosis at age 35. This was before people knew much about it and before any of the osteoporosis medications were on the market. There was a special test that only two doctors in the U.S. performed to confirm I really did have osteoporosis. I went to the physician at the University of Georgia Medical School. He took a plug of bone from my pelvis and several weeks later the results of his analysis were completed and my diagnos... Sat, 2 Jul 2011 15:53:54 EST another newbie Good morning everyone! Recently diagnosed with Osteopenia. Mom had osteoarthritis, and I've Hashimoto's disease (auto-immune thyroiditis - Hypotheyroid). My vitamin D levels are absurdley low, considering I'm living in AZ and garden and walk my dog and have a terrific tan by March! So the diagnosis is not a surprise. <BR> <BR> Am hoping for support and info as I maneuver my way through the medical mindfield of selling prescripition drugs, to achieve a better and stronger life style. <BR>... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 11:10:15 EST Hi. I'm new! Hi. I have been on and off Sparkpeople. I was diagnosed with oestropenia a year and a half ago . I had POF, which in turn put me in early menapause, which caused me to have low Vitamin D. My overall T score was 2.0. I am 43 now and just had another Bone density test -- and saw that my spine is worse, a -2.8!!! My hips stayed the same. <BR> <BR> I see the endoctrinologist Wed. I know it is Boniva for me off the bat. I am frustrated because I have been taking my vitamin d and calcuim ( probab... Sat, 4 Jun 2011 17:39:01 EST confused! I just joined this group. Last week I had a chest xray done to check for pneumonia, which I don't have. Instead the xray showed arthritis of the spine. My dr. is sending me for a bone mineral density test. On the test prescription she marked Osteoporosis (confirmed). Does this mean that I have Osteoporosis or is she ruling that out? <BR> <BR> I can't call her as I got the letter yesterday, after the office closed. The more I think about it, the more worried I get. I'm having the test... Sun, 22 May 2011 20:07:46 EST Osteoarthritis Hello everyone, I have been with SP since 2009. I haven't been too active on SP in the last few months!!! I have just been diagnosed with osteoarthritis of both my ankle, so I don't know how helpful I will be to this team in challenges? I am a senior in my seventies. I am Looking forward to meeting people with my type of problem. <BR> <BR> <em>319</em> Sat, 21 May 2011 12:07:14 EST Today's Daily Challenge - Your Suggestions Count This thread will be used to post daily challenges either for yourself or for your teammates who might wish to join in. As a team its important that we support one another in the various activities we are involved in. <BR> <BR> I'll start it off and I hope others join in and get active with this. <BR> <BR> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <BR> <BR> We all know that calcium is important for our bones and the best source is from food, but is your food choises the best choise? <BR>... Sun, 20 Mar 2011 19:55:25 EST New to the team, with Osteopenia: SCARED TO DEATH! Hi! <BR> <BR> Am new to SP and this team. Was doing well on the WW program, having gone from 224 to 183 lbs within a year, but had to cancel due to my diagosis of a stress fracture in my L hip - with mandate by an orthopedic MD for no WB exercise for 12 weeks!! <BR> <BR> Sad to say, day before I started feeling pain I did a 5-miler on the Bally's indoor track (I am slow, but only occasionally mix in some very slow 4.0 mph jogging with my brisk walking). Next day spent 12 action-packed hours... Sat, 22 Jan 2011 12:30:21 EST Me and Osteo I'm a 56 yr old male who recently was told by my doctor I had osteoporosis. He told me I should take vitamins daily such as calcium and vitamin D. He also prescribed me actonel. I know our body changes with age and changes occur over time. I take the vitamins and the meds but it's not like having a headache and taking a few tylenol and it goes away in a few hours. I've been asked does it help me any but you don't feel anything. All I know is that now I have to be a lot more careful about fall... Tue, 18 Jan 2011 02:07:28 EST Diagnosed w/osteoporosis -- Age 38 Good morning! <BR> <BR> I just got my DEXA score on Friday, November 5th. It's -3.2 for the lower spine and -1.7 for the hips. I had an xray a week earlier which showed the osteo, but no fractures. This all started three weeks ago when I went to the doctor because of severe lower back pain. The pain seems to be subsiding very slowly, but I still have a lot of pain while walking. I remain hopeful that I will be able to walk without pain again sometime soon. <BR> <BR> I have used Spark on-and... Wed, 10 Nov 2010 09:07:44 EST New/Hello/ Intro/Here I am Hi there, I am married to a wonderful husband have 3 daughters and 4 grandbabies ( two have two legs and two have 4 legs.) I am working on focusing on a great mind set and focusing on the positive and what I can do each day; not what I didn't accomplish. I love to read,garden,travel,do genealogy, cook and can. <BR> I have been on Sparks for a while but had to start over several times due to surgeries and the set backs but now I am taking each day and doing all I can in it.. <BR> Thu, 16 Sep 2010 09:16:30 EST Recently diagnose weights, how heavy? I know there's a Spark article on the topic, but I'm having no luck finding it. My question is on behalf of a friend who has no computer. <BR> <BR> She is 57, anorexic, weighs about 87 lbs. and is sedentary. She was diagnosed with osteoporosis and osteopenia (sp?) and, having been advised to start exercising, has begun using a stair-stepper. <BR> <BR> She wants hand weights, too. I have no idea what would be appropriate for her and it is most unlikely that she'd see a personal trainer, as d... Sun, 15 Aug 2010 18:19:50 EST Exercising a Meatless Monday Hello members, please do join me in having a meatless mondays, I have been doing this for some time and I actually enjoy this. <BR> <BR> I have some links to add on the research thread for how to shop for an alkaline diet. and I will be posting them later. <BR> <BR> Today's meals: <BR> <BR> Breakfast: 1 serving of fat free probiotic yogert, 1/3 cup allbran buds, 1 cup fresh blue berries <BR> <BR> Snack: 1 banana and 1 cottage cheese muffin <BR> <BR> Lunch: 1 peanut butter sandwich, v... Mon, 19 Jul 2010 10:32:58 EST Alkaline Diet Meal Suggestions Hi everyone, if you have done a lot of research into osteoporosis, then you know that 1. this is a degenerative condition and 2. you can reverse it, using what mother nature gave us in the first place. <BR> <BR> Now I don't know bout you but I sure am not much of a cook or chef, so I am hoping some of our members have suggestions for an alkaline diet meal suggestion. <BR> <BR> I do have a meatless monday which I am enjoying but sometimes my meals are not always alkalizing and I need to ha... Mon, 19 Jul 2010 10:27:53 EST Vitamin K Should I also be taking Vitamin K along with my Calcium and Vitamin D? And if so, how much and which type of Vitamin K should that be? Tue, 13 Jul 2010 18:50:28 EST Newbie Hello, <BR> <BR> I have been living with OA and RA for some years. I have taken ibuprophen for pain and eat lots of fresh produce daily. <BR> <BR> When I tried to take chondroitin and the like, I experienced severe digestive problems, so I am staying away from these products. <BR> <BR> One thing that has been helpful to me is to do warm-up and stretches at least 3 times a day to keep my range of motion. <BR> <BR> Since I've dealt with arthritis since I was a child, I don't really know wh... Fri, 18 Jun 2010 00:41:12 EST Hi...I am new I am very interested in joining your group. I have osteoporosis, OA, RA, and have had multiple spinal fusions. I look forward to learning more about what others do to help themselves, as well as sharing my experiences. Tue, 23 Mar 2010 08:23:01 EST Newbie Hi I'm Sue and just joined today.WOW this seems like it would be great for me .I just had a total knee replacement done June 1st 2009.My other knee is bad but trying to hold off for a few more years. I would like to get off aleast 55 pounds to help the pressure on my knee. I am so glad I found this site .. Thu, 11 Mar 2010 12:39:39 EST Hi. I'm new Hi there. <BR> <BR> I'm new to this site and to this group. I'm very excited to find a group for those of us with osteoporosis. I'm in my mid-thirties and was diagnosed 4 years ago. I've been trying to lose weight since before my diagnosis but after that I concentrated more on increasing my bone density (which I did) than loosing weight. <BR> <BR> I'm hopeful that this site and group will help me do both. Wed, 10 Mar 2010 22:39:44 EST Hi! I'm new Hi everyone. I was really happy to find an osteoporosis team. I have been just diagnosed with severe osteoporosis and I'm devastated I'm 51 and have worked out all my life. I don't drink or smoke. I eat right. I guess my problem was that I have been thin for most of my life and my mom and sister both have osteopenia. I'm scared and hope I can reverse it. Fri, 12 Feb 2010 17:00:06 EST here is to a new year! well after not doing well on my eating over the holidays I'm determined to get back into it now! Ate to much and never exercised the last two months! The scale shows it too. I did buy a wii yesterday and also bought the wii fit plus and the biggest loser for the it. My goal is to exercise every day! The problem I'm going to have is I'm traveling a lot the next few months. Friday I leave for Cancun Mexico and then in Feb I'm going to Hawaii!! I will try to eat healthier though even while on Va... Tue, 29 Dec 2009 09:32:39 EST Type of Osteoporosis Medication? Hi, I was so surprised to find this site; it must be new. I have osteoporosis and am so happy to find all of you. <BR> I have , in the past, been on Fosomax for many years, then I was informed by my doctor last year that a new infusion (injection) was on the market called Aclasta. So, I did get that, but it was free here in Canada for the first one, but this year I see I have to pay around $800. for it , so I decided to do some research here: what are you all on? Sat, 21 Nov 2009 16:38:46 EST Vitamin D levels My general physician has never ordered a Vitamin D level, but I talked with my chiropractor about it and he ordered it. My level is 30.6. The lab's normal range is 32-100. Got a ways to go to get that level up there where it should be! He's ordered D3 5000 IU 3 times a day. <BR> <BR> I'm sure looking forward to getting that level up where it belongs! Sat, 21 Nov 2009 11:53:31 EST END OF YEAR <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> For this challenge you will create a Christmas tree about 6" tall. It can be made of cardboard or you can search the web for a picture of one and print it off. On the top of the tree, place a star, and on the tree itself, glue on 8 ornaments. These ornaments can be fancy buttons, sequins, or whatever. Use your imagination and be creative. Dollar stores may have some ideas in the scrapbooking section.... Sat, 7 Nov 2009 01:08:00 EST New here! Hi. I'm Karen. I joined team about a month ago. I have been looking around and reading some of the threads today. <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with osteoporosis at 49 years old- three years ago. The doctor put me on Fosamax and told me to walk 30 minutes every day. <BR> <BR> I haven't had a lot of problems with Fosamax. Once in a while I get achy a day or so after I take it, but that is only occasionally. The Fosamax pills are big and tend to get stuck in my throat so I did some resear... Thu, 29 Oct 2009 19:17:44 EST Hi! Hi, my name is Cathy. I was diagnosed a few years ago with Osteopenia. I've been on Actonel, Calcium and Vitamin D since diagnosis without any positive changes in my bone density. I'm beginning to look into natural paths to take vs. prescription Actonel so that I can talk with my physician when I have my annual appointment with her in the Spring 2010. <BR> <BR> So glad to be here. <BR> Cathy <em>88</em> Tue, 20 Oct 2009 19:59:08 EST INFORMATION - VITAMIN D CURE BY JAMES E DOWD, MD <em>195</em> I THOUGHT I WOULD USE THIS THREAD TO SHARE WHAT I AM GLEANING FROM THIS BOOK. IN MY QUEST TO FIND A MORE NATURAL WAY TO TREAT MY OSTEOPOROSIS, THIS BOOK IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED AS WELL AS THE ALKALIN VRS ACID DIET - I WILL GET INTO THAT MORE AS I EXPLORE AND ACTUALLY PUT THAT FOOD MANAGEMENT INTO PLACE. THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT IS IT SO CLOSE TO MY FLAT BELLY DIET REGIME I CAN BLEND BOTH OF THEM TOGETHER. <BR> <BR> NOT EVERYONE WILL LIKE OR WANT TO DO THIS, IT DEPENDS ON YOUR OWN WE... Tue, 20 Oct 2009 09:15:54 EST silica 500 I was wondering if there is anybody out here that has tried it? Tue, 13 Oct 2009 10:30:17 EST Hi I am new to the site !!! Hello everyone I hope to become a frequent visitor to the site =) I have never had to worry about my weight till I quit smoking 2 yrs ago but oh well here we go haha! If I have a question about something on the site who do I ask or where do I go to ask ??? I hope to hear from someone ! Thanks. Mon, 12 Oct 2009 00:29:56 EST Newly Diagnosed Hi, <BR> I'm a 60 year old nurse who had risks (Asthma meds, broken bone as adult, no ovaries) for Osteoporosis so I called the Dexascan place and made my own appointment. They said I needed a prescription so I told them I would get one! I then contacted my Dr's nurse. <BR> I had my scan a week ago yesterday and got the results on Wednesday, three days ago. I have mild Osteoporosis, -2.6. I'm starting my medicine on Monday. Didn't want to start it yesterday because I was leaving and am now o... Sat, 19 Sep 2009 08:06:53 EST HOW TO SET UP YOUR PEDOMETER THIS IS FOR THE SPORTSLINE PEDOMETER BUT SHOULD WORK FOR OTHERS AS WELL. <BR> <BR> BUTTON A - FAR LEFT IS THE RESET BUTTON: THIS BUTTON HAS TWO FUNCTIONS: <BR> 1. TO CHANGE FROM MILE STO KILOMETERS MEASUREMENTS <BR> 2. TO RESET PEDOMETER BACK TO ZERO IN "STEP, DISTANCE OR CALORIE MODES" <BR> <BR> BUTTON B - MIDDLE BUTTON - SET: USED FOR SETTING STRIDE LENGTH, WEIGHT, AND TIME OF DAY. <BR> <BR> BUTTON C - FAR RIGHT BUTTON- ALLOWS YOU TO CHOOSE THE MODE YOU WANT IN THE SEQUENCE OF STEP, DIS... Mon, 14 Sep 2009 22:39:25 EST RECOMMEND A GOOD BOOK FOR RESEARCH HERE ALL OF US AT ONE TIME OR ANOTHER WILL DO RESEARCH ABOUT THE CONDITION OF OSTEOPOROSIS ... LETS HELP ONE ANOTHER BY PUTTING DOWN LINKS TO GOOD BOOKS, OR TITLES SO WE CAN GET THEM AT THE LOCAL LIBRARY FIRST. <BR> <BR> SARA MEEKS HAS 2 GOOD BOOKS OUT ALREADY RECOMMENDED. <BR> <BR> ANOTHER BOOK IS THE VITAMIN D CURE BY A DR IN MICHIGAN. ITS NOT ABOUT OSTEOPOROSIS BUT IS RELATED AND I'VE ORDERED THIS ONE FROM THE LOCAL LIBARY AS WELL. <BR> <BR> I KNOW I HAVE A LOT TO RESEARCH BUT HEY I AM WO... Sun, 13 Sep 2009 19:15:18 EST New to team Hi Everyone! <em>213</em> Wed, 9 Sep 2009 20:21:49 EST TAKING THE BORDOM OUT OF YOUR EXERCISE ROUTINE HERE'S A LITTLE TRICK TO HELP YOU TAKE THE BORDOM OUT OF YOUR EXERCISE ROUTINES - AND YOU CAN PRETTY WELL USE THIS FOR ANYTHING THAT YOU DO ROUTINELY. IT WILL ALSO HELP YOU CHANGE IT UP WHICH IS GOOD TO DO. <BR> <BR> BE SURE TO INCLUDE ALL THE WEIGHT BEARING EXERCISE YOU CAN BECAUSE ITS WEIGHT BEARING EXERCISE THAT HELPS BUILD MUSCLE TO BUILD THE BONES BACK UP. YES YOU TAKE MEDS BUT THE WEIGHT BEARING ALSO HELPS SHAPE THE BONES !! <BR> <BR> OK SO HERE'S WHAT YOU DO, <BR> <BR> 1. FIND A... Mon, 7 Sep 2009 11:17:45 EST CALCIUM TURKEY EXPRESS - ITS ALL UP 2 U !! THIS IS A CHALLENGE THAT I AM SETTING UP TO GET YOU TO TAKE YOUR DAILY AMOUNT OF CALCIUM AND VITAMIN D. HERE'S HOW IT WORKS... <BR> <BR> WHAT YOU'LL NEED....... <BR> A PICTURE OF A TURKEY THAT SHOWS IT'S TAIL FEATHERS. <BR> <BR> YOU'LL ALSO NEED 5 FEATHERS. IF YOU DON'T HAVE ANY FEATHERS, YOU CAN MAKE SOME WITH PAPER, OR USE SOMETHING ELSE. FEEL FREE TO USE YOUR IMAGINATION. <BR> <BR> WHAT YOU DO..... <BR> GLUE THE 5 FEATHERS/OBJECTS ON THE TAIL OF THE TURKEY. <BR> <BR> RULES..... <BR> W... Mon, 7 Sep 2009 11:13:41 EST THE RESEARCH LINKS - YOU CAN HELP SUPPLY THESE HI ALL I HAVE STARTED THIS THREAD TO HAVE A COMMON PLACE TO PUT LINKS TO VARIOUS STUDIES AND ARTICLES THAT PERTAIN TO OSTEOPOROSIS. YOUR MORE THEN WELCOMETO ADD TO THIS THREAD <BR> <BR> BE SURE TO USE THE "ADD A LINK" BUTTON FOR WHEN YOU WANT TO ADD THE URL ( INTERNET ADDRESS) <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 28 Aug 2009 23:33:55 EST YOUR CALCIUM ENRICHED FAVOURITE SHARSIES !! WE ALL KNOW THAT DIET PLAYS AN IMPORTANT PART IN BONE STRUCTURE AND MAINTENANCE. CALCIUM ENRICHED FOODS SHOULD BE OUR BEST FRIEND WITHOUT WORRING ABOUT GAINING WEIGHT, OR WHAT HAVE YOU. <BR> <BR> WE'VE PROBUBLY ALL BEEN GIVEN A LIST OF THOSE HEALTHY FOODS THINKING, IS THIS ALL I CAN HAVE? WELL YOU CAN MORE THEN WHAT IS ON THAT LIST BUT YOU SHOULD BE HAVING A FEW THINGS A DAY ON THAT LIST. BE CREATIVE AND SWITCH IT UP IF YOU LIKE VARIETY. <BR> <BR> LETS TALK FOODS THAT WORK AND FOODS THAT ... Fri, 28 Aug 2009 09:43:23 EST WHAT'S YOUR EXERCISE? WALKING, JOGGING, STENGTH, CARDIO, AEROBICS, WALK WITH LESLIE, DANCE WITH RICHARD, WHICH EVER EXERCISE YOU DO, IT ALL ADDS UP TO A HEALTHIER YOU AND HEALTHIER BONES AS WELL... SO LETS GET BUSY AND GET REGULAR, THE MORE YOU DO, THE BETTER FOR YOU !! Fri, 28 Aug 2009 09:36:30 EST THE CORE ROOM - WORK IT, WORK IT WE ALL KNOW THE CORE IS IMPORTANT FOR STRONE HEALTHY BONES AND MUSCLES,OR DO WE? <BR> <BR> THIS THREAD IS DEDICATED TO EXACTLY THAT, THE CORE AND THOSE EXERCISES THAT WILL STRENGTHEN THE CORE AND IN TURN STRENGTHEN THE BONES AS WELL. A LITTLE BIT HERE AND THERE ALL ADDS UP IN THE LONG RUN. <BR> <BR> SHARE YOUR IDEAS AND THOUGHTS ON THIS, DON'T BE SHY LET US KNOW WHAT YOUR THINKING. Fri, 28 Aug 2009 09:34:29 EST HELLO HELLO, ANYONE OUT THERE? HI I'M LINDIE AND I WANNA BE YOUR NEW TEAM LEADER AS THE TEAM LEADER HERE HAS BEEN INACTIVE FOR SOME TIME. <BR> <BR> I'VE BEEN READING THE POSTS AND SEE WE HAVE A FEW PEOPLE WHO INTERACT ON A SEMI REGULAR BASIS. <BR> <BR> I SEE WE HAVE NO GOALS OR CHALLENGES RELATED TO THIS LIFE CONDITION, AND I WOULD LIKE TO SET SOME UP AND GET SOME GOOD REPORE GOING HERE WITH EVERYONE. <BR> <BR> YUP I JUMPED IN WITH BOTH FEET AND BIT THE SILVER BULLET BUT FIGURED IF ANYONE WANTED TO BE LEADER AT THIS POINT, THERE W... Tue, 25 Aug 2009 16:35:06 EST Is anyone suffering side effects of Actonel? I've been taking the once a month Actonel for about 6 months now and am just about to give it up for a more natural approach to solving this problem. I have osteoporosis in my hips and osteopenia in my spine and am having problems with my neck too. Every month I feel like I have been run over. The first two days after my dose I have trouble swallowing, then I feel like I'm coming down with the flu for another week, then I just ache in my joints for a few days. I start to feel better when it'... Sat, 1 Aug 2009 14:57:54 EST Osteoarthritis Hi I have had alot of pain in my right knee, right elbow and the right of my back for the last two years. My doctors says I have osteoarthritis after have several tests. it really scares as I sometimes think I will be totally dependent on my family which I don't want to do and I have always been independentd and most of my family depended on me. I have days when I don't want to get out of bed as I am in so much pain, but I still keep going. My brother deals in alternative healing methods and ... Tue, 28 Jul 2009 12:18:41 EST first broken bone I was diagnosed with osteopenia 8 or 9 years ago, which was caused by being on prednisone. On Friday I broke a bone in my foot. I just tripped sideways while walking and crunch! I'm pretty sad about it, I feel so fragile, it wasn't a bad fall and didn't take much t cause this damage. So I'm definitely giving up pop now, and I'll have to get back to a high calcium diet. Sun, 12 Jul 2009 19:06:58 EST Osteopenia Thought I'd join this team since I have been told I have osteopenia. I had a hysterectomy 10 years ago and take hormones- don't know if that is good or bad. I take calcium and vit D. Now I am trying to add weight bearing exercises. A class I took emphasized posture exercises, no crunches or trunk twisting. Focus mostly on extension and abdominal strengthening without sit-ups or crunches. Some of them are on the web. I googled "site specific exercises for osteoporosis" <em>401</em> Thu, 25 Jun 2009 17:44:03 EST osteopenia <BR> I get a newsletter every month about osteopenia and thought I would share it. diane <BR> <BR> Today's newsletter has another update about strontium AND some news about studies of natural Osteopenia Treatments by the NIH (National Institutes of Health USA). <BR> 1. Strontium - A reader emailed that a California company has a pharmaceutical form of strontium before the FDA.(Thanks, Richard) I know that some of you prefer drugs to natural treatments. If you want more information about thi... Thu, 9 Apr 2009 07:44:19 EST Hormone Therapy I went to the OB Dr. yesterday she put me on a hormone patch, and I am hoping I will be okay. The past two days I have been sweating like crazy at night and usually I don't do that. I just get the hot flashes and of course the fan goes on.. lol. <BR> Supposedly this builds bone mass as well. <BR> Thu, 19 Mar 2009 06:35:07 EST Hello new here Hello everyone my name is Marie I am 25 years old. I am a single mom of a wonderful little girl who is now 7. I was diagnosed with Osteopenia when I was 18. I am interested in finding out how everyone else is able to lose weight and build bone. I have found it hard to do a lot of stuff with out being in pain during and after working out. Fri, 6 Mar 2009 15:53:14 EST What works for you to help increase bone density? Just joined this team last evening. I am looking for help. I do not want to take the medications prescribed by doctors, so can you share what you take and the amount? <BR> <BR> Also, some of the foods that help those of us with osteoporosis? <BR> <BR> I would appreciate you help and support. Thu, 5 Mar 2009 08:19:00 EST Hello, I am new to this team Hoping that belonging to this team will help me. The medications I have taken for osteoporosis have caused me a stomach ucler and lose teeth because of bone loss to my right upper jaw. <BR> <BR> I am looking to increase my bone density without using the medications prescribed by MD's. Wed, 4 Mar 2009 21:02:48 EST Newbie :-) Hi, I was diagnosed with Osteopenia last week. Also diagnosed with Parathyroidism in November. I'm actually having Parathyroid surgery tomorrow! So this has been a busy few months filled with blood tests, bone scan, parathyroid scan,ultrasound, whew! Is there anyone else on this team with Parathyroid issues (the cause of my Osteopenia)? Tue, 3 Mar 2009 09:14:13 EST Newly Diagnosed I just got diagnosed two days ago and must admit I was pretty down about it. I don't really know how to proceed - haven't even seen the doctor yet. I know I'm getting older, but I'm not THAT old! Guess it's not just a disease for the elderly. Thu, 29 Jan 2009 13:04:12 EST HRT Well, I decided to try hormones when I visited my doctor this week. I just started using a Vivelle Dot patch for estrogen and also taking progesterone in a pill at night. I'm wondering if anyone else is doing this - kind of controversial these days but seems right for me now. <BR> <BR> And for some good news - off topic - my friend who has been taking Fosamax and then Actonel has improved from osteoporosis to not even osteopenia and is off the drugs! Now there are two people I've heard of l... Sun, 18 Jan 2009 22:31:02 EST Is this an active group? I hope so. My biggest obstacle is my osteoporosis. I have osteoarthritis as well, but it seems to be mild at this point. I'm 54, so I dont know if that makes me young or old, LOL. I hear 50 is the new 30 so maybe Im young. My back is in pretty bad shape though. I have lots of little compression fractures, some impinged nerves and Im starting to get a hump. <BR> <BR> So.... I pretty much modify all exercizes so I dont injure myself and I hope that as I get stronger and more limber I can be h... Fri, 2 Jan 2009 10:21:31 EST new here Hi Everyone, <BR> Well I've been a spark member for a while but I'm new to this team. I just found out that I have osteopeana. <BR> my numbers are -2.1 for my thigh bones and -1.4 for my spine. I have opted not to take meds at this time and try to increase my calcium intake instead. I'm also working with a nutrionalist for my cholesterol and plan on talking to her about this new condition. I look forward to learning from everyone here. I consider myself young to have this since I'm only 51 yr... Mon, 29 Dec 2008 14:37:29 EST Glad I found this team I stopped breasting twins about three months ago. I Had been loving getting back into pre pregnancy shape. Which I did very quickly, well my muscles and heart adapted fast,unfortunately my bones did not. <BR> When you breastfeed for a year you can risk loosing 10% bone density, times this for 2 babies and my T score is -1.9(I am 32)This bone loss is Ok because apparently the bone is completely replaced with a bit extra it just takes time as you all know. <BR> I wish I new all this befo... Sun, 23 Nov 2008 17:00:58 EST Medication Good morning, <BR> I was wondering if anyone out here takes the shot for there Osteoporosis. I went to the doctor yesterday and he said we can no longer Ignore the problem. I didn't think I was ignoring the problem. Now I have to go to a clinic just for Osteoporosis. I'm a little concerned what to expect. Can anyone help me so I'm not looking stupid when I go? What questions should I ask? <BR> Thank you <BR> Nettie Wed, 19 Nov 2008 07:52:08 EST Diagnosed 1 Day before 29... Just wanted to introduce myself. I am 29 (+1 day,) and was diagnosed 2 days ago with Osteoporosis in my feet, ankles and legs. I'm hoping that this will be the wake-up call to get me to start eating right, exercising & taking care of myself. I am waiting to get a bone density scan to see if the osteo. is anywhere else in my body. I look forward to learning more about this and wlecome any tips or suggestions. Sat, 1 Nov 2008 20:30:43 EST New to execercising for osteoporosis Hi everyone--though I was diagnosed 6 years ago, I am just now realizing the importance of adding strength and resistance training to my day. I have been taking Fosamax for 6 years, and Evista was added daily 2 years ago. My last bone density was last week and though I do not yet have the exact comparison to the last one, I know it got worse. I had joined a gym over the summer and it was great. I was working on several of the machines 3-4 times a week. Then, my hours changed at work and the o... Fri, 31 Oct 2008 16:14:13 EST Just diagnosed..... Hi everyone, <BR> I had a bone scan a few weeks ago and got a call today from my doctor. Looks like I have osteoporosis on my spine. I just turned 45 yrs old in Sept. I have complained about back pain for some time now. So with me turning 45 my doctor decided it would be good to get a baseline for a bone scan, surprise. She wants me taking 600mg of calcium plus 400mg VitD, 2x a day. She also said exercise with weights. <BR> <BR> Anyone have any ideas for me? <BR> Thanks, <BR> Bre Wed, 22 Oct 2008 01:46:58 EST My turn to check in... Hi everybody! I was diagnosed with advanced osteoporosis in my hips and osteopenia in my spine a year ago. I tried Fosamax but was getting bad headaches so I've switched to Boniva. So far I've been able to tolerate it. My concern is that I need to do weight-bearing exercises, but I'm not able to do more than walk on the treadmill. I'm feeling extremely frustrated and uninspired right now! Mon, 13 Oct 2008 17:12:08 EST I'm new Good morning to everyone and I'm 43 years old, and I have had Osteoporosis for close to ten years. I haven't had much luck with medication so the only way I can fight this is by diet and exercise and I have severe Osteoporosis in my spin and have just Osteoporosis in my right hip. I don't claim to understand this problem put I'm learning. <BR> I do get plenty of exercise and that is the one thing I do know and I would be happy to help anyone out. I'm a Fitness Instructor and I have many cer... Fri, 10 Oct 2008 07:30:22 EST Hi new here Hi I'm Cheryl hope to get some good friends and great information. I'm 52 I had a hysterectomy and was diagnosed with osteopenia in 2000. My system can't handle calcium supplements nor can I swallow large pills. I walk and swim almost every day. My Dr said that doesn't help. She said weight baring exercises. I have it in my hips so what kind of exercises can I do at home? She said join a gym and do leg presses. I would if insurance coved it <em>246</em> . I eat a lot of vegetables, cheese ... Sat, 30 Aug 2008 08:56:18 EST Two articles I read recently ... Here are two articles I found - one I found linked here on Spark and one just googling :-) <BR> <BR><BR>steoporosis.aspx <BR> <BR><BR>s.html <BR> <BR> I like prunes, so I'm eating more of them. Mon, 25 Aug 2008 01:04:22 EST hi everyone My name is Jennifer. I am 39 and was diagnosed with osteoporosis almost 2 years ago. I am taking Fosamax and high dose vitamin D supplements. I would love to hear from other women with pre-menopausal osteoporosis. Sun, 17 Aug 2008 19:50:51 EST Hello Hi I am 39 years old, breastfeeding mother of a 23 month old son. Definitely not in menopause. I was diagsoed with osteoprosis just before my 38th birthday. My T-score was -4. <BR> <BR> I am not taking any drugs to treat it because I breastfeed, may want to have another child and have a strong family history of reproductive cancers. So I avoid hormones at all costs. <BR> <BR> I find it frustrating that everything I see on osteo pertains to post-menopausal women. Thu, 17 Jul 2008 02:09:05 EST New Hi all I'm new. And I'm just starting to treatment for Osteoporosis. Hope everyone is doing well. Wed, 16 Jul 2008 06:41:51 EST New to team I also have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, but can not take the medicines that the Dr. prescribed tried Fosimax and Actonel had sever reaction to both. Went to a different Dr. and was tested for my hormone levels some were low and one was to high. She put me on a the natural hormone replacements took them for 3 months and now have stopped started gaining weight around my middle and then all over my body and became more achy in my joints and my hands became very painful. She told me to g... Sun, 13 Jul 2008 22:27:24 EST Another Newbie... Hi everyone! <em>213</em> <BR> I just found this website and this group... I'm still trying to find my way around and stuff but if I can get myself to do what I should on here, hopefully I will see some results and make some new friends too. <BR> <BR> I joined this group because I have severe Osteoporosis and I am currently 26 years old. I have had Osteo since approx early 2002- at least that is when I had my first set of fractures... 3 in my spine, 3 in my ribs and since then, I now (sti... Sun, 8 Jun 2008 19:23:17 EST New to Team Hi! <BR> <BR> I have had osteoporosis, arthritis and breast cancer(last year) but doing very well now. <BR> <BR> About me, I go to TOPS meetings. After a bout with arthritis in my knees I am slowly getting back to exercising and a new lifestyle of nutrition. I have just finished reading an OA book-very inspirational! With God's help and support from my TOPS group and SPARK PEOPLE I hope to succeed. <BR> <BR> Quickly I just want to tell you that my 6 yr old grand nephew was born autist... Mon, 2 Jun 2008 13:15:54 EST new to team Hi my name is Judy I'm going to be 70 in June. I have Osteoporosis. Having pain in hips back and ankle and both thumbs. I hope i'm in the right group? Sat, 24 May 2008 20:58:58 EST Great information Hi, everyone. I've been reading your posts and I'm glad we are all starting to mesh as a team. In case you haven't seen it, I want to make sure you know about the Related Topics links. At the bottom right of our team page, there is a section that will take you to all kinds of great information - and it is all related to osteoporosis and building strong bones. May is National Osteoporosis Awareness month, so even more information will be coming out soon. Today there is a link to a printab... Thu, 3 Apr 2008 19:25:47 EST My feet are my pomable Hi I broken my 2 summers in a roll and 1 time after the doctor told me I had osteoperosis. I wear good shoes when I work out. My foot Dr. show them to me. But what excises can you do to make your feet strounger? Thu, 3 Apr 2008 16:10:03 EST Bonjour ! (osteoporosis team) Bonjour everybody ! <BR> <BR> My Mum (84) has a maximum of osteoporosis on all the body ! <BR> I told that this year to my GP so I had a scan. <BR> I have some osteoporosis in the hips and on the back. <BR> I am having calcium supplements (1 500 mg). <BR> He told me to exercise every day and to tell him how I feel in one year. <BR> If I am ok, he won't give me any medication for this osteoporosis. Eitherwise, he will. <BR> Exercise : ballet + treadmill or swimming <BR> Last week : I exercise... Tue, 1 Apr 2008 23:13:57 EST Medications Okay - you're all going to have to help me out here. As you know, I am not able to take any medications for my osteoporosis at this point. So ....please share your experiences with us. I know from reading some of your previous posts that some of you have not had a lot of success with medications. Has anyone been on any medications that have been successful? <BR> Marie Tue, 1 Apr 2008 22:21:52 EST Nutrition and supplements Okay, let's talk about what we are eating and the vitamins/supplements we are taking. <BR> My doctor has me taking a women's multi-vitamin in the morning and 2 calcium citrate supplements with my lunch and dinner (a total of 5 pills). I was told that calcium citrate can be absorbed better than the other kind of calcium supplement. <BR> As far as food goes, I try to eat calcium rich foods. The tough part is trying to not get it all from dairy. Broccoli is a big part of my diet - packed with... Tue, 1 Apr 2008 22:19:05 EST Exercises to Build Bone Hope everyone is doing well. We are all at different stages and some of us are limited by very fragile or broken bones at this point, so please be very careful about which exercises you try. If possible, please be sure to check with your doctor to get the OK before you take another team member's suggestions. <BR> I am very fortunate because I am still able to do pretty vigorous exercise. For those of you who may not have read my very first post, it is up to me to build back my bone density... Tue, 1 Apr 2008 22:13:28 EST Great suggestion - NEW TOPICS Okay team - our membership is growing and it's time for me to be an active leader - sorry if I haven't been responding much. Honestly, I am (pleasantly) surprised at how quickly our team has grown - I guess I wasn't prepared. We have team members of all ages - from mid-20s to 60s I think. We are also all at very different stages with our osteoporosis. I agree with one of our members - we need some new topics. It seems like some of the big issues we all have in common are: Exercises to b... Tue, 1 Apr 2008 21:32:37 EST Hello, I'm new Hello Ladies, <BR> I am glad I found your team, but not so happy that I qualify for membership. It was a real shocker last fall when I was diagnosed with early osteoporosis after a routine bone density scan. Other than being fat, I am pretty healthy. I am 55. Right now, I am only taking calcium + D to build bones. My doctor has suggested nothing else at this point. And I am hoping that will be enough. I have increased my exercising and am trying to change my diet. What else should I be ... Mon, 31 Mar 2008 23:54:41 EST new topic How do you keep your bones strong? Sun, 30 Mar 2008 07:53:07 EST Dose anyone have new topic ideas I think we need more topic then just introduce ourselves. I'll start How many bone have you broken still told you had osteoporosis? <BR> <BR> I broke my fight foot. Sun, 30 Mar 2008 07:49:16 EST Hi everyone! I'm new too! Happy Easter everyone, my name is Lori and I live in the Yukon Territory, which is in northern Canada (beside Alaska). I am 38 years old and a single parent of two young children. <BR> <BR> In the last 10 years or so I have always carried extra weight and have never really "liked" exercising, but last September I started a running program after losing a little weight. I never liked running, but it was only a 13 week program, so I thought I would give it a try. In the second week after r... Sun, 23 Mar 2008 12:22:55 EST New to this board Hi all! My name is Kathi and I am 53. I was diagnosed with osteoporosis about 4 years ago. I have a family history with my grandmother, my mother and 2 sisters also having osteoporosis. I was on Actonel but my bone density actual got my regular Dr sent me to a Rheumatologist. He said there are only 2 meds currently that actually increase bone density - Forteo and Reclast. The Forteo is a daily injection - so that was out. Reclast is a one a year infusion. I had that done in... Wed, 19 Mar 2008 12:35:02 EST Hi I'm new to the team Hello team. I'm 32 years old and at 25 I went on dialysis for 5 years. While on dialysis I was losing bone mass because of the diet I was on and how my blood was being clean. I broke my back the first year on dialysis and was put in a wheelchair for 3 years before my back surgery. I was put back in a wheelchair for 3 more years due to me broking my feet. After my transplant the tried to put me on some meds for the osteoporosis. It said 1 and a million will have stomach side effect and i was t... Wed, 19 Mar 2008 11:51:13 EST add me to the list Hi Everyone, <BR> What a great team. Although I would rather it be another topic. Sat, 15 Mar 2008 13:57:46 EST Another new member... Hello everyone. I'm new to Sparkpeople and found this board. I'm 53 and have had osteoporosis for a few years now. I had a total hysterectomy at age 47 which seemed to precipitate a lot of health problems including this osteoporosis. It runs in our family, my dad also has it. It is now in the severe stage, with a bone density of -4.5 in the spine. I have lost 5 inches in height and my rib cage now rubs against my hip bones. I need to lose about 40 pounds but have to be really careful h... Sat, 15 Mar 2008 10:31:54 EST new member name is Suzanne...I am 57 years old and have had osteoporosis for about 25 yrs...I have to be careful excercising and would like to interact with other members who are having difficulty losing because of not being able to do strenuous excerise. Hope to hear from someone who would like to help support each other! Wed, 5 Mar 2008 18:34:47 EST Building bone without medication - anyone with me? I am in a bit of a unique situation and am wondering if anyone is going through something similar. I thought maybe we could work together! I am a childhood cancer survivor. I had neuroblastoma as a child and received radiation and chemotherapy treatments and had 2 major surgeries. I am now 38 years old. Last July I was having some back pain Because I can't have an MRI (metal staples in my chest and abdomen), the doctor put me in a bone density machine so he could look at my spine. We were al... Thu, 21 Feb 2008 12:27:57 EST