Welcome to the team! I'm sorry I didn't respond sooner - our internet has been down. It sounds like you've been through a lot! I can't think of anything more frustrating than knowing that there are treatments out there to help people, but that they don't work for you. I'm certainly not an expert in this area - everything I know is just from my own experience. I had mentioned in a previous e-mail that I'm working with a rehabilitative personal trainer. He and I have both done a lot of research on how to build bone through exercise. It seems like the most important thing is to do weight bearing strength training exercises at least 3 times per week. Swimming and biking - while great for losing weight - will not help you build bone because you are not bearing your full weight during these exercises. They seem to be two very different goals. The best exercise for doing both is actually just walking (fast exercise walking) or running most days and adding weight training in 2 or 3 days per week. Yeah - easier said than done. My doctor keeps telling me not to worry so much about losing weight - he would rather see me heavier - the extra weight helps build bone! (He doesn't really care whether my clothes fit or not!) It sounds like this will not work very well for you though because of your foot problem. I give you a lot of credit with the yoga - ouch! There is another great progam out there that you can do at home - it is called T-Tapp. You can look it up on the internet. It is a great combination of cardio and strength training with kind of a Pilates twist. It helps you lose weight without losing muscle. Good luck to you - please keep in touch! Don't feel too bad about the 6 cookies before bed - I downed a whole bag of tortilla chips last night. I just figure it's out of my system and tomorrow's a new day. We're here if you need us!
I've tried all of them but had bad reactions - bone and joint pain. I am only taking calcium, but thankfully the osteo is not getting any worse. I try to swim every day, but the weather has been a little cool (even here is Florida) but should be able to get back in the pool soon. I have an elliptical trainer that I started to use a few months ago but developed a foot problem which has me doing less on it. I am now trying yoga - didn't realize that I have found muscles I haven't been using before! I have quite a bit of weight to lose...I would like to lose at least 40 pounds. I need someone to talk to when my motivation drops or I do something stupid (like eating 6 cookies last night before bed!) Thanks for writing back and have a good day Barb!
Welcome, Suzanne! I just joined a couple of days ago. It's nice to see this team is growing. I wish SparkPeople would list Osteoporosis in their list of Conditions; it's such a serious problem.
Are you taking any medication for your osteoporosis, like Fosamax, Actonel, or Boniva? I've been on Fosamax for 5 years only to find out that my bone density did not improve over that time. I worked out, & took Calcium supplements (Citracal). The news was very discouraging, to say the least. I am now spending $375/month for Forteo injections. My only consolation is that it's cheaper than breaking a hip. I am lucky in that I don't have any of the conditions that keep me from using Forteo. : )
Have you consulted with a physical therapist about cardio exercises that you could do to burn more calories without endangering your bones? He/She could probably show you some light weight bearing exercises to help increase your bone density. Just a suggestion. Barb
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Hi...my 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!
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