Osteopenia improvement by Kathy Bell, USA. I've follow so many of your recommendations -- thank you.
I just had a two year follow up on my baseline dexa scan. My t score for my total spine increased from -2.5 to -1.41. However my total left hip went from -1.42 to -1.64.
I'm still osteopenia but it is a major improvement. I'm excited about the progress in the spine but am not sure how to target the hips.
I have been taking lactoferrin, strontium, and advacal calcium (plus) supplements. I don't always get all the calcium from these supplements as I carry chocolate ones around with me for mid day.
I did acupuncture regularly for the first year, have tried eating prunes but have to juggle other issues with them, I do some walking with a weight vest, ski regularly from November to May and when I'm in my ski boots walking around I try to stomp up stairs in the the lodges, I do yoga regularly.
I am in the sun a lot so I do wear sun screen but I assume that even with number 70 that if I spend 4 hours in the sun I am taking in rays. I take Flamenco dancing once a week. I do drink some sage tea, and onions are pretty regular in our diet. These were all the positive changes.
For balance I stand with my eyes closed on one foot in the morning when I'm cooking my oatmeal. I do eat plenty of fruits and veggies and I have never smoked. I haven't given up my glass of wine or chocolate(caffeine).
End of Kathy Bells' Osteopenia improvement story..
Nanct Smith wrote: I was diagnosed with osteoporosis 2 years ago at the age of 48. The
doctor recommended Fosamax of course, but I wanted to try the natural
route first. I just got the results of my dexa scan, and am happy to
report no more osteoporosis! I had improvements ranging from .6 to .9
Site 12/2007 12/2009 change
Spine L1-L4 -2.1 -1.2 11.4%
Femur Neck Left -1.7 -1.1 10.6%
Femur Neck Right -2.4 -1.8 13.4%
Femur Neck Mean -2.1 -1.4 11.9%
Femur Troch Left -2.5 -1.6 18.2%
Femur Troch Right -3.2 -2.4 18.2%
Femur Troch Mean -2.9 -2.0 18.2%
Femur Total Left -2.6 -1.8 14.6%
Femur Total Right -2.8 -2.2 13.1%
Femur Total Mean -2.7 -2.0 13.9%
These are the 5 things I did:
1. bioidentical hormones (to normal levels, not "normal for your age")
2. supplements (mainly Osteoprime and K2)
3. weight lifting 2 or 3 times a week, and impact exercise 1 time per week (I used the book New Rules of Lifting for Women, and the bootcamp class at my gym)
4. ionized water (I had been drinking distilled water. Ionizers make the water more alkaline)
5. visualization (before going asleep and upon awakening)
It's so nice to finally have the validation! I love your site and the inspiration. It helped me keep the faith that my hard work was going to pay off!
End of Osteopenia improvement story.
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