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what are alternative ways to treat osteopenia (or osteoporosis) without using prescription drugs?

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Dr. Robert Dunbar
28 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Be active: Start with low impact exervcises, such as tai chi or similar activities. Having a diet that is well balanced and includes enough calcium is quite important as well. Try to avoid diet things that cause you to leech out calcium from your bones, such as caffeine.
Answered on Sep 12, 2018
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Dr. Ronald Achong
18 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Great answer. I agree 100%
Dec 5, 2012
Dr. Christopher Dougherty
25 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Osteoporosis: The best way to treat with over the counter medications is with vitamin d supplementation as well as with calcium. Typical diets do not contain enough of these. Also, your skin helps to convert vitamin d into the usable form for your body so be sure to get outside.
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Dr. Michael Rothman
35 years experience Internal Medicine
Bones are protein : Eat enough protein, do wieght bearing exercises. Optimize hormone levels keeping testosterone and Progesterone high enough and cortisol low enough through proper diet. Sunlight is extremely improtant.
Answered on Sep 12, 2018
Dr. Randy Baker
40 years experience Holistic Medicine
Many good approaches: As my colleagues have mentioned, weight-bearing exercise is helpful. Avoid excess animal protein, sodas & smoking & limit simple carbs, alcohol & caffeine- these increase acidity & cause bone loss! emphasize vegies & fruits. Vitamin d (5000 units a day), vitamin k, magnesium & boron are very helpful. See http://www.Huffingtonpost.Com/christiane-northrup/osteoporosis-treatment-a_b_585528.Html.
Answered on Sep 12, 2018
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