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

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Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
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.
Dr. Ronald Achong
Oral &Maxillofacial Surgery 19 years experience
Great answer. I agree 100%
Dec 5, 2012
Dr. Christopher Dougherty
Orthopedic Surgery 26 years experience
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.
Dr. Michael Rothman
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
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.
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
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.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

What are ways to treat osteopenia and osteoporosis without using prescription drugs?

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Dr. Chad Boomershine
Rheumatology 20 years experience
Exercise and vit D: Weight-bearing exercises will help strengthen your bones. Calcium and vitamin d supplements also help-i recommend a blood test for vitamin d (25 hydroxy vitamin d), it should be 30 or higher. Some people need much more vitamin d than what is recommended to get their level up to 30. You can use the frax calculator to determine your fracture risk: http://www.Shef.Ac.Uk/frax/tool.Jsp?Country=9.

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