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Osteopenia Of Prematurity
YES!: Exercise has been shown to improve bone density. A healthy diet is essential- avoid sweets, sodas, lots of meat & coffee- these acidify your body & leach calcium from your bones! Many supplements are proven to help- Vit D & K are most important, also calcium, magnesium, boron, strontium.The drugs don't work well & have serious side effects! See http://bit.ly/1a48oFS & http://bit.ly/1a2dbDW ...Read more
Muscle building: Exercises that cause muscle tendons to pull on bones stimulates more calcium to be deposited in that bone. So working muscles against weights or other resistance does more for the bone than aerobic exercises. So lifting weights or doing exercises like pushups that use your own weight against gravity promote bone strength. ...Read more
Not necessarily: "osteopenia" is not a disease. It's a level of bone mineral density (bmd) that was literally invented due to being near but not as low as the osteoporosis bmd selected by the who in the 1990s. The fact is that some people with the "osteopenia" level bmd have more risk of fracture than others who meet the "osteoporosis" definition. Please, ask your doctor for a clinical risk frax analysis! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Less bone loss: Osteopenia is the term we give to the amount of bone loss that occurs in a patient with t scores between -1 and -2.5 based on the world health organization's criteria for measuring bone loss. The more negative the t score, the more bone loss has occurred. If a t score is between 0 and -1, this bone density would still be considered normal. I hope that helped answer your qquestion. ...Read more
Severity: Both osteopenia and osteoporosis indicate there is too little calcium in the bone. Osteoporosis is more severe, and suggests a higher risk for future fractures (broken bones), compared to osteopenia, or normal bone. Depending on other risk factors, medical treatment is usually recommended for osteoporosis, and sometimes advised for osteopenia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nope: Hi. No, osteopenia is a RISK for osteoporosis, not a GUARANTEE of osteoporosis. Treatment to preserve bone health can prevent progression to osteoporosis. Adequate calcium & vitamin D help, but alone are generally not adequate to prevent progression to osteoporosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bone density: Osteopenia and osteoporosis are diagnosis made by comparing your bone density to that of a young healthy adult. Osteoporosis is worse than osteopenia, and with time and lack of treatment osteopenia can worsen, but it doesn't necessarily have to. Weight bearing exercise, adequate calcium and vitamin d intake, and smoking cessation can help protect your bones. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
I am 42, premenopausal and have osteopenia. Is it possible for me to reverse the osteopenia, perhaps by training with weights?
Yes: I wonder why you had a dexa so young. This test is for women 60 and older usually. Strength training is a great way to "exercise" your bones and so is jogging. Frame it this way, 42 year old women are at low risk for osteoporotic fractures. Google the frax risk calculator and ask your doctor about it. This puts fracture risk in the proper perspective with other risk factors. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I am a 30 year old female and just got diagnosed with osteopenia. Any ideas why or how I would get this at such an early age?
Nutritional Deficit?: The definition of osteopenia is that your bone density is in the lower 15% of young adult women. Think of Normal as getting a "C" in a class. Osteopenia is a "D". As a 30 yr old, you would want to ensure that you are getting at least 1500mg calcium and at least 1000 IU of Vitamin D3 daily. Walking briskly four times a week for 30-40 minutes. These are things that will build bone strength. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Been taking 3 caltrate everyday to fight my osteopenia. I usually spread them out but this morning i took all 3 without thinking. Should i worry?
No: increases risk: Osteopenia means your bones have lost some of their mineral content, but probably not enough to greatly increase fracture risk. Osteoporosis is more severe mineral loss that does increase the likelihood of fractures. Neither causes pain unless you actually break a bone. (if you have either, be sure your vitamin d level is high enough. Your doctor can do a blood test. But don't overdo vitamin d.). ...Read more