Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Bone Density Test, yes or no.



My 1st Bone Density Scan : )
 When I was 46 I had my first bone density scan and the result, bone loss was starting and the diagnosis was osteopenia.  Yeash, what on earth did that mean,  was my frame falling apart,  did I have to worry about falling and breaking something?  The prescription for fixing this problem was to take a calcium magnesium supplement, start weight bearing exercises now, then come back in three years and we will repeat the test.

Really? With all the exercises I was doing at the time, yoga, biking, walking the dog twice each day, when did I have time to add weight bearing exercises.  After speaking to Mom who is 30 years older than I am I was convinced, start the exercises and make sure my frame could support the activities I hoped to do later in life.

I started on Our Health Co-op Liquid Calcium.  I took three each day in divided doses.  It was a chore to remember to take the supplement three times a day; I tried to remember to take them with food and plenty of water.  I had a problem with a bit of constipation and added an extra magnesium capsule or two to make sure everything was moving along if you know what I mean. 

After three years of paying attention I went back to retake the test  the results my bones were the strength of a 30 something year old female.

Guess what?  I am due for another bone density scan.

I was getting my hair cut on Friday and mentioned getting retested with Karen, my stylist, she said she doesn’t get tested because she wouldn’t take Fosamax anyway.  I asked her about calcium supplements if she didn’t want to take a serious Calcium Magnesium supplement like ours she could take the ones that are in caramel chews, seems it would be better than nothing.  Nope, she was having none of it the subject was closed. If she was falling apart she didn't want to know, hmmm, that was disturbing.

Cecilia is a tiny bit farther down the bone density road than I am.  Her doctor put her on bone building prescription meds and they made her sick and didn’t really help her in the long run.  She decided to stop the prescriptions and just take supplements, she is not improving her bone density but it is not getting any worse.

It is so difficult to decide what to do.

For me, I will go back and get the test see what my bones have been doing the last six years and make any adjustments in my diet and exercise that is required.

I just don’t think sticking my head in the proverbial sand is the best choice for me.

As I tell everyone that will listen, if you make it through the first 50 years you had better be paying close attention to your eating and exercise habits during the next 50 years if you expect to live a long, happy, and  healthy life.


God Bless,
Teri
Director of Member Services and Smiles
OurHealth Co-op, Inc

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