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Old 05-03-2011, 01:40 PM
 
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Once bone density is lost, is is possible to gain it back through diet and exercise? If so, what sort of foods does one incorporate in the diet, and what sort of exercise?

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Old 05-04-2011, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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Milk (lower-fat is just as good), cheeses (lower-fat is just as good), collard greens (yes! very rich in calcium). . . Just look online ~ you'll find good lists, including more than I listed.

Walk, walk, walk, and do weight-bearing exercises. Sunshine is good, too, because vitamin D helps process the calcium. A supplement calcium is probably required as well.
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Old 05-04-2011, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Jollyville, TX
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Yes, it is possible to rebuild bone density. One of my friends is in her early 60's and started weight training and her bone density improved. Calcium and at least 1000 mg of Vit D are must haves and there are some other supplements that may help. Here's a link with some ideas: Osteopenia supplement | Best supplements improve bone density
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Old 05-04-2011, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Brevard, NC
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It also depends if you are pre- or post-menopause. I was pre- when my scan showed bone loss. A two year program of increased calcium intake and a weight bearing program of exercise brought my scans back to "normal" bone density. The doctor said that may not be possible to do after menopause.
-Kathy
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Old 05-05-2011, 01:26 PM
 
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Oh boy. I do Yoga and take ballet lessons. Neither is weight bearing. Does picking up cats all day long count as weight bearing exercises? LOL I actually have been craving cheese and milk and am actually on my way to have a sandwich for lunch with cheese on it.

I'm in Menopause. And since I am already a "miracle" I will believe yes I can improve my bone density. I will increase my calcium, yes, I take Vita D already and calcium too, I will eat dairy products, and I will keep active. Did I say keep active? LOL I am already that and then some.

All this came about due to negligence with two doctors, who kept me on too high a dose of thyroid medication. I have no time for suit, since I am focused on regaining my health back. I have an ENT specialist and a holistic specialist, both MD's, on my calendar to see, so I am fighting with all I have to be better then I was before this nightmare started!

Thank you ALL for your responses. Every blessing to each of you!
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Old 05-05-2011, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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You can do weight-bearing exercises in the pool, which takes the strain off your joints. If your pool doesn't offer a class, go online and find some exercises.
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Old 05-05-2011, 05:30 PM
 
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You can do weight-bearing exercises in the pool, which takes the strain off your joints. If your pool doesn't offer a class, go online and find some exercises.
Does swimming lengths count as weight bearing since you are pulling through the water and working your legs with the kicking?
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Old 05-05-2011, 05:35 PM
 
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No. It means standing chest-deep in the water and doing various exercises such as leg kicks, twists, etc.

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Old 05-05-2011, 06:01 PM
 
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Thank you, Southern. Maybe all the heavy lifting and digging I do in my gardens I can count as weight bearing. I'll do some serious research and see what I can fit into my life that is considered weight bearing. Is it possible to increase the hours of the day?
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