The Other I

March 14, 2011

Osteoporosis update

Filed under: Osteoporosis — theotheri @ 3:48 pm

Well, it’s good news.  I got the results of the bone density scan I had last month and there has been no deterioration in my bone structure now for six years.  The advice from the osteoporosis consultant who has been monitoring the scans was not to change what I was doing.  Or to put it in more posh terms, he recommends “no change in current bone management.”

So I will keep on doing what I have been doing, the most important of which I suspect is 30 minutes of daily exercise and calcium and vitamin D supplements taken with each meal.  I’ll keep on with reduced caffeine (two cups of coffee max/day, soya instead of cows’ milk, and an emphasis on an alkaline rather than acidic diet.

Does this mean I think people who are willing to take on the unrelenting discipline of daily exercise and supplements don’t ever need to take bi-phosphonates to treat deficient bone density?

I don’t know.  I know that my own drop in density values occurred after the substantial life-style change that took place with our move from Spain to England and being shut out from hikes in the mountains as a result of the foot-and-mouth crisis.

As I keep ruefully concluding, the more we learn, the bigger our questions become.  Uncertainty and risk is the human condition.

In any case, my GP says I’m “fine.”  I would tend to use the word “fantastic.”   As I left his office this morning, I admit I was jumping for joy.

Well, inside anyway.




  1. Fabulous! Congratulations! Jumping for joy on the inside is good, even better on the outside, as jumping is a bone-building exercise 😉

    I’m following the same protocol you are, but only have done so for 9 months. I won’t have another scan for another year, so hearing that it worked for you is good news for me and incentive to keep it up.

    Thanks so much for sharing!


    Comment by missfootloose — March 14, 2011 @ 6:38 pm | Reply

    • Thank you! Yes, jumping is one of the best bone-builders. I got a jump rope for the purpose but since I can only use it outside — it hits the ceiling anywhere inside — it’s been lying dormant for some time. Personally I find the 30 minutes exercise a day in whatever form takes some determination on many days. But I’m convinced that the benefits aren’t just in bone health. I’ve got more energy and strength in general.

      Oh please let us know when you next have a scan how your own bone density preservation schedule is working. I will post it prominently, because there are a lot of people who would like a credible alternative to the bi-phosphonates.

      Thank you again.


      Comment by theotheri — March 14, 2011 @ 9:05 pm | Reply

  2. Great news! Keep up the good work.


    Comment by djc1 — March 15, 2011 @ 2:44 am | Reply

    • Thank you, Donna. At our age, it’s a question of grabbing hold of life with both hand and deciding to *live*, isn’t it?


      Comment by theotheri — March 15, 2011 @ 12:39 pm | Reply

  3. Excellent news! – you must have been so relieved!



    Comment by Chris Lawrence — March 19, 2011 @ 8:00 am | Reply

    • Thank you, Chris. Yes, I was relieved. Especially since the more I read the research, the less I liked the treatment!


      Comment by theotheri — March 19, 2011 @ 2:52 pm | Reply

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