Recent diagnosis

After several months of back and hip pain and a recent xray, my doctor has suggested that I might have osteoporosis. She has arranged for me to have a scan but in the meantime I would appreciate any information from fellow-sufferers regarding anything I can do to continue with my normal life. I m 67 and I work two days a week and line dance two or three times a week so get plenty of exercise, pain permitting! Any information would be gratefully received.

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  • Hello kitty's girl,

    So sorry to hear of your diagnosis. I'm recently diagnosed myself. The best advice I can give you is to visit The website for the National Osteoporosis Society. There are lots of information leaflets and booklets to download, or send for. There is also a free nurse help line to talk to a qualified osteoporosis nurse for advice. If you decide to become a member, it costs £18 per year, for which you receive a quarterly magazine and other benefits.

    By the way, I think line dancing should be a safe and good form of exercise, along with walking. You didn't mention what work you do, as some activity can be more risky than others for fractures. I have at least one wedge fracture in my spine.

    Wishing you all the best.

  • Thanks for your response and your good wishes. I will certainly have a look at the website you mention and see what more I can find out.

  • Just read that kefir is a source of vitamin K2

  • Hi Kittysgirl. Sorry to hear about your diagnosis. I've done a lot of reading myself as I have been diagnosed with osteopenia but have to take prednisone which can lead to further bone thinning. One thing I tell everyone is to make sure to not only take your calcium and Vitamin D3 supplements, but make sure you find a source of Vitamin K2. Not K1 which is different and available in a healthy diet. Nearly all of us are now deficient in K2 because of our corrupted food supply. It is the vitamin that makes sure calcium gets into our bones rather than being deposited onto the walls of our blood vessels or into other organs. You'll probably have to get a supplement, unless you have access to foods produced from grass fed animals (cattle, poultry), or you can find and stomach the fermented Japanese food called natto. You might not get this advice from the standard sources of information as it seems to be something just now entering general knowledge, but information about all the other important micronutrients should be readily available (magnesium, boron, etc).

  • Thank you for this information HeronNS. I've looked up some information on google, which confirms your research. So, more eggs, chicken, offal etc. We are increasing these in our diet for my sake. Unfortunately my husband has to keep his intake of vitamin K1 and K2 low as he has deep vein thrombosis.

  • Oh dear, it's enough to have one person in the family who has to fine-tune their diet, having two, I don't envy your meal planning! At least most things in a healthy diet will work for you both!

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