Having just had an unexpected and devastating diagnosis of osteoporosis I am anxious to find non-pharmaceutical ways to deal with this. My GP has referred me to an osteoporosis specialist, and no one so far is insisting that I must take medicine - just Vitamin D, Calcium, good diet, and exercise. Has anyone out there tried walking with weights? Any other suggestions? I am pretty sure this is pred related as I have been so very careful to do all the right things since I was at least 35, and even had a job for years which required a lot of lifting and sustained although gentle exercise. Unfortunately I didn't have a base line scan when I first started taking pred and although I upped my calcium intake and made sure to get more load-bearing exercise it's obviously not enough. My GP says I have the risk factors of being a small-boned white female post-menopausal. Wouldn't you think she'd have made sure I had that scan earlier? I only had one in September because I asked.