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    schoolboardlady posted:
    I experienced by first rib fracture four years ago and have had two since while my T scores have not declined too much. I am small boned, white, 55 yo female. It seems I lost a huge amount of mineralization during perimenopause and then "menopause" at age 48. (I also breast fed my children (for 6 mos, then 18 mos. then 3 years!), the first born when I was 32 and the third at age 40).

    In my mind, my battle now is to minimize slower loss or rebuild a bit.

    No one seems to be mentioning the latest research with dried plums as an effective dietary "bone builder".
    http://www.medwire-news.md/45/44692/ObGyn/Dried_plum_extract_helps_build_bones.html

    I'm still a bit scared about bisphosphonates since I've learned they inhibit osteoblasts somewhat in addition to inhibiting (apoptosis--killing) osteoclasts. That phosphorus builds up in the bone and remains there, inhibiting bone turn over seems to be threatening to bone strength--allowing 'old bone" to accumulate, not necessarily 'strong bone".
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    Tomato05 responded:
    It sounds promising (the dried plum research) - thanks for sharing. I hope they will develop a supplement soon; for us to get the benefit from dried plums I suppose one would have to eat large amounts (calories would add up quickly and your diet would also become unbalanced).

    I took bisphosphonates for a number of years and it dit not help me. However, since I've started taking strontium ralenate (I don't live in the USA) and doing a lot of exercise, including plenty weight lifting, I have had an improvement in my bone density.
     
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    schoolboardlady replied to Tomato05's response:
    Actually, the study quoted 100 calories (approx 6 dried plums). What scares me is so many of the bisphosphonate advocates can't fully explain the mechanism at work, besides likely apoptosis of osteoclasts. Weight bearing exercise seems to be a tried and true 'retardant" of the bone loss--but of course, that takes effort and commitment! The medical community seems to prefer pills.
     
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    Elizabeth_WebMD_Staff responded:
    Hi Schoolboardlady and Welcome!

    Here a link to a prune/plum discussion posted earlier this week.

    Prunes - Good for Heart and Bones

    Thought you may be interested in it.

    Elizabeth


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