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    Reverse osteopenia
    superglamglam posted:
    For anybody suffering from osteopenia
    (I just read Gweneth Paltrow has it) please check out site called reversemyosteopenia
    This site has only natural advice and does not get involved with dangerous drugs, these drugs are so dangerous and are killing women.
    Site is run by a nurse who actually had osteopenia and reversed it with weight bearing workouts and proper diet - great advice!
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    bonebabe responded:
    I have a couple of comments here. First, I couldn't find the site "reversemyosteopenia."
    Second - Osteopenia is another name for low bone mass and is not a disease itself. It also is such a broad range of density measurement that saying you have "osteopenia" can mean your bone health is in any number of conditions.

    Osteopenia is defined as having a T-score between -1.1 and
    -2.4. Certainly a T-score in the upper range could probably be reversed with diet/exercise. A score in the lower range, say -2.0 and lower, cannot.

    The T-score is not the only factor in bone health. The T-score is only one of many risk factors for fracture, and it would irresponsible to lump all people with "osteopenia" into a group that could be helped without medications.

    You have to look at a person's overall health and other red flags. For example: are they on bone depleting medications like prednisone, arimidex, actos or anti seizure meds? have they already had a fracture? did one of their parents break a hip or have osteoporosis? do they smoke or drink more than 3 alcoholic beverages a day? what was their FRAX score? what was the result of their balance test? (can they stand on one foot > 5 seconds) have they lost height? All these things figure into their risk for fracture.

    Osteoporosis kills people. Half of the people who have a hip fracture will die within a year of having that fracture. There are medications available that can and do reduce that risk of fracture. People who have compression fractures endure years of pain from a curved spine. Their clothes don't fit, they often can't dress or do other personal things without help, they can't lift their groceries, they can't hug their loved ones or do many of the activities they once enjoyed.

    For those people who can make dietary changes and increase their weight-bearing exercise (movement while standing) only and that results in improved scores and balance, that is absolutely wonderful. They should be proud.

    But...for the millions who are not that fortunate, we are fortunate to have available medications that have been proven to reduce fracture risk. That can save lives.

    Because bone is so slow to respond to change for someone to forego medications to try the natural approach, they could be losing more bone than they can possibly regain, thus increasing their chances of fracturing.

    As for Gwyneth Paltro - she's under 50 and not post-menopausal. Her situation is not relevant. She still has estrogen protecting her bones and no kind of clinical diagnosis is given to premenopausal women unless they have osteoporosis as secondary to another illness. She is very thin, very fair and has a family history of osteoporosis. She could be in big trouble once she hits menopause if she's not careful.

    I wish you great success if you are able to reverse or stabilize your low bone density, but please don't encourage people who might not be as healthy or lucky as you to give up their meds.

    The fact is that more people showing "only osteopenia" fracture than do people diagnosed with osteoporosis.

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