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Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Treating Osteopenia Without Using Drugs
I have been diagnosed with osteopenia. My diet is actually pretty good with lots of fruits, milk, and other dairy products, but not much meat. I stretch out every morning and attend an aerobics class twice a week. I would prefer not taking prescription medications, but would rather treat it with more natural methods. What do you suggest?
Treating osteopenia depends on your age, the severity of the osteopenia and family history of severe osteoporosis. If your osteopenia is mild, exercise (add walking), calcium 1000-1200 mg per day counting what you take in food, and vitamin D 600 IU/day would be fine.
If your T-score is very close to -2.5 and you are >60 years old, you might want to consider prescription medication.
Margery Gass, MD
Formely, Professor, Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati