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Osteoporosis

Treating Osteopenia Without Using Drugs

02/05/2007

Question:

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?

Answer:

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. 

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Response by:

Margery   Gass, MD Margery Gass, MD
Formely, Professor, Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati