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Osteoporosis

Would Bicycling Affect Osteoporosis?

06/18/2007

Question:

I am a 59 year-old woman with osteoporosis (taking Fosomax and Evista). My latest dexascan showed my spine to be at -2.8 and my hip to be -1.8. I would like to purchase a bicycle for exercise and entertainment purposes but am concerned about the effect a fall off a bike might have on my osteoporosis. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.

Answer:

Exercise is very important to many aspects of health, including osteoporosis.  No one can guarantee no injuries with any sport, so just be cautious.  I would, however, encourage you to avoid extreme sports like sky-diving, jumping off ski lifts, etc.  Also, avoid HEAVY lifting, bench pressing, and the like.

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Response by:

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