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Old 08-02-2005, 06:15 AM   #1
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Osteoporosis and Running

I am not an avid runner. I try to run now and then but never commit to it. However, when I broke my leg one of the questions the doctor asked was "do you run"? (I do but I wouldn't consider myself a "runner".) Now when I received my bone density test results the doctor asked me that question again. Does running really have that much of an impact on bone density?
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Old 08-02-2005, 04:38 PM   #2
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Re: Osteoporosis and Running

I used to jog almost daily but I can't anymore. It seems like pounding the pavement puts alot of jarring stress on the body, even runners complain about needing knee replacements. There's also a risk from falling also. Are you running on a track where there is some cushioning? I would ask your specialist to figure out what your risk for fractures is since your only 30. There's a chart my doctor used that compares your age with your bone density scores. Cycling might be safer than running or using exercise equipment indoors.

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Old 08-02-2005, 05:21 PM   #3
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Re: Osteoporosis and Running

30Y.O.

Iím only guessing but after breaking a tibia in two places before anything else I think they are a bit curious. That is a pretty thick tough bone to break without an injury. I would have guessed you did some running or jumping to cause it to breakdown before some other bones. Your hips carry your weight too but they move as a joint and can wear. Tibia breaks seem more likely to me to need impact to break sooner. I agree with taape that low impact like bikes will help prevent that for now.

 
Old 08-03-2005, 05:49 AM   #4
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Re: Osteoporosis and Running

LOL, I won't be running for a while...I broke my tibia in two places and am still on crutches. When I did it was on pavement. LOL, I just got my bike fixed before my accident...I can't wait to go riding. Better yet, I can't wait till I can walk on my own again. Heck, I can't wait to stand without the crutches...


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I used to jog almost daily but I can't anymore. It seems like pounding the pavement puts alot of jarring stress on the body, even runners complain about needing knee replacements. There's also a risk from falling also. Are you running on a track where there is some cushioning? I would ask your specialist to figure out what your risk for fractures is since your only 30. There's a chart my doctor used that compares your age with your bone density scores. Cycling might be safer than running or using exercise equipment indoors.

 
Old 08-03-2005, 05:51 AM   #5
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Re: Osteoporosis and Running

I broke the tibia blocking a spike in volleyball. The guy hit me from the other side of the net. Funny though, he had no clue he did it so I'm guessing it wasn't too hard. I, on the other hand, only knew that I was in a lot of pain so I don't know if he hit it hard or not...

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30Y.O.

Iím only guessing but after breaking a tibia in two places before anything else I think they are a bit curious. That is a pretty thick tough bone to break without an injury. I would have guessed you did some running or jumping to cause it to breakdown before some other bones. Your hips carry your weight too but they move as a joint and can wear. Tibia breaks seem more likely to me to need impact to break sooner. I agree with taape that low impact like bikes will help prevent that for now.

 
Old 08-13-2005, 04:09 PM   #6
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Re: Osteoporosis and Running

Hello 30yr and others,
- Hang in there. I have been on crutches since late March for a shattered bone in my foot. This month I am transitioning from one to no crutches and am thrilled. I bought a trainer to hook up to my bike so that I can spin without putting much weight on my foot. It has helped me cope with the lack of exercise. I am and active 38 year old and was shocked when I was diagnosed with osteoporosis. I have been on Forteo for 4 days with no side effects. Like many of you I am trying to track down studies and information about the efficacy of the drug and any other treatments. Glad to know that there are other youngish folks out there.
Annie

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Old 08-14-2005, 06:52 AM   #7
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Re: Osteoporosis and Running

Sorry to hear about your foot. There are a number of people on Forteo here, so it's a great place to hear all the latest news that we either hear from our doctors or learn from the internet or from calls to the Lilly drug company. Best of luck for a speedy recovery from the fractures.

 
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