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Old 09-10-2010, 04:32 AM   #1
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32 and just diagnosed with osteopenia

Hi everyone-

I am 32 and was just told the other day that I have osteopenia. I had a DEXA scan ordered by my GI doctor because I have Celiac Disease. I was diagnosed with that about 8 years ago and have been pretty faithful with the diet. The most recent blood work I had done showed that the Celiac antibodies were normal. So why the osteopenia? The GI PA said she would fax the results to my PCP and they would tell me what to do about it. In the meantime she wanted me to start with 1500mg of calcium daily. I admit that my dietary calcium intake is pretty poor, but can just that alone cause the osteopenia? Is there another type of doctor I should see for this or is it OK to stick with my PCP? I just worry about it getting worse as I get older, considering I'm only 32. Thanks in advance for any input.

 
Old 09-14-2010, 07:48 AM   #2
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Re: 32 and just diagnosed with osteopenia

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Hi everyone-

I am 32 and was just told the other day that I have osteopenia. I had a DEXA scan ordered by my GI doctor because I have Celiac Disease. I was diagnosed with that about 8 years ago and have been pretty faithful with the diet. The most recent blood work I had done showed that the Celiac antibodies were normal. So why the osteopenia? The GI PA said she would fax the results to my PCP and they would tell me what to do about it. In the meantime she wanted me to start with 1500mg of calcium daily. I admit that my dietary calcium intake is pretty poor, but can just that alone cause the osteopenia? Is there another type of doctor I should see for this or is it OK to stick with my PCP? I just worry about it getting worse as I get older, considering I'm only 32. Thanks in advance for any input.
As you research on osteopenia/osteoporosis you will find that are many factors that come into play regarding bone health including heredity, proper nutrition, taking the proper supplements along with calcium, exercise, sun exposure for proper Vitamin D levels, age, etc. You will learn more about bone health from reading this board and researching than you will probably find out from a health professional, at least that has been my experience.
Good luck!

 
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