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Alternative treatment of osteopenia

Alternative treatment of osteopenia

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Posted by Irina on January 06, 2000 at 15:54:43:

In Reply to: Re: Fosamax side effect posted by bjm on September 26, 1999 at 08:03:18:


: I'm sure this new medication is a life-saver for many. However, for those of us needing only
: preventive care because of osteoporosis high risk factors, I'm inclined to think we might be
: wiser choosing something that's more tested. I'm not doing anything now except
: walking more, taking my calcium each day, and vowing to have my next dexascan on
: time in June. Last one showed osteopenia and at this time of my life with my family
: history, I have to pay attention to that.
: Barb, have you chosen another course of action? -bjm

Hello bjm,
My situation is similar to yours. I was just diagnosed with osteopenia, and immediately my doctor advised Evista and/or Fosamax. I'm generally against hormone therapies and am exploring alternatives: diet, exercise, vitamin & mineral supplements, etc. These methods are recommended by progressive doctors such as Dr. Christiane Northrup (although she isn't entirely against hormones and prescription drugs). Susun Weed, in her wonderful book "Menopausal Years: the Wise Woman's Way" suggests many herbal remedies. What I'm wondering is this: is it wise to keep getting diagnostic DEXA scans on a regular basis? What do you think? If yes, how often? In your situation and mine, it may be good to avoid prescription treatments and monitor the condition, but how often? Once a year, once eveery 2 years or what? Feel free to e-mail me directly if you wish.
Best wishes,
Irina



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