Our expert says:
The HRT debate rages on!!
From a medical perspective there are other options for enhancing bone density, but these require either oral medication or intravenous infusions. Both there options carry the risk of side effects.
Calcium supplements have not really been shown to markedly improve bone density, however poor Vit D status (even though we have lots of sunlight) is proving to be increasingly common.
I would suggest to ask your GP to test your Vit D level as the combination of calcium and Vit D is beneficial for bone density management.
Weight resistance exercises are very benefical in assisting with bone strengthening and I would certainly recommend that you embark on a well prescribed exercise program.
Diet is naturally very important in providing optimum bone nutrition and should include lots of vegetables (as much variety as possible), fruits, whole grains, salads etc. Avoiding anti nutrients (sugar, processed foods, alcohol, fast food, high red meat intake etc.) is also important.
If your bone density is in the severely osteoporotic range consulting with a Rheumatologist for advise on the medical mangement would be advisable, otherwise adopting the above approach, if strictly followed, will certainly reduce the progression.
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