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Diagnosed with osteopenia. What type of exercise should I do?

Hi i was told i have osteopenia about a few months ago.Im still finding it very hard to live with is that normal.Im trying my best to cut out on the chocolate and crisps.I am eating more salads and fruit.Which is very good for me i know and also drinking more milk.I try drink a glass a day.Some days im really good and then i have my bad days as well.What exercise should i be doing.Is walking good to strengthen my bones.How much walking should i be doing every day or every second day.Or what exercise should i be doing.
Asked On : Fri, 15 Feb 2013
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Hello and welcome to HCM,
Osteopenia is a condition in which there is loss of bone mass.
It is commonly seen in post-menopausal females due to deficiency of estrogens in body.
Bones are prone to fractures on trivial trauma.
So, it is important to increase the bone mass.
The bone DEXA scan will help to know the degree of bone mass deficit.
The deficit will determine the amount of calcium to be taken per day.
Supplements need to be added for the calcium deficit.
If the deficit becomes quite severe, a group of drugs called bisphophonates need to be added. But this has to be done after consulting your doctor.
Milk intake should be continued.
Exercises like walking and light weight bearing exercises should be done.
Very strenuous exercises should not attempted as there is risk of fractures.

Thanks and take care
Dr Shailja P Wahal

Answered: Sun, 24 Nov 2013
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