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One of the things that is indicated for osteoporosis/osteopenia is weight bearing exercises such as walking/running. I had a bone density scan last week, and the results show that I am now out of the osteoporosis range and into the osteopenia range! I give most of the credit to the amount of walking/running I do. Mostly walking. My bone density scan two years ago had me at minus 2.6 which is right on the edge of the osteopenia/osteoporosis line. Last week I came in a minus 2.1 in the spine and minus 2.2 in the hip. The doc tells me to keep doing what I'm doing.
I was diagnosed with osteoporosis in 2002 and the bone density scan showed levels of minus 3.5. I was in an osteoporosis study for 5 years, but think I was taking the placebo rather than the study med. Then was on Fosamax in 2008 through 2012. I was always fairly active (at least compared to other people I knew) but didn't follow any kind of training plan until 2006 when I decided to train to walk the Portland marathon. Little did I know at the time, that in the next 7 years I would do 60 plus races ranging from 5K to 50K.
Tell your mothers/grandmothers to go for a walk! Every day.
You have osteopenia and you run ultras?? And my doctor told me I'd probably never run a marathon... thank you for posting this, it's encouraging to me.
Well, I'm old and slow, and I mostly walk. It's the same distance, it just takes longer. At last count, I'm at 35 half marathons, 19 full marathons, 1 50K and a handful of shorter races. This includes some Maniac/Fanatic things. I'm a 4 star maniacs with 2 in 2 days, and a 6 moon fanatic with 4 in 4 days. Also top 3 in AG in more than half of the races I've done. Small races and low participation by the old folks makes that easier.
Rose, you rock!
In it for the long run..
I moved from osteopenia to bottom level osteoporosis despite running 2000 miles a year, but I'm not worried about it. I took some of the drugs in the past, but I stopped because I think the jury is really out on those drugs- and I am NOT one of those people who refuses to take medication! My doctor is not particularly concerned, but I definitely have bone density issues. I take D and calcium. So much of it is hereditary.
"It's not who wins the workout..."
Yes. Definitely hereditary especially on the maternal side of the family, and I physically resemble that side more than the paternal side. I'm about a year and a half post prescription meds at this point, but do take calcium and vitamin D every day.
Boston Strong in 2014!
Good news, Rose!
I also took up running again in 2006 when I was diagnosed with ostopenia (-1.4/-1.6). I've shown improvements since then and am mostly out of the ostopenia category (-1.0/-1.0). I've been taking Fosamax and running regularly. Since then I've run 7 marathons, 12 half marathons, 15 triathlons and many smaller distance races. Like Rose, I am often in the top 3 in my AG. I hope to keep running for a long time and to stay healthy. Keep running, ladies; your bones will thank you for it.
2000 miles; 5k < 24:30; HM < 1:56; Century Bike Ride
NYC Half Marathon 3/16; Boston Marathon 4/21