In a different post your remarked that young women in their twenties and thirties are considered postmenopausal if they've been amenorrheic for over a year. True? What about those of us who get periods by artificial means such as birth control?View Thread
A recent article reports that low-dose birth control may negatively impact bone health in young women. I've taken Yaz and Yasmin for several years to counter the estrogen-deficiency and amenorrhea caused by an eating disorder. Conflicting studies suggest that birth control helps, hurts, and has no effect on the bones of women.
Any insights from the community are much appreciated.
Any thoughts on the pH testing of urine? This approach seems a bit obsessive to me. I fear that sometimes we become so caught up in fixing our condition that quality of life is lost in the process.View Thread
Food pH is a hot topic among the osteoporosis community. Low-acid diets are reported to preserve bone health. I would appreciate the input of others on the issue and any credible resources you have to offer.
Yes, this is my third year of forteo. I understand the uncertainty of Forteo's safety beyond two years. However, my doctors felt the benefits of the drug outweighed the potential risks hinted by existing evidence.View Thread
My osteoporosis stems from an eating disorder I developed at age 12. I was diagnosed with osteoporosis at 16 and took a variety of bisphosphonates for the next several years. At 23, I began my first two-year stint on Forteo. (I was too naive to pay attention to the DXA results at that point.) After that was discontinued, my bone density decreased. (I should mention that my tests were performed on different machines each time.) I began my second round of Forteo in November 2009.
While I am happy to report that I am now in recovery, my weight remains low and I do not have regular periods. Estrogen defieciency -- an obvious contributor to bone loss. That said, I strive to practice bone-healthy habits: frequent weigh-bearing exercise, a calcium-rich diet, stress management, etc. and am conciously working on weight gain.
To clarify, I take ~1600 mg through a multivitamin and calcium supplement in addition to what I get through foods. I realize that too much calcium is a danger, but I've been trying to counteract the effects of phosphorus and sodium in my diet. (I should mention I eat salty foods.)
As for the illusive term "moderation", would you consider 32 oz of cola per day (in the presence of a calcium-rich diet) a safe amount?
Phosphoric acid has been implicated for bone loss. As a coke-addict, I've struggled to cut back on cola-type beverages for the sake of my bone health. On the occasions that I do drink colas (for example - a 32 oz serving), I take a calcium carbonate supplement (600 mg) to negate the potentially detrimental effects of the phosphoric acid in the same way a renal patient might take a phosphate-binder. Is there any merit to this strategy -- or am I just nuts?!?
For background - I am a 26 year old female who eats a calcium-rich diet. I consume an additional 1600 mg of calcium from a multivitamin and calcium+D supplement.