Hi Gerda, my T score was similar when I was diagnosed (it has improved somewhat since then). I was told the same type of thing.
I decided to follow my own body and common sense and started exercising vigorously: cardio 3 times a week, weight lifting and walking uphill 3 times a week (alternate days).
Initially I was so weak that I staggered under the lightest weights. My legs were so weak that I had to hold onto the bars on the treadmill. A few years later, I now run 13km (about 8 or 9 miles) three times a week.I walk briskly at a very steep incline.
Best of all, I lift heavier than most ladies in the gym. I kept practising, pushing myself all the time with heavier weights. I can do deadlifts with two 17.5 kg (38.5 lbs) dumbbells, for example. I am fitter and stronger than ever.View Thread
My doctor "strongly recommended" exercise, rather than prescribing it. In fact, I think the doctors should be more emphatic and treat it more like a prescription, and make it a condition of the treatment, equal to the medication.
No expert in osteoporosis in my area (no trainer, therapist etc. that specializes in the topic), and definitely not gym that takes into account osteoporosis sufferers.
I'm not sure if insurance companies should pay for exercise - in my view it is more a personal responsibility and lifestyle choice, like your diet.
What has "saved" me so far from nasty fractures and other consequences from my osteoporosis, is exercise. Doctors should really drill the importance of exercise in their patients, keep repeating the message, show patients the "success stories", hammer it home.
It would be nice of course if there were more courses for health specialists to specialize in the treatment of patients with osteoporosis (trainers, physical therapists, exercise specialists, and more).View Thread
Easy changes: I started taking supplements like calcium, vit D and fish oil.
I started exercising 5 times a week - I have always found it enjoyable, so I would classify that as "easy": although the exercise itself is never really easy, the lifestyle change has been.
Another lifestyle change is to eat healthier, which has probably been the most difficult, and I still struggle to replace candy with healthier things! Luckily I also eat a lot of vegetables and lean protein. Not eating enough dairy though.View Thread
Yes, you must be disappointed indeed. It doesn't seem as if Forteo has helped you much.
I suppose you are going to discontinue it now?
Maybe just continue to take calcium and vitamin D, and exercise really intensively. It has worked for me, but then, I am also taking strontium. My previous bone density test (1.5 years ago) showed quite an improvement.
What does your doctor recommend that you take from now on?View Thread