Your diet looks good; you could maybe add some yogurt, nuts and more of a variety of fruit. Nuts will provide calories and healthy fats and of course protein (and even calcium) and would be a good afternoon snack, especially if you pair it with fruit. Dried fruit is even more concentrated than fresh, so you could include some of that too.
Make sure your portions are substantial too. When you say dinner is protein, veg and rice/pasta, it could of course be that your portions are very small. And include some starchy veg like sweet potatoes, pumpkin, beetroot, etc.
You could maybe keep a food diary for a week and show that to the nurse so that she can see your food intake is not like that of a typical anorexic person.View Thread
I was on Fosamax (fairly young, 35 years) for a number of years, and I don't have a lot of faith in its efficiency. While taking it I was still getting a fracture more or less annually. Since started exercising (aggressively, 6 times a week, lots of both cardio and challenging weight training) and taking vit D and fish oil capsules in addition to the calcium I had been taking before, and taking Strontium, my fractures have stopped happening.
However, it is of course a personal decision and you have to try and gather as much information as you can, consult professionals, read research etc. and then make the decision you think is best.
If she decides to take Fosamax I would suggest a break (medication "holiday") every 2.5 years or so.View Thread
Maybe they look at your BMI, or the percentage you are below normal weight.
But I agree with you, there is a difference between underweight and anorexic.
If you eat the number of calories someone of your height (who has a normal weight) should eat, and are not anorexic, maybe take the matter up with the nurse. Otherwise the "label" would be inaccurate and unfair.View Thread
With fractures, intolerance of weight-bearing is a real give-away. If you have pain when you put your weight on that foot, chances are there could be a fracture. Wearing a closed shoe would also be very uncomfortable and painful.
You would probably also feel the pain more at night, lying down: a deep ache in the bone.
If it is fractured there is not much you can do for a foot bone, apart from taking it easy and minimising walking or standing on that foot. Healing would take about 6 weeks.
I think that the body is adapted to control its pH automatically through various biochemical processes, so I wouldn't worry about "avoiding acid-forming foods", rather just avoid food that is not high in nutrition.
Many of the acidic foods are perfectly healthy and your body in fact needs them. Nature provided them to enable us to make use of their antioxidants, protein and other elements. Food like mushrooms, fish, meat, eggs, olives, nuts, oats, beans - all great sources of nutrition, and not to be avoided because they feature on the acid-forming list.
Have you seen any scientific proof of the effect of alkaline vs acidic foods on osteoporosis?View Thread
Maybe it is because I have osteoporosis myself, but I also think more regular tests are wiser.
People's lifestyles can change (for the worse) quickly and contribute towards developing osteoporosis a lot.
For example, a 67 year old woman (or man) may become much less active than she has been all her life (due to general aches and pains preventing her from exercising, retirement, etc.). Or she may start watching her finances more when on retirement and not buy as much dairy as before. And spend more time indoors and get less vit. D, etc.
If her bones weaken as a result, at least the bone density test will pick it up and she can modify her lifestyle and diet before things get worse.View Thread
I think you should maybe go for tests (e.g. at a endocrinologist). They can test you for coeliac disease or other digestive disorders that may be preventing you from absorbing nutrients (including Calcium and Vit. D) properly.View Thread