Do you have any articles on Osteopenia regarding exercise/nutrition recommendations?
Osteopenia denotes a reduced amount of bone mass indicative of a disease process. The vast majority of patients with osteopenia who do not get treatment will progress to osteoporosis, which means the reduction in bone mass is significant enough that the bone is no longer strong enough to provide basic skeletal support and at high risk of fracture.
The nutritional and exercise recommendations for osteopenia are fundamentally the same as those for osteoporosis. The patient is asked to eat at least three servings of dairy products daily, yogurt, milk, and cheese each day. The patient is also advised to take 1500 mg. of supplemental calcium and 400 IU of vitamin D daily. The calcium supplementation is not optional, it is in addition to the dairy products.
Weight bearing exercise and resistance training is the exercise that is recommended. Swimming and cycling are good for the heart but not your bones. Walking, dancing, weights, and lifting are the types of exercise that help rebuild bone mass. You start with small weights and increase as strength builds.
For an Alternative Response to this Question please read - Osteopenia By Noah Hittner.
John Mamana, M.D. Chairman, American Health Sciences