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24 April 2018 @ 09:53 am
Thanks Belinda  


Some time ago, at daiskmeliadorn's suggestion,  I listened to a podcast of Professor Belinda Beck talking about bone health in athletes (and ordinary people). She suggested jumping down stairs as an ideal exercise to enhance bone density and strength.

I had been diagnosed as having osteoporosis of the lumbar spine in 2016, and I didn't want to take alendronate (aka Fosamax) to  fix the problem. I wasn't too keen on the possible side effect of osteonecrosis of the jaw, no matter how remote the likelihood. So I decided to try:

  • weight gain of ~10%

  • 1200 mg / day calcium supplement (plus 1000 units Vitamin D)

  • Stair-jumping, as suggested by Belinda


Here is the result. My 2016 and 2018 BMD scores are shown by the black square:






My age-weight-sex related BMD score was 2.3 Standard Deviations below the mean in 2016, but I'm now only 1.7 SDs below the mean.

Thanks for the tip Belinda!

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