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O is for Oh, No! Osteoporosis!


Osteoporosis, I have a bone to pick with you.

OK, that’s not even funny.

In Wisconsin, it’s practically a sacrilege to skimp on dairy.

We love our cheddars, our frozen custard and our ice cream. We order extra cheese on our pizzas. Our restaurants serve real butter with bread baskets.

Like any loyal Badger State denizen, I’ve ODed on calcium. Me? Brittle bones? No way.
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So you can imagine my surprise when my doctor ordered a bone density test.

OK, the fact that I sustained 12 fractures (That’s right!) when a sweet young horse turned me into a lawn dart last summer might have had something to do with it. The poor little guy was stung on the rump by a wasp and tried to buck it off, while I happened to be on his back.

There was a lot of whoa-ing, but it was too late.

Big ouch!

I was laid up for weeks, finally graduating to physical therapy. Doctors told me to stay out of the saddle. So I’ve ridden bareback. (Ba-dum-bum!)

In modern medical technology, a dozen bone breaks generally is regarded as cause for sounding the osteoporosis alarm, particularly for an individual who requires reading glasses to sign in at the hospital.

My doctor doesn’t believe that I’m revisiting the age of 30 again and again and again.

So I’ve had a bone density test. I have a giant bottle of calcium tablets and prescription-strength Vitamin D.

I’m gonna take a lesson from that young horse and buck osteoporosis right off my back.
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Here’s what some of my writing colleagues have to say on this health subject:

Understanding Osteoarthritis and Osteoporosis – Wendy Dawn
Learn the differences in arthritis and osteoporosis, and learn about the symptoms and causes of both osteoiarthritis and osteoporosis.

Decrease Osteoporosis Risk: Increasing Calcium Not Enough – Rebecca Wrenn
Many Americans falsely presume that taking a daily calcium supplement will decrease their risk and protect them from developing osteoporosis in the future. Find out what else is necessary to decrease risk for osteoporosis.

Is it Just the Aches and Pains or Do You Have Osteoporosis? – Sophie Walton
Do not ignore that backache or the loss of height; you could have Osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is thought to be an "old woman's disease" but this is not the case. Osteoporosis can affect anyone causing weak and brittle bones.

Calcium Supplements, Osteoporosis and Heart Attack – Jolynne M. Hudnell
How do calcium supplements, osteoporosis and heart attack go together? Calcium supplements are often taken to help prevent osteoporosis. A recent study showed an increased risk of heart attack and stroke in those taking calcium supplements.

Cause of Osteoporosis: Fear of Bulking Up from Lifting Weights – Jillita Horton
Osteoporosis (brittle bone disease) can be caused by your fear of bulking up from lifting weights. I'm a certified personal trainer. A major risk factor for osteoporosis is lack of weight-bearing exercise.

10 Tips to Care for Elderly Osteoporosis – Wendy Dawn
Learn how to provide the best possible care for an elderly patient with osteoporosis. It is not as difficult as you may think.

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2 comments:

  1. Hi, I am a new follower from the challenge. I just learned more about osteoporosis than I did from my doc. I hope all goes well with your bone density test.

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  2. Hoping for a strong, healthy report for you! And, I'm glad to hear you're back to riding again! Take care! ~ Angela, Whole Foods Living, http://www.wholefoodsliving.blogspot.com/

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