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Dermotm55

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Osteopenia in Men
« on: January 24, 2012, 06:16:53 pm »
I am 30 years old. When I was a teen, I was depressed and had OCD and I did not eat well nor did I get much exercise.

When I was in my mid-twenties I developed Ulcerative Colitis which I think may have been triggered by Creatine use. Anyhow, I was given IV steroids and other medications. Colitis relapsed over a period of about 3 years during which I was given Prednisolone steroids.

I was prescribed Calcichew D3 supplements and FOSAMAX. A DEXA bone scan revealed osteopenia in my lower spine and hip bones. The doctor advised me to take calcium supplements and exercise each day. I was slack about both those pieces of advice.

However, now I am taking it seriously.

I am confused about all the different calcium and other vitamin and mineral supplements and wonder if anyone can give me some advice about what supplements I should be taking and what dosage I should be aiming for. The doctor just said take Calcichew, but it has aspartame in it and I wish to avoid that.
« Last Edit: January 24, 2012, 06:18:59 pm by Dermotm55 »

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Re: Osteopenia in Men
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2012, 07:33:55 pm »
Sorry to hear it.  Here's a few (disorganized) thoughts that hopefully will help somewhat:

1.  Be very careful with the FOSAMAX.  I had a close relative who actually developed a duodenal ulcer - not esphogeal - from the stuff (we are pretty sure).  She was very, very, very sick from it.  It has been reported enough to where they have studied the issue:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11966346

2.  I can tell you which kind of calcium to be very cautious about:  coral.  This has a history of lead and mercury contamination and, although some manufacturers claim to be stellar, I can't see any compelling reason to risk it.

3.  As you probably know, Vitamin D, magnesium, exercise and boron are critical to bone maintenance and, arguably, just as important. 

4.  Have you had your testosterone checked?  If your testosterone gets low enough, it's possible for your estrogen to follow and dip low enough to lead to bone loss (even in men).
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Re: Osteopenia in Men
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Dermotm55

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Re: Osteopenia in Men
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2012, 01:54:42 am »
Thanks for that!  :)

I'm gonna pluck up the courage and ask my GP for a T test to check things are OK in a month or so.

I also started taking fish oil, pomegranate juice, and zinc and implementing many of the other diet/exercise suggestions on your site. Thank you so much for your free website - I learned so much there and its definitely given me a more positive outlook on life and what I can do to help myself.
« Last Edit: January 28, 2012, 02:06:26 am by Dermotm55 »

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Re: Osteopenia in Men
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2012, 04:41:39 am »
Thx for the encouragement - glad something on here helped...
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Re: Osteopenia in Men
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Re: Osteopenia in Men
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2012, 03:44:37 pm »
When I was about 27 years old, my first and only T test revealed a score of 570. Would you say that was a good value for a 27 year old?

I'm 30 now so it will be interesting to see the result of my next test, given that I am now eating healthier, sleeping better, and getting more exercise.

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Re: Osteopenia in Men
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2012, 04:36:17 am »
Nothing to worry about at 570.  And imo it's nice to have a few reads as you go through life - unless you're the paranoid type! - to establish a baseline and a pattern. 
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And check out my New Peak Testosterone Program: http://www.peaktestosterone.com/peak_testosterone_program
If you are on medications or have a medical condition, always check with your doctor first before making any lifestyle changes or taking new supplements.  And low testosterone is a medical condition.

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Re: Osteopenia in Men
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2012, 04:36:17 am »