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!