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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3 Responses to Thanks Belinda

  1. Anonymous says:

    Dude. That is AWESOME. The only other thing that has actually been show to improve bone density is weight training, but you probably already knew that.
    -geowench

    • oldblack says:

      Good point. I actually did a little of this type of work but decided that it is best done with a machine in a gym and I was too stingy to join one!

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