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Osteoporosis

Supplements for Increasing Bone Density

05/27/2008

Question:

I recently had a bone density scan. I have learned that my spine is at -2.6 and my hips are at -2.8. I am 43 years old, had a hystorectomy 4 years ago and gastric bypass 8 years ago. Because my bones are so fragile, is it possible to rebuild or strengthen them by taking calcium suppliments? Is it possible to bring my numbers up from -2.8 or will that number stay that low for the rest of my life? Thank you in advance for your help.

Answer:

Bringing the numbers up will probably require an osteoporosis drug.  It would probably be advisable for you to have some other tests to be sure there are no other causes of your osteoporosis.  Be sure to get a 25 OH-vitamin D level along with the other tests.

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Response by:

Margery   Gass, MD Margery Gass, MD
Formely, Professor, Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati