Pat Overcomes Osteopenia Through Exercise
Competitive and recreational sports have been a part of Pat’s life for as long as she can remember. As a result, she was in excellent physical shape. However, she knew that she was subject to a number of bone-health risk factors and, in order to avoid any surprises, she decided that she should consult with her physician:
“Six years ago I read an article about osteoporosis,” explains Pat. “Realizing I had several of the risk factors—Caucasian, small boned, and limited milk consumption since childhood—I decided to ask my physician about a Bone Mineral Density test.”
Since Pat had always had a healthy diet and been active most of her life, she expected that the results of her Bone Mineral Density test would be positive. But she surprised to find that that was not the case!
“I was diagnosed with low bone mineral density—I was crushed! I felt like my body had betrayed me,” says Pat. “To add to my distress I soon learned that my mother had been diagnosed with osteoporosis after a fall had broken her hip and that my father had Paget’s disease (a malfunction in bone remodeling that results in soft and porous bones that break more easily).”
“I knew that if I was going to have a healthy and active life as I aged, I needed to take corrective action now,” she explains. “I took stock of my activity level and decided that I need to start back on a regular exercise program. That was three years ago. It was at that time I embarked on the MelioGuide Exercise for Better Bones Program designed by Margaret Martin.”
Pat makes exercise and healthy eating a priority in her life.
“I reviewed my diet with a professional dietician,” says Pat. “My weekly regime now includes daily calcium and vitamin D supplements, two to three days of weight training and several workouts on the elliptical.”
Although Pat would benefit from running or jogging, her hips cannot support the stress that results from those activities. However, that has not deterred Pat from taking on other exercise activities: “I have also incorporated exercise ball training to help improve my core strength and balance. And from May to October I carry my twenty pound golf bag three to four days a week!”
Over the last 6 years and into menopause, Pat has been able to maintain her original bone density level!
“At age 51, I’m more active than I have ever been. I feel healthier and happier and in the best shape of my life!” exclaims Pat.