Hi Asleep on a Sunbeam - love that name!
Yep we discussed Vitamin D and he said if I were to choose to take Calcium supplements then I should combine with Vitamin D for absorption. Interesting that there are several vitamins & minerals that do well in the presence of others.
You can picture what our cave-like existent lives would have been like - foraging in the open air and sunshine (vitamin D) & eating the right kinds of foods (mostly plant based - OMG imagine having to chase large animals for food - baaah all too hard & gruesome!
) Anyway you can picture the "natural life" and how all these things would have worked hand in hand, not to mention the volume of physical activity!
Anyways, I have been diagnosed since I was 27, I am now 34. When I went for my bone scan they treated me like crap - you're not old enough, you haven't had a fracture, you don't have kidney failure blah-de-blah-blah. All the Q's were to ascertain if the govt would pay for the test which is aimed at people over 65. I was like excuse me I have been referred by my GP and I will pay the $100 for the bloody test. I again encountered the same opposition by the tech doing the scan - you're too young, we don't scan people under 30 blah blah. Then after the 20 min scan she came back in the room with the results and was all sheepish & like 'oh good thing you came you do have evidence of it'!
When first scanned I had osteopenia - the precursor to osteoporosis. This is all based on levels of bone scans - mine was done on hip and ankle. After 2 years I went back for a recheck & altho I had been good diet-wise & exercise-wise I tipped over the line for osteoporosis that time rather than osteopenia. I have not been back for another scan and reckon it would still be bad. I am very mindful of not breaking any bones cos I could have problems there....
Dietwise the biggest thing would be the reduction in animal products as I used to eat heaps of diary. I try to be mindful of things that would help with intake of natural calcium - I do not do supplements. My mum once had calcium supplements (she has it also) and I just happened to read the label and the calcium source was ground up oyster shells - gross!
One tip on calcium supplements. Many can be expensive so to make sure you're getting the best you should put one tablet in a glass on regular white vinegar (similar acidity to stomach) - leave for 20 mins, if the tablet is fully/mostly dissolved you have a good supplement if not find another cos the calcium will not be absorbed well by the body. I was skeptical of this test but we did it on a tablet my mum had and it didn't dissolve for over an hour - I was amazed at the diff between that and another one we tried.
Nope, sorry I don't believe table tennis counts. You've gotta think jolting (gentle)/weight bearing exercise on your legs/torso.
Diving into the blue again......
Winners do things that losers just won't.