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Further Questions on Other Bone Conditions

I suffer with back pain which I had assumed was caused by my osteoporosis. I have read however that osteoporosis is not painful unless you have broken a bone. X-rays have confirmed that I have no spinal fractures, so I am left confused about the cause of my pain.

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Does osteoporosis mean you have “brittle bones”?

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My doctor has told me that my bones are “soft” because I have very low levels of vitamin D. Is this osteoporosis?

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I have heard that the vitamin supplement glucosamine may help the pain of osteoarthritis, but wondered if it had a role to play in the treatment of osteoporosis?

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Further Questions on Healthy Eating

My friend says that skimmed milk has more calcium than whole milk. Is this true and if so why is this?

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I have heard that eating fish is really good for your bones. Why is this and which sort of fish is the best to have?

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I have recently been prescribed alendronic acid and calcium and vitamin D supplements for my osteoporosis. I have heard that you need to take magnesium to balance the calcium. Is this true?

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Is it true that vitamin K is important for bone health and if so, does it make a difference if I take vitamin K supplements or can I obtain enough in my diet?

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I’ve heard that calcium and vitamin D3 supplements can contain animal products. Are there any that are suitable for vegetarians?

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Further Questions on Lifestyle Changes

I have heard the fluoride that is added to tap water in some areas of the UK can be bad for bones and may increase the risk of hip fracture. Is this true?

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I smoke and want to stop and have wondered about swapping to e-cigarettes. Can you tell me whether these have the same adverse effect on bone health as conventional tobacco cigarettes?

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I have a low bone density and I am soon to have my first baby. I am considering breast feeding, but I am worried whether this will make my bones worse.

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Further Questions on Exercise

I am 63 and have recently been diagnosed with osteoporosis in my spine. I am keen to do all I can to help my bones and I know this includes exercise. I am not the sort of person to go to a gym, but a friend suggested yoga. Is this a suitable exercise to do?

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I have compression fractures in my spine as a result of osteoporosis and am looking to start a new exercise programme, perhaps Pilates, to strengthen my back muscles. How can I find a specialist instructor or exercise class as I am unsure about what would be effective but safe?

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