I literally feel like my world has just crumbled before me. I have just been diagnosed with osteoporosis as a result of my years of anorexia despite my best efforts to nourish my body the best I can. I am so so so upset it's beyond belief, 24 years old with osteoporosis is not what I wished for. Does anyone have any good advice for me for foods to eat lots of? Some people say dairy for calcium and so does a lot of research but then some people say no to dairy. I have not had much for the past year as I thought it was not that great for me but I have had loads of greens etc but it's obviously done me no good? Thinking of maybe some organic milk and yogurt? Maddie please please please some help here. I am pretty devastated 😪

11 comments,0 shares,1 likes
gemsandy
over 3 years

Just seconding the nutritionist advice. Calcium needs vitamin D and vitamin K2 to be integrated into bone otherwise calcium in high doses can be deposited elsewhere. Vitamin D is safest and more effective as vitamin D3. Vitamin K has two forms, for bones you need K2 which is low in the dirt and is formed as a metabolic byproduct from bacterial metabolism so it's made in your gut and in fermented unpasteurised foods but the highest concentration is in a good called nato. I have never tasted it but from what I have read of people's experiences it's quite an acquired taste!

Madeleine Shaw
over 3 years

Hey babe I'm so sorry to hear this! This is awful but something you can control and heal. Yes calcium is important and you can get it from lots of sources. Tahini, sardines, green leafy veg and almonds. Vitamin A, D and K are also important. And well as magnesium which you can get from pumpkin seeds and Leafy greens or supplement this. Inflammatory foods also should be kept to a minimum like white sugar and flour, and anti-inflammatory foods like ginger and turmeric should be had daily, like the turmeric milk! The most important thing is to keep positive, you are doing so well and my thoughts are with you ❤️

pincess
over 3 years

Ok well that's a good attitude. You just have to do the best you can. The past has gone. The post above sounds promising too. You are a fighter so I know you will do all you can. Big hug xxx

Rachel H
over 3 years

the right treatment, diet and exercise I have not broken any bones.

Rachel H
over 3 years

I'm sorry to hear this. I was diagnosed with osteoporosis when I was 20 (I'm 25 now) and my specialist recommended me to eat in my diet at least 500mg of calcium per day from different sources such as dairy, cauliflower, broccoli. And also 2,000 vitamin D per day (from supplements) and be in the sun in the morning or late afternoon without sunscreen for about 10 min. She also recommended weight lifting and walking at least 3 times per week. But unfortunately only doing this was not enough and what has really improved my osteoporosis was an injection called Forteo (teriparatide) that I took for two years (that's the maximum you can take) and now I'm on Actonel. I would recommend seeing a specialist and see if this is an option for you. I've seen other doctors and they all say this is the best treatment available. I hope yours improve too. I was also devasted when I was diagnosed as I so young but it's manageable and with

Jenhamer
over 3 years

Hi princess. Yes I had a DEXA scan last year and again last week to te check and all of the damage had got worse I used to have ostopenia. It turns out my body fat is still too low and that's why I don't have periods which are a crucial part of bone health because without estrogen you can't help maintain bone health. So the goal is to get my body fat up to a minimum of 18 and to get my periods back. Along with a lot of calcium from good quality dairy and greens and some good steady exercise I should be ok. Thanks X X X

pincess
over 3 years

*exercise!

pincess
over 3 years

Hi Jenhammer
So sorry to hear this. I don't think the damage would have happened in the last year. I would think what you have been doing has helped but the damage was already done.
I do understand calcium is good for bones but don't know if there are other ways of getting it other than dairy.
I know excessive that stresses bones, such as running and tennis etc helps bone density improve. I would see a nutritionist or an orthopaedic specialist. You should still be very very proud as if you hadn't changed for the best you wouldn't even be here.
Have you had a dexa scan to check the bone density.
You are still doing great. Hugs xxx

mon_mon_bon_bon7
over 3 years

Very sorry to hear about your diagnosis :-( Have you ever had your Vitamin D levels checked? You need Vitamin D to absorb calcium from your diet and Vitamin K2 is needed to transport calcium where its needed(bones,teeth). Hope that gives you a starting place for some further reading that could be beneficial! 😘

Agnesl
over 3 years

Oh no! So sorry to hear! But try to stay strong and I'm sure there are things out there to help you, you just need to do some research and seek advice from professionals. I'm sure you will find a way! Stay strong! Big hug! Xxx

Glowsquared
over 3 years

My advice would be to get to a nutritionist and seek personalised advice. My mum was diagnosed with osteoporosis at a relatively young age and so my sister and I stand a chance of inheriting it. Weight bearing exercise is key so you're doing all the right things with the programme. I avoid gluten because of intolerance but it also affects absorption of calcium as well according to the nutritionist I saw. Dairy products often seem the obvious choice, but there are lots more out there too! X