So, at my last allergist appointment, doc sent me for a bone density scan. This is the first I've had, so nothing to compare it to. Came back as osteopenia which earned me a trip to the endocrinologist Cuz, ya know, I don't have enough specialists in my life
Anyway, she's not overly concerned with my current numbers and, for now, we just need to track things over time. My vitamin D is chronically low and has been for a number of years. Need to take supplements for calcium and D and make some "lifestyle" changes. The more calcium I can get through food, the better, but since I'm dairy intolerant, I have to find dairy-free sources. That's the lease of my concerns since I've been adding that for years.
As people with asthma, who take inhaled and oral steroids, that puts us at increased . Joy! But in addition, asthma can also "complicate" some other risk factors – like a sedentary lifestyle. I know I tend to avoid more strenuous activity at time out of fear of triggering an attack because I'm already on the hairy edge. GERD meds, which I also take because GERD is an asthma trigger for me, are another risk factor.
I know I don't move enough – not even just walking around during the day. She wants me to get in 10K steps each day! I can hit that easily on a weekend, but weekdays are more of a challenge. I need to build in walking during the day. I've starting taking a loop around the entire house every time I get up for something – kitchen for tea, bio break, etc. It comes out to 85 steps! I need to make 125 loops per day Clearly I need to come up with other ideas! And cycling doesn't count as "weight bearing"
I've signed up for a trial package at a yoga studio and have tried 2 different classes/teachers so far. I think I can manage to make this a priority and stay on track. Since I have to sign up for the class on the web, that makes it harder to blow it off. The best options are a Thursday evening or Saturday morning. It doesn't count as "weight bearing" exercise, but strengthening can help in other ways.
I'm also hoping to do a weekly hike. Da boy is willing to be my hiking buddy and I'm gonna take full advantage of that! I need to find shady trails though as we both hate the heat. And ones with not too much elevation change at least to begin with.
So, anyone else facing this bone loss monster? What are you doing to counteract the risk factors of steroids/meds, lifestyle and just plain aging?