Episode 56: Navigating a New Osteoporosis Diagnosis: Tools and Advice for Your Journey

Stronger Bones Lifestyle Podcast: Take Control of Your Bone Health

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[0:51] What happens when you are newly diagnosed with osteoporosis.
[1:24] First thing: take a breath
[1:46] Triggers after diagnosis
[2:13] What these triggers can do
[3:33] Awareness of bone metabolism
[3:55] The issues with DEXA scan
[5:47] The spine is where your higher numbers are usually
[6:13] Look and understand your numbers
[7:05] What is a DEXA scan, how does it work?
[7:53] REMS
[8:53] 4.1 million diagnoses of osteoporosis per year
[10:03] The main area of fracture
[10:54] Osteoporosis and bone loss is reversible
[11:34] The inside of bone tissue is a honeycomb
[12:28] Shiny objects in bone health space
[12:55] The health of your gut
[14:00] Oxalates
[14:23] 7 root causes of bone loss
[15:07] What is in your control
[16:06] My message to the newly diagnosed

Lifestyle-Based Osteoporosis: Strategies for Reversing Bone Loss and Building Better Bones

Welcome to Episode 56 of the Stronger Bones Lifestyle Podcast, where we explore the connection between lifestyle and bone health. 

In this episode, host Debi Robinson discusses the impact of a diagnosis of osteoporosis, shedding light on the mental and emotional triggers often accompanying the news. She delves into the complexities of bone density measurements and challenges the conventional perceptions of osteoporosis as an inevitable part of aging, emphasizing its lifestyle-based nature and the potential for reversal. 

Here are some key takeaways from the episode:

  • Understanding the triggers of fear and scarcity that may accompany a diagnosis of osteoporosis
  • Insights on the inaccuracies and limitations of bone density scans and the influence of factors like body size on readings
  • Exploring the lifestyle-based, reversible nature of osteoporosis, and the seven root causes of bone loss
  • Tips on posture, stress management, gut health, and daily habits to support bone strength and density

Join us as we uncover practical steps and insights to empower women to take control of their bone health. Get ready to transform the way you view osteoporosis and discover the myriad ways you can slow down, halt, or even reverse bone loss.

"The thoughts that we have, the aspects of stress first start in the mind with thoughts or a diagnosis of osteoporosis and then they go down into breaking down your body biochemically.” [2:13]

"Bones do not break down or build up quicky and that’s a good thing.” [3:21]

"Osteoporosis is a metabolic disease. It’s a lifestyle based disease and there are many daily habits that you can have that will slow down, stop and reverse bone loss.” [15:32]

"We are in charge of the strength the density the quality of our bones and I am here to shout that from the rooftops.” [17:07]

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Yes, bone loss is reversible, and building better quality, fracture-proof bones is possible. Depending on where you are on the range of bone loss, you can potentially reverse osteoporosis or stay in the osteopenia zone. It is a metabolic condition that is lifestyle based and can be controlled with the right approach to movement, stress management, nutrition, and overall lifestyle habits.

The accuracy of Dexa scans can be questionable, with studies showing that the variability in readings can be as high as 70%. The podcast episode shares insights from a spinal surgeon who has observed discrepancies between Dexa scan readings and the actual bone health of patients during surgeries. It’s important to be aware of potential inaccuracies and not solely rely on Dexa scan results when making decisions about bone health.

Osteoporosis is a lifestyle-based disease, affected by factors such as movement habits, stress management, dietary choices, and overall lifestyle. The episode emphasizes the role of stress management, proper nutrition, and regular physical activity in maintaining the quality, health, and density of bones.

An osteoporosis diagnosis can trigger feelings of fear and scarcity, leading to stress and breakdown within the body. The podcast encourages individuals to take a deep breath, become aware of their triggers, and focus on learning about their bone health to alleviate the fear and take proactive steps toward managing their condition.

Posture is emphasized as a critical factor in maintaining bone health, particularly for the spine. The podcast recommends paying attention to posture, maintaining the safe spinal space, and working on core strength and alignment as essential components of supporting bone health.

The podcast explores the significance of gut health and its relationship to bone health, emphasizing the need to digest, absorb, and assimilate nutrients effectively. It discusses the impact of certain anti-nutrients found in foods and the importance of healing the gut to support optimal bone health.

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