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I thought this may be of interest to some female runners
I was diagnosed with osteoporosis when i was 26yrs(I am now 38) and am still running AND told I can do marathons every other year AND no longer have osteoporosis( but have osteopenia in my lumbar spine)
From 25-26yrs I had 3 metatarsal stress fractures and one tibial stress fracture: hence my referral for a bone scan
I was amennhoreic for 6mnths when I was 15yrs( due to depression and not wanting to eat 'cos I didn't want to live......NOT an eating disorder). My periods have been regular since then. There is a strong family history of osteoporosis.
i am 5ft6 and now weigh 8st7lbs
when i was competing at an elite level(1hr26 for a half marathon) my weight was nearer 7st7lbs; but I still had periods
i was put on FOSSAMAX for 3yrs, My bone density increased
I am now only on CALCICHEW D3 FORTE. I have bone scans every 2yrs(DEXA Scans). Every 2yrs my bone density has been creeping up
My consultant is great. he says I can train for a marathon every other year.I have my bone scan in November this year. I am hoping to see further increase in bone density
i have had no stress fractures for 12yrs. I eat a good diet and ensure when I am marathon training I take carbohydrate and protein recovery drinks
many long distance runners do have osteoporosis: BUT ALL IS NOT LOST. YOU DO NOT NECESSARILY HAVE TO GIVE UP THE SPORT YOU LOVE: I AM LIVING PROOF