Do It Myself Blog – Glenda Watson Hyatt

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Glenda Shares Her Experience with Osteoporosis

Filed under: Virtual Book Tour — by at 11:57 pm on Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Today, my virtual book tour finds me heading back down to Paradise, California, to chat with Gillian Hood-Gabrielson again; this time on her Women’s Health and Fitness Podcast Directory. When we were trying to come up with a topic for our chat, I noticed osteoporosis wasn’t a category yet. What is a resource on women’s health without including osteoporosis? This is such an important health issue. According to Gillian, current statistics say that 1 out of every 2 women will develop osteoporosis in her lifetime. I offered to christen the osteoporosis category.

I was diagnosed with osteoporosis a few years ago. Until my diagnosis, I thought osteoporosis was an “old lady’s disease”. I did not know I was at high risk because of my limited physical activity due to my cerebral palsy. In the interview, I share how the several months after being diagnosed was one of the most difficult periods in my life. And I go into greater detail in my autobiography I’ll Do It Myself.

I would like to add that osteoporosis is not only a women’s health issue; my husband also has the disease. From my experience, medical professionals need to discuss this issue more with people with limited mobility, so that we are aware we are at risk and then can make informed decisions about our physical activity levels, diet and medication options. This is a message I would to get out to doctors and to the disabled community.

On a more cheerful note, Liz continued her 4-part interview with me.

And, Reverend Carla Golden kindly posted our interview on her “Soul Food: Stories of Hope and Inspiration” group on Enjoy our spiritual moment.

Thanks so much, ladies! You are making this virtual book tour an awesome trip.

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Comment by Avril

February 28, 2007 @ 8:13 am

Hi Glenda,
My mom was given Fosamax for osteoporosis as well. In her case it didn’t give her additional pain (which she already had due to arthritis), but it made her so nauseous she couldn’t eat. As soon as she went off it she felt better. The doctors then tried Actonel, which is similar to Fosamax but you only take it once a week. Fortunately it has worked fine, and doesn’t seem to be giving her bad side effects.

As a matter of fact, I too was diagnosed with borderline osteoporosis and have been taking Actonel for the past year. I recently went for another bone density scan and will learn the results tomorrow. Hopefully it’s working! The one thing I’m noticing is that I have some joint stiffness in my hands, which the small print says could be a side effect of Actonel. I guess it’s always a trade-off….


Comment by Mackenzie Ward

May 18, 2010 @ 9:09 am

Osteoporosis is very common specially in old persons. Food supplementation with calcium and magnesium helps a lot to slow down osteoporosis. -~,

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