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Hi again,

It sounds like you are doing the right things. I won't presume to advise you on exercise...that's something you should discuss with your doctor. I think you are at high risk for hip fracture so you have to be careful.

As for calcium, my husband and I take 500 mg of calcium+D along with 250 mg of magnesium with each meal, so three times a day. We also have yogurt every day, and eat lots of green vegetables and dairy products.

My husband is in his third month of Forteo. He's 57, and seven years of Fosamax didn't improve his bone density, so Forteo was a last resort for him. As you may know, Forteo is recombinant parathyroid hormone, and it actually grows new bone. (Other treatments like Fosamax don't grow new bone, they simply slow down the resorption process.) It is a daily subcutaneous injection, taken in the belly or thigh. What you may not know is that it is very expensive: one pen (28 days' worth) costs anywhere between $750 and $950, depending on where you shop. Our insurance (Blue Cross) pays 80%, but that's still a lot.

When you see the endo, ask about the Forteo. It might be a good option for you because it works pretty quickly.

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