Osteoporosis and medications.

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Hi, I have a friend, a 74 year old lady, who has osteopenia / borderline osteoporosis. Her t-score readings are:

Femoral neck -2.6

Femur -2

Lumbar -2.2

She doesn't want to take medications because of their (alleged) side effects. She would very much like to treat it by taking Calcium supplements and Vitamin D. She is an active walker and does brisk walking for about 1 1/2 hours each day. Does anyone have information as to whether this regime, and avoiding medications, is likely to keep her condition stable, or is deterioration almost unavoidable unless medications are taken?

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