What We Do Not Recommend

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What the Irish Osteoporosis Society, the National Experts in Bone Health do not recommend

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We do not recommend screening or diagnosing bone loss (Osteopenia or Osteoporosis) using an ultrasound machine of the heel, shin, or forearm.


We do not recommend people wait 5 years before they have repeat DXA scans. You have a disease which should be monitored to ensure your bone health is improving. We recommend DXA scanning at a minimum every two years. This is to ensure you are responding positively to your treatment, and that if your DXA scan results are declining, it is caught early, investigated and treated.


We do not recommend people treat their bone loss only with supplements, exercise, and nutrition. Osteoporosis is a disease and needs to be treated by medications which have had extensive clinical research done on them to ensure they work.


We do not recommend that anyone with bone loss breast feed, as research shows that the majority of fractures occur in the moderate to marked Osteopenia range. We do not believe that it is worth the risk of fracturing, and then not being able to take care of your new born baby and also your other children.


We do not recommend any of the following for those with or at risk of bone loss; many stretches in yoga, exercise on trampolines, vibration machines, touching your toes with your legs straight, while sitting or standing, twisting your back with your feet planted on the floor, regular sit ups, skiing, skateboards, ice skating, gymnastics, ballet, kick boxing, boxing, excessive weights and any other activity which places a person at high risk to fracture bones.


We do not recommend high impact movements such as box jumps, which is when a person stands on a step or a box and jumps down landing on both feet, or Heel Drops, which is when a person stands up as high as possible on their toes and then relaxes their muscles and drops their heels quickly to the floor. We consider these movements are placing people at risk of fracturing. There is no reason why a person who has bone loss, should take a risk of doing exercises that could end up with fractures. it is much safer to slowly and steadily build up your bone strength.