I got some disturbing news today. The results of my DEXA bone scan came back showing I have mild osteopenia. What’s that you ask? Well, according to some it is a precursor to osteoporosis or brittle bones. Others say it is an over diagnosed condition that affects most women over the age of 50 and doesn’t necessarily mean the development of osteoporosis. Either way you look at it, I DON’T LIKE IT!
Obviously I’ve been doing a lot of reading today. Seems I am a very good candidate for osteopenia because I am (1) female, (2) white, (3) post menopausal, (4) small boned, and (5) have been pretty sedentary in the past decade due to working on the computer all day. Yay me!
So, I’ve decided to do what I can to prevent my bone loss, even normal bone loss from aging, from going any further into the negative category. I am going to do as the doctor directs and up my intake of Vitamin D3. I’ll begin to take calcium supplements, but I’m also going to do my research on whether calcium is ultimately beneficial or not, as there is some disagreement. I’ll also faithfully perform weight bearing exercises and strength training exercises. I can’t mess around anymore. It’s time to fish or cut bait!
But wait, there’s more! My blood pressure was sky high at 158/84. For me that is super high. I have a bit of White Coat Syndrome and my blood pressure usually goes up 10 points or so, which would explain the previous pressure readings of 138/80. But, and this is a big BUT, it wouldn’t account for a 30 point overall increase. Something is amiss here! I woke up with a headache this morning, which didn’t help the situation. The doctor said the headache was caused by the high blood pressure. I’m not so sure. Did I have a headache because I have high blood pressure or did I have such high blood pressure because I had a headache?
The doctor wrote me out a prescription for blood pressure medication. She said it was time to take some action steps since it was trending higher and higher. Did I mention that both my parents and all of my siblings had or currently have high BP and are on medication? Yeah, genetic lottery winner over here!
I’m not getting the prescription filled just yet. Starting on BP meds is a slippery slope. I’d like to try, really try, to bring down my blood pressure naturally. That means lose the 20 pounds I’ve been hanging on to for the past 8 or so years. Absolutely clean up my diet and do everything I can to support a healthy weight, healthy bones, and healthy blood pressure. I have no excuses anymore because this just got very serious for me folks!
I know I’ve written about losing weight and eating healthfully before, a few times if I recall. But other than cosmetic reasons and a vague vision of a healthier me, I didn’t have an absolutely compelling reason to get off of my butt, stop talking, and actually DO THE STUFF I’VE WRITTEN ABOUT! I guess now I do, have a compelling reason that is. I’ve never had bad medical test results before. Never ever. I don’t like it and I don’t want to continue in the wrong direction. And, since I can do something about my bone mineral density AND my blood pressure, I’m going to do it. Bone loss leads to fracture which leads to early death. Uncontrolled blood pressure leads to strokes which leads to death. I know I’m going to die someday, but whenever that day is, I want to die healthy! Ya know what I mean?
I’ve decided that getting a handle on my health vis-`a-vis weight, bone density, and blood pressure should be my job right now. I’m going to do everything in my power to turn this ship around. There is just no reason to put up with things that are absolutely in my power to change.
To that end, I’m going to put my Simple 365 into a bit of a holding pattern. I enjoy writing posts about living a simpler life, but I’m not going to worry about getting 365 posts written and posted over the course of one year. If I manage that feat, great, pat me on the back. But, if I don’t because I’m out walking or perhaps even jogging a bit, then so be it. I know no one who reads my blog will really mind.
I will be keeping you abreast of what’s happening and how I’m doing. I’m super motivated right now, but it is easy to fall back into old habits. Writing about it will keep me accountable. I’m also hoping that writing about my experiences will motivate readers, now and in the future, to make changes as well so that we can all get healthier together.
My motivation is to stay off BP meds, Fosamax, and attend at least four weddings in 14 years or so, and, if I’m honest, have firmer thighs What motivates you?