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From: summer ( -
Subject: Re: Bone density and vegan diet
Date: March 7, 2009 at 9:15 pm PST

In Reply to: Bone density and vegan diet posted by Lisa on March 6, 2009 at 5:13 pm:

I've been vegan for 26 years this month, and vegetarian for 15 years before that. I had a bone density test done 2 or 3 years ago, and it was fine. Not teenage levels, but quite acceptable.

I have a friend who is no longer a vegan and has a lousy bone density reading. BUT, I have a "heavy" skeleton, and she has a "thin" skeleton. So she is at greater risk than I am, even if she were a meat eater/milk addict all her life.

Diet is important, but it isn't everything. Genetics has a part. Smoking doesn't help. And believe it or not - just plain old walking ("pounding the pavement") has a part in it also. Bones need exercise just like everything else.

"Common knowledge" says you can't repair the damage, but I think that's an urban legend. -- As are so many "dietary facts".

I had my B-12 tested at the same time just to deal with those who squawk about that subject. It was also fine.


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