More than 200 000 000 people suffer from osteoporosis or osteopenia worldwide. An innocuous and inexpensive treatment would be welcome.
Serial controlled repeated measure.
Eighteen serial patients with osteoporosis or osteopenia, average age 68 years.
Qualifying blood and urine tests and dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scan preceding 10-minute daily yoga. DEXA scan repeated after 2 years.
Comparison of pre- and postyoga DEXA scans, injuries.
Yoga practitioners gained 0.76 and 0.94 points for spine and hips, respectively, on the T-scale when compared with controls (P = .01). Five patients with osteopenia were reclassified as normal; 2 patients with osteoporosis are now osteopenic. There were no injuries.
Yoga appears to be an effective way to build bone mineral density after menopause.
Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York.
Corresponding Author: Loren M. Fishman, MD, BPhil(Oxon), Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1009 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10028. (Loren@sciatica.org).