Suggestions for an adjustable weighted vest for bone strengthening?

Posted by fiesty76 @fiesty76, Jan 23 3:15pm

I think it was a member of this forum who mentioned having a vest that could have added weights added. If so, could that person or others who have one recommend a specific brand of vest to purchase? I am off Reclast at present for my osteoporosis and am interested in add more weight bearing help. Thank you.

@fiesty76 here's and article from the American Bone Health site that talks about weighted vests.

Weighted Vests for Bone Health: https://americanbonehealth.org/exercise/weighted-vests-for-bone-health/

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@johnbishop, Thank you so much! There are many varieties listed at Amazon and so I appreciate, as always, your help with providing more information. As an older, under weight female, I only know I should start with something comfortable and pretty light. Will read the article with great interest. You deserve at least 3 hugs/day from each of your many grateful followers. 3 giant, gentle cybers on their way!!

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@johnbishop

@fiesty76 here's and article from the American Bone Health site that talks about weighted vests.

Weighted Vests for Bone Health: https://americanbonehealth.org/exercise/weighted-vests-for-bone-health/

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@johnbishop That was an interesting article, John. Thanks for providing that information.

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@johnbishop, After reading the helpful Am. Bone Health article, John, I understand that while weighted vests might prove helpful for some, there are good reasons to talk with my doc before trying one for myself. Balance, percentage of weight to add and fit are factors that I'd not given enough thought to. Thank you.

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I have severe osteoporosis and am more scared of the treatments than I am of breaking a bone. Does anyone have experience with the idea of wearing extra weight to keep bones strong?

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@cpb

I have severe osteoporosis and am more scared of the treatments than I am of breaking a bone. Does anyone have experience with the idea of wearing extra weight to keep bones strong?

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There is a lot of information if you Google – the trick is to drill down to the facts/science, not the sales ads. Here is one discussion: https://americanbonehealth.org/exercise/weighted-vests-for-bone-health/
There are some other studies, too. All of them rely on:
– Concurrence by your physician
– Long-term adherence to a weight-bearing exercise routine while wearing the vest. The studies cite a 3X/week jumping exercise – if your osteoporosis is severe, it may not be for you.
– Other non-drug management strategies – diet, stop smoking, etc
– Careful fitting, and proper amount of weight.

In other words, just like every other therapy or treatment, it is an active process, not just a matter of putting on the vest. The best way to start would be to find a PT who deals with osteoporosis, to design a treatment based on your body, and to fit the vest for you.

Please let us know if you decide to try it – it would be wonderful to have a non-pharma option.
Sue

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@cpb

I have severe osteoporosis and am more scared of the treatments than I am of breaking a bone. Does anyone have experience with the idea of wearing extra weight to keep bones strong?

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This is exactly is what’s going on with me. So scared of treatments for. I can’t believe in the age that we live that there isn’t someone who couldn’t come out with a med safer without all the horrible side effects. It’s sad. Thank you for info on vests. I would agree you need to find help in making this decision also. God bless all of you.

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@cpb

I have severe osteoporosis and am more scared of the treatments than I am of breaking a bone. Does anyone have experience with the idea of wearing extra weight to keep bones strong?

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Hello @cpd and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I see @sueinmn has jumped in to provide you with some resources as you investigate which option may work best for you.

You will notice that I have moved your post into an existing discussion on weighted vest so that you may also scroll back through the previous comments to learn from others as well as connect with members like @fiesty76 and @sallyjoan.

Have you consulted with your doctor about your interest and to see if you would be a good candidate?

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