Just found out I was wrong. You need 1/4 cup of sesame seeds just to get 30% of your calcium or something ridiculous like that, and they're very high in copper. So it looks like you'd have to overdose on copper to get enough calcium. Arghhh
It's amazing how limited calcium options are when you stop having dairy!
have you had your levels checked recently ? if not, i would suggest having blood work done to establish a base line -
in some cases, cooked veggies supply more nutrients and are better absorbed versus raw -
My doctor said blood work is not very effective because when your body is low on calcium it will just start taking it from the bones so the blood test looks "normal" even though its your own bones being used up.
A very smart doctor, an endocrinologist, suggested that Reclast (zolendronic acid) protects the bones from pred. It is an infusion given every year or two.
The side effects for that look gnarly and one of them is diarrhea!
I can't do a a lot of dairy either, but I drink unsweetened original almond milk (Almond Breeze) and it has 45% of the RDA. An ounce of chia has 18% if you can handle seeds (I can handle them if I soak them first).
Almond Breeze has fillers in it like gums that make me bleed. It has calcium because it's fortified with calcium powder, the very thing I'm trying to avoid. Just look at the ingredients list.
Chiron, do not forget exercise is very important to help keep your bones strong. I have osteoporosis from heavy steroid use. I went from osteopenia, which is the precursor for it. However, osteopenia can be reversed when not too far along. I was in my late 40's when dx'd. Several years later I did an injectable medication to see if it would slow down the progression. My results were not that impressive but better than nothing the way we looked at it. Talk to your dr about your concerns & see what he suggests.
I exercise I do yoga every day and walk a lot. I love weight lifting but I've been avoiding it because of the bleeding. It somehow makes inflammation worse for me.