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Can women prevent shrinking?
Old 06-22-2022, 06:39 AM
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I went to the doctor on Monday. I've shrunk about 1 1/2 inches.

Is there anyway to prevent this? I was proud of (once) being 5'7" tall!

Does this happen to all women? What about men?

How much have you shrunk?


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Old 06-22-2022, 06:45 AM
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Yes, it can be prevented or at least minimized by exercise. It needs to be weight bearing like walking, running, etc.
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Old 06-22-2022, 06:52 AM
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Whoa, your post scared me because Iím older than you! I gathered ruler (for flat top), pencil, and tape measure and ran into the bathroom where I have mirrors to see what Iím doing. You frightened me so much I didnít even worry about pencil marks on my paint (they erased right off).

Phew, Iím exactly the same as Iíve always been, 5í5Ē. Iím so relieved. One thing I donít have to worry about.

What did your doctor say? Was he concerned?
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It happens
Old 06-22-2022, 06:52 AM
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--Once again, PT follows Real Life--I just had this convo with my sister. She was once 5'9" and is now 5'7". She's lost 2" already and is only in her mid 40s.

DH was 6' at meeting (1990) and now is 5'10 1/2" and he jokes about it but I think it bugs him. He always makes sure to note that 1/2" every time.

Personally, I would be okay with shrinking--I was 5'10" at 22, I am still over 5'9" at 57 yo. so less than an inch for me. But, I have really great bone density so I think that plays into it.
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Old 06-22-2022, 06:52 AM
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Due to my hip, I struggle with walking and I refuse to run, lol.

I swim and I bike ride regularly. I don't suppose those 2 are beneficial?

What about calcium intake? Does that impact it?

Note: I am getting hip replacement surgery in July, so I am hoping I can walk regularly again after that!!!

Thanks for your reply!

My doctor didn't say anything about it, but I have another appointment in 2 weeks, so am definitely going to ask! Not sure why I didn't ask when I was there! (Too many other issues to talk about, lol).

Amiga~I'm really glad you are the same height as you've always been!!!!!

Choppie~Thanks! I will definitely increase calcium and Vitamin D intake!!!


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Old 06-22-2022, 06:54 AM
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A bit of shrinking with age is normal. The average is about 1/4 to 1/3 of an inch each decade after 40.

1. The discs between our vertebrae lose fluid as we age
2. The arches in our feet tend to flatten some with age
3. The loss of muscle mass, especially in our stomachs

If you are losing more, it could be a sign of osteoporosis.


Some ways to combat shrinking are to do weight bearing exercises like jogging or running , and having a diet with lots of calcium and vitamin D.
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Old 06-22-2022, 06:55 AM
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Iíve shrunk by 1 1/2 inches. I walk at least 5 miles a day, do yoga, and some light weights. So the weight bearing exercise thing really doesnít hold for me. My doctor said it may be due to bone loss as a result of 5 years of aromatase inhibitors. She didnít seem concerned.
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Old 06-22-2022, 07:03 AM
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Amiga~I'm really glad you are the same height as you've always been!!!!!
I hope I didnít seem rude, hereís my convoluted/obsessive thinking: if I were shorter, Iíd need to weigh less. I already struggle with my weight, so trying to go even lower than goal is a nightmare.

I watched DD go from a healthy 6í2Ē to barely above my 5í5Ē. Another reason I overreacted. Sorry, another nightmare for me.

I donít know if this matters, but I have decent posture. And I walk 3+ miles daily.

I hope your hip surgery helps you.
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Old 06-22-2022, 07:15 AM
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So far I havenít shrunk in height. Iím almost 67 and Iím 5í8Ē. Iím fortunate to have good bone density but do have some degenerative disc disease in my back. I do wonder if this will eventually affect my height!
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Old 06-22-2022, 07:20 AM
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Nope, Amiga~You are fine! And you and I are on the same page when it comes to eating right/maintaining weight! That's exactly what I thought when I heard I had shrunk. "Oh, great. No wonder I look heavier in pictures". (I had noticed this!!!)

Everything I've read says that hip replacement surgery will restore me! I miss walking!!!!!


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Old 06-22-2022, 07:33 AM
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Has shrunk two inches which heís in denial about. Heís always been a hard worker and active. It must be normal aging.
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Old 06-22-2022, 07:51 AM
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2 things:

1. Ummm Iím just 5í1Ē. I canít afford to shrink. Yikes! I need to make an effort to do more weight bearing exercise.

2. My 41 yo DH just had his checkup at the PCP. He came home mad that the nurse measured his height at 1/2 inch shorter than his normal. We chalked it up to error. Now after this post Iím wonderingÖ. HmmmÖ do I dare tell him? Heís very active so health wise I donít thinks itís a concern.
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Old 06-22-2022, 08:38 AM
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My Dr said it can be a sign of osteoporosis. Sure enough in my mid 60's I have lost 1/2 inch and took a bone density test which did reveal osteo. I was so disturbed. I'm trying hard to do weight bearing exercises along with yoga. I have another appointment in September to go over options.
Good luck to you!
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Yikes!
Old 06-22-2022, 08:59 AM
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I never thought about it or checked my height in years.
My parents both lived to pretty old ages.
Both were much smaller after they had aged. Just a guess, but my dad was 6'2'' when young. I think he was about 5'10'' when older.
Both were exercisers.
I did not get the tall gene from either of them.
As it is, I need a step stool to reach a lot of cupboards.
I can't afford to shrink except for my waist line. That would be helpful!
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Old 06-22-2022, 10:34 AM
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I hit 5í6Ē at age 12, and Iím still there at 51. My mom lost about an inch over the years.
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Really?Öno one?
Old 06-22-2022, 10:51 AM
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I read the title and thought of George Costanza.
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Old 06-22-2022, 10:52 AM
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I have lost 1Ē. Had a bone density test recently and all is good. Probably aging and genetics. As long as I do t get my grandmotherís hump, Iím okay with shrinking.
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Old 06-22-2022, 10:58 AM
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My first thought was of shrinkage I don’t know how you guys walk around with those things.
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Old 06-22-2022, 02:54 PM
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I've shrunk an inch and just had a bone density test that shows I have osteopenia. I've had it for years but it's worse, I think. I walk, ride my bike, lift light weights, take calcium and vitamin D. Maybe eat more yogurt and leafy greens? I don't know, but it is a little scary.
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Old 06-22-2022, 03:09 PM
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Quote:
I read the title and thought of George Costanza.


I had to go back and reread the title! Thanks for the laugh, Hifi!!
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Old 06-22-2022, 06:18 PM
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I obsessively watch my mom age, to see how bad Iíll have it. So far it doesnít look bad. My mom is 72 and has always been a tad under 5 feet, I am 5í5. I was pretty sure she wasnít shrinking because she is the same short she has always been.

However, this post has gotten me worried. What if my mom and I are both shrinking at the same rate! Time to start measuring!

Amiga- I am so jealous of how much tall people can weigh. My poor mom and one of my sisters both look pudgy at 110 lbs. I would be skinny at that weight- but if I were even taller- I could be skinny at my current weight! I can see why you wouldnít want to lose inches.
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