“Put simply, the Marodyne LiV device has given me back my life and restored my confidence.”
Jane Ryan, 68, is the award-winning author of the ‘Missing Dad’ teen spy thriller series, short stories and dramas. Extremely active and fit, riding was her absolute passion and she also loved kayaking and dinghy sailing. So when her GP told her that at the age of 50 her muscles were stronger than her bones, that was a huge blow. But worse was to come: aged just 60, Jane tripped and fell while out walking and her left femur – the largest bone in the body – snapped like a matchstick.
“I was devastated to be diagnosed with osteoporosis and from that moment I felt like I was walking around with a timebomb strapped to me knowing that my right femur could break at any time,” says Jane.
Jane’s GP told her to accept her condition, reassess her lifestyle and take medication to support her bones. “I wasn’t prepared to wrap myself in cotton wool and take pills,” says Jane. “I couldn’t bear the possible side effects of the drugs and decided instead to follow a bone-health diet and take up Pilates to strengthen my legs and back.”
Jane felt better and positive about doing something proactive to address the disease. She was feeling buoyant until a follow-up DEXA scan showed that her right femur was still riddled with osteoporosis.
Just as Jane was losing hope, she discovered Marodyne LiV. In fact, she was one of the first people in the UK to try it when she started using the device in 2015. “Every day I do something about making my bones stronger. This device has given me my life back and restored my confidence.”
Three years after learning she had osteoporosis in her right femur, Jane had another DEXA scan that showed that her bone was no longer osteoporotic – just osteopenic.
While Jane had hoped that the rate of bone thinning could be slowed by Marodyne LiV, she hadn’t dared to hope that her right femur could get stronger again, “My GP had never seen scans like this: the osteoporosis beast had been put into reverse gear!”
Jane wants people to realise that osteoporosis doesn’t just affect the elderly and it can be present even if you’re outwardly fit and physically active. She believes that to avoid osteoporosis, a pre-emptive defence is needed. And to her mind Marodyne LiV is exactly that.
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“Put simply, this device has given me back my life and restored my confidence.’
Jane Ryan, author of the ‘Missing Dad’ teen spy thriller series, has always led an active lifestyle; horse-riding, kayaking and dinghy sailing – you name it. At age 60, however, she suffered a fracture to her femur after tripping over and was subsequently diagnosed with osteoporosis.
Not wishing to sacrifice her active lifestyle or face the side effects of the osteo-drugs recommended by her GP, Jane sought an alternative. That’s when she discovered Marodyne LiV.
‘Marodyne LiV is a life-changer for me. It has given me confidence that I can improve my bone health and regain my strength.’
Sylvia was just 53 when she was diagnosed with severe osteoporosis. A DEXA scan revealed she had very low bone density with her lower spine having a T-score of -5.6 T. X-rays also showed she had experienced multiple fractures in her lower and upper back over the previous three years.
It was around this time that, by chance, Sylvia discovered Marodyne LiV in a magazine. Eager to find a solution, Sylvia got in touch.
“I thought my outdoor activities in the sunshine and vitamin D supplements would maintain my strength and bone health: but I still had osteopenia!”
Louise was diagnosed with osteopenia – the condition that precedes osteoporosis – in 2012 aged 61. Despite leading a healthy, active outdoor lifestyle, Louise was concerned for her bone health after she broke her arm while travelling in Australia.
Louise knew she had to be proactive to avoid her bone health deteriorating into osteoporosis. She was keen to try Marodyne LiV and was the first UK patient to start using the device in August 2015.
Diagnosed with osteoporosis aged 56
Danah was diagnosed with osteoporosis in September 2020 having had osteopenia for three years. She found it quite a shock to have this diagnosis and see the deterioration compared to the one she had received three years previously, especially as she exercises a lot and eats healthily. Danah was advised to take alendronic acid but didn’t want to take medication.
Looking for a drug-free way to combat the disease, Danah opted for a combination of HRT and Marodyne LiV.
Judith was diagnosed with osteopenia after she insisted on having a DEXA scan. She had no symptoms and felt and looked fine in herself. However, when her older sister discovered her osteopenia had progressed to osteoporosis, Judith wanted to get checked herself.
Judith’s DEXA scan result prompted her to take preventative action to avoid her bone health deteriorating further. She upped her calcium intake, returned to doing weight training and started working out with a personal trainer. She also looked into other natural preventative options and found Marodyne LiV.
Emma had an early menopause at 42 and was told then to keep an eye on her bones. A few years later, aged 50, she had a DEXA scan which showed the start of osteopenia. Emma didn’t want to take medication so set about doing more exercise and committed to walking further and more often. She much prefers natural therapies to drugs and ensured a healthy intake of Vitamin D, Vitamin K and calcium supplements to give her bones a boost.
Looking for an extra way to help her bones, Emma turned to Marodyne LiV.
We are working together with Menohealth to create a society free from osteoporosis. Julie Robinson, founder of Menohealth, shares our ethos that prevention is better than ‘cure’ when managing menopause symptoms and actively encourages women to take control of their bodies at this time of their life.
“I’m reassured by the fact Marodyne LiV is clinically approved to prevent and combat osteoporosis and the science backing its effectiveness looks strong,” says Julie. “As a 100% natural way to boost bone health, Marodyne LiV sits well alongside our stance here at Menohealth of taking a holistic approach to healthcare. I have no hesitation in recommending women look at using Marodyne LiV alongside making healthy diet and lifestyle choices during menopause.”
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