Archive for July, 2011
Men using Inhalers for COPD should be evaluated for bone health!
We have long known that men using Prednisone are at high risk for Osteoporosis. Now a study by researchers at Johns Hopkins has documented Increased Fracture Risk for men using Inhalers for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
I traveled to the hometown of “The Music Man” this week to talk about osteoporosis detection and treatment. On the road a few weeks ago, I was in the St Louis area for several talks.
This week, as was the case at some sites in St Louis, the majority of the attendees were PAs, NPs, RNs, and DXA techs. Actually, this is as it should be. These key staff members have the time and training to discuss and reinforce the sometimes tedious details of calcium, vitamin D, and bone health issues.
You want to take control of your own bone health destiny to avoid osteoporosis. You want to do it “naturally” without modern pharmaceuticals. This is often possible. But how do you know what you need to do?
Starting with a full bone health evaluation is much better than just guessing.
Can a “sufficient ” Vitamin D level prevent muscular injuries? Not exactly, but close enough to get my attention. Low (“deficient”) Vitamin D levels are associated with higher muscular injury rates.