Archive for February, 2013
Obesity is becoming a BIG issue in the US and around the world. ¬†Countries which struggled to find enough food only decades ago now have growing numbers of overweight and obese citizens. ¬†Along with increased weight, we are seing huge increases in diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, and heart disease. ¬†Who or what is to blame?
Sugar is one obvious suspect. ¬†About 80% of all prepared foods in the US contain sugar, high fructose corn-syrup, and other calorie rich sweeteners. ¬†Some health policy activists are pushing for government regulation of sugar as a toxic and addictive substance – like tobacco and alcohol.
Increased Fracture Risk is Clinical Osteoporosis. ¬†Clinical Osteoporosis is a diagnosis. ¬†It is a chronic medical condition that you have for the rest of your life, like high blood pressure. ¬†It can never be fully “cured”, but it can be fully controlled. ¬†That is what we do. ¬†We help you to Take Control.
Confusion arises because”osteoporosis” is also a¬†Bone Mineral Density (BMD) test result, as measured by DXA. ¬†Persons with “osteoporosis” for a test result are at high risk, but so are many with “osteopenia”. ¬†In fact 6 times as many people with “osteopenia” have Fragility Fractures as people with “osteoporosis” test scores. ¬†Fractures and fracture risk matter more than test scores.
This week I spoke to doctors and nurses who run Pain Clinics.¬† The obvious connection is Vertebral Fractures requiring Kyphoplasty or Vertebroplasty.¬† If you only do the procedure, you have not solved the problem.¬† You must treat the Osteoporosis too, preferably with the Anabolic, Forteo, if you want to avoid further fractures.
Vitamin D is the other connection.¬† Successful treatment of chronic pain often requires enough Vitamin D3 to bring the 25-hydroxy Vitamin D level to at least 40ng/ml.¬† This is not yet widely known.¬† Not all clinics are testing for Vitamin D levels.¬† They should be!
Bones are primarily made of protein. ¬†Sure, we think of them as mostly calcium, but calcium is only a small portion of the total construct. ¬†Most of Bone Matrix, the part that is not marrow, is collagen. ¬†Collagen is protein.
Protein is essential in our diet. ¬†But many are now cutting back on red meat because of the threat of cholesterol and triglycerides in fatty meats. ¬†Others elininate meat for perceived ethical considerations. ¬†But we still need protein!! ¬†And we can get it.
Lean meats such as poultry, fish, and bison can answer the cholesterol and triglyceride issues. ¬†So can low fat ricotta and cottage cheeses (28g/cup). ¬†Mollusks and crustaceans too. ¬†But what of non-animal sources?