Archive for May, 2013
What do bones, muscles, strength, and balance all have in common? Protein! Where can you get protein? In your diet.
I recently saw a patient who has severe osteoporosis with stress fracture. She has thin, weak muscles. Consequently, she moves very slowly, has difficulty getting out of a chair or climbing stairs, or even walking fast enough to keep up with her friends. And her diet has virtually no protein.
Sarcopenia (sar-co-pee-nee-uh) is decreased muscle mass and strength. Sarcopenia plays a major role in falls and fractures. Sarcopenia weakens bones.
Sarcopenia, a relatively new concept, was discussed at the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) last month. Understanding and treating sarcopenia helps prevent osteoporosis and fractures.
Falls cause Fractures. Preventing falls, or decreasing the number of falls, decreases fractures. How can you do that? Twice daily physical therapy exercises help improve muscle strength, balance and endurance. Eliminating throw rugs and steps helps.
The big news at National Osteoporosis Foundation last month was about fall prevention with Vitamin D3. Lots of new information.