Archive for January, 2015

Not Me !!!

January 31, 2015 @ 11:22 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

I often hear: “I do not have osteoporosis, but my friend…”  How are you certain that you do not have a bone health issue that could be improved upon?  By the simple belief of “not me !!!”  This I understand all too well after doing the same.

In bone health, the first sign of trouble is often a fracture, possibly a hip fracture, with a 20-30% chance of death.  This is not good.  In heart health, a rhythm problem, can lead to “V fib”, which often leads to death within minutes, unless you get to a defibrillator.  Also not good.

I now have a new 2-lead pacemaker with defibrilator.  I was completely unaware that my heart had become a ticking time bomb.  I was lucky to have a routine annual heart check-up scheduled.  Otherwise, my first warning could have been “V fib” with sudden death.  Really not good.

Once I realized I had a problem, I moved quickly to the solution – pacemeker defibrillator.  I wasted no time.  Now I am able to do all the things I want to – travel, grandchildren, etc.

You do not need to be as clueless as I was.  Take Control of your health. Check on your risks for diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and bone health.  Then take action to correct problems.  Get a Complete Bone Health Evaluation as well as evaluation of the rest of your body.

Jay Ginther, MD

Enjoy the Life Around You

January 11, 2015 @ 5:25 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

The sky is clear blue.  Sun sparkles off the snow covered ground.  It is cold – below zero Fahrenheit.  This is winter in Iowa.

Humans huddle indoors.  Wildlife flourishes around the black oil sunflower seeds, black-niger thistle seeds and suet.  We have invaded and displaced their natural habitat.  We owe them a little help.

Chickadees are a constant.  House finches, juncos, goldfinches, downy woodpeckers, cardinals, and red breasted woodpeckers make their daily appearances.  Squirrels and house sparrows are nuisances.  I have not seen our hairy woodpeckers, pine siskins, or sharp shinned hawk yet this year.

Nature has a sense of humor.  The red-breasted woodpecker industriously take sunflower seeds from the feeder and packs them into hollows in the redbud tree.  Minutes later the downey woodpecker steals them.

Take time to enter the Blue Zones of the natural world around you.  Life is more than the latest video games.

Jay Ginther, MD

Choose Your Parents Carefully

January 6, 2015 @ 6:06 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

My father was born 4 January and my mother 5 January.  I pause to remember them at this time each year.

Your “choice of parents” is the key to many medical conditions.  You inherit many tendencies for better or worse.  I can trace my medical problems to parents and grandparents.  I can also trace some of my best traits to those same parents and grandparents.

Inherited tendencies are a big deal.  However, you have to play the hand you are dealt.  How you play that hand can mitigate or exacerbate many problems.

Get a check-up to identify issues while they can still be modified.  Specifically mention medical problems your parents, and other relatives have had.  Be proactive.  In the case of bone health, get a Complete Bone Health Evaluation.

Take Control of your future by evaluation and preventive action.

Jay Ginther, MD

New Year 2015

January 1, 2015 @ 11:07 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Today is the first day of 2015.

Make 2015 the year you do some preventive healthcare.  Check your risk for conditions associated with middle age: diabetes, hypertension, and declining bone health.  Better yet, start preventing those conditions with proper diet and exercise in your 20’s and 30’s.

For bone health, start with a Complete Bone Health Evaluation.

Jay Ginther, MD