Archive for the ‘Bone Health’ Category

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

Vitamin D From The Sun

December 21, 2014 @ 3:17 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Today we are just over 100 days away from the next Natural Vitamin D3 from the sun in Iowa.

Today, Sunday the 21st of December is the Winter Solstace of 2014 in North America.  The sun is the lowest on the horizon.  That means sunlight today has to travel through the greatest amount of earth’s atmosphere to get to us.

Today, the earth’s atmosphere completely protects us from Sunburn and Skin Cancer by blocking the sun’s UV rays.  This is good.

Today, the earth’s atmosphere completely protects us from Vitamin D3 by blocking the sun’s UV rays.  This is not so good.

Our next Natural Vitamin D opportunity will come at mid-day (a little after 1 PM in Waterloo, Iowa) in early April.  Until then you need to get your Vitamin D from foods or supplements.  Vitamin D3 tablets, capsules, gel caps or drops all can work.  So can tablespoons of Cod Liver Oil or several pounds of Mushrooms daily.

Test for your 25-hydroxy Vitamin D level to determine if you are getting enough.  Almost everyone is too low at 20 ng/ml and almost everyone has enough above 40 ng/ml.  I aim for between 40 and 80 for optimal bone health for myself and for my patients.

It is Winter.  Do you know where your Vitamin D is coming from?

Take Control of your health by finding out.

Jay Ginther, MD

Birthday Disease

December 16, 2014 @ 10:44 pm
posted by Dr. Ginther

“Why did I Fracture?” and “Why do I have Osteoporosis?” are common questions I hear from older women and men.  They are taking Calcium and Vitamin D3, eating a diet with Protein, Fruits and Vegetables, and Exercising regularly.  They are “doing everything right”, and still they have deteriorating bones.  What is wrong?

The simple answer is “Birthday Disease” – too many birthdays.  Increased Fracture Risk (Clinical Osteoporosis) is totally natural as we age.  Women after Menopause, and men after age 70, lose 1-2% of their Bone Mineral Density (BMD), and more of their Bone Strength, every year.

When I was in Medical School, 40 years ago, that was the end of the story.  Many older women (and some older men) became kyphotic (stooped over), fractured and fell, and either died or went to a nursing home for the rest of their lives.  Then, there was nothing we could do to stop it.  Today we can often prevent osteoporosis, fractures and misery.