Archive for the ‘Osteoporosis’ Category

Teaching Bone Health

April 21, 2015 @ 7:02 am
posted by Dr Ginther

Every patient visit is teaching Bone Health.  Proper nutrition with Calcium, Vitamin D3, Protein, Multiple Vitamins& Minerals.  Balance, Exercises, and Fall Prevention.  Not just the patient, but the whole family.

We also teach other medical providers.  Often we host Nurse Practitioner students from Allen College.  Katie Bries, ARNP, taught the Bone Health section at the Allen College NP Residency Program last week.  Earlier, I taught the Podiatry residents and staff at their morning conference.

We teach the public too.  Kate, our nurse, presents to community groups.  We are participating in the Scheels Health Fair on Thursday.

Teaching patients and others how to Prevent Fractures and Prevent Osteoporosis is our favorite.  Treating Osteoporosis is important, but less fun for all concerned.  Learn how to Prevent Fractures and Prevent Osteoporosis.

Call us to schedule a presentation to your organization.

Jay Ginther, MD

Katoski 2015

April 19, 2015 @ 7:51 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Spring is coming to Katoski Greenway, Waterloo IA.  The spring beauties have peaked.  Violets (some white) are becoming more numerous.  The tens of tousands of Virginia Blueballs are the stars, and they are starting.  Trout Lillies have begun.  More varieties will follow.

The next week or two will be a spectacular parade of flowers.  Enter the Blue Zones experience of woodland flowers in spring.  Park on the south side of Ridgeway, and walk south through the riverbottom woodlands.

Jay Ginther, MD

Blue Zone Daffodil Hunt

April 16, 2015 @ 8:57 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

RJ and Gwen were with us for a long weekend.  We drove through rain, and even snow, to get them at the hand-off point on I-35.  I took time off work to hang out with them.  We have to see them as much as we can right now.  They are moving from Minneapolis to Seattle next month.

We went on a daffodil hunt, eventually finding the big bright yellow flowers in our yard.  The next day Gwen and RJ found (plastic) eggs that the E.B. had lost the previous week.

We visited the Grout Museum District two different days.  At the Imaginarium (Children’s museum) we made lightning and thunder, made our hair stand on end, and RJ flew an airplane trainer.  We saw stars at the Planetarium.  RJ and Gwen used their “dog tags” at the Iowa Veterans Museum.

RJ played baseball, golf, tennis, bowling with each of us on the Wii.  RJ liked playing with his uncle best because Alex knew how to set the system to make it easy for RJ to do well.

Grandkids are indeed a Blue Zone.

Jay Ginther, MD

Spring – The Most Dangerous Season

March 22, 2015 @ 9:12 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Spring is here.  The birds are singing.  Soon flowers will be blooming.  All the world is coming to life.  And more hips will be breaking.

32% of all hip fractures (nearly 1/3) occur in Spring!  Nearly 1/3 of hip fractures over 70 are in men.  And nearly 1/3 of those men die within months from medical complications initiated by their hip fractures.  Dangerous!

What can we do to avoid those fractures?  Decrease Fracture Risk!  How?  Do the following:

It is March;  this is Iowa;  almost 90% of persons not on major doses of Vitamin D3 are low.  (By late September that falls to less than 60% that are low.)  Remember that if you have a low Vitamin D level, you cannot absorb enough of the Calcium you consume in food and/or supplements.  Take extra Vitamin D3.

Remember that while Calcium Citrate is always absorbable, Calcium Carbonate often is not.  Remember that you need enough Magnesium to absorb Calcium.  A Senior Multiple Vitamins & Minerals has enough Magnesium for those of us over age 50, and lots of other good stuff too.

Protein is a big deal, especially over age 60, when our protein needs actually increase.  80% of bone and 90% of muscle are protein.  Regular exercises, including Balance Exercises, are necessary to Prevent Falls.

If you do not already know the quality (as well as density) of your bones, get a Complete Bone Health Evaluation.  Identify your opportunities for improvement.

Take Control Naturally with proper nutrition and exercises.

Jay Ginther, MD