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

Can you still do all the physical activities you want to do?  Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) are the key to enjoying your life, especially as we grow older.  At ISCD last month we learned some tricks to maintain our ability to do everything we need to do for a full life.

As we age, we lose muscle mass (Sarcopenia).  Loss of muscle mass leads to even faster loss of muscle strength (Dynopenia).  Loss of muscle strength is a strong predictor of Fall Risk and Fracture Risk.  Bummer!

Get your butt off the couch!  You should be able to stand, then sit, then stand again for 5 cycles in 15 seconds.  If you cannot, you are in danger of losing your ability to live independently.  Loss of the knee extension strength needed to stand, even once, predicts mortality.  Huge bummer!

There is no medication for loss of strength.  We do have natural activities: Balance exercises (standing on one leg); Aerobic exercises (walking for distance, not speed); Progressive strength exercises (sit to stand to partial squat to stand….).  Enough extra Vitamin D3 to get your level above 40ng/ml helps your muscles.  And you MUST get enough Protein in your diet.

Take Control Naturally.  Exercises, Protein, Vitamin D3, Calcium, and Multiple Vitamins & Minerals.  Remain strong and independent.

Jay Ginther, MD