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.
Jay Ginther, MD
Several patients have called us in panic because their friends told them that HyperParathyroidism means Surgery. We reassured them that Surgery is almost never needed in HyperParathyroidism. But we do need to treat it to preserve or restore Bone Health.
Our clinic sees a new case of HyperParathyroidism almost daily. Only one or two a year actually need surgery. How do we cure all the others? Calcium and Vitamin D3 are the key, as long as you take enough.
Most of what we see is Secondary HyperParathyroidism. That is the Parathyroid glands doing their job. Their job is to keep sufficient Calcium in the blood. They steal it from the bones if not enough is absorbed in diet and supplements. Too low a Vitamin D level prevents Calcium absorption.
Sometimes secondary hyperparathyroidism goes on for so long that the glands “reset their thermostat too high”. This is Tertiary HyperParathyroidism and is successfully treated with Calcium, Vitamin D3, Protein, and Multiple Vitamins & Minerals over many months.
Primary Hyperparathyroidism is that rare case where a parathyroid gland goes out of control. It becomes a tumor (not a cancer) putting out too much PTH hormone and steals calcium from bone until it is removed.
Read more about HyperParathyroidism in blogs from last year by clicking on the links.
HyperParathyroidism? Take Control Naturally with proper nutrition.
Jay Ginther, MD
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.
Take Control Naturally with proper nutrition and exercises.
Jay Ginther, MD