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Low Salt is a Double Win

March 21, 2014 @ 10:40 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Most people know that a diet high in Sodium puts them at increased risk for high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke (brain attack).  Very few people realize that a diet high in Sodium puts them at increased risk for Osteoporosis and Fracture (Bone Attack).  How can this be?

The exact same molecule controls both Sodium and Calcium in the kidney.  This means that you cannot pee out excess Sodium without also peeing out needed Calcium.  If you take in more Sodium than the 1500 mg you need daily, you need to take in extra Calcium to make up for the Calcium you pee out along with the extra Sodium.  Or you could cut down on Sodium.  That is not easy.

Don’t Be a Humpback – Prevent Humpback

March 17, 2014 @ 7:37 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Last time we discussed the disabilities caused by “humpback” kyphosis.

A major factor in “humpback” is weak back muscles.  Upright posture decreases the strain of gravity pulling you forward.  Strong back muscles maintain upright posture.  A great exercise is to lie on your stomach and then lift your chest and thighs off the floor (or firm mattress).  Do this several times a day.

Far more important is workplace posture.  Too many of us slouch forward because our computer screens are below eye level.  Adjust your work station so that you are comfortable sitting upright, looking straight ahead.  If you are reading from a book or paper, use a slanted stand to bring your work to you.  Don’t be a pretzel trying to bring yourself to your work.

Don’t Become A Humpback

March 14, 2014 @ 7:45 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Many women and men develop a “humpback” as they age – often starting in their 30’s, 40’s, or 50’s.  “Humpback” or Kyphosis tends to run in families.  There is a genetic component.  But there are factors in nutrition and exercise that you can totally control.  Especially if you start early enough.

You cannot see your “humpback” by looking at yourself in the mirror face to face.  You have to look at yourself from the side, which is hard without a double mirror.  The first clue a woman has, is that she can no longer buy fitted clothing off the rack.  Fitted clothing is designed for people without a “humpback”.  It just doesn’t fit rounded shoulders.

“Bisphosphonate Holiday” 2014

March 8, 2014 @ 8:56 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

“You are entering a Data-Free Zone”   That was unfortunately the messasge at the joint meeting of the International Society for Clinical Densitometry (ISCD) and the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) last month.  We simply do not have data from a study involving tens of thousands of patients.  We do know some things that are helpful.

Bisphosphonates build up in bone over time.  After about 5 years of Bisphosphonate therapy, you should have enough medication in your bones to last for additional years.  How many years?  That depends.  Different individuals lose Bisphosphonates from their bones at different rates.  Different Bisphosphonates tend to stay in bone longer or shorter than others.  We call the time you are able to stop taking medication for a while (because you have enough in your bones already) “Bisphosphonate Holiday”.