What can I get for my Aunt Henrietta this Christmas? She already has all the things she can use. What could she possibly need? Like most men I am a terrible shopper.
I have it! She has osteoporosis, lactose intolerance, GERD, and intolerance of most calcium containing foods and supplements. I’ll get her a calcium supplement that she can tolerate! Even better, one that she actually likes to take.
Exercise is necessary for good Bone Health. Muscle strength and balance not only prevent falls, but they also strengthen bones.
Zumba, Yoga, Pilates, Tai-chi, walking and light weights are all good. But how can you participate at odd hours or when there is too much snow?
My Aunt Henrietta Fell Really Hard tripping on a throw-rug. Her Bifocals made her trip coming in from the porch. She slipped on the Ice that had All Melted Yesterday. Despite taking enough Calcium and Vitamin D supplements, she had broken both wrists and a shoulder.
I had discussed adding an osteoporosis medication with her Endocrinologist. Because she also had shrunk by 4 inches and developed a humpback or kyphosis, she needed the Anabolic, Forteo (Teriparatide). She was ready to say: “I guess I can do a shot every day.”
See and hear about Bone Health Basics on You Tube.
I learn faster and better when I see and hear new information at the same time. Most other people do too. Therefore, I have posted 4 PowerPoint presentations with voiceover. They are about 2 minutes each.
Go to http://www.youtube.com, then search for bonedocblog.com.
Or you can click on the titles below:
Let me know what you think.
Jay Ginther, MD