Pedestrian in Prague

October 9, 2012 @ 10:09 pm
posted by Dr. Ginther

I was recently in Prague, Berlin, and other points along the Elbe.  Walking throughout the old cities of Europe is a way of life.  Many have pedestrian districts where cars are forbidden.  Streets and even sidewalks are often cobblestone which are never completely level.  Navigating the old streets of Europe forces you to Take Contol Naturally.

Standing, walking, climbing stairs, and carrying your groceries home every day help to promote good bone health.  Strong muscles help make strong bones.  Maintaining good balance on uneven surfaces helps to prevent falls.  Fewer falls means fewer fractures and lower fracture risk.

Stress Fracture = Osteoporosis

October 5, 2012 @ 11:39 pm
posted by Dr. Ginther

A fragility fracture is a fracture which happens from minor trauma.  A stress fracture happens from repeated normal daily activities, like walking or going up or down stairs.  This is a fracture from no trauma.

Bone must be at very high risk of fracture to develope a stress fracture.  Clinical Osteoporosis was defined by NIH in 2001 as increased risk of fracture.  Therefore, a Stress Fracture is defined as Clinical Osteoporosis.

Prolia Is Now For Men Too!

October 1, 2012 @ 9:09 pm
posted by Dr. Ginther

The FDA has approved Prolia for men with osteoporosis, who are “at high risk for fracture”.  This affects a sizeable number of men.  High fracture risk includes men with crumbling spine “humpback” vertebral fractures (kyphosis), other fractures (especially hip), inhaler and other steroid use, parental history of fractures, and smoking.  See the posts about these topics and FRAX.

Prolia is especially useful in individuals with Heartburn or Reflux Disease (GERD) and decreased kidney function, including many older individuals with older, tired kidneys.  Women have had Prolia available since 2010.  Having this additional option for men is important.

Healthy Vegan is More than No Meat

September 21, 2012 @ 11:23 am
posted by Dr. Ginther

A parent is worried about a teen-aged daughter who has decided that she is a Vegan.  She has decided that she will be more healthy if she avoids all animal products.  But she has not yet added the plant products necessary for those who avoid meat and dairy.  A healthy diet is more about what is included than what is avoided.

Protein, Calcium, and B vitamins are among the essential nutrients that need to be replaced.  We need to look to people who have had centuries to discover what foods are necessary when meat is rare or absent.  Tofu, lentils, garbanzos, and beans of many varieties head the list.  All grains , including rice, should be eaten brown and whole.