HyperParaThyroidism Steals Calcium From Bone

January 17, 2014 @ 9:39 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

High ParaThyroid Hormone (PTH) levels take Calcium out of your Bones.  This is good as an occasional event to cover short periods of low calcium intake.   Bones store calcium for use in the body.  Only recently have we discovered that the flow of calcium into and out of bones is a minute by minute process, controlled by PTH.

As long as equal amounts of calcium flow into and out of your bones daily and weekly, life is good.  But, if PTH is high most of the time, you eventually drain too much calcium from your bones and you Fracture.  We check PTH as part of a Complete Bone Health Evaluation.  High PTH is much more common than we once thought.  It is called HyperParaThyroidism and comes in 3 types.

Once is Enough

January 14, 2014 @ 7:13 am
posted by Dr Ginther

Fracturing once is enough.  No one wants to fracture a second time.  Yet, if you fracture once, you have proven that you probably have inadequate bone health, and you are twice as likely to fracture a second time.  Fracture twice and you are 5 times as likely to have a third fracture.  The future is grim, unless you evaluate and improve your bone health.

Cedar Valley Bone Health Institute of Iowa is now offering a Fracture Liaison Service.  We will offer a Complete Bone Health Evaluation to all patients who have fractured, attempting to prevent a second fracture.  The tricky part is getting patients to recognize that a “Bone Attack” fracture is a warning.

Low Vitamin D Levels and Cancer

January 10, 2014 @ 8:16 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Several years ago researchers discovered that women with breast cancer had much lower blood levels of Vitamin D than women without breast cancer.  Another study showed that, among women being treated for breast cancer, those with low Vitamin D levels were only half as likely to survive.  Patients with other cancers show similar patterns.

Now we have a study which points out that this does not prove that low Vitamin D causes cancer.  True.  The new theory is that cancer causes low Vitamin D levels.  However, there is no proof of that either, and I find it hard to believe.  What does this all mean?

Winter Wonderland

January 7, 2014 @ 7:42 am
posted by Dr Ginther

I sympathize with my relatives and former neighbors in New Jersey, Connecticut, and especially New York City.  Record lows, record low wind chills, and record snowfalls are not fun, especially in the city.  In Iowa temperatures have fallen to the minus 20s and wind chills have reached minus 45 over the last 2 days.  But we still have nature to enjoy.

The bird feeders outside our breakfast-dining area windows have been nature central.  Raspberry colored house finches, black and white chickadees, blue jays, red-bellied woodpeckers, slate colored juncos, goldfinches, downey woodpeckers, cardinals, and nuthatches all need extra calories in this cold.