Posts Tagged ‘Calcium’

Happy Mother’s Day

May 8, 2015 @ 9:09 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

What can you do for your mother?  Mother’s Day is when you thank your mother for all that she did for you.  Seriously?  That is too much to accomplish in just one day with flowers and a meal.  Perhaps you can do something that could improve the rest of her life!

Your mother is getting older every year.  We all do that.  Perhaps she is shrinking or developing a humped back (kyphosis).  We can prevent that!  Perhaps she has fallen and broken a bone.  We can often prevent that too!

Over the last 20 years the world has changed.  We now know how to prevent bones from deteriorating.  We can improve bone health and prevent fractures.  The sooner we start, the better we can preserve your mother’s independent lifestyle.  Your independence too, if you are her caregiver.

Without attention to their bone health, half of all women over age 50 suffer at least one fracture.  We can prevent nearly 2/3 of those fractures.  A Complete Bone Health Evaluation tells us in what areas you have opportunities for improvement.

We start with enough Calcium in foods and supplements, enough Vitamin D3 supplements, enough Protein, Multiple Vitamins & Minerals and balance exercises.  Sometimes medications.

Your mother sacrificed her bone health for you before and after your birth.  She gave you a lot.  Give back to her.  And if you must give chocolates, try Adora Chocolates with a whole meal’s Calcium in each.

Check out your mother’s bone health.  Yours too.  Then take Control of both your futures.

Jay Ginther, MD

We recently saw yet another patient who longs for great bone health, but just cannot manage to eat dairy or take Calcium Supplements.  This is a problem!

While the basic collagen structure of bone is protein, Calcium provides strength and rigidity.  Without enough Calcium, your bones cannot be strong enough for daily activities.

You must take in about 1200 mg Calcium daily to offset normal losses in sweat, urine, and feces.  (You need a high enough Vitamin D level to be able to absorb Calcium.)  If you are over 50, or take medicines for heartburn, your supplement should be Calcium Citrate to be sure you can absorb it.

If you do not absorb enough Calcium daily, you must steal it from your bones.  Chronically stealing from your bones makes them weak enough to break.

Our goal is to keep bones strong, avoid fractures!

Consuming enough Calcium Can Be Confusing.  Check that post.  Also check our Calcium In Foods 2014 post.

You can Take Control Naturally.  Start with Calcium.

Jsy Ginther, MD

Teaching Bone Health

April 21, 2015 @ 7:02 am
posted by Dr Ginther

Every patient visit is teaching Bone Health.  Proper nutrition with Calcium, Vitamin D3, Protein, Multiple Vitamins& Minerals.  Balance, Exercises, and Fall Prevention.  Not just the patient, but the whole family.

We also teach other medical providers.  Often we host Nurse Practitioner students from Allen College.  Katie Bries, ARNP, taught the Bone Health section at the Allen College NP Residency Program last week.  Earlier, I taught the Podiatry residents and staff at their morning conference.

We teach the public too.  Kate, our nurse, presents to community groups.  We are participating in the Scheels Health Fair on Thursday.

Teaching patients and others how to Prevent Fractures and Prevent Osteoporosis is our favorite.  Treating Osteoporosis is important, but less fun for all concerned.  Learn how to Prevent Fractures and Prevent Osteoporosis.

Call us to schedule a presentation to your organization.

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.

Take Control Naturally.  Exercises, Protein, Vitamin D3, Calcium, and Multiple Vitamins & Minerals.  Remain strong and independent.

Jay Ginther, MD