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Keep Your Dad Fracture Free For Fathers’ Day

June 19, 2015 @ 10:04 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Do better than another shirt or tie for Fathers’ Day.  Make sure your Dad stays Fracture Free!  What?  Men don’t have Osteoporosis or Fractures.  But they do!

25% of all Osteoporosis patients are Men.  Each year 80,000 men have hip fractures.  Over 30% of those men die of complications of their hip fractures.

1/4 of all Men over 50 will Break a Bone due to Poor Bone Health (Osteoporosis).  More Men over 50 will Break a Bone than will have Prostate Cancer.

Many diseases and some medications increase fracture risk.  So do many modern lifestyle errors.  The good news is that simple measures can Decrease Fracture Risk.

Enough Absorbable Calcium spread out through the day.  Enough Vitamin D3 to achieve a 25-hydroxy Vitamin D level of at least 40.  1 gram of Protein for every kilogram of body weight daily.  Multiple Vitamins & Minerals.  Balance and Weight-bearing exercises daily.

Go to the National Osteoporosis Foundation website (www.nof.org) or click the link at your right.  Read The Man’s Guide to Osteoporosis.

Get a Complete Bone Health Evaluation.  Fix potential problems.

Take Control.  You can Avoid Fractures.

Jay Ginther, MD

National Fracture Prevention Foundation

June 12, 2015 @ 9:26 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Fracture Prevention was the theme at NOF (National Osteoporosis Foundation) this year.  This has always been their goal, but it has not been well communicated.

Fractures are bad.  Fractures are painful.  They keep you from doing things you want to do.  For weeks.  Or months.  Or even forever.

Fractures ruin your finances.  They cost a lot to treat.  They cost even more if you cannot work.

Fractures can disable you temporarily, or even permanently.  You can lose your Independence.  You could spend the rest of your life in a Nursing Home.

Clinical Osteoporosis is an Increased Risk of Fracture.

One fracture doubles your risk of a second.  Two fractures increases the risk 5 times.  Fracture Risk is multiplied 9 times by 3 fractures.

You can decrease Fracture Risk.  A Complete Bone Health Evaluation will identify nutrition and lifestyle details that you can improve for better Bone Health.

Many Fractures can be prevented by simple non-medication measures.  You can start with proper Calcium, Vitamin D3, Protein, Balance and Strengthening Exercises, Multiple Vitamins & Minerals.  These measures are necessary even if you also take osteoporosis medications.  Often they alone are enough, at least for a few years.

Take Control of your Future.  Prevent Fractures and all the misery they can bring.

Jay Ginther, MD

Aunt Henrietta Beat Osteoporosis at 90

June 1, 2015 @ 9:12 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Aunt Henrietta enjoys her independent life at 90.  Especially when compared to how she was 4 years ago!

I visited her while out east for NOF.  She easily walked the 3 blocks to and from church.  She led the procession up and down every aisle in the huge Shoprite and the Rite-Aid, while stocking up on provisions for the month.  She even strolled more than 1/4 mile across the Delaware River pedestrian bridge.

She lives alone in a 2 story house.  I am not happy about the stairs, but she does not fall too often, and has not broken anything in 4 years.

Before Aunt Henrietta started treating her osteoporosis aggressively, she was rightfully terrified to do anything.  She was talking about dying in her house.  She had broken one wrist, then the other wrist, then her shoulder, in 3 separate falls.  Her plight and response has been an inspiration in my efforts for bone health.

She started Adora Chocolates (she loves dark) for Calcium, then added high dose Vitamin D.  I harrassed her into eating more protein.  But when she fell, she broke.  Her Quality of life was in the Dumpster.  Time for drastic action!

I talked her into the Anabolic, Forteo.  She failthfully gave herself a shot every day for 2 years.  Because of her aging kidneys, I followed with Prolia.  She has worked hard on proper nutrition.  She was determined to regain her Independence.  She succeeded.

Aunt Henrietta resurrected her Quality of Life.  She is stronger, more active, stubbornly Independent, and Fracture Free!  At age 90, that is everything.

Aunt Henrietta beat her osteoporosis!  You can too.

Find out what you need to correct with a Complete Bone Health Evaluation.

Take Control to Avoid Fractures and remain Independent.

Jay Ginther, MD

Orthopedic Surgeons At NOF !!!

May 29, 2015 @ 10:08 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Orthopedic Surgeons treat fractures.  Now Orthopods are joining the fight to Prevent Fractures.

At the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) 2015 meeting, Orthopedic Surgeons were the most numerous specialty among docs (MD and DO) .  This is huge!  In 2007 we were above 1% for the first time.  Now we are 17%.  What has happened?

Orthopods can easily identify persons with bone health issues, because a fracture is the clearest clue that there may be a bone health problem.  Often patients see orthopedics for a fracture and do not see their regular primary care doc until their next annual check-up.

The idea that bone health (including osteoporosis) could and should be identified and treated in an orthopedic office was very unusual when I started in 2007.  It is still not common, but it is spreading rapidly.  We have directly helped a dozen other offices start treating bone health.

The latest trend is for Nurse Practitioners (NPs) and Physician Assistants (PAs) to do most of the bone health assessment and treatment within an orthopedic, or other, office.  That was evident at the meeting.  Over 1/3 of the attendees were NPs or PAs – many of them working in orthopedic offices.

Family Medicine docs, NPs, and PAs also attended in record numbers.  This is a growing trend.  Proactively addressing bone health, before a fracture, is taking its rightful place in primary care.

Orthopedic, Family Medicine, and Geriatric practices are increasingly offering bone health evaluation and treatment.

Take Control of Your Bone Health.  Get a Complete Bone Health Evaluation.

Jay Ginther, MD