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Start with a Complete Bone Health Evaluation

June 24, 2020 @ 6:57 am
posted by Dr Ginther

You just tripped and suffered a minor fracture?  You just started menopause or male low “T”?  You are now on Medicare?  Are you concerned about your bone health?  If not, you should be.  At least concerned enough to check it out.

Don’t just get a DXA.  DXA alone misses 85% of Fracture Risk, especially in older individuals.  You should get a Complete Bone Health Evaluation to catch any problems early.  “Take Control Naturally” with enough calcium, Vitamin D, protein, and exercises every day.

What is a Complete Bone Health Evaluation?

DXA read by an ISCD Certified Clinical Densitometrist is a start.  ISCD certification assures proper reading.

Vertebral Fracture Assessment (VFA) identifies vertebrae which have collapsed, up to 80% of which are not recognized.  (I missed mine.)

FRAX calculates Fracture Risk far more accurately than DXA and Bone Mineral Density alone.

Blood tests include CBC and CMP routinely done for annual check-ups.  We add monohydroxy Vitamin D, PTH, TSH and phosphorous.

History and physical examination focused on bone health and 20-30 minutes consultation solely about bone health, fracture prevention, osteoporosis prevention, or osteoporosis treatment.

A Complete Bone Health Evaluation allows many of our patients to Take Control Naturally with proper nutrition and exercise alone.

Jay Ginther, MD

Care About Dad on Father’s Day

June 21, 2020 @ 6:37 am
posted by Dr Ginther

Fathers Day is a time to remember your Dad.  Those young enough and fortunate enough to have a living Dad today should take time to connect and honor him, even if the best available is waving through a window or using Zoom.  Even if he is gone, take time to remember the good times and what he got right.  Repeat those yourself.

Wish your Dad a fulfilling and healthy life.  Avoid unnecessary problems, like fractures.  One in four men over 50 will have osteoporosis and unnecessary fractures unless they are treated for their osteoporosis.  Most fractures are a major inconvenience.  The majority of hip fractures in men over 70 result in complications leading to death or nursing home.

Detect osteoporosis early to start treatment to prevent fractures.  In many cases the only treatment necessary is improved nutrition and lifestyle.

Start with a Complete Bone Health Evaluation.  That includes DXA/VFA, blood tests, focused history and physical, and focused consultation.

We find major and minor nutritional issues.  We help Dad correct them with enough calcium, vitamin D3, protein, other vitamins and minerals.

Improved lifestyle can improve diabetes, high blood pressure, strength, balance, and overall enjoyment of life.

Really care for your Dad by helping him to a happier, healthier life.  Help him Take Control of his future.

Jay Ginther, MD

Few healthcare providers focus primarily on Bone Health.  Many of those of us who do are members of the NOF Professional Partners Network.  Go to https://www.nof.org/find-a-professional/ to access the NOF-PPN listings.

We treat osteoporosis, but we prefer to prevent osteoporosis.  Prevention starts early with nutrition and lifestyle to optimize bone health.  Measures improving bone health often also improve overall health including preventing or controlling diabetes, hypertension, and other metabolic conditions.

Imaging helps assess metabolic conditions such as diabetes .  Body Composition by DXA differentiates “bad fat” Visceral Adipose Tissue from “good fat” under the skin.  After identifying my personal dangerous amount of VAT, I have worked with my healthcare providers and improved control of my (familial) diabetes and hypertension.  Better nutrition and better lifestyle (diet and exercise) have resulted in fewer medications.

Consider a complete bone health evaluation and Body Composition by DXA.  Then act to take control of your own health.

Jay Ginther, MD

Proper body mechanics for bending and lifting will prevent unnecessary fractures.

NOF has visual aids in learning good body mechanics at https://cdn.nof.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/SherriBetz_Osteoporosis_Graphic.pdf

If you need help learning proper bending and lifting techniques, CVMS Physical Therapy can assist you.

Most of us know exactly what we should do to minimize risk of injury when bending or lifting.  The hard part is remembering to do it right every time.  Practice will make it a habit.

Jay Ginther, MD