Posts Tagged ‘Nutrition’

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

Several patients have called us in panic because their friends told them that HyperParathyroidism means Surgery.  We reassured them that Surgery is almost never needed in HyperParathyroidism.  But we do need to treat it to preserve or restore Bone Health.

Our clinic sees a new case of HyperParathyroidism almost daily.  Only one or two a year actually need surgery.  How do we cure all the others?  Calcium and Vitamin D3 are the key, as long as you take enough.

Most of what we see is Secondary HyperParathyroidism.  That is the Parathyroid glands doing their job.  Their job is to keep sufficient Calcium in the blood.  They steal it from the bones if not enough is absorbed in diet and supplements.  Too low a Vitamin D level prevents Calcium absorption.

Sometimes secondary hyperparathyroidism goes on for so long that the glands “reset their thermostat too high”.  This is Tertiary HyperParathyroidism and is successfully treated with Calcium, Vitamin D3, Protein, and Multiple Vitamins & Minerals over many months.

Primary Hyperparathyroidism is that rare case where a parathyroid gland goes out of control.  It becomes a tumor (not a cancer) putting out too much PTH hormone and steals calcium from bone until it is removed.

Read more about HyperParathyroidism in blogs from last year by clicking on the links.

HyperParathyroidism?  Take Control Naturally with proper nutrition.

Jay Ginther, MD

Spring – The Most Dangerous Season

March 22, 2015 @ 9:12 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Spring is here.  The birds are singing.  Soon flowers will be blooming.  All the world is coming to life.  And more hips will be breaking.

32% of all hip fractures (nearly 1/3) occur in Spring!  Nearly 1/3 of hip fractures over 70 are in men.  And nearly 1/3 of those men die within months from medical complications initiated by their hip fractures.  Dangerous!

What can we do to avoid those fractures?  Decrease Fracture Risk!  How?  Do the following:

It is March;  this is Iowa;  almost 90% of persons not on major doses of Vitamin D3 are low.  (By late September that falls to less than 60% that are low.)  Remember that if you have a low Vitamin D level, you cannot absorb enough of the Calcium you consume in food and/or supplements.  Take extra Vitamin D3.

Remember that while Calcium Citrate is always absorbable, Calcium Carbonate often is not.  Remember that you need enough Magnesium to absorb Calcium.  A Senior Multiple Vitamins & Minerals has enough Magnesium for those of us over age 50, and lots of other good stuff too.

Protein is a big deal, especially over age 60, when our protein needs actually increase.  80% of bone and 90% of muscle are protein.  Regular exercises, including Balance Exercises, are necessary to Prevent Falls.

If you do not already know the quality (as well as density) of your bones, get a Complete Bone Health Evaluation.  Identify your opportunities for improvement.

Take Control Naturally with proper nutrition and exercises.

Jay Ginther, MD

Vitamin and Mineral Supplements

February 4, 2015 @ 7:15 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Many patients are taking Vitamin and Mineral Supplements for specific parts of their body.  Eyes are the most common body part.  Magnesium is the most common extra mineral.  Often the dose of particular vitamins and minerals is several times the dose found in official “Multiple Vitamins & Minerals”.  Usually the specialty supplements skip many of the trace nutrients found in official MV&M.

How do you know which supplements you need?  How do you know how much of each you need?  When is it safe to take multiple specialty supplements – often with some nutrients present in several supplements?  Which of the 26 standard Vitamins and Minerals is it safe for you to skip entirely because you get enough in your personal diet?