Posts Tagged ‘Osteoporosis medication’

Take Control Naturally – Be A Stork

March 3, 2014 @ 11:13 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

You can Prevent Fractures by being a stork for 5 minutes every day.  How? you ask.  Take Control Naturally with an exercise that improves balance and strength in your ankle and leg.

Falls are part of the reason for most fractures.  As we age, our strength and balance begin to fade.  This causes falls.  Falls cause fractures.  Yoga, Tai Chi, and formal Physical Therapy all increase leg and ankle strength and improve balance.  If you do not have time for yoga or Tai Chi, do this simple exercise every day.

Natural Risk

February 13, 2014 @ 8:03 am
posted by Dr Ginther

Several patients in the last month have decided not to take the “unnatural” risk of taking medication for their Postmenopausal Osteoporosis.  They have been scared by the media emphasis on rare possible risks and side effects of taking osteoporosis medication.  They are not aware of the much greater Natural Fracture Risk of being a Post-menopausal Woman.

One patient specifically cited the risk of OsteoNecrosis of the Jaw (ONJ) as her reason.  Her risk of ONJ if she takes an Antiresorptive is less than 1 /10,000 per year.   Her FRAX calculation shows a total fracture risk of 1/10 per year and hip fracture of 1/35 per year if she does not take medication.   She is 1000 times more likely to fracture without medication as she is to have ONJ with medication.  Natural Risk can be a Bummer!

Enjoy A Nooner

January 23, 2014 @ 9:59 am
posted by Dr Ginther

Again we have a patient whose Spine BMD has dropped despite good osteoporosis medication.  She takes 500 mg Calcium at breakfast and at supper.  She remembers that you can only absorb 5-600 mg Calcium at a meal.  But what about lunch?  She needs at least 200 mg more calcium in her day.

She plans to eat a yogurt for lunch.  This would get her to her minimum of 1200 mg Calcium daily – if only she remembered more than once a week.  We need to entice her with a “nooner”.  We need her to crave her calcium.  Adora Premium Chocolates could do it.

“I Fall All the Time, But I Don’t Break Anything”

October 27, 2013 @ 9:15 pm
posted by Dr. Ginther

Aunt Henrietta looked like half a raccoon with her entire left eye blackened.  She dismissed her looks as not a problem saying, “I fall all the time, but I don’t break anything.”  This is a change on both counts.  Five years ago, falls were infrequent.  Even so, she broke one wrist, then the other wrist, then her shoulder.

Two wrists, one shoulder, and half a dozen vertebral fragility fractures indicated Very Severe Osteoporosis.  That was before she took the Anabolic, Forteo, for 2 years.  She was the ideal patient for serious measures to stop her fractures.  And it has worked!!