Posts Tagged ‘Osteoporosis’
This week I had a patient who has decided that she does not need to treat her Osteoporosis because she does not yet have symptoms. This could be a problem for her. The first symptom of Osteoporosis usually is a Fracture. Ouch!
Actually she has had symptoms. She has 5 Vertebral Compression Fracture Deformities in her thoracic spine. As is usually the case, she had aching, but not sharp pains, from these “crumble-type” fractures. Therefore she doesn’t really believe that they are “real” fractures.
Vertebral Fractures generally occur about a decade before Hip Fractures. They are the early warning that much more obvious, and much more inconvenient, fractures may be coming. You ignore that warning at your peril.
Clinical Osteoporosis is a Silent Disease until the first major Fracture (Bone Attack). Heart disease may be silent until the first Heart Attack. High Blood Pressure may be silent until the first stroke (Brain Attack). Each of these can change your whole life.
Osteoporosis with Fracture is far easier to prevent than to treat – for the patient as well as the doc. Why wait for a fracture? Why not start treatment before ruining your life for a few weeks – or forever.
Take Control of Your Life.
Jay Ginther, MD
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
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
The Imaginarium (Children’s Science Museum) at the Grout Museum in Waterloo, IA is teaching bone health this summer. Good choices for bone health during growing years are the best way to avoid future problems and osteoporosis.
“The Bone Zone” is a special exhibit from Purdue University Department of Nutrition now through 5 September. Interactive exhibits teach interesting facts about bone, and guide participants to healthy choices for bone health. The target audience is K-8, but adults learn a few things too.
You can learn about Calcium content of foods. Fortuneteller “Madame Ulna” will tell your bone future based on activity choices. You can compare the strength of a human femur to equally strong wood, concrete and steel.
Cedar Valley Bone Health, Cedar Valley Orthopedics, and Cedar Valley Medical Specialists, PC sponsored the exhibit. As sponsors we brought our kids and grandkids to a special opening. “The Bone Zone” is really cool.
Take your kids and grandkids to the Grout Imaginarium this summer. They’ll have a great time, and great bones.
Jay Ginther, MD