Posts Tagged ‘Osteoporosis’

Identify Fracture Risk – Prevent Fractures

April 23, 2014 @ 5:25 am
posted by Dr Ginther

Tomorrow I am at the 2014 National Osteoporosis Foundation meeting.  Actually the name “National Prevent Fractures Organization” would better explain our goals.  We don’t care about Osteoporosis as much as we care about Preventing Fractures.

DXA and T-score  test results of “osteoporosis” only identify about 15% of the persons who will fracture.  How can we identify those persons with “osteopenia” who will fracture?  We use FRAX and Vertebral Fracture Assessment (VFA).  My Poster # 18 tomorrow and Friday documents how adding VFA to DXA identifies additional persons at high risk for Fractures.

Read a Good Book About Bone Health

April 18, 2014 @ 4:44 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

If you want to learn a lot about bone health, there is a book for you: “The Complete Book of Bone Health”.

Diane L Schneider, MD is a former associate professor specializing in bone health and osteoporosis prevention.  She is unusual among doctors.  She addresses all aspects of bone health in language that regular people can understand.

Low Salt is a Double Win

March 21, 2014 @ 10:40 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Most people know that a diet high in Sodium puts them at increased risk for high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke (brain attack).  Very few people realize that a diet high in Sodium puts them at increased risk for Osteoporosis and Fracture (Bone Attack).  How can this be?

The exact same molecule controls both Sodium and Calcium in the kidney.  This means that you cannot pee out excess Sodium without also peeing out needed Calcium.  If you take in more Sodium than the 1500 mg you need daily, you need to take in extra Calcium to make up for the Calcium you pee out along with the extra Sodium.  Or you could cut down on Sodium.  That is not easy.

Control What You Can

February 17, 2014 @ 9:24 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Increasing numbers of patients are reluctant to consider pharmaceuticals for their Osteoporosis and Fracture Risk.  You may agree with that.  If you do you MUST be prepared to Take Control Naturally of those issues you can control:  Calcium, Vitamin D, Protein, Vitamins and Minerals, and Exercises for Balance, Strengthening and Posture.

These Natural measures are things that everyone should do for best results, whether taking Osteoporosis Medications or not.  For some individuals they can be enough by themselves.