Posts Tagged ‘Osteoporosis’
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
My wife and I visited the tropics during January. ¬†We did Tai Chi every morning while watching the sun rise. ¬†A Blue Zone experience. ¬†Worth getting up early!
Tai Chi is mostly about balance and co-ordination. ¬†(Difficult to appreciate if you watched our group of rookies.) ¬†Improving balance, co-ordination, and core muscle strength helps to prevent falls as well as strengthen muscles and bones. ¬†We found it interesting and invigorating and plan to continue now that we are back in Iowa snow country.
Tai Chi is ideal for older individuals, like myself. ¬†Yoga is easier for those younger and more flexible. ¬†Ballroom dancing is a favorite of those who can do it. ¬†Recreational sports work too, as long as you are careful and avoid collisions. ¬†All have the advantage that they can be¬†group activites.
Exercise is a necessity for optimal bone health. ¬†Balance training and fall prevention are very helpful for fracture prrevention. ¬†Along with enough Calcium, Vitamin D3, Protein, and Multiple Vitamins & Minerals, this may be all you need to prevent osteoporosis and fractures.
Take Control Naturally.
Jay Ginther, MD
I often hear: “I do not have osteoporosis, but my friend…” ¬†How are you certain that you do not have a bone health issue that could be improved upon? ¬†By the simple belief of “not me !!!” ¬†This I understand all too well after doing the same.
In bone health, the first sign of trouble is often a fracture, possibly a hip fracture, with a 20-30% chance of death. ¬†This is not good. ¬†In heart health, a rhythm problem, can lead to “V fib”, which often leads to¬†death within minutes, unless you get to a defibrillator. ¬†Also not good.
I now have a new 2-lead pacemaker with defibrilator. ¬†I was completely unaware that my heart had become¬†a ticking time bomb. ¬†I was lucky to have a routine annual heart check-up¬†scheduled. ¬†Otherwise, my first warning could have been “V fib”¬†with sudden death. ¬†Really not good.
Once I realized I had a problem, I moved quickly to the solution – pacemeker defibrillator. ¬†I wasted no time. ¬†Now I am able to do all the things I want to – travel, grandchildren, etc.
You do not need to be as clueless as I was. ¬†Take Control¬†of your health.¬†Check on your risks for diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and bone health. ¬†Then take action to correct problems. ¬†Get a Complete Bone Health Evaluation as well as evaluation of the rest of your body.
Jay Ginther, MD
“Why did I Fracture?” and “Why do I have Osteoporosis?” are common questions I hear from older women and men. ¬†They are taking Calcium and Vitamin D3, eating a diet with Protein,¬†Fruits and Vegetables, and Exercising regularly. ¬†They are “doing everything right”, and still they have deteriorating bones. ¬†What is wrong?
The simple answer is “Birthday Disease” – too many birthdays. ¬†Increased Fracture Risk (Clinical Osteoporosis) is totally natural as we age. ¬†Women after Menopause, and men after age 70, lose 1-2% of their Bone Mineral Density (BMD), and more of their Bone Strength, every year.
When I was in Medical School, 40 years ago, that was the end of the story. ¬†Many older women (and some older men) became kyphotic (stooped over), fractured and fell, and either died or went to a nursing home for the rest of their lives. ¬†Then, there was nothing we could do to stop it. ¬†Today we can often prevent osteoporosis, fractures and misery.