Posts Tagged ‘Osteoporosis’
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.
Wrong Question! What you should be managing is Fracture Risk. If you only look at Bone Mineral Density (BMD), you miss the chance to decrease Fracture Risk in the overwhelming majority of people.
85% of the women who Fracture have a DXA score of “osteopenia” or even “normal”. Keeping their bone density at “only osteopenia” does them no favor. So how can you manage Fracture Risk?