Posts Tagged ‘Take Control Naturally’
We recently saw yet another patient who longs for great bone health, but just cannot manage to eat dairy or take Calcium Supplements. This is a problem!
While the basic collagen structure of bone is protein, Calcium provides strength and rigidity. Without enough Calcium, your bones cannot be strong enough for daily activities.
You must take in about 1200 mg Calcium daily to offset normal losses in sweat, urine, and feces. (You need a high enough Vitamin D level to be able to absorb Calcium.) If you are over 50, or take medicines for heartburn, your supplement should be Calcium Citrate to be sure you can absorb it.
If you do not absorb enough Calcium daily, you must steal it from your bones. Chronically stealing from your bones makes them weak enough to break.
Our goal is to keep bones strong, avoid fractures!
You can Take Control Naturally. Start with Calcium.
Jsy Ginther, MD
Can you still do all the physical activities you want to do? Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) are the key to enjoying your life, especially as we grow older. At ISCD last month we learned some tricks to maintain our ability to do everything we need to do for a full life.
As we age, we lose muscle mass (Sarcopenia). Loss of muscle mass leads to even faster loss of muscle strength (Dynopenia). Loss of muscle strength is a strong predictor of Fall Risk and Fracture Risk. Bummer!
Get your butt off the couch! You should be able to stand, then sit, then stand again for 5 cycles in 15 seconds. If you cannot, you are in danger of losing your ability to live independently. Loss of the knee extension strength needed to stand, even once, predicts mortality. Huge bummer!
There is no medication for loss of strength. We do have natural activities: Balance exercises (standing on one leg); Aerobic exercises (walking for distance, not speed); Progressive strength exercises (sit to stand to partial squat to stand….). Enough extra Vitamin D3 to get your level above 40ng/ml helps your muscles. And you MUST get enough Protein in your diet.
Jay Ginther, MD
Spring is here. The birds are singing. Soon flowers will be blooming. All the world is coming to life. And more hips will be breaking.
32% of all hip fractures (nearly 1/3) occur in Spring! Nearly 1/3 of hip fractures over 70 are in men. And nearly 1/3 of those men die within months from medical complications initiated by their hip fractures. Dangerous!
What can we do to avoid those fractures? Decrease Fracture Risk! How? Do the following:
It is March; this is Iowa; almost 90% of persons not on major doses of Vitamin D3 are low. (By late September that falls to less than 60% that are low.) Remember that if you have a low Vitamin D level, you cannot absorb enough of the Calcium you consume in food and/or supplements. Take extra Vitamin D3.
Remember that while Calcium Citrate is always absorbable, Calcium Carbonate often is not. Remember that you need enough Magnesium to absorb Calcium. A Senior Multiple Vitamins & Minerals has enough Magnesium for those of us over age 50, and lots of other good stuff too.
Protein is a big deal, especially over age 60, when our protein needs actually increase. 80% of bone and 90% of muscle are protein. Regular exercises, including Balance Exercises, are necessary to Prevent Falls.
Take Control Naturally with proper nutrition and exercises.
Jay Ginther, MD
Falls are the immediate cause of most “wrist”, shoulder and ankle fractures, and of many Hip fractures. Two or more falls in a year indicate a need for more than basic balance and strength training. You need to analyze why you fell. Then work to avoid repetition. Formal Physical Therapy, teaching exercises to do at home, is best.
Major Fall Risk Factors: loose rugs and minor step-ups into a room; the scuffing gait needed for slippers, sandals or clogs; poor vision and bifocals; bending to pick something off the floor without hanging on to support; not using chair arms; slow gait; and not using a cane or walker on uneven surfaces (out-of-doors). If you have any of these, work to eliminate them.
Walking for exercise does NOT reduce falls. Even walking over a mile daily. Balance and strength training DO reduce falls. The simplest to do at home is to stand on one leg. The goal is 30 seconds. Many of us need to hang on to something solid at first and gradually work up to “no hands”. PT will teach additional exercises as you improve.
Lifestyle Integrative Functional Exercises! Look at all daily activites, then modify your lifestyle to avoid Fall Opportunities. Avoiding Falls is just as important as taking osteoporosis medications for Avoiding Fractures.
Take Control Naturally. Avoid Falls. Avoid Fractures.
Jay Ginther, MD