Posts Tagged ‘Take Control Naturally’
So how do you find out what aspects of your bone health are pretty good already, what will be easy to fix, and what will take some real work? Start with a Complete Bone Health Evaluation.
DXA is about 1/3 of the story and should include both hips and spine. When you are as old as I am, the spine probably is too arthritic to be really accurate, but helps complete the picture. If you have had a total hip replacement, you should use the non-dominant forearm.
VFA will pick up many persons at increased fracture risk who are missed by DXA alone. You should ask for VFA, especially if you or a parent have kyphosis (humpback) or have lost height.
The FRAX calculation picks up different individuals at high fracture risk.
Blood tests should include CBC, CMP, TSH, PTH, and 25-hydroxy Vitamin D as a start. Further testing may be needed.
A medical history and examination focused on bone issues is a critical part of the full consultation. We allot a minimum of 30 minutes for discussion. Often a follow-up visit is needed to be sure both we and our patients are clear on the whole picture.
DXA alone misses over half of the individuals who need to improve their bone health. Get a Complete Bone Health Evaluation.
Jay Ginther, MD
Choose your parents well. Their genetics mix to form your genetics. Your genetics play a large role in determining your potential strengths and weaknesses. However, what you do with your potential is up to you.
We all wish we could be something we are not, and never can be. That is completely natural, but not helpful. You have to play the hand you were dealt. You have to take control of your future, and you can.
If your parents had great bones, you probably will too – as long as you take care of them with Calcium, Vitamin D, Protein, Exercises, Balance, and Avoid Smoking.
If your parents crumbled into kyphosis (humpback) or broke a hip, due to osteoporosis, you better get working on what you can control as early as possible. You will probably need medications eventually, but starting on natural treatments early enough can delay that need for years.
If you Take Control Naturally of what you can control early enough, you can achieve many years of fracture free life. That’s as good as it gets.
Jay Ginther, MD
Smoking is a major risk factor for fractures. Smoking suppresses the osteoblasts (the cells that make new bone). The osteoclasts (cells that eat away bone) then can easily outdo the osteoblasts, and you lose bone mass. Lower bone mass = more fractures.
Stopping smoking altogether is the best for your bone health. That is really tough to do. E-cigarettes have not proven less harmful to bone. Nicotine patches help only if they eventually lead to less nicotine intake than with smoking.
The damage smoking does to your bones (and lungs, and heart) is dose related. Therefore, cutting way down is almost as good as quitting, and often much easier to do.
Especially if you are trying to heal a fracture, stopping smoking, even for a few weeks, is really important. 1 ppd smokers are 5 to 10 times as likely to not heal a fracture. The same is true for infection rate after surgery.
Steroid Inhalers also suppress osteoblasts and bone formation. Unfortunately many cannot get off their steroid inhalers, even after they quit smoking. Major bummer.
Take Control Naturally of your bone health. Stop Smoking. Or at least cut way back.
Jay Ginther, MD
The purpose of good bone health is to prevent fractures. Most fractures happen as a result of a fall. If you do not fall, you decrease your fracture risk. How do you prevent falls?
Regular exercise will strengthen your muscles. Strong muscles are part of the solution. But you also need good balance. Good balance requires exercises to strengthen the muscles required for balance.
Balance exercises have been used for centuries to keep people limber and free from falling, and thereby, free from fractures. They are often taught in group sessions, but can be performed alone on any flat surface.
Tai Chi and Yoga are the best known ancient balance exercises. Daily, or at least 3 times weekly, sessions of 20-30 minutes will gradually improve your balance and prevent falls.
Less interesting, but easier to do anywhere, is simply walking on your toes for several minutes. More challenging is walking on your heels, like a penguin. If you can do that for 2 minutes straight, you have great muscles, strong ankles, and are unlikely to stumble, even on uneven ground.
Take Control Naturally by working on your Balance. Remember that proper nutrition is necessary for strong muscles and bones.
Jay Ginther, MD