Break a Hip and Die! The Impact of Osteoporosis

Even a minor accident or fall could result in a potentially disabling fracture for as many as 60 percent of Canadian women over age 50. That’s just one of the disturbing findings of the Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study (CAMOS), a major, ongoing study of osteoporosis involving more than 9,000 people across Canada. This study is made possible by a recently renewed grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

Although common in older people, osteoporosis is often not diagnosed or treated, according to CAMOS researchers. “We found a significant ‘osteoporosis care gap,’” says principal investigator, Dr. Alan Tenenhouse, Director of the Division of Bone Metabolism, Department of Medicine, McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). “Many cases of osteoporosis, especially in men, go undetected.” People with untreated osteoporosis are at high risk for fractures. Hip fractures are particularly dangerous. About one quarter of the 25,000 Canadians who fracture a hip die within a year of their injury. Only half ever regain normal function.

“Other fractures, including spinal fractures, also have a very negative impact on quality of life,” says Dr. Tenenhouse. “ That’s disturbing, because X-rays showed at least 15 percent of men and women over age 50 in our study had spinal fractures, although many of these did not cause symptoms. “We found that even being diagnosed with osteoporosis caused a decline in quality of life, because people with the condition worry about the threat of fractures. The objective of CAMOS is to free older people in Canada from this threat.” Phase 2 of CAMOS is now underway. To assist them in their work, researchers will be using a made-in-Canada reference standard for bone density developed during the first phase of CAMOS.

“We are studying factors that promote maximum bone size and strength during youth, and the relationship between bone mass in youth to bone loss in older people,” says Dr. Tenenhouse. “Understanding these processes and relationships is essential to the development of an effective strategy for fracture prevention. Ultimately, we hope CAMOS will help us develop better ways to reduce the human and economic impact of osteoporosis.” Osteoporosis, sometimes called porous bone disease or brittle bone disease, is characterized by reduced bone density and strength. The disorder affects as many as one in four Canadians over age 50, and is associated with increased risk of disabling fractures of the vertebrae, ribs, wrists and hips. Osteoporosis costs the Canadian economy an estimated $1 billion annually, and that figure is expected to double over the next 30 years as the population ages.

While walking is one of the healthiest and most popular exercises, it also results in more trips to the emergency room for women than any other non-equipment exercise, a University of Arkansas study revealed. The study, conducted by associate health science professors Ches Jones and Lori Turner, has been accepted for publication in the summer 2005 issue of the “Journal of Women and Aging.” Jones presented the results at the 7th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion held recently in Vienna, Austria.

Jones and Turner studied data gathered by the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS). The NEISS compiles reports from over 100 emergency rooms across the nation, then estimates the frequency of each type of injury. The study looked at data from 851 reported injuries from 1994 to 2001. The researchers focused on emergency room visits among women age 65 years and older, who were injured while doing non-equipment exercise. Non-equipment exercise refers to any activity done without equipment, such as walking, aerobics, hiking, swimming, stretching, yoga or tai chi. “We looked at how people exercise without equipment,” Jones said. “We asked, ‘How can people get injured that way?’” Walking was the most common non-equipment activity cited in the study and also was linked most frequently to injury. Falls were the major cause of injuries, according to Jones. “Environmental hazards were a big issue — like when you’re walking or hiking, and you encounter obstacles such as street curbs, rocks, holes and even animals,” he said.

Jones was surprised at the number of non-equipment injuries, which increased each year, despite adjustments for population increases. He speculated that contributing factors include increases in activity, more active people living longer, better health care, and health care physicians prescribing activity to patients, among other things. The number of falls among older women is a concern due to the increased risk for fractures among that age group. “It brings up the question, ‘Is walking the best activity for this age group?’” Jones said. “It is obviously popular and healthy, but is it the best?”


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When Are Bio-Identical Hormones Worth $3500?

The answer is NEVER, but you wouldn’t believe that if you read the article in the Southwest Airlines Read more

Diet and Fertility: Is It All About Protein?

Women are NOT mice, nor men

It’s the usual scare tactics again, as a research team concludes that
a moderately high protein diet can impair a woman’s ability for becoming
pregnant. But is this total hype?

Let’s start with the study. It was done in mice, who are known for
their low protein intake, since they prefer grains and your fuzzy bunny
slippers to a good juicy steak. Second, the moderately high protein
diet was only 25% protein based. Granted, this may be high for a mouse,
who is lucky to get even 14% protein in his or her diet, but it is average
for a human, let alone a woman. When the researchers studied the fetuses,
they found that fewer embryos developed who came from “moderately high
protein” diet mothers. In an astonishing jump to conclusion, the researcher
declared:”It would be prudent for women planning to conceive to limit
their protein intake to less than 20% of their total energy consumption.”
Can you hear the flashbulbs popping?

There is no question that diet can manipulate a woman’s hormone status.
In my books I discuss the various studies which show consuming 40% protein
or more in a woman’s diet shifts her estrogen metabolism into the GOOD
pathways rather than the carcinogenic ones, which are stimulated by
high fat and high carb intake. Numerous studies have shown that women
with polycystic ovarian syndrome, a known cause for infertility, can
decrease their insulin resistance and improve their fertility by consuming
a low carbohydrate diet. So why all the “sky is falling” press on this
tiny study in mice?

I don’t need to remind you that millions of dollars are riding on the
public’s preferences for protein over highly processed carbs, only this
time corporations are stabbing each other in the back trying to sensationalize
this pitiful bit of research. Must be a slow news day.

7 Diet Traps and How To Fix Them

Learn how to avoid these diet traps

Like most of America, you’ve got pounds to shed that won’t budge
despite hitting the gym and walking blindfolded past the Krispy Kremes. So
what could be sabotoging your diet? Let me share with you the 7 Deadly
Diet Traps
and show you how to fix them.

    1. SKIPPING MEALS

I used to skip breakfast because of operating, then grab a bagel with
peanut butter/cream cheese and a banana for lunch as I rushed back to the
office, then would consume mass quantities of food at my evening meal. If
you find yourself nibbling in the afternoon on high glycemic carbs instead
of good protein, let me show you how to fix this. You need to feed
yourself OFTEN by establishing a routine. Figure out what snacks
work for you and make it a pattern to eat every 3-4 hours, as this stokes
your metabolism and puts the brakes on carb bingeing.

I routinely have a few slices of French ham/provolone cheese with a
great French mustard/mayo on some lettuce leaves for a quick lunch when
I’m working. It satisfies and it fits my needs for quickness.

    2. FAILING TO MAKE A PLAN

Not every diet or exercise program fits the needs of every particular
individual. Walking in the AM is hopeless if you are an PM person. So make
a fitness plan that WORKS with your lifestyle, personality. I found that
walking at 4pm for the entire duration of the Ellen Degeneres Program fit
my personality/needs. Now, I don’t want to MISS my scheduled walk, as that
also means I’ve missed her show. So, design your own program to be doable
for you. If you hate to cook or don’t have the time, cook on Sunday and
fix meals for the entire week.

    3. CONSUMING EMPTY CALORIES

I know you’re addicted to Diet whatever…but those liquids don’t make
your “satiety” hormones work in your stomach. So always eat some protein
when drinking a non-caloric drink to keep the gastric wave moving along
properly.

    4. EXERCISING ONLY A LITTLE BIT

Just taking the stairs instead of the elevator or parking as far away
as possible in the grocery store parking lot is a GOOD START, but a study
of over 3000 people who lost weight and KEPT it off showed that roughly an
hour of moderate DAILY exercise, such as walking at 3mph, was the key to
successful weight control. Get a pedometer and discover how MANY or few
steps you are actually taking in a day. When I strapped one on, I was
stunned to see that my macaws actually generated MORE movement than me.
You want to log-in approximately 11,000 to 12,000 steps per day (or
roughly 5 miles) to keep the weight off. Read more

10 Foods That Sabotage Your Diet

Step
Away from These Bad Boys

Want to know which foods are the WORST ones to ever pass your lips?
Steer your grocery cart clear of:

  • DONUTS
    White flour, sugar and fried. Need I say more.Okay I will: trans fats
  • MARGARINE
    Two words: trans fats. Butter, especially unsalted butter is your best
    choice.
  • SUGARED CEREALS
    I’m talking puffed, dyed, sweetened and chock full of chemicals. Hmm..maybe
    THIS is where the weapons of mass destruction are hiding! Again, trans
    fats.
  • SPORTS DRINKS
    Anything that reminds you of antifreeze or your children’s waterpaint
    cleaner CAN’T be good for you. These products are stuffed with sugar
    polymers with no nutritional benefit.
  • TOASTER PASTRIES
    The ingredient lists of these products COULD be used to make weapons
    of mass destruction in your body.Remember those two words: trans fats.
  • CHIPS
    I’m not talking the Eric Estrada kind…but those greasy, processed,
    frankenstein version of real food. Again, two words: trans fats.
  • SODA POP
    9 teaspoons of sugar per can. Just pour the “pounds” down the drain.
  • BALONEY/HOT DOGS
    Any food that is made up of animal parts that are so fat laden they
    could lube your sports bike doesn’t belong in your diet.
  • CRACKERS
    Hydrogentated trans fats and white flour. Nuf said.

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