hip fractures

  1. Prevention better than recovery for hip fractures

    Put the brakes on hip fractures that never fully heal

    Ladies, I've got some scary news for you today: You account for three-quarters of all hip fractures.

    That's because as you age... and go through "the change"... your estrogen hormone levels plummet. Your body starts replacing bone cells with fat cells instead. And that can lead to thinning bones.

    In this case, prevention is EVERYTHING -- because according to a new study, the "cure" remains out of reach for many hip fracture patients.

    Researchers from the University of California reviewed data from over 700 older hip fracture patients and found that even after surgery and rehabilitation, most never really felt like themselves again.

    A whopping two-thirds of them needed assistance with daily tasks, for the rest of their lives. And that means only a third returned to living independently.

    Imagine becoming a burden on your kids... or having a stranger come into your home to help you bathe, get dressed, and even go to the bathroom.

    Sure, a hip fracture isn't a necessarily death sentence (although even a minor injury could kill you) -- but it may mean a one-way ticket to assisted living. And if you're like many seniors, you fear losing your independence more than losing your life.

    You may be popping those calcium tablets, but don't stop there. Calcium can't work on its own -- it needs magnesium and vitamins D and K to effectively do its job and keep your bones strong.

    There's also a compound derived from olives called oleuropein, which actually helps direct your body to start making bone cells again instead of fat. (More on that in a moment.)

    You can also:

    • Drink tea. Last year, I shared with you research that suggested that drinking 1-3 cups of black tea a day can lower your risk for bone fractures by about 10 to 30 percent -- something that was confirmed by another study earlier this year.
    • Try growth hormone therapy. When used correctly (and not by an athlete trying to enhance their performance), it can help prevent osteoporosis. Talk to a holistic doctor about safe bioidentical growth hormone treatments to see if it's right for you.
    • Sleep. Consistently get a good night's sleep, because it's in deep sleep that your cells have the opportunity to repair themselves, which restores your bone and muscle.
    • Exercise. Weight-bearing activities like walking, jogging, or dancing can also help build up your bones.

    It's important to note that hip fractures in particular aren't just about bone density.

    To work on your strength, control, and balance to avoid a devastating fall, you can ride a bike... practice yoga or tai chi... or join a water aerobics class at your local senior center.

    Less than Half of Older Hip Fracture Patients Fully Recover: Study

    National Osteoporosis Foundation -- Fractures/Fall Prevention

  2. PPIs in new fracture link

    If a permanent case of the runs isn't enough to keep you away from proton pump inhibitors, maybe this will do the trick: These drugs can also leave you crippled for the rest of your life.

    I've told you before how PPIs can block the absorption of both calcium and magnesium, leaving you high and dry when it comes to the two nutrients your bones need most.

    Now, a new study shows what actually happens to those bones (in case it's not already obvious). A rock-solid new study out of Harvard that used data on some 80,000 nurses tracked since 1982 found that these meds can boost the risk of hip fractures by more than a third.

    Think that's bad? The increase in risk shoots up to 50 percent in women who take these drugs for at least six years.

    Now, if you've never taken a PPI you probably think it's nuts to take them for six years. And you're right -- it's nuts to take them for even six minutes.

    But these meds are like crack for heartburn patients.

    The more you take them, the more you need them -- because every time you try to stop, the stomach acid comes back with a vengeance.

    It's called acid rebound, and it's not a return of the original problem. It's a worsening of it that's CAUSED by the drugs, leading to a vicious cycle of meds that can go on for years or even decades.

    The best way to avoid all that is to not get started on these drugs in the first place.

    I've found the simplest way to get relief from stomach acid problems is with eight ounces of freshly squeezed cabbage juice, taken as often as necessary.

    If that doesn't work, you'll need to make some bigger changes. I have everything you need to know about out-of-control stomach acid problems -- and how to stop them cold -- in the August 2009 issue of the Douglass Report.

    Not a subscriber? I've got the cure for that right here.

  3. Hormone madness

    The drug levothyroxine, aka Synthroid, a synthetic form of the thyroid hormone used to treat hypothyroidism, is just about the least effective means of battling an underactive thyroid gland – and now, researchers say in some seniors it may more than triple the odds of a bone break.
  4. Depressing to the (brittle) bones

    A pair of American studies has concluded that certain drugs within the most popular class of antidepressants can contribute to a higher risk of osteoporosis in both men and women.

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