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Bone Boosters

Posted on: October 20th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
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About 54 million Americans have osteoporosis and low bone mass, placing them at increased risk for osteoporosis

 

Bones play a major role in our bodies. From protection to structure to storage, our bones do it all! October 20 is World Osteoporosis Day and LA Medical wants to give attention to our bones and how to keep them healthy and strong.

Why is Bone Health Important?

New bone is continuously being changed while old bone is broken down. As you get older, your body makes new bone at a slower rate. Most people reach their peak bone mass around the age 30 and after that you lose slightly more bone mass than you gain. Your likeliness of developing osteoporosis depends on how much bone mass you attain by age 30 and how rapidly you lose it after that.

What affects bone health?

  • Calcium – a low-calcium diet contributes to diminished bone density
  • Physical activity – an inactive lifestyle is associated with a higher risk of osteoporosis
  • Tobacco and Alcohol – tobacco has been shown to contribute to weak bones while too much alcohol can interfere with your body’s ability to absorb calcium.
  • Hormones – An excess of the thyroid hormone can cause increased bone loss
  • Gender – Women have less bone tissue than men to begin with. After menopause, estrogen decreases and can cause bone loss. Lower testosterone levels in men can also cause a lower bone mass
  • Eating disorders – People who have suffered from anorexia or bulimia are at an increased risk of bone loss

Bone health is vital to our health and longevity of life. The International Osteoporosis Foundation organizes World Osteoporosis Day and remains dedicated to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease. Be sure to wear white on October 20th in support of World Osteoporosis Day and all those who are affected by this disease.  Check out LA Medical’s online catalog today!

Your Bones and Preventing Osteoporosis

Posted on: October 17th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Men and Women with OsteoporosisWomen will suffer more than men while dealing with the risks of osteoporosis.  Worldwide, 33 percent of women over age 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis. As a part of Bone and Joint National Health Week, World Osteoporosis Day is October 20th and LA Medical is promoting healthy bones and preventing osteoporosis.

Women tend to lose 30-50 percent of their bone density which makes their bones easier to break.  Osteoporosis injuries will most likely take place in the hip, spine, wrist and other bones.  Costs of having osteoporosis can range from getting shorter over time, posture causing you to hunch and keep you from getting around.  Men also suffer from osteoporosis, which is around 2 million men annually. The most common injury between both men and women are hip fractures from falls.

The Mayo Clinic researched that the more bone mass you have built up before age 30 is put into a “bank” and the less likely you are to develop osteoporosis as you age.  The higher your bone mass, the more bone you have.

World Osteoporosis Day is organized by the International Osteoporosis Foundation and they’re dedicated to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease.

Strong bones help make strong men and women.  Here are some things you can do to reduce your risk of osteoporosis and fractures:

  • Exercise regularly.
  • Eat healthy and eat foods with nutrients for your bones and maintain a healthy weight.
  • Avoid negative lifestyle habits.
  • Identify the risk factors.
  • Talk to your doctor to get tested and treated, if needed.

If you know of strong women in your life, consider nominating them in the Women of Steel campaign. This campaign helps salute and celebrate women’s determination and strength, inside and out, to kick osteoporosis.

Make sure to wear white on October 20th to support World Osteoporosis Day.  Make sure to take a look at LA Medical’s full online catalog with all of our products.  If we don’t have your product, let us know and we’ll be happy to get it for you.

Don’t Fail Your Bone Density Test

Posted on: October 15th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

As we age, our bones lose strength and density, which over time makes our bones weaker and more easily broken.  Common bone and joint-related issues are arthritis, back pain and osteoporosis.  This month, LA Medical is celebrating Bone and Joint Health National Awareness Week. If you feel your bones are weak, consider calling your doctor and getting a bone density test. Read below to learn more about the bone density test.

Bone Density

A bone density test helps determine if you or someone you know has signs of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a bone disease that causes your bones to become more fragile and more likely to break or fracture. Before performing bone density tests, the only way medical professionals could detect osteoporosis was after you broke a bone. Having a bone density test helps you know your risks of breaking bones before a fall, but we don’t anticipate you falling anytime soon!
Bone density tests are very simple and painless.  An X-ray helps measure how many grams of calcium and other bone minerals are packed into a segment of bone.  Your spine, hip or forearm will be tested for osteoporosis. The test only takes about ten minutes. Your doctor may recommend getting a bone density test if you’ve lost height, fractured a bone, taken certain drugs, received an organ transplant or noticed a drop in hormone levels. There are downsides to having a bone density test.  There are different ways to test for bone density and one test may be more accurate where others may not be.  Some tests cost more money, but they do not give you the results you’d like. Also, bone density tests may not be covered by insurance and it may not identify the cause.

Bone density tests help determine your chances of having osteoporosis or other bone complications.  Let LA Medical help with any back or joint pain by taking a look at our wide selection orthopedic aids and supports that help brace your feet, ankles, arms, necks and back!

Arthritis Causes Friction: Common Types and Treatments

Posted on: October 10th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Generally, arthritis is an inflammation of your joints.  Medically, arthritis has a different explanation which is used to describe more than 100 rheumatic diseases and conditions that affect joints.  Arthritis can actually affect organs and cause widespread symptoms. With over 100 different kinds of arthritis, LA Medical will go over arthritis causes, the more common types of arthritis and treatments.

Arthritis

There are three common forms of arthritis, described by the CDC:

  • Osteoarthritis – A degenerative joint disease that affects the cartilage and its underlying bone within a joint, as well as bony overgrowth. The most common joint affected by this form of arthritis is male and female knees.
  • Rheumatoid (RA) – An autoimmune condition that causes premature mortality, disability and comprised quality of life.  RA manifests itself in multiple joints of the body and can inflame at any
    time. Pain is a result of faulty immune response.
  • Juvenile Arthritis (JA) – This autoimmune disease affects children 16 years old and younger.  JA shares similar qualities with RA and affects an average of 80,000 children.

Common treatment and prevention plans for adults and children who suffer from these top three arthritis types are to stay active, protect your joints by reducing the amount of trauma they get and get involved to find out more about arthritis and support groups.

LA Medical is proud to celebrate and promote World Arthritis Day on October 12th.  Arthritis affects 50 million adults every year and can be very painful.  World Arthritis Day promotes living better and aging well while overcoming different types of arthritis and they also raise awareness for arthritis disorders in the medical community, people who live with arthritis and the general public.  World Arthritis Day also strives to help people receive the care they deserve and influence public policy by making decision-makers aware of arthritis disorders.

Make sure to contact LA Medical with any questions or concerns. Check out our full online catalog today!

Skeletal Health Tips for Bone and Joint Health National Awareness Week

Posted on: October 8th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

You’ve probably had back or joint pain at one point in your life or another.  Bone and joint conditions are the most common cause of severe long-term pain and physical disability worldwide affecting hundreds of millions of people, according to the Bone and Joint Initiative. Throughout the week of October 12-20 is the Bone and Joint Health National Awareness Week which is focused on disorders including arthritis, back pain, osteoporosis and trauma.  All month, LA Medical will provide skeletal health tips so you can protect your bones and joints.

Skeletal Health

Have you ever been told to drink your milk to improve bone strength? Drinking milk and getting calcium into your diet is a key benefit to your overall bone health.  Bones help protect our organs, help with our posture and attach muscles to each other.  Your body makes new bone quicker than the old bone breaking down. After age 30, you don’t produce any more bone mass.
Drink milk, or soy milk if you’re lactose intolerant, and eat dark green vegetables, fish and health supplements to decrease your risk of fractures and improve bone density.What can you do to keep your bones healthy? Take a look below:

  • Make sure to exercise! Physical activity reduces your risk of osteoporosis.
  • Limit your consumption of alcohol and use of tobacco products.  Tobacco weakens your bones and alcohol increases your chances of osteoporosis.
  • Your body needs vitamin D to help absorb calcium.  Foods like tuna and egg yolks and getting a certain amount of direct sunlight helps increase your intake of vitamin D.

If you’re concerned about your bones or any risk factors, get in touch with your doctor today.  They’ll perform a bone density test which will determine if you have any bone loss. Your doctor will assess your future risks and recommend medications to help with bone health.

LA Medical hopes you’ve learned a little more about how you can improve your bone health and to celebrate Bone and Joint Health National Awareness Week. If you need help getting around your home, take a look at our mobility scooters and walking aids.