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Wise Health
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Check Up On the Kids
Ballgames. Barbecues. Vacations. Your
friends at
HAP Wise Woman
hope you’re
enjoying all the perks of a Michigan
summer. We’d also like to issue a friendly
reminder to moms … now’s a great time
to schedule a well-child visit with your
pediatrician, avoiding the back-to-school
rush for appointments that begins with
the approach of the school year.
Depending on the age of the child,
annual visits may not be required, but
HAP encourages them and covers them.
“It’s an opportunity to be sure your child’s
growth and development is on track, and
intervene early if there are any problems,”
notes Sherry Tranzie of HAP’s Quality
Management group.
Ask your child’s pediatrician
about his/her body mass index
(BMI) percentile.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
and the American Academy of Pediatrics
(AAP) both recommend using the BMI
percentile screen in children beginning
at age 2. It shows how your child’s BMI
compares with those of other children of
the same age and gender. It’s an easy way
to check for weight categories – either
underweight, overweight or obese – that
could lead to health problems.
Contact your child’s pediatrician to
schedule a visit today.
We think of osteoporosis, the thinning of bones, as a
condition that affects elderly folks. What you need to know,
however, is that the time to take action to help prevent this
disease is right now.
Simply because we’re women, we’re at risk.
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10 million Americans have osteoporosis. 80 percent are women.
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Half of women over 50 will break a bone because of osteoporosis.
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One quarter of hip fracture patients will die the year after
their fracture.
“Bone tissue is a living organ, and there is constantly bone loss and
bone replacement,” explains Earlexia Norwood, M.D., physician in
charge at the Henry Ford Medical Center in Troy.
“Your body begins to build up bone from birth until
around age 35. After 35, we begin losing more
bone density than we’re building. In addition,
other osteoporosis risk factors come into play –
things like becoming more sedentary and drinking
caffeine and alcohol. Our likelihood of developing
osteoporosis depends on how much bone mass you
have ‘in the bank’ by age 35, and how quickly you
lose it thereafter.”
Putting Bone Mass in Your Bank
“You can do things now to decrease your risk and increase your bone
mass,” notes Dr. Norwood.
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“Women who are pre-menopausal should get at least 1,000
milligrams of calcium daily and 400 to 800 IU of vitamin D,”
Dr. Norwood says. “After menopause, get 1,000 to 1,500
milligrams of calcium and 800 to 1,000 IU of vitamin D.”
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Engage in weight-bearing exercises like walking, jogging or
tennis.
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If you smoke, stop.
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Limit alcohol. “More than one drink a day increases your
osteoporosis risk,” Dr. Norwood notes.
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Know your family history. If you have a family history of
osteoporosis, discuss it with your doctor.
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Talk with your physician about a bone density test.
“This is the prime time to prevent osteoporosis,” Dr. Norwood
emphasizes. “After you’ve had the bone loss is not the time you want to
try to reverse the curse. We want to prevent the curse. Between ages
30 and 35, you’ve got the most bone you’ll have; now do what you can
do to maintain it.”
Uh Oh, Snap!
Earlexia
Norwood, M.D.