Osteoporosis Doesn’t Discriminate

OsteoporosisJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

Osteoporosis is a progressive bone disease characterized by low bone mass and bone tissue deterioration. As we age, this leads to bone fragility and an increased risk of fractures, notably of the hip, spine and wrist. While osteoporosis is most often associated with elderly women, the disease affects men as well. Surprisingly, statistics show that up to 25 percent of men over age 50 will suffer an osteoporosis-related fracture during their lifetime. Generally symptomless until an unexpected fracture occurs, few recognize the disease as a significant threat to their mobility and independence.

Bone is in a constant state of change. During childhood, adolescence and young adulthood, more bone is produced than is removed, allowing the bones to grow larger and stronger. When bone mass reaches its maximum strength by the late twenties, men have typically accumulated more bone mass than women. Thereafter, bone strength begins to slowly decline, as the removal of old bone exceeds formation of new bone. Because men have larger skeletons and higher reserves of bone mass, male bone loss begins at a later age and progresses more slowly than it does in females.

Conversely, women have smaller, thinner bones, and experience sharp decreases in bone-protective estrogen in the years following menopause. These rapid hormonal changes together with smaller amounts of bone density make osteoporosis more common in women. As osteoporosis is generally viewed as a “women’s disease,” men may not recognize that certain risk factors and lifestyle habits put both men and women at increased risk.

These risk factors include family history, sedentary lifestyle, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and certain medications. Low levels of estrogen and testosterone, which promote bone formation, contribute to the development of osteoporosis in men. Additional risk factors include chronic diseases, prostate cancer and autoimmune disorders. Increased awareness of the potential for men to develop osteoporosis is essential for prevention and long-term health, as regardless of gender, a bone fracture late in life can result in lingering pain and long-term disability.

Prevention begins with healthy lifestyle habits that include a diet rich in vitamin D and calcium, regular weight-bearing exercise, not smoking and limiting alcohol consumption. High-impact weight-bearing exercise helps to strengthen bones. This can include sports, such as tennis or basketball, hiking, jogging, stair climbing and jumping rope. Low-impact weight-bearing exercise, such as brisk walking, low-impact aerobics, or using stair-step or elliptical training machines, is also helpful and a safe alternative for those who are unable to participate in high-impact exercise. Weight training and resistance exercise as well as balance and flexibility training are also recommended.

Good for your bones nutrition means enjoying a well-balanced diet rich in fortified foods, calcium-rich dairy, omega-3 fatty fish, dark leafy greens, and colorful fruits and vegetables. Limit alcohol to no more than 2-3 drinks per day, and consume caffeine in moderation, as caffeinated drinks may decrease calcium absorption, contributing to bone loss. Osteoporosis prevention begins in childhood. Those with children or grandchildren can encourage outdoor exercise or sports participation to help build and maintain strong bones into young adulthood and well beyond.

Fall prevention is extremely important, as statistics show that each year about one-third of all people over age 65 take a tumble. Many of these falls result in broken bones.

  • Take care to reduce indoor hazards such as clutter, electrical cords, and loose throw rugs.
  • Keep walkways and drives clear of debris.
  • Use handrails when needed.
  • Keep your home well-lit in the evening.
  • Tread carefully outdoors.
  • Avoid slippery surfaces.
  • Consider installing grab bars in the tub, shower or on bathroom walls and use a non-skid rubber mat.
  • Most accidents happen when rushing around. Slow down and stay alert and focused.
  • Always wear appropriate shoes both indoors and out.

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References:
Osteoporosis in Men. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/osteoporosis-in-men
What Women Need to Know. https://www.nof.org/preventing-fractures/general-facts/what-women-need-to-know/
Just for Men. https://www.nof.org/preventing-fractures/general-facts/just-for-men/
Osteoporosis in women – and men? https://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/osteoporosis-in-women-and-men
Osteoporosis Exercise for Strong Bones. https://www.nof.org/patients/fracturesfall-prevention/exercisesafe-movement/osteoporosis-exercise-for-strong-bones/
Fractures/Fall Prevention. https://www.nof.org/patients/fracturesfall-prevention/
Osteoporosis Overview. https://www.bones.nih.gov/health-info/bone/osteoporosis/overview
What Is Osteoporosis? https://www.bones.nih.gov/health-info/bone/osteoporosis/osteoporosis-ff
Ensuring Bone Health for Men. http://www.eatright.org/resource/health/wellness/preventing-illness/bone-health-for-men
Men With Low Testosterone Often Have Low Bone Density Too. https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/846022
What Prostate Cancer Survivors Need to Know About Osteoporosis. https://www.bones.nih.gov/health-info/bone/osteoporosis/conditions-behaviors/osteoporosis-prostate-cancer

 

Meniere’s Disease

MenieresDiseaseJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

First described in 1861 by French physician Prosper Meniere, Meniere’s disease is a disorder of the inner ear that can cause episodes of vertigo, tinnitus, and a feeling of pressure or fullness in the ear, as well as fluctuating hearing loss. Typically confined to one ear, symptoms may vary from person to person. Episodic attacks often happen in clusters and occur intermittently. Considered a chronic disease with no known scientifically validated cure or exact cause, it’s generally believed that fluctuating pressure of the fluid within the inner ear or abnormally enlarged fluid passageways contribute to the often debilitating symptoms.

Tinnitus is the perception of sound when no external noise is present. Commonly referred to as ringing in the ears, sounds can also include buzzing, hissing or swooshing. While tinnitus may be acute or chronic, it affects over 50 million Americans, mostly in middle age. Often associated with hearing loss, there are many health disorders that can generate tinnitus as a symptom, including age-related and noise-induced hearing loss. Blockages in the ear canal from excessive ear wax, head congestion, foreign objects, or dirt can cause pressure to build up in the inner ear, which can irritate or affect ear drum function. In many cases removal of any blockages can alleviate tinnitus symptoms. However, in some cases, the blockage may cause permanent damage and lead to chronic tinnitus.

Vertigo, a sense of rotational dizziness, can be temporary or chronic and is commonly found in those aged 65 years and older. Peripheral vertigo is linked to a disturbance of balance organs in the inner ear, while central vertigo is liked to a disturbance in parts of the brain known as sensory nerve pathways. While vertigo can be a symptom of many health conditions, is it one of a triad of symptoms of Meniere’s disease. Individuals with Meniere’s disease often have an abrupt onset of severe symptoms and fluctuating hearing loss, as well as periods of time in which they are symptom free. Vertigo attacks, which can last from a few minutes to 24 hours, often occur without warning and may be accompanied by nausea and vomiting. The periods of remission between attacks can vary from days to months or even years, making Meniere’s disease an unpredictable and distressing condition.

The sensation of fullness or aural pressure, the third characteristic of Meniere’s, can be very uncomfortable and cause considerable distress. While the sensation can fluctuate with the acuteness of the condition, it can also become chronic, leaving one with a constant feeling of pressure. It’s widely believed that Meniere’s develops as a result of swelling in the small, fluid-filled chambers of the inner ear resulting in pressure. The ebb and flow of this pressure is believed to damage the delicate structure of the inner ear, as well as the balance structures of the semi-circular canals, resulting in cumulative damage and a decline in hearing levels over time.

In the early stages of Meniere’s, hearing levels return to normal between attacks. In the secondary state, hearing levels fluctuate, but do not return to normal. In the third stage, hearing loss, resulting in difficulty hearing in noisy situations or group conversations, is generally irreversible. Treatments aimed at reducing and controlling symptoms vary with individuals. These can include medications, diet and lifestyle improvements, tinnitus management, hearing aids and less often, surgical procedures when symptoms drastically interfere with normal daily life.

Lifestyle recommendations for self-management include:

-A reduced sodium diet, as salt levels regulate fluid balance. Lowering salt intake can to help decrease fluid in the inner ear and reduce pressure on nerve endings.

-Stress reduction, as anxiety is believed to be a major trigger in Meniere’s disease. Identifying and managing stressors may bring relief.

-Reasonable exercise, such as a brisk daily walk to stimulate circulation and aid blood flow.

-A higher protein, low refined carbohydrate diet to reduce blood insulin levels, which impair circulation.

-Not smoking, as smoking constricts blood vessels, and reduces blood flow to the tiny vessels that nourish the inner ear nerve endings.

-Reduced caffeine intake, as caffeinated beverages can worsen tinnitus symptoms. Those who restrict caffeine are known to significantly reduce attacks.

-Cognitive therapy, which some individuals find helpful to cope with the unexpected nature of the attacks and reduce the anxiety over future attacks.

-Identifying and addressing allergies, as the inflammatory symptoms of Meniere’s may be related to allergic reactions in up to one third of cases.

-Supplementing with pycnogenol, as this natural extract from French maritime pine bark may help to control symptoms. One study involving 120 patients showed that symptoms of Meniere’s disease, including the flow at cochlear level and tinnitus, significantly improved in those taking 150 mg/day of pycnogenol for six months as compared to the control group.

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Manganese Chelate ...Manganese Chelate by Douglas Laboratories®: Manganese is a component of manganese superoxide dismutase (MnSOD). As the principal antioxidant enzyme in the mitochondria, MnSOD is known to be a powerful inflammation fighter. Manganese deficiency is linked to the onset of symptoms of Meniere’s disease, including tinnitus and vertigo, as well as glucose intolerance and nerve disorders. Gluten, wheat, soy, dairy, sugar and artificial ingredient free, vegan formulation.

Pycnogenol® 100 mgPycnogenol® 100 mg by Pure Encapsulations®: Used extensively in Japan to improve blood flow in the inner ear, pycnogenol has been shown to provide relief from symptoms of Meniere’s disease including tinnitus, dizziness, hearing loss, inner-ear pressure and unsteadiness. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO, hypoallergenic, vegetarian formulation.

Chromium (picolinate...Chromium Picolinate 200 mcg by Pure Encapsulations®: Individuals with Meniere’s often have high blood sugar levels. Chromium picolinate, a highly bioavailable form of chromium is formulated to promote heathy glucose and lipid metabolism. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO, hypoallergenic, vegetarian formulation.

Vitamin B-6 100 mg ...Vitamin B6 100 mg by Douglas Laboratories®: Clinical observations support adequate amounts of dietary vitamin B6 for the maintenance of healthy nervous system function. Vitamin B6 reduces fluid retention and is essential for glucose production. Gluten, wheat, soy, dairy, sugar and artificial ingredient free, vegan formulation.

Active B-ComplexActive B Complex by Integrative Therapeutics: This supplement provides a full complement of bioavailable B vitamins necessary for healthy nervous system function, the repair of damaged nerve fibers and the reduction of nerve inflammation often seen in individuals with Meniere’s. Gluten, dairy, soy, sugar and artificial ingredient free, vegetarian formulation.

Vitamin C with...Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids 500 mg by Vital Nutrients: Particularly important for the structure of blood vessels, vitamin C is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrient that has been shown in studies to improve symptoms of Meniere’s. Gluten, wheat, soy, dairy, and sugar free formulation.

References:
Meniere’s Disease. https://www.healthline.com/health/menieres-disease#symptoms1
Understanding the Facts. https://www.ata.org/understanding-facts
Vertigo: Causes, symptoms, and treatments. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/knowledge/160900/vertigo-causes-symptoms-treatments
Vertigo. https://www.emedicinehealth.com/vertigo/article_em.htm
Meniere’s disease. http://www.menieres.org.uk/information-and-support/symptoms-and-conditions/menieres-disease
Meniere’s Disease Diet: How to Eat to Reduce Your Symptoms Naturally. https://universityhealthnews.com/daily/nutrition/natural-treatment-for-menieres-disease-diet-stress-reduction-and-more/
Improvement in symptoms and cochlear flow with pycnogenol in patients with Meniere’s disease and tinnitus. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24988090
Balch, Phyllis A. CNC. Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition. Penguin Group, 2010

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OrganicMushroomNutrition-Susan Brown Health and Wellness Editor

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