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[25 Sep 2017 | Comments Off on Preventing Falls and Hip Fractures | ]
Preventing Falls and Hip Fractures

A recent analysis of the impact of falls has revealed some pretty scary statistics. According to the review, 5% of people who break their hip in a fall die when in hospital, and 25% die within a year as a result of the disability it causes.
Further to this, more than 10% go on to be admitted to aged care facilities. And you don’t need to be old to suffer these effects; the study found that more than a third of people aged 50 never regain their full mobility. One quote …

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[11 Oct 2015 | Comments Off on Vitamin D Slows Cognitive Decline | ]
Vitamin D Slows Cognitive Decline

A new study, which followed 382 75 year-olds for 8 years, has concluded that low levels of vitamin D “may accelerate cognitive decline in older adults”. The subjects were examined to test their episodic memory, semantic memory, visual perception, and executive function.
They found that participants with signs of dementia had lower levels of vitamin D than those with either no cognitive impairment or only mild cognitive impairment.Also, “insufficient vitamin D was linked to much faster declines in episodic memory (recollection of people, places, and events), and executive function (your ability …

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[26 Jul 2010 | Comments Off on Healthy Bones, Healthy Body | ]
Healthy Bones, Healthy Body

2 questions I am routinely asked are whether the fundamental principles of Osteopathy have ever been proven scientifically (ok, I made that up) , and whether I can do a treatment that will help people lose weight (I didn’t make that one up, I work in the Eastern Suburbs after all). A new article in Scientific American will help answer both.
“Osteopathy, that’s all about bones, right?”. Well, kind of. Yes, the prefix “osteo-” pertains to bones. And the suffix “-pathy” pertains to disease. The founder of Osteopathy, Andrew Taylor Still …

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[17 Jul 2009 | 2 Comments | ]

Falling is a very common cause of severe injury and even death in older people. A 2010 study estimated that 30% of adults older than 65 will experience a fall each year and even minor falls can have serious consequences; “elderly patients are 3 times as likely to die following a ground-level fall”. This can be something as simple as slipping on a wet tile floor. From 1993-2005 the rate of fatal falls increased by 55% so the risk of falling is certainly something that should be addressed.
A 2008 study reviewed …

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[16 Jul 2009 | Comments Off on Increasing Bone Mineral Density | ]

So, we’re looking at Osteoporosis and which type of exercise is best for it. This study looked at how weight bearing exercise (that is, exercise where you bear your own weight, like running, as opposed to swimming, where your weight is supported by the water) compares with resistance exercise (that is, weights). Hope I haven’t used the word weight too much yet…
Now we all know that weight bearing exercise is better than non weight bearing for increasing bone mineral density. There had been some studies in recent years where it …

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[16 Jul 2009 | One Comment | ]

So the theory goes something like this: Osteoporosis develops as your bone mineral density decreases, which happens with age (after menopause it can really accelerate). Your peak levels are in your mid 30’s. The higher you can get your bone mineral density at that point, the longer you will be able to stave off osteoporosis.
Two really important factors for increasing your bone mineral density (BMD) are diet/nutrition, and exercise (traditonally weight bearing exercise such as walking has been championed, but also resistance exercise, that is, weights, have been shown to …