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Troubling paradox; lifespan continues to improve in the healthy public while survival decreases in hip fracture patients

Dec 10, 2007

Scientists in Denmark compared all 163,313 people who suffered a hip fracture between the years 1981 to 2001 and compared them to 505,960 age and gender matched control subjects. The percentage of people suffering a hip fracture were still overwhelmingly women but the age at fracture increased from75.8 years of age to 78 years of age. The percentage of fracture cases who were men jumped from 25.5% to just short of 30%. The number of people with a hip fracture that died within 1 year also significantly increased but survival increased in the matched controls. The study is published in the November 2007 issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Commentary by Jerry Hickey, R.Ph, Life expectancy improved in the general population while survival in hip fracture patients worsened over the same time period; a troubling paradox. Anyone at risk of hip fracture should be evaluated for a proper course of medication and physical therapy/ or an exercise program as well as instituting a regimen of the following supplements;

  • The level of homocysteine found in the blood should be determined and a proper course of Folic Acid and Vitamin B12 should be instituted if needed
  • Intake of omega-3 fatty acids compared to intake of omega-6 fatty acids
  • The level of active vitamin D in the plasma should be close to 70 ng/ml and a level of supplementation to achieve this status is important
  • NTX level in the urine
  • Protein Intake
  • Institute supplementation with Calcium, Magnesium, Vitamin D, Vitamin K, and Strontium. Also supplementation could be instituted with Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Protein and Fish Oils if needed.

Cocoa and fish good for an aging brain according to a new book

In there newest book "Teach Yourself: Training Your Brain" cognitive scientist Terry Home and biochemist Simon Wooton make a case that lifestyle choices are crucial for keeping you in tip-top mental condition. Home says in an interview with Reuters that "Lifestyle can boost your brain power" and "What your lifestyle does is help to create the chemical conditions in your brain". The brain is more like a chemical factory than a computer and because of this you are not just a passive victim of your genes.

The authors take issue with the notion that a decline in brain power is inevitable after the age of 17 onwards and they state that "you can create spare cognitive capacity". They offer an intriguing list of do's and don'ts and insist that people can be proactive in keeping their brains agile. Stress is bad for thinking, avoid excessive alcohol and smoking cannabis; these are common sense. The also say that you shouldn't mix with whining, moaning, cynical sorts. The practical tips include; eat cold meats and cold fish at breakfast time (I prefer fish oils in the morning; we are not a Kipper nation).

"Dark chocolate (containing cocoa polyphenols) is also good for you because it contains many of the chemicals present when your brain is thinking well. It relaxes the muscles around your blood vessels and actually improves the blood flow to your brain".