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Are You Headed for a Nursing Home?

A major cause of the high cost of health care is the number of elderly who have to go into a nursing home, sometimes for years. It now costs from $5000 to $6000 a month. Two conditions are most common. One estimate is that 70% of patients have dementia, mostly Alzheimer’s disease, or have extreme osteoporosis with the possibility of one or more broken bones. Dr. Diane Schneider says that osteoporosis is a silent disease and that one of every two women over fifty will break a bone because of it. That’s a wake–up call to get treatment before it gets worse with age. On the other hand Alzheimer’s seems to be a progressive disease that might eventually affect half of all persons over eighty.

First let’s look at the frail woman who breaks a hip from a simple fall. She has had gradually worsening osteoporosis for many years as her bones got thinner and weaker. She may be proud of the fact that she kept her body thin and doesn’t have heart disease or diabetes. She didn’t realize she needed enough magnesium and protein in her diet as well as calcium to keep her bones strong. The extreme case of a woman breaking a hip from falling out of bed means that all her bones are too thin. Her pelvic bones are so fragile that a surgeon can’t even consider a hip replacement. She is dependent on the nursing staff for everything.

Other patients may look healthy and have normal or higher weight but can’t be left alone. They are the ones with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia who might wander off and get hurt. They might live many years but have no meaningful life.

Both types of patients might have avoided going to a nursing home if they had taken care of their health when they were younger. Your body is meant to be healthy but only when you exercise as our ancestors did. They walked a lot and did work that used their muscles. Most doctors now agree that vigorous exercise will help you grow new brain cells and might prevent dementia. Aerobic and resistance exercise together can keep your bones strong as well as strengthening your muscles. Start now to improve both your body and your brain. Whether you, an insurance policy or Medicaid pays the high monthly cost of staying in a nursing home, you don’t want to go there.

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Get Enough Magnesium for Optimum Health

Too many Americans think they can prevent osteoporosis just by taking calcium and vitamin D pills. Magnesium is a component of bone and is also involved in many intracellular enzymatic reactions. You need at least 400 mg magnesium along with 1200 mg of calcium for strong bones. Use a powdered Dolomite in liquid or chew mineral tablets well so they get absorbed. Don’t be afraid of magnesium just because a much greater amount is used in Milk of Magnesia to relieve constipation. Some studies show that 1000 mg magnesium can be used without getting loose stools.
Many chronic conditions from acid reflux to migraine headaches can be helped by daily magnesium. It has also relieved muscle cramps after exertion. Small amounts of magnesium are in green leafy vegetables and in some seeds or in some bottled hard mineral water. But this is one case where taking a pill is necessary for getting enough.

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