important menopause information
I often talk to my patients in the office about the importance of exercise, strength and balance training, to prevent falls. The most significant cause of falling is lack of muscle strength. As we age, we naturally lose muscle strength unless we really work on it.
In the article written by Jane Brody and published in the New York Times on February 25, 2019, she states that falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries in the elderly. She also states that every 19 minutes, an older person dies from a fall. That is why I as a physician am so focused on prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. There are 2 million osteoporotic fractures in the US per year, most of which are preventable. Each fracture statistically takes years off your life, can decrease mobility, and can take away our independence, which, let's face us, is an important goal as we age.
The article by Jane Brody is excellent so instead of summarizing it I will just provide the link:https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/25/well/live/falls-can-kill-you-heres-how-to-minimize-the-risk.html
Here are a few more thoughts. Avoid walking on the ice in bad weather. Don't use ladders. Let a younger person do it, or make sure someone in assisting you. Use very short leashes when walking the dog. So many people fall when getting tangled up walking the pooch. Don't walk two dogs or more dogs at once: a recipe for disaster.
And this one is important: Quit rushing! It is so much easier to trip when you are in a hurry.
Marilyn C. Jerome, MD
Foxhall OB-Gyn Associates