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39 Blood Tests performed for $35 PSA tests for men $40 A1C blood sugar test $15 TSH thyroid test $25 Magnesium Test $20

25th Annual
April 28th

Ottawa Kiwanis

Ottawa-Glandorf High School 6:00am - 10:00am

Over 50 health care providers on site

PC medication/recycling collection event-free Breakfast buffet prepared by Rose Haven B&B for $6

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April 25 - May 1, 2012

April 25 - May 1, 2012

Health Fair
Medi-Lab provides 30 phlebotomists to draw blood during the Kiwanis Health Fair to ensure there is only a short wait for your testing.
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Putnam Voice

Kiwanis Health Fair promises to be bigger and better

By NANCY KLINE 419-231-2444

OTTAWA This is the 25th year the Ottawa Kiwanis have hosted their annual health fair and it promises to be bigger and better than ever. The event is this Saturday, April 28, from 6 to 10 a.m. at the OttawaGlandorf High School gymnasium. In addition to numerous blood tests available, the health fair will feature more than 50 health care vendors with tons of free information on a wide variety of health specialties ranging from audiology to skin cancer, mental health, cancer, fitness rehab and many more. Some health testing will be available on site, as well as a huge amount of reference material. The main blood check costs $35 and includes 39 tests performed, including cholesterol, triglyceride, protein, white and red blood counts and much more. Additional tests also are available. The PSA test for men is $40. An A1c blood sugar test is $15 and a TSH thyroid test is an additional $25. This year a magnesium test is also available for $20. The average time from walking in the door to being done with your blood tests is no more than 15 minutes, said Jim Heringhaus, who co-chairs the annual event with Tom Gustwiller. Were proud of that fact. He said Medi-Lab brings at least 30 phlebotomists to take blood. Weve been doing this for so many years and have so many volunteers it goes like clock-work.

also taken over coordinating the health fair during the blood check. Visitors to the health fair may obtain a bone density test to check for osteoporosis and derma scan to check for skin damage. They can also obtain a video screening to see the inside of their ears or have their blood pressure check. Nursing home and assisted-living facilities will have displays and individuals present to answer questions. Also numerous hospital and other health care centers will be present with displays about their services. Others areas of health care including mental health, foot health, supplements, and physical activity health.

Breakfast is served
In addition to providing health care at a reasonable costs for the area, the Kiwanis also receive a portion of the fees you pay for the blood tests to providing funding for numerous community projects throughout the year. Ottawa Kiwanis is a service organization that supports the Ottawa Boy Scouts plus provides funds for the Putnam County YMCA youth programs, O-G Marching Band, Challenge Champions, Girls Scouts, Imagination Library and numerous other events and clubs. For these tests to be accurate, 12-hour fasting is required meaning no food or drink other than water. The blood testing began as a conversation between Paul Shin, then owner of Medi-Lab and Tom Gustwiller, owner of Gustwillers Mens, Boys and Womens Wear clothing store. Shin had an idea. He suggested offering a community blood draw and have Kiwanis member assist with registration and other details. The idea grew into a plan, and 25 years ago, the Kiwanis hosted their first blood check. Around 170 came to this event. The numbers of those attending continued to grow until 2006 when the number jumped to 800. In 2011, nearly 1500 area residents attended the event to have their blood checking. Initially only a few health-care booths were set up at the event. Then seven years ago, the Kiwanis worked with the Putnam County Health Department as they wanted to host a health fair in conjunction with the blood check. Since then the Kiwanis have A highlight of the event is the breakfast coordinated by Rose Riepenhoff, owner of Rose Haven Bed and Breakfast. Featuring egg casserole, sausage, sausage gravy and biscuits, fresh fruit and beverages, the breakfast has grown increasingly popular since it was added to the health fair seven years ago.

Drug drop-off offered at site

On the morning of April 28, Putnam County will also host its fourth medication take back/drop off event at the Ottawa Kiwanis Health Fair from 6 to 10 a.m. Sheriff Beutler, deputies and other law enforcement officers will be on hand to collect any potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription, over the counter and veterinary medications. Only medications in powder or pill form will be accepted.

A1c tests help screen for diabetes

The A1c test and eAG calculation are used to monitor the glucose control of diabetics over time. The goal of those with diabetes is to keep their blood glucose levels as close to normal as possible. This helps to minimize the complications caused by chronically elevated glucose levels, such as progressive damage to body organs like the kidneys, eyes, cardiovascular system, and nerves. The A1c test and eAG result give a picture of the average amount of glucose in the blood over the last few months. They can help you and your doctor know if the measures you are taking to control your diabetes are successful or need to be adjusted. A1c is frequently used to help newly diagnosed diabetics determine how elevated their uncontrolled blood glucose levels have been. It may be ordered several times while control is being achieved, and then several times a year to verify that good control is being maintained. The A1c test may be used to screen for and diagnose diabetes. However, A1c should not be used for diagnosis in pregnant women, people who have had recent severe bleeding or blood transfusions, those with chronic kidney or liver disease, and people with blood disorders such as iron-deficiency anemia, vitamin B12 anemia, and hemoglobin variants. Also, only A1c tests that have been referenced to an accepted laboratory method (standardized) should be used for diagnostic or screening purposes. In these cases, a fasting plasma glucose or oral glucose tolerance test may be used for screening or diagnosis. Currently, pointof-care tests, such as those that may be used at a doctors office or a patients bedside, are too variable for use in diagnosis but can be used to monitor treatment (lifestyle and drug therapies).

PSA testing offered at health fair

How is it used?
If prostate cancer is diagnosed, the total PSA test may be used as a monitoring tool to help determine the effectiveness of treatment. It may also be ordered at regular intervals after treatment to detect recurrence of the cancer. The total PSA test and digital rectal exam may be used to screen both asymptomatic and symptomatic men for prostate cancer. If either the PSA or the DRE are found to be abnormal, then the doctor may choose to follow this testing with a prostate biopsy and perhaps imaging tests, such as an ultrasound. If the DRE is normal but the PSA is moderately elevated, the doctor may order a free PSA test to look at the ratio of free to total PSA. This can help to distinguish between prostate cancer and other noncancer causes of elevated PSA. Since the total PSA test can be elevated temporarily for a variety of reasons, a doctor may order another PSA a few weeks after the first to determine if the PSA is still elevated. Currently there is no consensus about using the PSA test to screen for prostate cancer in asymptomatic men. While prostate cancer is a relatively common type of cancer in men, it is an uncommon cause of death. In cases where the cancer appears to be slow-growing, the doctor and patient may decide to monitor its progress rather than pursue immediate treatment (called watchful waiting). Total PSA levels may be ordered at frequent intervals to monitor the change in PSA over time. The complexed PSA is a relatively new test that may be ordered, along with the DRE, as an alternative to the total PSA. There is hope that this test could be more specific than the total PSA better at detecting cancer-related PSA, but findings have been mixed and its ultimate clinical utility has yet to be established. The cPSA is an option that doctors can discuss with their patients. Its use may expand and/or be better defined as additional studies are conducted and findings are reported.

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April 25 - May 1, 2012

Worried about your thyroid function?

TSH test pinpoints glands problems
The TSH test is often the test of choice for evaluating thyroid function and/or symptoms of hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism. It is frequently ordered along with or preceding a T4 test. Other thyroid tests that may be ordered include a T3 test and thyroid antibodies (if autoimmune-related thyroid disease is suspected). TSH testing is used to: Diagnose a thyroid disorder in a perAT A GLANCE son with symptoms Screen newborns TSH test: $25 for an underactive thyroid Monitor thyroid replacement therapy in people with hypothyroidism Diagnose and monitor female infertility problems Help evaluate the function of the pituitary gland (occasionally) Screen adults for thyroid disorders, although expert opinions vary on who can benefit from screening and at what age to begin A high TSH result often means an underactive thyroid gland that is not responding adequately to the stimulation of TSH due to some type of acute or chronic thyroid dysfunction. Rarely, a high TSH result can indicate a problem with the pituitary gland, such as a tumor producing unregulated levels of TSH. A high TSH value can also occur when someone with a known thyroid disorder or who has had their thyroid gland removed is receiving too little thyroid hormone medication. A low TSH result can indicate an overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism) or excessive amounts of thyroid hormone medication in those who are being treated for an underactive (or removed) thyroid gland. Rarely, a low TSH result may indicate damage to the pituitary gland that prevents it from producing adequate amounts of TSH. Whether high or low, an abnormal TSH indicates an excess or deficiency in the amount of thyroid hormone available to the body, but it does not indicate the reason why. An abnormal TSH test result is usually followed by additional testing to investigate the cause of the increase or decrease.


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Magnesium tests help find diseases

A magnesium test is used to measure the level of magnesium in the blood. Abnormal levels of magnesium are most frequently seen in conditions or diseases that cause impaired or excessive excretion of magnesium by the kidneys or that cause impaired absorption in the intestines. Magnesium levels may be checked as part of an evaluation of the severity of kidney problems and/or of uncontrolled diabetes and may help in the diagnosis of gastrointestinal AT A GLANCE disorders. low magSince a Magnesium nesium level can, test: $20 over time, cause persistently low calcium and potassium levels, it may be checked to help diagnose problems with calcium, potassium, phosphorus, and/or parathyroid hormone another component of calcium regulation. Magnesium levels may be measured frequently to monitor the response to oral or intravenous magnesium supplements and may be ordered, along with calcium and phosphorus testing, to monitor calcium supplementation. When is it ordered? Magnesium testing may be ordered as a follow up to chronically low levels of calcium and potassium. It also may be ordered when a person has symptoms that may be due to a magnesium deficiency, such as muscle weakness, twitching, cramping, confusion, cardiac arrhythmias, and seizures. A doctor may order a magnesium level to check for a deficiency as part of an evaluation of malabsorption, malnutrition, diarrhea, or alcoholism. When someone is taking medications that can cause the kidneys to excrete magnesium, testing may be performed as well. When magnesium and/or calcium supplementation is necessary, then the magnesium blood level may be checked at intervals to monitor the effectiveness of treatment. When someone has a kidney disorder or uncontrolled diabetes, magnesium levels may be ordered periodically, along with kidney function tests such as a BUN and creatinine, to help monitor kidney function and to make sure that the person is not excreting or retaining excessive amounts of magnesium.

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Medication drop-off to be offered during Health Fair

OTTAWA On the morning of April 28, Putnam County will host its fourth medication take back/drop off event. Sheriff Beutler, deputies and other law enforcement officers will be on hand to collect any potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription, over the counter and veterinary medications. Only medications in powder or pill form will be accepted. The event is at Ottawa-Glandorf High School during the Ottawa Kiwanis Health Fair. Medications can be dropped off from 6 to 10 a.m., with no questions asked. This is a free service and being held in conjunction with the National D.E.A Drug Take Back Day. More than 200 pounds of medications have been collected form the first 3 events. The purpose is to educate the public regarding the potential for abused/misused and theft of stored prescription medications. Also, to dispose of them properly to lesson the environmental risk. The old way of Flushing is not recommended, as these drugs can enter our Ecosystem through ground water. Millions of Americans abuse prescription drugs for non-medical purposes everyday which is more than the number of people abusing cocaine,heroin, hallucinogens and inhalants combined. It is estimated that up to 62 percent of teens get prescription meds for non-medical use from family and friends homes and medicine cabinets.


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What can you find out from the blood draws?
Getting an annual low cost blood screening test gives the participant a tool to monitor or evaluate cholesterol levels, glucose diabetes, thyroid, iron, potassium, calcium, white count, red count. Also, men can screen for risk levels for Prostate cancer and others can screen the level of inflammation in the arteries to the heart. The participant receives two pages of their results one for them to keep and the other for their physician.

Who should get the draws?

All ages we see 10 years old to 110 years old. A high or low result should be discussed with your physician as soon as possible.

If I have specific questions about my results what should I do?

Contact your doctor. If you dont have one, contact your local hospital for a list of doctors in your area.

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Will I be contacted right away if my results need immediate attention?

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Why is it important to know these results?

Finding a health problem before it causes serious expense or has tragic results, can really be as simple as getting an annual blood-screening test or participating in a health assessment. By ordering any combination of the tests offered it can be anywhere from $300-$500 cost savings compared to a Dr. visit or directly through the lab.

Does Medicare cover the cost of the blood screening?

No, Medicare covers medically necessary diagnostic lab services that are ordered by your treating doctor when they are provided by a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments certified laboratory that participates in Medicare. Diagnostic lab services are done to help your doctor diagnose or rule out a suspected illness or condition. Medicare does not cover most routine screening tests, like checking your cholesterol.

How can this reduce my health costs?

Call a campus near you for more information about the services they offer.

We encourage and support individuals and employers to take responsibility of personal health by promoting wellness through education. With health costs escalating this is an excellent way to How many hours do I fast for reduce health costs and through aware- blood screening and for what ness monitor levels that need to be in range. Taking an active part in man- tests is fasting necessary? The chemistry panel and CRP tests aging your health can result in a long require fasting for 12 hours. fulfilling life.

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changes, such as exercise, a healthy diet, quitting smoking, limiting alcohol and/or recommend a maintenance medication.

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Get on path to a healthy life

One in two Americans is living with a chronic disease. Chronic diseases are persistent and recurring, and are typically either hereditary or the result of factors such as poor diet, obesity or lack of exercise. Many Americans postpone or even skip key health screenings due to fear, lack awareness or cost concerns. It is important though, to know your risk so you can make appropriate lifestyle modifications to change or reverse the course of your health. There are five simple screenings that can be initial steps in determining whether you are at risk for a variety of treatable and possibly preventable diseases.


Even though high cholesterol may lead to serious heart disease, most of the time there are no symptoms, which is why it is important to have your cholesterol levels checked. A rapid cholesterol test involves just a simple blood sample from the finger. As with diabetes and blood pressure, lifestyle changes such as exercise and weight loss, maintaining a healthy diet, and quitting smoking are recommended if your cholesterol levels are not within a healthy range. If the added measure Diabetes of a maintenance medication is needed to A simple finger prick is all that is needed keep your cholesterol at a healthy level, it is to check your blood glucose levels to see important to make sure that the medication if you are at risk for diabetes. If your blood is taken regularly, as prescribed. glucose test shows that you are at risk for Osteoporosis and vision diabetes, your doctor will work with you Two other important screenings that to make certain lifestyle changes, particushouldnt be overlooked are osteoporosis larly involving diet and exercise. and vision. A simple bone mineral density Blood pressure test, done via low-dose X-rays, determines Blood pressure is measured by a quick, whether or not you are at risk for osteopopainless test using a rubber cuff that is rosis, a disease that causes bones to become wrapped around the upper arm and inflated. fragile and more likely to break. Additionally, If your blood pressure is consistently high, a vision screening can help identify whether your doctor will likely recommend lifestyle or not you are at risk for eye disease.

PSA test finds cancer before symptoms occur

Prostate cancer is cancer that starts in the prostate gland. The prostate is a small, walnut-sized structure that makes up part of a mans reproductive system. It wraps around the urethra, the tube that carries urine out of the body. It is the most common cause of death from cancer in men older than 75. Prostate cancer is rarely found in men younger than 40. A common problem in almost all men as they grow older is an enlarged prostate. This is called benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH. It does not raise your risk of prostate cancer. However, it can increase your PSA blood test results. The PSA blood test is often done to screen men for prostate cancer. Because of PSA testing, most prostate cancers are now found before they cause any symptoms. Symptoms usually occur at a late stage. These symptoms can also be caused by other prostate problems:


Colon cancer is a silent disease that can be caught early with regular screenings. A biopsy is needed to tell if you have prostate cancer. A sample of tissue is removed from the prostate and sent to a lab. Your doctor may recommend a prostate biopsy if you have high PSA level

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Fighting the five most common foot woes

(ARA) From eating better foods to getting an adequate amount of sleep and exercise, were a very health-aware society. So why is it that many Americans routinely overlook one of the cornerstones of good health? While nearly 70 percent of Americans say they want to be healthier five years from now, just 51 percent recognize that foot health can be a key to achieving that goal, according to a survey from the American Podiatric Medical Association. Nearly eight in 10 adults have experienced some type of foot ailment in their lives. Yet despite the pain, close to three in 10 do nothing about it, simply choosing to live with their pain, said Dr. Michael King, a podiatrist and president of APMA. Meanwhile, more than half of those surveyed said they had endured foot pain at some point in their lives but have not sought treatment from a podiatrist. So what are the five most common types of foot problems and what causes them? Here are some tips from todays podiatrists: Nail problems are one of the most prevalent foot woes in both men and women. These problems can range from ingrown toenails to fungal infections. Ingrown toenails a condition in which the corners Your foot health is important as you take part in daily activities. Dont ignore important symptoms.

of sides of a nail dig painfully into the soft tissue of the nail grooves - is the most common form of nail problem. To avoid ingrown toenails, trim nails straight across and dont dig into the corners. If a toenail becomes infected, see a podiatrist immediately for treatment. Those with diabetes, peripheral vascular disease and other circulatory disorders should seek a podiatrists care on a regular basis to help prevent complications. Sweaty feet and foot odor are two foot conditions that are often experienced together. While stinky feet are definitely embarrassing, feet that sweat excessively can lead to other foot problems, even creating an environment conducive to the

development of athletes foot. Closed shoes make feet sweat, but in the winter you cant avoid wearing them. Instead, practice good foot hygiene. Wash feet daily with soap and water, keep shoes and socks dry, and choose socks that wick away moisture. Change shoes and socks regularly and consider rubbing cornstarch or applying antiperspirant directly onto the soles of your feet. Pain in the ball of the feet Nearly one-third of adults have reported pain in the balls of their feet. Pain in this location can be caused by over-exertion, injury or ill-fitting shoes. To avoid, always wear wellfitting, supportive and activity-appropriate shoes when walking, running or engaging in

other physical activity. If necessary, replace the insoles that came in the shoes with ones that provide additional cushioning. Heel pain This type of pain can have many sources, including weight gain, excessive foot flattening, muscle imbalance, injury or even improper footwear. To kick heel pain to the curb, always be sure to warm up and stretch properly before and after exercise. If wearing high heels, opt for heels that are no more than two to three inches in height. For persistent pain, treatment can range from prescribed orthotic devices and medications to cortisone injections, physical therapy and rarely, surgery. Bunions A bunion is an enlargement of the joint at the base of the big toe. Treatments range from self-remedies such as using a bunion pad around the bony prominence, to ice packs to reduce the swelling, and avoiding shoes that could irritate the bunion and even make the problem worse. For persistent pain, see a podiatrist for a full range of treatment options. While foot problems are common, that doesnt mean people should be resigned to living with pain, King said. Consulting todays podiatrist can help people feel better sooner, and get back to living healthier lives.

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(ARA) You may already know that heart disease is the No. 1 killer in America, and that factors like obesity increase your risk of developing it. But of all the shocking things you know or think you know about heart disease, heres the statistic that you might find the most eye-opening: 80 percent of all heart disease is preventable. Its important that everyone understand as much as possible about heart disease prevention, as 80 percent of heart disease can be avoided, said Dr. Martha Grogan, medical editor-in-chief of the new book Mayo Clinic Healthy Heart for Life! Heart disease claims the lives of 600,000 Americans each year, and another 12.7 million suffer from heart attacks. One in three women are diagnosed with heart disease and 50 percent of men are at risk of heart attacks before age 65. Those statistics may make you feel like you, too, are in the cross-hairs for developing heart disease. Some lifestyle changes, however, can help you greatly reduce your risks. In the new book, available now online and in bookstores nationwide, Mayo Clinic experts discuss risk factors for heart disease, how to recognize the symptoms, and what lifestyle steps you can take to help reduce your risk. The catchphrase Eat 5, Move 10, Sleep 8 sums up the approach Mayo experts advocate to minimize heart disease risks. The slogan reminds you to eat five servings of fruits and vegetables each day, do at least 10 minutes of moderately intense physical exercise daily, and get at least eight hours of sleep per night. In addition, Mayo experts say, 10 simple steps can help you minimize your risk of heart disease. Heres a sampling of the steps that youll find in the clinics new heart healthy book: Eat healthy Adopt simple dietary changes such as eating at least five fruits and vegetables each day, switching to whole grains and lean proteins, and eating a healthy breakfast every day.

10 steps to beating heart disease

Be active A sedentary lifestyle is as deadly as smoking, experts say. Exercising just 10 minutes a day can deliver significant heart-health benefits. Have trouble sticking with an exercise plan? Finding something you enjoy doing, whether its playing a sport, running, tai chi, yoga or extreme house cleaning, can help you maintain your commitment to exercising. Sleep well Sleep deprivation has serious health repercussions, including increasing your risk of heart disease. Conversely, getting adequate sleep can actually have a restorative effect on the heart. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says sleep deprivation has become a national public health epidemic. Creating a bedtime routine and a relaxing sleep environment can help you get the eight hours of sleep per night that your body needs. Plan for emergencies A heart emergency can happen at any time, so its important to know the warning signs of a problem. Learn to recognize symptoms of a crisis, and act quickly to get medical help. Enjoy life A positive attitude, supportive network of family and friends, and good management of your stress not only improve your heart health, they can improve your overall enjoyment of life, as well. In addition to offering solid advice and the 10 steps to heart health, the Mayo Clinic Healthy Heart for Life! also discusses how the heart functions, what can go wrong, tools for ongoing heart health, and tips on how to keep your whole family heart healthy. Following these steps can help you dramatically reduce your risk of heart disease, even though it cant be completely eliminated, Grogan said. If youve done everything in your power to prevent heart disease or live with it as effectively as possible, then you have, indeed, conquered it.

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Eat for your health

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(ARA) Diabetes is a serious disease that affects nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States. Early diagnosis is critical to successful treatment and delaying or preventing some of its complications such as heart disease, blindness, kidney disease, stroke, amputation and death.

Diabetes: Know your risk and what you can do

If you are overweight, losing weight is one of the most important things you can do to prevent diabetes. A healthy diet is not only based on healthy food ingredients and small portion sizes, but also on healthy cooking methods. Together, those three dont have to leave you feeling deprived or restricted.

Know your risk

Get tested. Take a diabetes risk test to find out if they are at risk for developing the disease. By answering a few simple questions about age, weight, family history and other risk factors, its easy for anyone to find out if they are in danger of developing type 2 diabetes.

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Get active

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Everyone should be aware of the risk factors for diabetes. People who are overweight, not physically active (living a sedentary lifestyle) and over the age of 45 should consider themselves at risk for the disease.

Exercising is a great way to help manage your weight and lower blood glucose levels, as well as help you feel better about yourself and improve overall health. Aim for a minimum of 30 minutes most days and choose aerobic exercises that get the heart pumping such as walking, jogging, swimming and bicycling. Start slowly, gradually increasing the intensity and length of your workout as your fitness level increases. Once you create an exercise routine that works for you, youll find it isnt that hard to keep going youll feel great and have more energy as time goes on.


Osteoporosis: A health threat at epidemic proportions

Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by weakened and fragile bone tissue, leading to an increased chance of breaking a bone. The weakened tissue is caused by changes in the amount and structure of bone. While people with osteoporosis are most likely to break bones in the spine, hip or wrist, almost any bone can be affected. These bone breaks often occur with minor accidents such as falls, or banging into objects, but can even occur without any injury. Nearly half of all women older than 50 will break a bone because of osteoporosis. An estimated one in four men will too. A 2004 Surgeon Generals Report declared osteoporosis a major public health threat, warning that the disease had reached epidemic proportions. By 2010, an estimated 52 million Americans will be affected by osteoporosis and low bone mass. In the U.S. today, 10 million individuals are estimated to have the disease and more than 34 million more are estimated to have low bone mass, placing them at increased risk for osteoporosis. Osteoporosis, or porous bone, is a disease characterized by low bone mass and structural deterioration of bone tissue, leading to bone fragility and an increased susceptibility to fractures, especially of the hip, spine and wrist, although any bone can be affected. In simpler terms, osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become weak and Regular osteoporosis checks are important for both men and women as they age. Get a free heel scan at the health fair.
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remaining lifetime. Fractures caused by osteoporosis are most likely in the hip, spine and wrist, but any bone canbe affected. According to estimated figures, osteoporosis was responsible for more than 2 million fractures in 2005, including approximately: 297,000 hip fractures 547,000 vertebral fractures 397,000 wrist fractures 135,000 pelvic fractures 675,000 fractures at other sites The number of fractures due to osteoporosis is expected to rise to more than 3 million by 2025

can break from a minor fall or, in serious at any age. cases, from a simple action such as a sneeze. Osteoporosis Specialized tests called bone mineral density tests can measure bone density in various sites of the body. Experts recommend a type of BMD test using a central DXA (which stands for dual energy x-ray absorptiometry). A BMD test performed by a central DXA can: Tell if a person has low bone density before a fracture occurs Tell if a persons bones are losing bone density or staying the same when the test is repeated at intervals of one year or more Predict the chances that a person will have a fracture in the future Help a person and his or her healthcare provider decide if treatment is needed


Prevalence: Gender

Osteoporosis is a major public health threat for an estimated 44 million Americans, or 55 percent of the people 50 years of age and older. In the U.S. today, 10 million individuals are estimated to already have the disease and almost 34 million more are estimated to have low bone mass, placing them at increased risk for osteoporosis. While osteoporosis is often thought of as an older persons disease, it can strike

Of the 10 million Americans estimated to have osteoporosis, eight million are women and two million are men. 80 percent of those affected by osteoporosis are women. 20 percent of those affected by osteoporosis are men.

About one in two women and up to one in four men older than 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their

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Education is the first step in fighting AMD.

AMD awareness focuses on protecting, enhancing vision

(ARA) While many people take their vision for granted, those with Age-related Macular Degeneration certainly do not. AMD Awareness is important because the condition deteriorates central vision, affecting everything from seeing faces clearly to literally having a large blind spot in the center of your vision, yet many people are unfamiliar with AMD. AMD is the leading cause of severe vision loss in Americans older than 50, according to the American Optometric Association. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate 1.8 million have AMD and another 7.3 million people are at risk. As our population ages at an ever-increasing rate, the incidence of AMD is expected to triple by 2025. Key risk factors for AMD are age, family history, smoking (past or present), low macular pigment, poor diet, light skin and eyes, high body mass index, and Caucasian women are also at slightly higher risk. And while we cannot change our age, we can proactively manage some of the risk factors and take steps to maintain or improve our vision. Published in the November 2011 issue of the Journal of Optometry, the Zeaxanthin and Visual Function Study was conducted by Dr. Stuart Richer of Chicago. The study included 60 early AMD patients who consumed a daily dose of 8 mgs of dietary Zeaxanthin for one year. The patients vision improved in the areas of: high contrast visual acuity (reading, needlepoint, etc.), which improved by 8.5 letters on an eye chart; central scotomas or blind spots were resolved; foveal shape discrimination was enhanced (ability to discern shapes at varying distances); and finally, a significant percentage of the group reported an improvement in night driving. As we age, our eyes degrade a process that begins when we are children. Harmful blue light from the sun, indoor lighting, and even computers, along with poor diet, smoking, and high body mass index can all affect our central vision - but there is good news, too. A protective pigment in the back of the eye called macular pigment absorbs harmful blue light that can adversely affect eye health. Think of macular pigment as internal sunglasses that protect the photoreceptors in the back of the eye - specifically the cones, which are responsible for central vision, color, sharpness, and sensitivity to bright light, among others. The two key protective pigments in your internal sunglasses are Zeaxanthin and Lutein. In order to keep the internal sunglasses thick and dense, it is important to replenish Zeaxanthin, the predominant protective pigment in the center of the macula where the concentration of cones is the highest. Unfortunately, Zeaxanthin is scarce in the average daily diet, and most people do not consume enough kale, corn, collard greens, spinach, or peppers to naturally replenish what the eyes need most. For example, one would have to eat approximately 20 ears of corn to get a recommended daily dosage of 8-10 mg of dietary Zeaxanthin. Healthy macular pigment does more than just protect. It can help adults with sensitivity to bright light, glare while driving at night, seeing well in low light environments, and discernment between contrasting colors. The early AMD patients in the ZVF Study increased their MPOD levels from an average of .33 to .51 a direct correlation with their visual improvement. MPOD or Macular Pigment Optical Density is a measurement of the macular pigment in the back of the eye, and is performed by many optometrists throughout the country. Eye vitamins such as the EyePromise brand of nutraceuticals help rebuild macular pigment through unique nutritional formulas that feature the highest levels of all natural, dietary Zeaxanthin, derived from special paprika peppers. Education is the first step in fighting AMD, said Dennis Gierhart, PhD, and co-founder of ZeaVision. Science demonstrates that low macular pigment is an important AMD risk factor, and its encouraging to know that dietary Zeaxanthin is helping people maintain and enhance their vision. AMD Awareness is about educating people about AMD risks and being proactive to improve vision. Proper nutrition and supplementation can greatly affect eye health and quality of life. Ask your EyeCare Professional about having your macular pigment measured to protect and enhance your central vision.

Smart snacking that can boost your fitness routine

(ARA) Eating right and exercising are the two most important elements of a healthy lifestyle. We hear it time and again that these simple principles hold more power than the latest fad diet, and for those who heed the advice, the proof is in the results. However, its not always easy to figure out whats really good for you in the process of building or maintaining a healthy body. Theres no question about it: if youre exercising regularly, the food you eat should support your workout routine. Whether youre a casual visitor to the gym three times a week or training for your first 100-mile bike ride, proper nutrition is essential. That means paying attention to the nutrient content of the foods youre eating, as your body will use and demand them differently than if you were living a sedentary lifestyle. And dont be fooled there are lots of foods which are packed with sugar and calories, with no or few important nutrients, aimed at athletes. For fitness fanatics and newcomers alike, smart snacking options can provide an added boost of nutrients that the body needs - even when youre on the go. Consider making a combination of these snacks a regular part of your routine. Pistachios. Not all nuts are the same, and studies are increasingly finding that these little green treats might just be an athletes best friend. Pistachios are packed with nutrients that rank among the most important for optimal performance and health. They provide wholesome protein that is crucial for building and repairing muscle, in addition to gamma-tocopherol (a member of the vitamin E family) that has antiinflammatory properties and antioxidant nutrients, which can be sapped during intensive exercise. The healthy fats in pistachios, which are the Official Snack of the USA Water Polo Mens and Womens teams, are no threat to your workout results, either in fact, theyll bolster your routine because they are a fuel for endurance. Fruits and vegetables. The USDAs new dietary guidelines make no bones about it fruits and vegetables are an incredibly important part of a healthy diet. And for athletes, theyre a great source of vitamins and minerals that are important when your body is subjected to the extra demands of exercise. Choosing fruits and vegetables over juices can also give you added fiber to keep your body healthy. Whether you pack fresh or dried fruits and veggies for your pre- or post-workout snack, you can be sure that youre giving your body the extra vitamins it needs for top performance. Whole grains. No, you dont need to carry a loaf of bread with you. Instead, look for small, portable bars that offer the multiple benefits of natural whole grains. Theyre yet another source of healthy fiber that can help keep you going and will keep you from feeling hungry again shortly after youve eaten. And because theyre whole, these grains retain much of their vitamin content that your body craves. If you can find bars that incorporate honey, so much the better, as it is yet another great source of energy. Taking care of your body will help it serve you well over the years, whether youre a student athlete, an active senior or anywhere in between. To do so, keep in mind that fitness and nutrition always go hand in hand and youll be able to get the results you really want.

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April 25 - May 1, 2012

Health Fair

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Putnam County Primary Care

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