The good, the bad, the ugly- Bones and Joints

Bones and Joints

Bone Up for Good Health

The Good News: If you’ve been active all your life, your bones, joints and muscles can stay in pretty good shape during your 60s.

The Not-So-Good News: Aging and inactivity can lead to achy joints because of the wearing down of cartilage, loss of lubricating joint fluid and weaker muscles. Some remedies: maintaining a normal weight and strength training.  I love my cross trainer and my kettle bell, just be careful, those bells come alive!  Weight-bearing activities stimulate the bones to grow stronger and denser, which can protect against bone fractures and osteoporosis. Also, talk to your doctor about vitamin D and calcium supplements. The recommended dose of vitamin D for people in their 60s is 600 IU a day; for people in their 70s it’s 800 IU a day. And women in their 60s need about 1,200 mg of calcium a day.

I will admit, I take minimum of 2000 IU of Vit D as it also helps with any depression and I don’t get enough sunshine..Yes, I know, I live in Egypt but I can’t sit in the sun because I get more age spots and skin cancers, a vicious circle!  I’m not suggesting you take more than doctors recommend but I will say there is a thing called Google on your computer that has loads of information so you can make a knowledgeable decision.

What’s Up With That? Your joints may sound like snapping twigs, but those creaking and popping noises are usually not serious, unless accompanied by pain and swelling.  Try turmeric tablets, throw the powder in your cooking, it has natural anti-inflammatory properties and it’s amazing how it helps. Just be sure to take enough of it each morning…

Turmeric contains curcumin, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Inflammation is incredibly important.

It helps the body fight foreign invaders and also has a role in repairing damage.

Without inflammation, pathogens like bacteria could easily take over our bodies and kill us.

Although acute (short-term) inflammation is beneficial, it can become a major problem when it is chronic (long-term) and inappropriately deployed against the body’s own tissues.

It is now believed that chronic, low-level inflammation plays a major role in almost every chronic, Western disease. This includes heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer’s and various degenerative conditions.

Therefore, anything that can help fight chronic inflammation is of potential importance in preventing and even treating these diseases.

It turns out that curcumin is strongly anti-inflammatory, it is so powerful that it matches the effectiveness of some anti-inflammatory drugs.

Curcumin actually targets multiple steps in the inflammatory pathway, at the molecular level.


Bottom Line: Chronic inflammation is known to be a contributor to many common Western diseases. I buy mine at Costco and it’s 450 mil a tablet and has blk pepper in it that is supposed to help it absorb better. I take 1 three times a day and my knee is so much better and smaller aches are gone.  Just my opinion. lol

The reasons to take turmeric.


What’s Ahead: Most knee replacements are done after age 65. Isn’t that nice to know?  lol  I’m waiting for one of mine to go…had 3 arthroscopic surgeries over the years since it locked on me but so far, so good, next stop will be injections and then we’ll see.


Another reason to get that turmeric!

Painkillers Can Increase the Risk of Heart Attacks and Strokes

According to researchers, patients and doctors need to be more aware of the cardiovascular risk when prescribing any anti-inflammatory drug, which includes the new generation anti-inflammatories called COX-2 inhibitors as well as traditional NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).

NSAIDs have been widely used for pain management in osteoarthritis patients and those with other painful disorders. The COX-2 inhibitor known as rofecoxib was removed from the market in 2004 after a study revealed that cardiovascular disease risk was increased by the drug. There has since then been a great deal of discussion concerning the cardiovascular risks of traditional NSAIDs as well as COX-2 inhibitors, without resolution from several studies.

The researchers conducted a comprehensive analysis of 31 randomised controlled studies and 116,429 individuals using 7 different drugs (ibuprofen, naproxen, diclofenac, etoricoxib, celecoxib, lumiracoxib, rofecoxib) or placebo to give a more accurate picture of the cardiovascular safety of these drugs compared to previous research.

Generally speaking, the amount of harmful outcomes for treatment compared to placebo was low. There were 377 strokes in 26 studies, there were 554 heart attacks in 29 studies, and there were 676 deaths in 28 studies. This means that the overall risk of cardiovascular issues in individuals using painkillers was low. The researchers did however find that important risks were linked to the drugs.

For example, lumiracoxib and rofecoxib were linked to double the risk of heart attack in comparison to placebo, and ibuprofen was linked to over 3 times the risk of stroke. Diclofenac and etoricoxib were linked to the about 4 times the risk of cardiovascular death.

With regard to cardiovascular safety, naproxen seemed to be the least harmful among the 7 analysed preparations.

Despite the fact that the amount of cardiovascular events in the studies was low, this study does provide evidence on the risks of this type of drug. And even though there is still uncertainty, little evidence is available to indicate that any of the researched drugs are safe in terms of cardiovascular risk, which needs to be considered with the prescription of any NSAID.



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