Drs. Oz & Roizen’s Tip of the Day: It’s hip to take care of your hips

King Features SyndicateSeptember 2, 2013 

Replacement hipsters, says the Urban Dictionary, are older folks who dress in vintage duds that 20-somethings try to find in thrift shops so they can look just as not cool.

And hip replacements? Well, they’re the get-you-up-and-dancing-again joint repair procedure that’s done more than 230,000 times a year in the U.S., usually the result of osteoarthritis — the erosion of cartilage between joint bones and of the bones themselves. Sometimes it’s done to repair a hip fracture, after a fall. And although 80 percent of replacements last a lifetime without revision, not needing one would be even better.

So get hip to our recommendations:

• The higher your red blood cells’ level of omega-3 fatty acids, the less likely you are to have a hip fracture. Getting enough from food and supplements also reduces bodywide inflammation associated with osteoarthritis, and that eases joint pain. We like DHA omega-3 in salmon and ocean trout and in algal oil supplements (go for 4 ounces of fish three times a week, or a 900 mg supplement daily).

• Practice tai chi; the Chinese martial art promotes balance and protects against falls.

• Do weight training. Light, repetitive exercises using hand weights or stretch bands help protect your bones.

• Eat a diet rich in dark leafy greens and canned salmon and sardines with bones. They’re loaded with bone-building calcium, especially when you team them with magnesium-rich foods (almonds, spinach and soy beans) and vitamin D-3. Take 1,000 IU daily until you get your blood level checked; then take the amount you need.

Mehmet Oz, M.D., is host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Mike Roizen, M.D., is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. To live your healthiest, visit sharecare.com. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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