Mothers sacrifice many things for their children. But did you know that they sacrifice their bones? Children come first, even at the xpense of the mother’s bone health.
Before childbirth, protein, calcium, and other nutrients are directed toward the baby, at the expense of the mother’s health if necessary. After childbirth it gets worse. Nursing mothers must supply enough calcium, protein and other nutrients for the child to more than double in size. Bones are particularly hard hit as the baby’s bones begin to take on more and more calcium.
If your Mom had Osteoporosis, you are also at risk for osteoporosis and fractures. If a parent had a broken hip, you are at increased risk of fracture. Choosing your parents poorly is a risk factor you cannot avoid. Your age is the biggest risk factor that you cannot control. However, you can control other risk factors.
Leonard Katoski Greenbelt bluebells should be at peak on Mother’s Day this year. Already we have quite a spring show. Thousands of spring beauties and all colors of violets are in full bloom. Trout lillies on high ground are out. Tens of thousands of bluebells are blue with pink buds following. A few spring phlox are starting. Take a hike and enjoy.
A mile from Blackhawk Creek, my yard has different soil and wildflowers. Bloodroots are finishing. Rue anemonies are peaking. The grey dogwood is starting. The redbuds are opening. Prairie and Grandiflora trilium are up but not quite open. True and false Soloman seal will come later, as will bellworts, wild ginger, and a host of may-apples. And, of course the daffodils, scilla, crocus, and tulips.
Life is good if you take the time to enjoy it.
Jay Ginther, MD