What a fall can REALLY do to you
Think you’ve survived a fall? Think again!
What happens NEXT is often what counts most — because even if you make it back home in one piece, you could still suffer lasting, crippling, and even DEADLY consequences.
Now, the latest research shows just what’s on the line.
It shows how falls can set the stage for MORE falls, as well as other health problems. Folks who “survive” a fall even have a higher risk of DYING in the months that follow.
The new study finds that 7.7 percent of fall victims suffer from serious problems within a week.
That means 92.3 percent DON’T have any issues right after a fall — and they might think they’re in the clear.
They’re not, because the study finds the number actually JUMPS over time.
The very folks who think they’ve escaped serious injury are facing more risks than they realize. Within a month of a fall, the number of adverse events actually triples, with 1 in 5 folks battling those problems.
And within six months, MORE THAN HALF suffer from serious health problems.
Nearly a quarter of them fall again, which of course can lead to still more injuries. As a result, more than 40 percent end up right back where they started: in the emergency room.
The best way to avoid all of these risks, of course, is to keep yourself upright and make sure you don’t fall in the first place.
That can seem like a tall order as you get older and less steady on your feet, but don’t blame your age for your risk.
In most cases, it’s not your age at all.
It’s your meds!
Blood pressure medications increase the risk of head injuries, hip fractures, and other serious injuries from falls by as much as 40 percent. Painkillers, allergy pills, sedatives, cold remedies, and mood meds such as antidepressants, antipsychotics, and benzodiazepines can also increase the risk of a fall.
Many folks, especially those who are a little older, aren’t just on one of those meds.
They’re taking SEVERAL of them — and the new study finds that multiple meds will also increase the risk of falls and serious problems after a fall.
The shame of it is that most of those drugs aren’t even needed — so, you could suffer a fall for no reason at all.
If you’re on any of these meds, speak to a holistic medical doctor about your other options.
And if you’re in the San Diego area, I can work with you on a personalized plan to minimize meds and cut your risk of a fall at the same time. Make an appointment to see me here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.
Not in the area? I’m also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.
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