falls

  1. Falls are often caused by meds

    How to solve a $50-billion problem

    It's the $50-billion-a-year problem that's wrecking the healthcare system.

    And the mainstream is blaming YOU for it!

    A new report confirms that falls are a major risk for older people... leading to ER visits, hospital stays, surgeries, disability, and even death.

    No disputing that.

    The study also confirms that the cost of these falls is about a billion dollars per week -- with the bulk of it coming out of the Medicare system.

    And tragically, fatal falls cost more than $2 million a day.

    But when it comes to WHY 3 in 10 seniors suffer a fall every year, the mainstream wants you to think that it's simply because of your age.

    Of course, not one of us is as steady on our feet as we used to be.

    But the idea that age alone is the main cause of falls -- more importantly, the main cause of INJURY falls -- is pure nonsense.

    The real reason isn't the number of candles on your birthday cake.

    It's the number of pills in your organizer!

    Yes, friend, if mainstream docs want to point the finger, they should point it at themselves for all of the guidelines that push so many meds on seniors.

    And there's one class of medication that's the worst of the lot.

    It's often unneeded... and it can be reduced... or even eliminated.

    Yet the mainstream just expanded the guidelines to put MILLIONS of new patients -- especially older folks -- onto these drugs.

    Blood pressure meds can make you so unsteady that you not only fall... but fall so hard that you could suffer the kind of injury that can destroy your life.

    A 2014 study found that these drugs -- including ACE inhibitors, diuretics, and beta-blockers -- can cause you to fall and crack your skull or hip, increasing those risks by 40 percent.

    The fall risk of these meds is often greater than the risks of the hypertension itself, especially if your BP is only a little on the high side.

    In some cases, those slight elevations in BP can be safely ignored.

    In others, you can bring your levels down quickly and without drugs: Lose a little weight and consider natural therapies including calcium, potassium, and magnesium from diet and/or supplements.

    Of course, don't stop taking any meds without speaking to your doctor first.

    Another way to cut your risk of falls is to watch your feet -- and I'll have a money-saving tip on how to do just that coming up later today.

    Keep an eye on your email!

  2. Falls caused by household objects

    The leading cause of falls is NOT what you think

    It's the health risk hiding where you least expect it... right beneath your feet!

    I'm sure you know all about the risk of falling.

    As you get older, that risk jumps -- and if you take a tumble, you could end up suffering serious injury, including broken bones and even death.

    But you might not know where you're mostly likely to fall.

    It's not where you think.

    Sure, you could face a risk on a staircase. You can slip on a sidewalk. And you need to watch yourself when you're out and about, whether it's on a hiking trail or shopping in your local market.

    But the biggest risk is hiding in your own home.

    It's your rug!

    It may have been in your home for years, perhaps even decades. You might not even notice it anymore... but it's time to notice it now.

    A new report finds that a simple throw rug -- one that may not have caused so much as a stumble over the years -- could suddenly turn into a fall hazard as you get older.

    Researchers looked at hip fractures due to falls over three years in central Connecticut. They expected to find that the top cause would be slipping outside during the icy New England winters, but...

    Nope.

    The months with the biggest risks weren't the frozen, wintry tundra months of December, January, and February.

    Fifty-five percent of all hip fractures from falls were in warmer months -- with the most falls happening in May, September, and October, when 30 percent of the injuries took place (10 percent in each month).

    The research team also looked solely at fractures caused by falls outside. You'd think at least those would have a strong link to winter, right?

    Wrong!

    The worst months for outdoor falls were May through October.

    Inside the home, the leading cause of falls is tripping over an object, and throw rugs are the most common cause of injury.

    Number two? This might surprise you as well: just stepping out of bed.

    Likewise, the top causes of falls outside weren't slippery sidewalks from either ice or rain. It was cars -- falling while getting in or out, or even being hit by one -- with falls on stairs as the No. 2 cause of hip fracture outside the home.

    If you haven't done so lately, now's a good time to take a look around your home -- inside and out -- with a fresh set of eyes to see if you can spot any fall risks.

    If you're not as steady on your feet as you used to be, it may be time to consider moving some furniture around... getting rid of rugs... and installing handrails wherever you might need a little extra support.

  3. Falls can increase death risk

    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...
  4. Falls linked to back pain

    Falls aren’t always caused by being older and unsteady on your feet. New research shows they can be triggered by back pain, especially in men.
  5. Falls in hospitals linked to med doses

    Falls aren’t always your fault. They could be caused by your meds – especially if you’re in a hospital, where seniors are routinely given high doses of dangerous drugs.
  6. Falls increase death risk, CDC warns

    Falls can lead to serious injury and even death, with so many seniors suffering that the CDC has issued a new warning over the risk.
  7. Blood pressure meds cause crippling falls

    Common meds given to seniors to slash blood pressure can increase the risk of falls and potentially crippling injuries due to falls.

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