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Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there were a no-fail food formula, a sort of dietary magic bullet that would keep us healthy and vibrant from birth to old age? While there’s no universal plan that fits everyone’s needs, nutritional guidelines can go a long way toward helping your system function at its peak well into your later years.

4 Steps to Long Life, Vitality and Peak Performance1. Make fruit and veggies the centerpiece of your diet. Unfortunately, many people eat fewer fresh fruits and vegetables as they get older. Yet they’re the best sources of vitamins A, C and E-antioxidants that help fight cancer. Fiber-rich fruits and vegetables also keep your digestive system running smoothly. If you prefer frozen or canned vegetables, opt for the plain varieties. And steer clear of fruits canned in syrup.

2. Keep your body hydrated. Often called the overlooked nutrient, water is essential for cell function. Drinking lots of water can help assuage hunger pangs and can also help prevent kidney stones in those susceptible to them. Drinking more water can also ease constipation. Fruits and vegetables contain lots of water, so eat your water often.

3. Bone up on the benefits of calcium. It’s normal for our bones to lose minerals as we age, but those who lose too many too quickly can develop osteoporosis or brittle-bone disease. Eating calcium-rich foods like low-fat or nonfat dairy products is a good way to keep bones strong. Other sources of calcium include canned salmon with bones and green, leafy vegetables such as broccoli, kale and mustard greens.

4. If you’ve got a special-needs diet, follow it! Certain conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol call for special diets. While the dietary changes your doctor may have recommended might seem difficult, remember the potential reward: a longer, more vital life. Don’t forget to ask your doctor about how your medications may affect your nutrition.

Fort HealthCare’s Nutrition Services treats healthy individuals as well as those being seen for acute or chronic illness or conditions. Their program is for anyone who has concerns and questions about their diet, foods, growth and development, special diets and healthy eating.

For personal nutrition counseling or if your organization would like a speaker for diabetes or nutrition education, call the Nutrition Services Department at (920) 568-5453 or visit FortHealthCare.com/Nutrition.

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If your hip has been damaged by arthritis, a fracture, or other conditions, common activities such as walking or getting in and out of a chair may be painful and difficult. Your hip may be stiff and it may be hard to put on your shoes and socks. You may even feel uncomfortable while resting.

The hip is one of the body’s largest weight-bearing joints. By replacing your hip joint with an artificial joint, hip replacement surgery can relieve your pain, increase motion and help you get back to enjoying life. Many people suffering with arthritis, hip pain, stiffness and limited hip movement can now choose minimally invasive surgery for hip replacement with the anterior approach technique.

The anterior approach to hip replacement surgery is a popular alternative to traditional hip replacement surgery. It potentially provides less pain, faster recovery and improved mobility. Unlike traditional hip replacement surgery, this technique allows the surgeon to work between the muscles and tissue without detaching them from either the hip or thighbone. This may help you avoid pain from sitting on the incision site, and reduce the restrictions on activity during recovery.

Keeping the muscles intact during surgery may also help to prevent dislocations of the new hip joint later on. With the anterior approach, the surgeon uses one small incision on the front (anterior) of your hip as opposed to the side or back (posterior). Since the incision is in front, you avoid the pain of sitting on the incision site.

The anterior approach differs in multiple ways from other surgery techniques:

  • The hip is exposed in a way that does not detach muscles or tendons from the bone. 
  • A high-tech operating table is often used to help improve access to x-ray or computer navigation tools typically used during surgery to confirm implant position and leg length. 
  • The anterior approach enters the body closer to the hip joint, with far less tissue between the skin and the bones of the hip, so more people may be candidates, although not everyone is.

The anterior approach procedure for total hip replacement provides many potential benefits:

  • Generally a faster recovery time. 
  • Potentially fewer restrictions during recovery. Although each person responds to this procedure differently, it seeks to help you more freely bend your hip and bear full weight immediately or soon after surgery.
  • Possibility of reduced scarring because the technique allows for one relatively small incision. 
  • Potential for stability of the new joint sooner after the surgery, likely resulting from the fact that the key muscles and tissues are not disturbed during the operation.

An orthopedic surgeon can determine whether or not a patient is an ideal candidate for this type of hip replacement surgery. Every surgical approach has risks and benefits. The way a hip replacement will work out depends on a person’s age, weight, activity level and other factors. For more information, visit FortHealthCare.com/Joint.

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