People with SCI are at higher risk for osteoporosis due to lack of weight bearing on lower limbs. Decreased bone density increases the risk of fractures and related health problems
Here are some tips to maximize bone health:
- Be… Continue reading
Those with SCI have the same protein nutrition needs as the general population. This changes if a pressure sore develops. Wound healing requires a big increase in protein.
A person with or without SCI needs 0.8 to 1.0 grams of… Continue reading
Heart disease risk can be reduced by keeping cholesterol, waist circumference and other risk factors in check.
Blood fats (lipids) target goals: Keep total cholesterol less than 200 mg/dl. Triglycerides less than 150 mg/dl. LDL the “bad cholesterol”… Continue reading
Those with SCI need fewer calories than the non-paralyzed. This is because metabolic activity decreases after SCI due to denervated muscle.
Generally, those with paraplegia should weigh 5-10% and those with tetraplegia, 10-15% less than normative weight… Continue reading
Almost all people who sustain a SCI show some recovery of motor function below the initial spinal injury level. The spontaneous recovery of motor function in those with motor-complete SCI is fairly limited. But recovery in incomplete SCI patients is both… Continue reading
You can watch the SCI Forum presentation “Developing Neuroprosthetic Treatments for Spinal Cord Injury.” It took place on February 8, 2011 at the University of Washington Medical Center. http://sci.washington.edu/info/forums/reports/research_moritz.asp.
Chet Moritz, PhD, Assistant Professor in the… Continue reading
It is pretty inspirational when an able bodied person overcomes tragedy or other hardships and triumphs in life. Oprah Winfrey is a famous icon who overcame a childhood of abuse, poverty and disadvantage.
So when we hear about… Continue reading