Replacement hipsters, says the Urban Dictionary, are older folks who dress in vintage duds that 20-somethings try to find in thrift shops so they can look just as not cool. And hip replacements? Well, they're the get-you-up-and-dancing-again joint repair procedure that's done more than 230,000 times a year in the U.S., usually the result of osteoarthritis — the erosion of cartilage between joint bones and of the bones themselves. Sometimes it's done to repair a hip fracture, after a fall. And although 80 percent of replacements last a lifetime without revision, not needing one would be even better. So get hip to our recommendations:
• The higher your red blood cells' level of omega-3 fatty acids, the less likely you are to have a hip fracture. Getting enough from food and supplements also reduces bodywide inflammation associated with osteoarthritis, and that eases joint pain. We like DHA omega-3 in salmon and ocean trout and in algal oil supplements (go for 4 ounces of fish three times a week, or a 900 mg supplement daily).
• Practice tai chi; the Chinese martial art promotes balance and protects against falls.
• Do weight training. Light, repetitive exercises using hand weights or stretch bands help protect your bones.
• Eat a diet rich in dark leafy greens and canned salmon and sardines with bones. They're loaded with bone-building calcium, especially when you team them with magnesium-rich foods (almonds, spinach and soy beans) and vitamin D-3. Take 1,000 IU daily until you get your blood level checked; then take the amount you need.
TVS ARE DROPPING LIKE FLIES
If you think watching what's on the screen is the only danger your kids face from TV (passive viewing can boost blood pressure of young'uns ages 3-8, and 3-year-olds that watch five hours of TV a day — some do! — are 28 percent more likely to have attention problems at age 7), you're not with the entire program! Turns out, the set and what it's resting on may be just as damaging. In the past 22 years, more than 380,000 kids younger than 18 (the median age was just 3) showed up in emergency rooms because they were injured by falling TVs. And there's been a 344 percent increase in reported injuries (flat screens are to blame, we bet) from 1995 to 2011!
So, for TV viewing safety, here's our list of smart steps:
1. Limit screen time to two hours a day for kids 12 and younger. And never put a TV in a child's bedroom. Lots of these injuries happen in kids' rooms; besides it'll disrupt study-time and sleep patterns.
2. Wall-mount flat screens; most come with that option. If you can't, anchor the set to the top of the surface it's on. You can buy kits and floor stands that clamp them securely. Make sure no amount of tugging or roughhousing can knock it over!
3. Best of all: Turn off the TV and head outside to play with your child. Run, skip rope, take a walk. If you make family activities a part of every day, you'll all feel better.
Dr. Mehmet Oz is host of "The Dr. Oz Show," and Dr. Michael Roizen is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. For more information go to www.sharecare.com.