How A Minor Injury Could Land You In An Early Grave

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As children, it was easy to get right back up after a minor fall or seemingly small injury. Despite the bumps, bruises and maybe a few tears, we shook it off and carried on with what we were busy with.

However as you get older, the proverbial “getting back in the saddle” as quickly as possible, may not serve you well. In fact, recent research has found that although you might feel fine within the first day after a small injury or minor fall, it’s actually in the weeks after the injury that you are most at risk. And as much as it’s hard to imagine that taking a little stumble could cost you your life, that’s exactly what could happen.

According to the latest study, an increased risk of death after a minor injury can be due to infection or even sepsis, both of which would take some time to set in.

The risk is particularly high if you fall and break a bone, or have some other kind of injury that’s not considered life-threatening, but is serious enough to put you in the hospital. Elderly patients who remain in a hospital for two to three weeks actually have a higher risk of death because of exposure to infections.

So if you do end up in the hospital after something seemingly minor, here are some natural ways to help boost your immunity and fight off infections:

  • Load up on disease-fighting vitamins C and D
  • Take a daily probiotic, since your health begins and ends in your gut
  • Supplement with zinc, which boosts your T-cells – the natural “killer cells” in your body that help fight infection
  • Flush out toxins by drinking lots of water.

Of course, you should at least try to avoid injury – and that doesn’t mean staying home on the couch. There are many gentle exercises that actually help strengthen your muscles, increase flexibility, and improve balance (therefore reducing the likelihood of falls), like yoga.


Disclaimer: Bear in mind the material contained in this article is provided for information purposes only. We are not addressing anyone’s personal situation. Please consult with your own physician before acting on any recommendations contained herein.

Sources:

Trauma patient deaths peak at two weeks, sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/09/160902082644.htm

Highest death risk comes weeks after low level trauma: Study, upi.com/Health_News/2016/09/02/Highest-death-risk-comes-weeks-after-low-level-trauma-Study/7651472843203/

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  • I’m worried about my mother. Even though is she is fit and still in very good shape I’ve noticed in the last few years that she is getting a bit more unsteady on her feet. Are there any exercises she can do to help her with her balance?

  • I nearly broke my hip by slipping in the bathroom. It make me feel really old and I realised that I’ll have to change a few things around my house to prevent these from happening again – like replacing loose rugs or throwing them out or giving them some rubber underlay.

  • This happened to my dad. He fell once and before we all knew it he became an old man who needs constant care. I think it is more difficult for him than for us.

  • I think elderly people – or even those approaching their more mature years – should all be toaght ways to prevent falls. You know what they say: After the age of 70, when you fall the end is getting closer much faster. It’s a sad thought but in my work as a nurse I have seen this all too often. Seemingly healthy elderly people fall once, go into hospital and suddenly their health begins to deteriorate very fast.

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