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November 2015

Dan’s Wellness Pharmacy Monthly Newsletter filled with coupons, articles and resources for the health of you and your family.

Your Healthy Heart

Have a Tasty Thanksgiving – with Less Salt

Your-Healthy-Heart-Dans-Wellness-Newsletter-November-2015It’s easy to cut salt – without sacrificing flavor – this Thanksgiving.  Try these tips from the American Heart Association.

  • Look for a bird that hasn’t been injected with a sodium solution.  Check the fine print on the packaging and look for terms such as “broth,” “saline” or “sodium solution.”  Sodium levels in unseasoned fresh meats are around 100 mg or less per 4-ounce serving.
  • Compare nutrition labels and choose the bread with the lowest amount of sodium you can find.  Use sage, thyme, oregano, basil and other savory herbs for flavor.
  • Mashed potatoes. Replace some or all of the salt in your traditional recipe with roasted smashed garlic, garlic powder or onion powder.
  • Green bean casserole. Rinse and drain canned beans to remove up to 40% of the sodium.
  • Cook veggies with less salt (or none) and… Continue reading

Your Diabetes Care Team

The Diabetes Nurse Practitioner

Your-Diabetes-Care-Team-Dans-Wellness-Newsletter-November-2015If you or a family member are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you will be introduced to a number of different medical professionals in addition to your primary-care physician.  A nurse educator or diabetes nurse practitioner is a registered nurse (RN) with special training and a background in caring for and teaching people with diabetes.  Many are Certified Diabetes Educators (CDEs) and some may have a master’s degree.  Nurse educators and diabetes nurse practitioners often help patients learn the day-to-day aspects of diabetes self-care.  They can teach you:

  • What diabetes is
  • How to cope with diabetes and to make changes in your health habits
  • How to use diabetes medications
  • How to work with insulin and give yourself shots
  • How to check your blood sugar
  • How to keep track of your diabetes
  • Symptoms of low and high blood glucose
  • How to take care… Continue reading

Kids’ Safety Update

Protect Your Child from Burns

Kids-Safety-Update-Dans-Wellness-Newsletter-November-2015

Every day, more than 300 U.S. children are treated in emergency rooms for burn-related injuries.  Younger children are more likely to sustain injuries from hot liquids or steam, while older children are more likely to sustain injuries caused by direct contact with fire.

To help prevent burns from fires:

  • Install and maintain smoke alarms in your home, on every floor and near all bedrooms. Test smoke alarms monthly.
  • Create and practice a family fire-escape plan. Make sure everyone knows at least two ways out of every room and identify a central meeting place outside.
  • Never leave food unattended on the stove. Supervise or restrict children’s use of stoves, overs or microwaves.

To help prevent burns from scalding water:

  • Infants can’t get out of water that may be too hot. Set your water heater’s thermostat to 120 degrees or lower.

–Source:  Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Senior Health Update

What Is a Cataract?

A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye that affects vision.  The lens is a clear part of the eye that helps to focus an image on the retina.  The retina is the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye.  In a normal eye, light passes through the transparent lens to the retina.  Once it reaches the retina, light is changed into nerve signals that are sent to the brain.  A cataract can occur in either or both eyes.  It cannot spread from one eye to the other.  By age 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery.  Regular eye exams are important, and protecting eyes from the sun can help slow cataract development.

–Source:  National Institutes of Health

Did You Know?

What Is Gestational Diabetes?

Did-You-Know-Dans-Wellness-Newsletter-November-2015Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that develops only during pregnancy.  Diabetes means your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high.  Your body uses glucose for energy.  Too much glucose in your blood is not good for you or your baby.  Gestational diabetes is usually diagnosed during late pregnancy.  Treating it can help both you and your baby stay healthy.  You can protect your baby and yourself by taking action right away to control your blood glucose levels.  If you have gestational diabetes, a diabetes healthcare team will likely be part of your prenatal care.  Your team might include a doctor who treats diabetes, a diabetes educator and a dietitian to help you plan meals.  Blood-sugar levels may return to normal after delivery, but you may be at increased risk of developing diabetes later… Continue reading

Time to Quit?

The Great American Smokeout is November 19

Time-to-Quit-Dans-Wellness-Newsletter-November-2015Quitting smoking can be hard, so a good plan can help you get past symptoms of withdrawal.

  1. Set a quit date. Choose the Great American Smokeout date or another day within the next two weeks.
  2. Tell your family and friends you plan to quit. Share your quit date  and ask for support.  A daily email, text or phone call can help you stay on course.  Plan a smoke-free lunch date or game night to distract yourself.  Or gather your family to cook a special meal together.
  3. Plan for challenges. Each urge to smoke is short – usually lasting only 3 to 5 minutes.  But these moments can feel intense.  Before your quit day, write down healthy ways to cope:  drinking water, taking a walk, listening to a favorite song, playing a game or calling a friend.… Continue reading

Ask the Experts

How Can I Cut Down on Stress During the Holiday Season?

Ask-the-Experts-Dans-Wellness-Newsletter-November-2015Q:  The holidays are coming, and I’m already feeling stressed.  What can I do to make the season a more relaxed one?

A:  Try to prevent undue stress in the first place, especially if the holidays have taken an emotional toll on you in the past.  Be realistic.  The holidays don’t have to be perfect.  As families change and grow, traditions and rituals often change as well.  Choose a few to hold on to, and be open to creating new ones.  Set aside differences.  Try to accept family members and friends as they are, even if they don’t live up to all your holiday expectations.  Stick to a budget.  Before you go gift and food shopping, decide how much money you can afford to spend.  Don’t try… Continue reading