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March 2016

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

What is High Blood Pressure?

You Can’t Feel It, But Monitoring Is Important

Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood.  High blood pressure, sometimes called hypertension, happens when this force is too high.  Healthcare workers check blood-pressure readings the same way for children, teens and adults.  They use a gauge, stethoscope or electronic sensor, and a blood-pressure cuff.  With this equipment, they measure:

  • Systolic pressure: blood pressure when the heart beats while pumping blood
  • Diastolic pressure: blood pressure when the heart is at rest between beats

Healthcare workers write blood-pressure numbers with the systolic number above the diastolic number.  For example:

118/76 mmHg

People read this as “118 over 76” millimeters of mercury.

Normal blood pressure for adults is defined as a systolic pressure below 120 mmHg and a diastolic pressure below 80 mmHg.  It is normal… Continue reading

Seniors and Dental Health

Tips for Maintaining Healthy Teeth and Gums

As we get older, there are certain areas of our oral health that require more attention.  These tips can help:

  • Continue to practice good oral hygiene. Careful tooth brushing and flossing to reduce dental plaque can help prevent periodontal disease at any age.
  • See your dentist on a regular basis, even if you have dentures. Professional care helps to maintain the overall health of the mouth and gums, and provides for early detection of pre-cancerous or cancerous lesions.
  • Avoid tobacco. Smokers have seven times the risk of developing periodontal disease compared with non-smokers.
  • If medications produce a dry mouth, ask your doctor if there are other drugs that can be substituted. If dry mouth cannot be avoided, drink plenty of water, chew sugarless gum and avoid tobacco and alcohol.

–Source:  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

March Is National Nutrition Month

Make That Snack a Healthy One

March-Is-National-Nutrition-Month-Dan's-Wellness-Pharmacy-Newsletter-March-2016“If you choose carefully and plan ahead, sensible snacks can be part of any healthful eating plan,” says registered dietitian nutritionist and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics spokesperson Isabel Maples.  “Snacks can prevent overeating at mealtimes and throughout the day,” she adds.  “For children and adults alike, snacks can supply foods and nutrients that we might miss in meals.  Snacks especially offer a great way to eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy.”  Maples offers these suggestions:

  • Plan your snacks. Keep a variety of tasty, nutrient-rich, ready-to-eat foods nearby for when you need a bite to take the edge off hunger.  Try fresh fruit, air-popped popcorn, whole-wheat crackers, dried fruit and nut mixes, almonds, and fat-free yogurt.
  • Go easy on high-calorie snacks such as chips, candy and soft drinks. Save these for special occasions, not everyday… Continue reading

Colorectal Cancer

Testing Saves Lives

Colorectal-Cancer-Dan's-Wellness-Pharmacy-Newsletter-March-2016Colorectal cancer is cancer that starts in the colon or rectum.  The colon and the rectum are parts of the large intestine, which is the lower part of the body’s digestive system.  During disgestion, food moves through the stomach and small intestine into the colon.  The colon absorbs water and nutrients from the food and stores waste matter (stool).  Stool moves from the colon into the rectum before it leaves the body.

Colorectal cancer often begins as a growth called a polyp, which may form on the inner wall of the colon or rectum.  Some polyps become cancer over time.  Finding and removing polyps can prevent colorectal cancer.

Colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer in men and women in the U.S. Deaths from the colorectal cancer have decreased with the use of colonoscopy and fecal occult blood… Continue reading

Family Safety Update

Build a Basic Emergency Supply Kit

Family-Safety-Update-Dan's-Wellness-Pharmacy-Newsletter-March-2016You probably already have a first-aid kit in your home (and you should keep one in your car, as well).  But have you created a basic emergency supply kit for your family?  The Federal Emergency Management Agency suggests stocking your kit with the following:

  • Water, one gallon per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand-crack radio and a NOAA weather radio with tone alert (and extra batteries for both)
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First-aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air, along with plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter in place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food).

–Source:… Continue reading

Did You Know?

Eating Right for Healthier Kidneys

Did-You-Know-Dan's-Wellness-Pharmacy-Newsletter-March-2016According to the National Kidney Foundation, one in three Americans is at risk for developing kidney disease and approximately 26 million Americans have the disease.  If you have chronic kidney disease, what you eat and drink can help slow the progression of the disease.  Cooking and preparing your food from scratch can help you eat more healthfully.  Choose and prepare foods with less salt, because controlling blood pressure helps with kidney health.  Your diet should contain less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day, according to the National Kidney Disease Education Program.  Talk with your doctor about the correct amount for you.  Also, choose foods that are heart healthy.  This helps to keep fat from building up in your blood vessels, heart and kidneys.

–Sources:  National Kidney Disease Education Program; National Kidney Foundation

Your Skin

It’s Been a Long, Dry Winter – Here’s Help

Your-Skin-Dan's-Wellness-Pharmacy-Newsletter-March-2016Many older people suffer from dry spots on their skin, often on their lower legs, elbows and lower arms.  Dry-skin patches feel rough and scaly.  There are many possible reasons for dry skin, such as:

  • Not drinking enough liquids
  • Spending too much time in the sun or sun tanning
  • Being in very dry air
  • Smoking
  • Feeling stressed
  • Losing sweat and oil glands, which is common with age

Dry skin also can be caused by health problems, such as diabetes or kidney disease.  Using too much soap, antiperspirant or perfume, and taking hot baths, can make dry skin worse.  Some medicines can make skin itchy.  Because older people have thinner skin, scratching can cause bleeding that may lead to infection.  Talk to your doctor if your skin is very dry and itchy.  Here are some… Continue reading