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November 2016

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

Diabetes Update

Living with Type 2 Diabetes

Managing diabetes can be challenging, but support from family members can make it much easier.  Here are four key steps to help you control your diabetes and live a long, active life.

Step 1:  Learn about diabetes.  Talk with your doctor or a diabetes educator about your condition and learn everything you can.  Knowledge is power!

Step 2:  Know your diabetes ABCs.  Talk with your healthcare team about how to manage your A1C (blood glucose or sugar), Blood pressure, and Cholesterol.  This will help lower your chances of having a heart attack, a stroke or other diabetes problems.

Step 3:  Manage your diabetes.  Many people are able to avoid serious long-term problems related to diabetes by taking good care of themselves. Work with your healthcare team to reach your ABC goals.

Step 4:  Get routine… Continue reading

Gut Check

Can the Right Diet Help Fight GERD?

How can your diet help prevent or relieve gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)?  You may need to avoid certain foods and drinks that make your particular symptoms worse.  Some dietary changes that can help reduce your symptoms include decreasing fatty foods and eating small, frequent meals instead of three large meals.

Avoid eating or drinking the following items that may make GERD worse:

  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Peppermint
  • Greasy or spicy foods
  • Tomatoes and tomato products
  • Alcoholic drinks

Eating healthy and balanced amounts of different types of foods is good for your overall health.  If you’re overweight or obese, talk with your doctor or a dietitian about dietary changes that can help you lose weight and decrease your GERD symptoms.

–Source:  National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Diagnosing Diabetes and Prediabetes

Understanding Common Tests

Blood tests are used to diagnose diabetes and prediabetes because, early in the disease, type 2 diabetes may have no symptoms.  All diabetes blood tests involve drawing blood.  Measuring glucose levels via finger-stick devices is not accurate enough for initial diagnoses.  Tests can include:

  • An A1C test, also called the hemoglobin A1C, HbA1C or glycohemoglobin test
  • A fasting plasma glucose (FPG) test
  • An oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT)

Another blood test, the random plasma glucose (RPG) test, is sometimes used to diagnose diabetes during a regular health checkup.

Symptoms of diabetes may include:

  • Increased urination
  • Increased thirst
  • Unexplained weight loss

Other symptoms can include fatigue, blurred vision, increased hunger and sores that don’t heal.

–Source:  National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Fight Dry Winter Skin

Stay Soft and Smooth with These Tips

Want great skin, even during winter’s driest months?  Try these tips:

  • Don’t overdo the hot water. Hot water removes skin’s natural oils more quickly.  Warm water is best for bathing.
  • Stick with gentle cleansers. Soaps can strip oils from the skin.  Skip the deodorant bars, antibacterial soaps and perfumed soaps.  Look for either a mild, fragrance-free soap or a soap substitute that moisturizes.
  • Don’t linger in the shower or bath. A 5- to 10-minute bath or shower adds moisture to the skin.  Spending more time in the water often leaves your skin less hydrated than before you started.  Do not bathe more often than once a day.
  • Moisturize after bathing. Apply a moisturizer while the skin is still damp.
  • Keep the air in your home moist with a humidifier.

–Source:  American Academy of Dermatology

Rx Gourmet

Heart Healthy, Diabetes Friendly – and Delicious!

Almost everyone loves meatballs in tomato sauce, from those meat-and-potatoes-only guys to picky children.  This recipe is so easy, fast and delicious that it will become your go-to recipe when you are at a loss as to what to fix.

Turkey Meatballs

Serves 4

1 ¼ pounds ground turkey (93% lean)
¼ cup unseasoned Panko breadcrumbs*
¼ cup grated Parmesan choose, plus extra for garnish
¼ cup minced fresh parsley
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
1 egg
1 teaspoon kosher salt (or ½ teaspoon table salt)
¼ teaspoon black pepper
Two jars prepared pasta sauce
¼ cup minced fresh basil

In a large bowl, combine ground turkey, breadcrumbs, egg, parsley, garlic powder, salt, pepper and ¼ cup Parmesan cheese.  Using clean hands, mix all the ingredients well until everything is combined.  Form small meatballs, about 2 tablespoons each.  Brown meatballs… Continue reading

Time to Quit?

The 2016 Great American Smokeout is Nov. 17

Need help quitting smoking?  The Great American Smokeout is the perfect time to set a goal and a quit date.  There are many resources available to help:

  • Decide on a quit date. Choose the Great American Smokout date or another day within the following two weeks.
  • Enlist the help of family and friends. 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 grame night to distract yourself.  Or gather your family to cook a special meal together.
  • Expect 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 health ways to cope:  drinking water, taking a walk, listening to… Continue reading