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October 2016

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

Breast Cancer Update

Reducing Your Risk

Many factors can influence your breast cancer risk. You can’t change some, such as getting older or your family history, but you can help lower your risk by taking care of your in the following ways:

  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Exercise regularly (at least four hours per week).
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Avoid alcohol, or limit alcoholic drinks to no more than one per day.
  • Avoid exposure to chemicals that are known to cause cancer.
  • Limit exposure to radiation from medical imaging tests like X-rays, CT scans and PET scans if not medically necessary.
  • If you are taking, or have been told to take, hormone replacement therapy or oral contraceptives, ask your doctor about the risks and benefits.
  • Breastfeed any children you may have, if possible.

If you have a family history of breast cancer or inherited changes in your BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, you may be at… Continue reading

October Is Talk About Prescriptions Month

Older Adults and Medication Use

As we age, our bodies change. Medicines may affect you differently as you get older because your body processes them differently. You may take more medicines now than when you were younger. Even medicine that you’ve taken before or have taken consistently may act differently in your body as you age.

Medicines now may require more monitoring or dosage adjustments. While medicines are an important and often necessary tool for living we as we age, there can be risks associated with using medicines, especially for older adults. Talk with your doctor and pharmacist about your current medications, and any new medications, to make sure your prescription and over-the-counter medication use is safe and effective.

-Source: National Council on Patient Information and Education

Your Oral Health

How Does Diabetes Affect Your Teeth and Gums?

If you have diabetes, make sure you take care of your mouth. People with diabetes are at risk for mouth infections, especially periodontal (gum) disease. Periodontal disease can damage the gum and bone that hold your teeth in place and may lead to painful chewing problems. Some people with serious gum lose their teeth. Periodontal disease may also make it hard to control your blood glucose.

Other potential problems due to diabetes include dry mouth and a fungal infection called thrush. Dry mouth happens when you do not have enough saliva. Diabetes may also cause the glucose level in your saliva to increase. Together, these problems may lead to thrush, which causes painful white patches in the mouth.

The good news is you can keep your teeth and gums healthy. By controlling your blood glucose, brushing and flossing daily, and visiting a… Continue reading

Diaper Rash

Keep Your Baby’s Skin Healthy and Comfortable

Diaper rash is a common form of inflamed skin (dermatitis) that appears as a patchwork of bright red skin on your baby’s bottom. It is often related to wet or infrequently changed diapers, skin sensitivity and chafing. (It usually affects babies, though anyone who wears a diaper regularly can develop the condition.)

Diaper rash can alarm parents and annoy babies. But it usually clears up with simple at-home treatments, such as air-drying, more frequent diaper changes and over-the-counter diaper-rash ointment.

Diaper rash is marked by red, tender-looking skin in the diaper region – buttocks, thighs and genitals. You may notice your baby seems more uncomfortable than usual, especially during diaper changes. A baby with a diaper rash often fusses or cries when the diaper area is washed or touched.

If your baby’s skin doesn’t improve after a few days of home treatment, talk… Continue reading

Rx Gourmet

Heart Healthy, Diabetes Friendly – and Delicious!

This is a quick and flavorful pasta salad with asparagus, tomatoes and Italian dressing. Perfect for a potluck or light dinner. It’s tangy and light with a touch of sweetness. Serves 8 as a side salad, but be careful – you may want to eat it all in one sitting!

You can use any short pasta that you like: penne, macaroni, rotini, etc.

Pasta and Asparagus Salad

Serves 8 as a side salad

3 cups uncooked pasta (use gluten-free if needed)

1 pound asparagus, tough ends broken off, then cut them into 1-inch pieces

1 ½ cups cherry tomatoes, cut in half

¼ cup of pine nuts

2 green onions, diced fine

½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese

½ cup fat-free Italian dressing (can also use light if desired; nutritional information shown below is for fat-free)

Bring a large pot of salted water to… Continue reading

Lung Diseases

You Can Lower Your Risk

There are a number of things you can do to help reduce your risk for lung disease:

  • Stop smoking. If you smoke, the most important thing you can do is stop. Talk to your doctor about the best way to quit. All kinds of smoking (cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and marijuana) can boost the chances of lung disease.
  • Avoid secondhand smoke. If you live or work with people who smoke cigarettes, pipes, or cigars, ask them to smoke outside. Non-smokers have the right to a smoke-free workplace.
  • Protect yourself from dust and chemical fumes. Working in a dusty conditions and with chemicals can increase your risk. And the risk is not just from industrial chemicals. Many products used at home, like paints and solvents, can cause or aggravate lung disease. Read labels and carefully follow instructions. If possible, avoid using products that cause eye, nose, or… Continue reading