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November 2014

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

DIABETES UPDATE

Live (Well!) with Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes-Update-from-Dans-Wellness-Pharmacy-Newsletter-November-2014It’s common to feel a bit overwhelmed when you have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.  You may be learning the steps you should take to stay healthy, but that doesn’t make it easy to adjust to this new lifestyle.

Stress can raise blood sugar, so it’s important to learn ways to lower your stress levels.  Try deep breathing, gardening, taking a walk, meditating, working on a hobby or listening to your favorite music.  Ask for help if you feel down.  A mental-health counselor, support group, friend or family member who will listen to your concerns may help you feel better.

Eat well.  Make a diabetes meal plan with help from your healthcare team.  Choose foods that are lower in calories, saturated fat, trans fat, sugar and salt.  Eat foods with more fiber, such as whole grain… Continue reading

Winter’s Coming

Stay Safe with a Home Check-Up

Although winter comes as no surprise, many of us aren’t ready for its arrival each year.  Plan ahead, starting this month, so you won’t be caught unprepared.  Take these steps to keep your home safe and warm during the coldest month.

  • Have your heating system serviced professionally to make sure that it is clean, working propyl and ventilated to the outside.
  • Inspect and clean fireplaces and chimneys.
  • Install a smoke detector if you don’t already have one.  Test batteries monthly.
  • Prevent carbon monoxide (CO) emergencies.  Install a CO detector to alert you to the presence of the deadly, odorless, colorless gas.  Check batteries monthly.  Learn the symptoms of CO poisoning: headaches, nausea and disorientation.

–Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Great American Smokeout

Mark Your Calendar for November 20 – Then Make Your Plan to Quit

The-Great-American-Smokeout-from-Dans-Wellness-Pharmacy-Newsletter-November-2014

The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November each year by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day.  By quitting – even for one day – smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life; one that can lead to a reduction of cancer risk.

Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the U.S., yet about 43.8 million American still smoke cigarettes – nearly 1 in every 5 adults.

As of 2010, there were also 13.2 million cigar smokers in the U.S., and 2.2 million who smoke tobacco in pipes – other dangerous and additive forms of tobacco.

There are lot of ways to get… Continue reading

Teen Mental-Health Update

These Years Can Be Tough – But You Don’t Have to Go It Alone

Teen-Mental-Health-Update-from-Dans-Wellness-Pharmacy-Newsletter-November-2014Being a teenager is hard.  You’re under stress to be liked, do well in school, get along with your family and make big decisions.  You can’t avoid most of these pressures, and worrying about them is normal.

But feeling very sad, hopeless or worthless could be warning signs of a mental-health problem.  You might need help if you have the signs mentioned above, or if you:

  • Often feel very angry or very worried
  • Feel grief for a long time after a loss or death
  • Think your mind is controlled or out of control
  • Use alcohol or drugs
  • Exercise, diet or binge eat excessively
  • Hurt other people or destroy property
  • Do reckless things that could harm you or others

Mental-health problems can be treated.  To find help, talk to your parents, school counselor… Continue reading

Senior Health Update

You Can Have Healthy Winter Skin!

Senior-Health-Update-from-Dans-Wellness-Pharmacy-Newsletter-November-2014As we get older, our skin naturally becomes drier.  Add winter’s dry, heated indoor air to the equation, and dry skin can become a real issue.  Fortunately, there are things you can do to treat this common condition.

Long, hot, soapy baths are out, as they leach the natural oils out of the skim.  Water should be as cool as is comfortable.  Keep baths and showers short – just long enough to accomplish soaping and rinsing.  Use moisturizing soaps such as Basis, Aveeno, Neutrogena or Dove Unscented.

When you get out of the bath, blot your skin.  Don’t rub it dry.  Vigorous toweling removes an almost microscopically thin layer of protective skin that helps fight against dryness.  While the skin is still damp, apply a skin moisturizer to trap moisture in the skin.

Keep your bedroom… Continue reading

DID YOU KNOW?

Preventing Indigestion

Did-You-Know-from-Dans-Wellness-Pharmacy-Newsletter-November-2014Indigestion is discomfort in the upper abdomen or chest.  It is often linked to nausea, belching or bloating.  The exact cause is not known.  Most often, the condition is linked to a number of unhealthy lifestyle factors.  These factors can result in poor digestion.  To help prevent indigestion:

  • Avoid overeating.
  • Eat slowly and regularly.
  • Avoid greasy, high-fat foods.
  • Limit spicy foods.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Drink coffee, alcohol and caffeinated beverages in moderation.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Exercise regularly.

–Source: NYU Langone Medical Center

Pump Up Your Healthcare IQ

What Is a Fasting Blood Glucose Test?

Pump-Up-Your-Healthcare-IQ-from-Dans-Wellness-Pharmacy-Newsletter-November-2014A fasting blood sugar (FBS) or fasting glucose test measures blood sugar levels.  Elevated levels are associated with diabetes and insulin resistance, in which the body cannot properly handle sugar.  Your doctor will explain where your levels should be.

This test requires a 12-hour fast.  You should wait to eat and/or take a hypoglycemic agent (insulin or oral medication) until after blood for the test has been drawn, unless told otherwise.

Eating and digesting carbohydrates forms glucose (blood sugar). Glucose is needed by your body to provide energy to carry out your normal activities.  Insulin is needed by the body to allow glucose to go into the ce3lls and be used as energy.  Without insulin, the levels of glucose in the blood will rise.  Diabetes is a disease that occurs when either the pancreas is not able… Continue reading