For Active Long Lifers: Sept. 2014
Taking your medications correctly
In order for you to get the most benefit from your medicines, it is important that you take them exactly as prescribed.
Here are some of the most common reasons that people give for not taking their medication properly:
Managing multiple medications is no easy task. The good news is that the Pharmacist at Walmart can help by providing you with blister packs and/or dosettes to organize your medications and help remind you when it’s time to take them.
The Pharmacist at Walmart will:
A recipe for wellness
Click here to learn how to make Baked Maple Salmon.
Bladder leakage: when the going is just too much
There are several types of incontinence:
- Stress incontinence is when small amounts of urine leak out because of increased pressure on the bladder during things such as coughing, laughing, or jumping.
- Urge incontinence is when urine leaks from the bladder when you have a strong urge to urinate but you can’t reach the toilet fast enough.
- Overflow incontinence occurs when there is a blockage in the bladder that causes the bladder to overfill and leak.
- Functional incontinence occurs when a person can’t get to the toilet in a timely manner (This occurs in situations where people have mobility issues or other disabilities, e.g., dementia, and can’t get to a washroom or remove clothing on time).
Constipation: when you gotta go, but can’t
Five truths about constipation:
Get tough on arthritis
Arthritis literally means joint inflammation. It is used to describe over 100 different diseases and conditions that affect joints, the tissues around joints, and other connective tissues.
There are things that can help protect your joints, for example:
- Keeping active can help keep you fit and flexible.
- Watching your weight – even losing a few pounds can reduce stress on your joints.
- Alternative therapies such as meditation and massage therapy can help with relaxation and lowering stress.
- Talk to the Pharmacist at Walmart and ask about over-the-counter (OTC) products that can help lower your pain and inflammation.
Get control of diabetes
Controlling your blood sugar is a very important part of managing diabetes. Testing your blood sugar regularly helps you make sure your meal plan, physical activity and medications are all working. You can use this information to make decisions about your diabetes, like continuing with a workout program, or if you need to eat a snack.
To make the most out of this information, you need to record it. You can use either a diabetes logbook (ask the Pharmacist at Walmart about one) or a simple journal. Be sure to write down the following:
- Blood sugar levels just before you eat & 2 hours after meals
- What you ate
- Physical activity
Over time, you will begin to learn how the different things you eat and do can affect your blood sugar levels. The Pharmacist at Walmart is always available to review your log book with you.
What is dry mouth?
Dry mouth can happen when there is a lower amount of saliva in your mouth. It can affect your oral health and quality of life. Sometimes certain conditions, like diabetes, can cause dry mouth. However, it commonly occurs as a side effect of medications.
These are some ways to help identify whether you have dry mouth:
Medications are the #1 cause of dry mouth
Ten of the most common medication categories associated with dry mouth:
Speak to the Pharmacist at Walmart about your medication use and dry mouth.
Did you know...? Saliva not only helps you chew and swallow but it also helps you taste your food.
‘Tis the season for cold sores
Cold sores are blisters that form on or around the lips and are typically caused by the herpes simplex virus.
Cold sores are common and contagious. They can cause pain, itchiness, redness, and if left untreated, can last from 6 to 10 days or even longer.
Top tips for managing cold sores:
Prevent the spread of the virus
Caring for your feet
Over time, our feet take a lot of abuse – walking, standing, jumping, running. So, it’s time to give them a little TLC.
Step 1 – Create a good daily foot care routine
Step 2 – Create a foot care kit
This information should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your doctor. There may be variations in treatment that your physician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances. If you have questions about your symptoms, ask the Pharmacist at Walmart for more information, and/or contact your doctor.
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