Tips When Talking To Your Doctor About Your Child’s Health

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By Ala Alkhatib

doctorFor a parent, there is nothing more important than your child’s health. You will go to any extreme to ensure that your child remains happy and healthy. Considering your busy lifestyle, it may not be possible to schedule a regular appointment with your child’s doctor. Sometimes, it is very difficult to get an appointment quickly as most pediatricians will be overbooked or overscheduled. Thus, you need to take advantage of the minimum amount of time that you spend with the doctor.

When it comes to child’s healthcare, it is always advisable to take the child to the same doctor again and again rather than switching doctors. This way you are able to build a strong bond between the doctor, the child, as well as the parent – – which make both the doctor’s and parent’s task easier.

Here are several things you need to keep in mind while talking to your child’s doctor about his/her health

Be well prepared: Before seeing the doctor, make a list of the things you should discuss with him / her. This includes the child’s general health, the specific condition, when symptoms first appeared, and the frequency of occurrence. For example, If the child is throwing up a lot, you should keep note of when the vomiting started, what triggered this response, at what interval it occurred, and what home remedy you tried. Also, make a note of all the questions you want to ask the doctor.

Prioritize things: When it comes to your children’s health, you will always have a lot of worries. In addition to writing notes down, you should also prioritize them in order of importance.  For example, if you are consulting the doctor for your child’s ear infection, that should be your first priority.

Provide all information: Report to the doctor if there are any other health concerns that should be aware of….do not leave anything out. If there is an X-ray or medical report, remember to carry that as well. If the child is on any new medications or if he / she is allergic to anything, remember to mention this to the doctor. This includes even the multivitamin and painkiller which the child may have had. It is also useful if you can provide a complete report of the child’s health including the blood group, history of allergies (food, drug, and others) and immunization schedule.

Be informed: The internet provides a whole lot of information about each and every aspect of health. While it is a good idea to get some information from the internet, do not go overboard. Familiarize yourself with few medical terms related to your child’s illness. If the doctor mentions any of these names, it will be easy for you to understand.

groupkidsRemain focused: Pay complete attention to what the doctor is telling. Turn off the cell phone to make sure that you are not distracted. Also, do not discuss things that are totally unrelated to the current health condition like the behavioral problem of the child.

Do not hesitate: A mother is a child’s best doctor. A doctor spends just ten or fifteen minutes examining a child. But it is the mother who knows the child well. If you feel that there is something amiss and your child needs a hospitalization, do not hesitate to tell the doctor. Pointing out certain facts that the doctor missed out will help him to make a proper diagnosis.

Use the latest technology to communicate: When it comes to communicating with today’s doctors, the latest technology like WhatsApp and Email comes handy. Ask your doctor whether he is comfortable communicating through these means and if so remember to get the doctor’s phone number and email id. If you have missed out on any important report, the same can be sent via email or WhatsApp.

Communicate with the nurse: Before seeing a child’s doctor, you will often meet the doctor’s assistant or nurse who will check the height and weight of the child. It would be a good idea to share the child’s health condition with them. They might be able to provide some tip which the doctor would most likely forget in his busy schedule.

Above all, make sure that you meet the doctor at the right time. If by any chance you are not able to reach the clinic on time, let the clinic staff knows beforehand. Also, it would be a good idea to familiarize yourself with the appointment procedure of the clinic as well as insurance formalities to avoid unnecessary delays.

– Ala’a Alkhatib is a passionate digital content marketer based in Jordan who has previously worked in a variety of industries including software, transportation and aeronautics. She is currently helping people live healthier by integrating their doctors into their day to day schedule more efficiently. She is also a frequent user of Cura app having been known to use it to chat with doctors in all kinds of place – even while on the bus!

Teaching Children To Be Road Conscious

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By Pauline Griggs

familywalk2Keeping your children safe all the time is not an easy task. You can’t be with them every minute of the day, and everywhere they go. As a parent, you can ensure the safety of your children when they’re at home. And you’re assured that when they’re at school, their teachers are responsible for taking care of them. But when they’re outside, who will keep them safe? Even if your children are old enough to take care of themselves, you should teach them how to stay safe while on the road. Follow these key tips on teaching your children to be more road conscious.

Accompany your children.

No matter how independent you think your children are, you need to guide them while they’re still developing. Walk or ride with them, until they’re old enough and are ready to do things on their own.

Put away any distraction.

When you’re driving or walking on the road, you shouldn’t use your mobile devices, so your children will follow your example. While on or near the road, take away the video games, headphones, and toys, to instill to them the significance of paying attention.

Choose low-speed roads where there’s less traffic.

If you want to make your children learn faster, use the least intimidating roads. They’ll be able to understand you when the environment is calmer and safer. Use residential streets and community roads when walking with them.

Wear colorful clothing.

When the surrounding is dark, it’s no doubt that the road is a scarier place. Make your children wear bright clothing, so they’ll be easily seen at night. Tell them that it’s more essential for them to follow traffic rules at night.

Explain street signs as much as you can.

Consistently point out street signs and explain their meanings to your children. Make it fun by asking them what each means and rewarding them for every question they’ll answer correctly. Regular reminders and rewards will help them remember it quickly.

Teach your children to stop and look both ways at all roads.

Teach your children that the road is not a playground; explain the danger of being on the road. Tell them to stop, look left and right and wait for the road to become clear before crossing the street.

Walk with your children facing the traffic when there’s no sidewalk.

Teach them that they should be able to see the incoming danger, and react to it. Tell them to keep their eyes on vehicles, and they can only do it when facing the traffic.

Walk on the side of the road when there’s no sidewalk.

Tell your kids that if they can’t see any sidewalk, they must go away from the road as soon as possible. Teach them that the safest way to avoid getting hit by a vehicle is by distancing themselves from the road.

Teach your children awareness of obstacles.

Driveways, alleys and street corners are particularly dangerous spots, even for adults like you. Remind your children that drivers can’t easily see in these blind places, and they need to be extra careful and be ready to respond quickly. Be sure that your children are also aware of ditches or flooded areas that may cause a slip and fall accident.

Keep your instructions short, precise and fun.

If you want to make your children remember everything that you’ve taught them about road consciousness, avoid giving long lectures. Make your time with them fun and turn your lessons into games. Making it fun will not only make them learn faster but will also make the time enjoyable for you and your children.

Teach by example.

familybikeridetogetherDo you know the expression, “Monkey see, monkey do?” The same principle applies when you’re teaching children, you need to teach them by being an example. Not following road safety will only show them that it’s okay to break road rules. If you want them to be road conscious, you should be road conscious as well.

Learn when to let them go.

Your children won’t always be kids; one of these days they’ll grow up and won’t need you as much as they needed you before. When this time comes, you should learn to let go. But always be ready to help and guide them when necessary.

Children tend to copy what they see in adults. This is why, you, as an adult, should be an excellent example to your children. Practice road safety in front of your children so that they will learn and grow. By being a good example, you’re ensuring the safety of your children outside of their school and your home. Make your children cautious, not scared, when on the road. Hopefully, whatever you’ll be telling them will help keep them safe.

– Pauline Griggs is an experienced law and automotive writer currently writing on another large project. Her know-how on the law for more than 10 years has allowed her to insert nuggets of useful wisdom for her readers. Pauline is not just a lawyer, she is also an artist. She loves painting nature when she has free time.

Strengthen Your Back With Weights

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By Laura Billings

weightsPart of strengthening your core is to strengthen your back as well. Strengthening your back is essential if you don’t want to suffer from nagging back pains. It also helps in improving your balance, stability, and posture. So if you don’t want to be slouching all the time, we suggest that you strengthen your back while you are lifting weights by following the tips below.

1. Do weight training exercises that put emphasis on strengthening your back.

If you prefer to lift weights while at the gym, there are a couple of weight training exercises that work efficiently in strengthening your back muscles. Try one of these exercises to strengthen your back muscles:

● Barbell Deadlifts: This particular exercise can help in building up your total-body strength by focusing on the lower and upper back, glutes, traps, hamstrings, and quads. The exercise can also increase your core strength and stability while also helping to build good-looking back muscles.

Step-by-step Instructions:

➔ The goal here is to lower the barbell while keeping your chest up and your back flat.

➔ Bend your hips and knees and then grab the bar with an overhand grip.

➔ Stand up without rounding your lower back. Pause for a second, and then lower the bar back to the starting position while keeping it as close to your body as much as you can.

➔ Repeat the exercise for three sets while doing 4-6 reps for each set. Also, don’t forget to rest for 2-3 minutes between each set.

● T-Bar Row: The T-bar row is an excellent exercise that involves multiple joints in your upper body. It emphasizes on strengthening your back and shoulders. The T-bar row exercise focuses on the middle of your back by putting the resistance through the center of your body.

Step-by-step Instructions:

➔ The goal here is to do the exercise by pulling the barbell to your chest while maintaining proper posture.

➔ Stand and position the one end of a barbell between your legs. Push your hips back until your back is at a 45-degree angle to the floor. Grab a V-handle and hook it to the bar and then grab it with your two hands.

➔ Pull the bar towards your chest by squeezing your shoulder blades together and driving your elbows back. Pause, and then return to the starting position.

➔ Do this exercise for three sets while doing 4-6 reps for each set, just don’t forget to take a quick 2-3 minutes break between each set.

womanweights● Dumbbell Row: Dumbbell row is an easy exercise that does an excellent job of strengthening your shoulders, biceps, and your back while keeping your core active throughout the routine. Dumbbells also allow you to achieve stability and balance on both sides of your body.

Step-by-step Instructions:

➔ Stand with both of your feet shoulder-width apart from each other and hold a dumbbell in each of your hands.

➔ Bend your knees slightly and then bend your waist while keeping your back straight. Avoid rounding your upper back and be sure to keep your head steady.

➔ Extend your hands fully, so each dumbbell is just above the floor. Contract your back and pull the dumbbells up to your ribcage.

➔ Be sure to pull through the elbow and then hold for one second at the top position before you lower the dumbbells back to the starting position.

➔ Do this exercise for three sets while doing 8-15 reps for each set.

2. Observe correct posture while lifting weights.

Remember to maintain proper posture as you are lifting weights. This could be a bit hard to do, but you should be able to do it eventually. Remember that poor posture is one of the major causes of back pain. So if you don’t observe proper posture as you lift weights, it will put more stress and pressure on to your back muscles which results in nagging back pain.

3. Learn how to lift weights correctly.

Although there are weight training exercises that focus on strengthening your back muscles, chances are that they can still injure your back while doing these, especially if you misuse the weights. You need to know how to lift weights correctly and follow the step-by-step instructions of the weight training exercises you are trying to do.

4. Remember to give your back muscles some time off.

Strength training can cause tiny tears in your muscle tissues. These tears might not be harmful, but they are crucial to making your muscles to become stronger as the tears recover. Always give your back muscles a time off and let them recover for at least 48 hours before you start doing weight training exercises again.

We hope that these tips can help you strengthen your back muscles while lifting weights. Once you follow these tips, you should be able to create strong and sexy back muscles, and you will no longer be vulnerable to back pains.

– Laura Billings is a law enthusiast and budding writer. She makes it a habit of making sure her pieces are informative enough to help even the common person understand important aspects of the rules of law. Laura likes to read books and write creative pieces during her free time.

10 Tips On How To Prevent Hair Loss

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By Peter King

mansmileAre you concerned about hair loss? Maybe your hair has been falling out in clumps? Do you suffer from itchy scalp? The truth is, all of us lose some strains here and there, especially if we let it grow longer and/or apply a lot of product to it. However, hair loss can be controlled with a smart hair care routine, sensible diet, and awareness. With that in mind, here are 10 tips on how to prevent hair loss.

1. Hair Loss Equals Lack of Vitamins–If you are losing a significant amount of hair on a regular basis, it is indicative of a health issue within the body. In all likelihood, you are not getting enough and/or the right vitamins for your body to work efficiently. Foods rich in Vitamin C and high in antioxidants, such as citrus fruits, kale, and berries, will likely solve most hair and scalp issues and help put your body in balance.

2. Coconut Oil Is Key–The benefits of coconut oil have been lauded for ages. It is a crucial ingredient for most hair care regimes. If in doubt, just take a look at the Hairlossable Hair Loss Blog and read over the list of “Best Hair Loss Shampoos for 2017.” A scalp massage with coconut oil will help promote healthy hair growth. This release should be performed from the roots to the tips to help maximize the effects of the head massage.

3. Alternative Remedies Have Their Place–Acupressure, which is an alternative therapy but popular in the mainstream, is also believed to stimulate noticeable hair growth. A prime example of this application is Balayam, which is an acupressure therapy that is known to increase circulation to the scalp and stimulate hair growth. For more information about this technique, search for the padmasana pose and review the routine.

4. Eggs Are Not Just for Breakfast Anymore–Eggs are a nutrient-rich food source that contains abundant proteins and minerals. Some people swear by egg whites and olive oil for healthy hair. All you need is the white of one egg and a teaspoon of olive oil. Mix until it is a paste-like consistency and apply it to the hair and scalp.

5. Yoga Is Not Just for Fitness Enthusiasts–The art of yoga is also known to help hair growth. This healing therapy is believed to cleanse our system–both body and mind, as well as open blockages, which, in turn, bolsters oxygen levels and circulation, which nourishes the hair follicles.

6. Keep an Eye on Your Diet–In order to keep your hair healthy, you should follow a sensible diet. Proteins are an essential part of any balanced diet. to stimulate hair growth significantly. Foods, such as cheese, yogurt, beans, milk, nuts, grains, chicken, and fish, will help stimulate hair growth and should be included in your daily diet.

7. Environmental Factors Can Be a Burden to Your Hair–Exposure to environmental factors, such as dust, pollution, heat, and humidity, can really wreak havoc on your follicles. it is imperative that you take steps to protect that mane. Tricks, such as tying your hair up or covering the head with a hat or scarf, could keep your hair out of harm’s way.

8. Regular Hair Treatments Can Upset Your Scalp–If you are someone who frequently colors, perms, and/or applies other treatments to their hair, you should be aware that this is a common cause of hair loss.

9. Iron Is Essential for Healthy Hair–Lack of iron in your diet weakens the hair at the roots and results in excessive hair loss. As such, it is important to incorporate food like soy beans, red kidney beans, spinach, eggs, fish, seafood, chicken and/or meat into your daily diet to ensure sufficient iron intake.

10. Stress Is a Killer–It’s true, stress can and does kill. To spare your follicles and yourself from an early demise, it is important to keep your stress levels in check.

As you can see, hair loss is more common than you might think, but it can be controlled via dietary adjustments, exercise, changes to your hair care routine, and/or alternative treatment options. As such, these tips will not only help fight hair loss but avoid it altogether.

Tips To Improve Sports Performance

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joggerFive Elements of a Successful Sports Training Plan

The football season has brought highlights, Heisman finalists, a National Playoff, power rankings, fantasy match-ups and games of the week. It also included commercials from the leading footwear and sports apparel companies. While the season has been marked with impressive upsets, the athletic commercials have had a similar message, all revolving around a common theme: buy their product and ‘train harder.’

Every athlete recognizes that training and preparation are part of sport. But with the level of competition rising and more athletes interested in making the team, earning more playing time, or taking their game to the next level, athletes recognize they must do more than train with their team. The commercials all show athletes sweating, sprinting, lifting and perfecting their skill, insinuating that training in their products makes you a winner. Their gear may very well make a difference, but it doesn’t replace training and preparation. Over the years, it’s been easy to embrace ‘Just do it’ as a call to action. But from a training perspective, the aspiring athlete is left wondering, ‘Just do what?’

Over the past 25 years, Athletic Republic’s training centers have helped more than one million athletes – get selected for a team, move off the bench and on to the field, earn a college scholarship, stand-out in the draft, make a professional or Olympic team, post a PR, or honor a New Year’s resolution. Throughout the training process, AR has documented each athlete’s progress and is now sharing five elements that will help aspiring athletes improve their training plans or better understand just what to do.

These elements are: increase speed, build power, improve stability, maintain an effective recovery approach, and all in a year-round approach to training.

1. Lead with speed. Speed is a defining attribute of athleticism, and developing it requires a focus on training. No longer considered a genetic gift, speed can be improved by training stride length, stride frequency, power output, symmetry, and stamina. Speed training should improve running mechanics and running economy while developing acceleration, top-end speed and endurance to help players create separation, close a gap, and play as well during the closing minutes as they do when the game started.

2. Power is not strength. Science says Power = Force x Velocity. In other words, being strong is only half the equation. The ability to produce more force more quickly than an opponent is what ultimately separates an athlete from the competition. To jump higher, accelerate quicker, deliver a crushing blow, or move at warp speed…the instant the ball is in play, the athlete needs power. The key is to combine a wide range of movement velocities, with a variety of age-appropriate loads, to safely expose muscles to training that will improve power at game speed.

3. Stability reduces the risk of injury. Agility hinges on an athlete’s ability to control his or her center of gravity in all situations, including making quicker cuts and turns, maneuvering in traffic and maintaining position during a double team. Stability means maintaining control of the body in all directions and in all situations. It’s developed by building strength through a progression of plyometric movements to improve foot-speed and balance while training the core and hip girdle for the safe transfer of power to the turf, dirt, floor, ice or water.

4. Remember recovery. Preparing for the next workout begins when an athlete completes the current workout. Fluid hydration and mobility exercises begin the process as range of motion is increased while the muscles are warm and supple. Compression helps flush lactate and soreness, while protein helps rebuild muscles. Getting enough sleep and sufficient rest are also critical elements on the recovery process.

5. Establish a year-round plan. In addition to training with the team or coach, the athlete needs to make time during the year for a “training season”. Dedicating time prior to the start of a season to build on athletic strengths and concentrate on areas that require improvement will improve game-day or race-day performance. For the teen athlete playing multiple sports, the parents serve as the Athletic Director of the household, managing and balancing practice schedules, transportation, events, meals, academics, and budget, as their athlete’s coaches typically do not work with one another to ensure the athlete’s year-round regiment is conducive to their development. For the Parent/AD the key is to focus on their athlete’s overall development and make sure to establish a big-picture plan that includes the dedicated time to improve speed, power, and stability. For the endurance athlete, establishing objectives for off-season, pre-season, and in-season training will raise their endurance base, build power, improve efficiency, reduce the risk of injury, and increase speed for better race-day performances.

Athletes from pee-wee to pro have incorporated these five elements into their training in order to gain a step on their competition and be in a better position to ‘Just Do It’.

Keep Cool With 8 Heat Safety Tips

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sunWhile summer is a great time for outdoor activities, it can also bring extreme heat and humidity. In fact, nearly a third of weather-related deaths in the U.S. are attributed to excessive natural heat, heat stroke, sun stroke or all three, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That’s why Amica Insurance is offering tips to help keep everyone safe.

Heat-related deaths and illnesses are preventable, so stay cool and use common sense. Amica is sharing the following tips from the CDC:

* Drink plenty of fluids, regardless of activity level.

* Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing, and always put on sunscreen.

* Stay indoors if possible, and in an air-conditioned place.

* Monitor infants, young children and the elderly.

* Do not leave children or pets in a parked car.

* Eat lightly, and avoid hot foods and alcohol.

* Provide plenty of fresh water for pets.

* Seek medical attention if anyone exhibits warning signs, like extremely high body temperatures, red, hot or dry skin, nausea or a rapid, strong pulse.

About Amica Insurance

Amica Mutual Insurance Co., the nation’s oldest mutual insurer of automobiles, was founded in 1907. The company, based in Lincoln, Rhode Island, is a national writer of auto, home, marine and umbrella insurance. Life coverage is available through Amica Life Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary. Amica employs more than 3,400 people in 44 offices across the country. For more information, visit Amica.com.

Tips For Success When Seniors Live Alone

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seniorcoupleexercisesmallSeniors who live alone face many risks, such as isolation, depression, and a lack of help in emergencies. Despite the many tools to help reduce those risks, some older adults don’t take advantage of them. “The misconception is that any acceptance of help is somehow the beginning of a slippery slope into dependence and losing control of one’s life,” says Barbara Moscowitz, a geriatric social worker at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital. But utilizing tools and services to remain independent enhances the ability to live alone, reports the February 2016 Harvard Health Letter.

One of the most important tools is a safety alert button, a waterproof device that alerts 911 with a single touch. “This device must stay on the body 24 hours a day,” says Moscowitz. “It won’t do any good on a nightstand if the person has fallen in the shower.” Prices range from $25 to $50 per month, depending on the system.

Moscowitz also recommends an emergency supply kit for electricity outages or times when older adults can’t get to the store. The kit should include three days’ worth of supplies, such as food and water. And to avoid running out of medications, it’s best to refill prescriptions when there’s a one-week supply remaining.

Convenience services are also a must for older adults who live alone, such as ride services; pharmacies, restaurants, and grocery stores that deliver; and errand services. And if the activities of daily living — such as bathing, dressing, taking medication, and cooking — become too difficult, private-duty care can keep seniors independent and at home longer, and help them avoid moving to a retirement home. These services can be expensive, but moving to assisted living can also be costly.

Read the full-length article: “Steps to stay independent when you live alone”

Also in the February 2016 issue of the Harvard Health Letter:

* Why more doctors are prescribing mindfulness

* Easy exercise breaks for “keyboard athletes”

* The health benefits of intimacy in the older years

The Harvard Health Letter is available from Harvard Health Publications, the publishing division of Harvard Medical School, for $20 per year. Subscribe at http://www.health.harvard.edu/health or by calling 877-649-9457 (toll-free).

Having Plastic Surgery Done? Tips To Keep In Mind Before And After The Procedure

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By Dr. Michael J. Brown, MD

didyouknow?Getting a plastic surgery procedure done is an exciting, yet nerve-wracking time. You are excited for the changes about to take place, but may be nervous about the surgery. However, it is important that you take the time to keep some tips in mind. These tips will help the procedure and recovery go more smoothly. Here are some tips to keep in mind when you are having plastic surgery.

Follow All Pre-Op and Post-Op Instructions From Your Plastic Surgeon

When you are preparing for, or have just undergone a plastic surgery procedure, the most important tip to keep in mind is to follow all instructions from the doctor who is or has performed your surgery. You will be given a pre-op and post-op instruction sheet. These sheets will tell you what you should and should not do following the surgery. The pre-op sheet may advise you to stop eating or drinking at a certain time prior to your operation and ask you to remove all jewelry prior to surgery. The post-op instructions may explain what medications to take, what foods to eat, and how to care for any wounds after the surgery. Failing to follow these instructions can jeopardize your heath both during and after the procedure.

Get Your Affairs in Order

After undergoing a surgical procedure, you are going to want time to rest and recover. You are not going to want to have to run around and pay bills or go grocery shopping. As such, you should get all of your affairs in order prior to the surgical procedure. If possible, pay all your bills early so you don’t have to worry about them immediately following the surgery. Take the time to stock your pantry with non-perishable food, so you will have plenty to eat. Or arrange for a grocery service to deliver groceries to your home. And since you may feel like lying around for a few days, pick up a book, magazines or movies so you have something to do without becoming bored. This will help you get the rest you need without feeling like you have other things that need to be done.

Stay Hydrated Following Your Surgery

waterbottleAnother important tip to keep in mind as you recover from plastic surgery is to stay hydrated. After surgery, you may not feel like eating or drinking much, but once you get the all clear to consume liquids, you should. Make sure you drink plenty of water. This helps blood flow through your body and assists in the recovery process. It also keeps you from becoming dehydrated, which can lead to headaches and nausea.

Massage Your Scars

When the dressing and bandages come off of your body, you may want to begin to rub vitamin E oil or other scar reducing products, into your surgical scar. Massage helps to increase the flow of blood to this area of the body, while vitamin E, or similar products, help to moisturize the skin. Both of these items together can minimize the darkened color of the scar and it’s length. No one wants an obvious scar in the area they had plastic surgery, so doing this can help decrease your chances of having an unsightly scar.

Undergoing plastic surgery can be a life-changing decision. You get to improve something about your appearance that you dislike and instead, get something you have always dreamed about. This may be larger breasts, a smaller nose, or a curvier figure. However, plastic surgery can take a toll on your body. Luckily, there are certain things you can do before and after surgery to make things easier on yourself. Following these tips will help make the procedure go more smoothly and assist in your recovery.

Author: Dr. Michael J. Brown, MD, Founder and Medical Director of the Loudoun Center for Plastic Surgery and Dermatology, Dr. Brown has paid particular attention to all facets for safety and personal experience.

Contact details:

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https://www.linkedin.com/in/drmichaeljbrown

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4 Actionable Tips For Healthy Diabetes Management

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diabeteswordFrequently, diabetic patients complain how challenging it is to manage diabetes. Even though you take measures to keep your blood glucose in check, the numbers may disappoint you.

But don’t beat yourself up. Doing something new is a great way to have a fresh start. Here are some ideas for healthy diabetes management in 2016:

Watch your glucose levels throughout the day

It’s important to monitor your blood glucose levels to determine the level of insulin intake. The ideal time to check blood sugar levels is before meals and before sleeping. Keeping tabs on your glucose level will help you determine if you need to readjust your diet or medications in order to keep the level in the safe range.

Glucose monitoring is also important to know your hemoglobin A1c, which gives an overview of your average blood glucose levels over a period of time. The pattern helps you adjust on a month-by-month basis, and indicate how well you’re managing diabetes overall.

With Dexcom’s continuous glucose monitor and similar systems, you can get an assessment of your health with five of the most important insights of glucose levels: lows, highs, best day, nighttime and daytime. With the help of summary patterns you can place frequency, intensity and duration of hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia risks into context. Overall, the data will help you prioritize diabetic management decisions.

Eat small meals and avoid alcohol on empty stomach

It’s important to break down your daily meals into small portions, and spread it out into six different meals. Consuming a large quantity of food in a meal or two will cause greater spikes in your blood sugar levels. To maintain a stable blood glucose level, consider eating three healthy meals (medium portion) and two nutritious snacks in a day.

Also, if you didn’t eat throughout the day, drinking alcohol on an empty stomach will cause a drop in your blood sugar level 24 hours later. This is because the body has to work intensely to get rid of alcohol.

Before having a drink, check your blood sugar, and eat something. Sometimes symptoms of low blood glucose levels can be taken as drunkenness; these symptoms could be dizziness and slurred speech.

Incorporate raw & green foods in your diet

Add raw foods into your diet; tomatoes, eggplant and onions are some delicious options. Almost all fruits can be eaten raw, while plenty of vegetables can be eaten in a raw or roasted state. You can try raw vegetables with dips such as salsa, guacamole, and Thousand Island dressing to enhance taste. Vegetables can be roasted with seasonings like garlic, rosemary, and cayenne pepper.

When it comes to adding greens, think beyond the regular salad and try spinach, broccoli, and chard. These are low-carb veggies that can be mixed with olive oil and roasted in the oven for a quick, crunchy snack. You can also mix roasted veggies with nuts to add a different flavor and texture.

Lose some pounds for better health

Diabetics who are overweight can easily stabilize blood sugar levels effectively by losing a few pounds. Just losing five pounds can make a significant difference in the need for medication and diabetes control.

Taking a varied approach to working out can help you drop those few pounds. Try engaging in resistance, strength and aerobic training two or three times a week for optimal results.

– Submitted by Katherine Smith

Five Essential Tips For Healthy Long-Haul Flights

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By Sarah Smith

healthywordsWith over 37.4 million flights scheduled each year, it comes as no surprise that travelers are interested in finding ways to stay healthy during their flights. Maintaining one’s health while air-bound is even more important during longer flights due to the extended exposure to low air pressure, cramped seating, and jet lag. These health concerns may be somewhat alarming, but with so many flights taking off each day, experts have compiled several tips to help your extended flight experience be as healthy and comfortable as possible.

Keep Your Body Moving and Hydrated

Long periods of flying go hand in hand with prolonged periods of stillness. Unfortunately, staying in the same position for too long can bring on some major health concerns. Muscles need frequent contraction in order for your blood to flow properly. Sitting in the same position for a lengthy period without contracting your muscles can lead to blood clots, or a condition called deep vein thrombosis. In order to avoid deep vein thrombosis and clotting read this, it is important to stay active during your flight. This can be done by simply contracting your calf muscles, or tapping your foot while sitting in your seat. Dehydration also increases the risk for blood clots and deep vein thrombosis, so be sure to drink plenty of fluids before and during your flight.

Ensure That You Are Well Rested

Many travelers are under the assumption that they can catch up on any missed sleep during their long trips. It is entirely possible that you may find yourself able to sleep the entire time, but it is also quite common for people to become too stimulated to sleep once they board. It is best to embark on your flight well-rested just in case you are unable to sleep during your travels. You may already be facing jet lag when crossing timezones, so you want to make sure that when you disembark from your flight that you are not at all sleep-deprived.

Create a Plan to Handle Anxiety

Aviophobia, (the fear of flying), is the third most common phobia. In fact, over 20 million Americans report that flying makes them nervous. Airlines have excelled greatly in the past years and are generally a very safe method of transportation, but you want to have a plan in place to tackle any anxiety in case it decides to hit. Some airlines offer practice courses that help people become prepared for major flights so that they know what to expect once it’s time to officially board. It is also important to have a support system that you can reach out to during your flight in case you start to feel anxious. Some even find comfort in talking to the cabin crew beforehand.

Be Aware of How to Handle Low Air Pressure

Planes typically travel up to 35,000 feet in the air where the air is much less habitable for human beings. The low air pressure has a tendency to decrease oxygen levels, which makes cardiac and respiratory patients even more vulnerable. In order to preserve healthy oxygen levels, try to refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages during your flight. It is also wise to consult with your primary care physician in order to acquire any equipment or other accommodations that you may need to ensure safe travels.

Save Your Ears from Popping

The low air pressure associated with long flights can also cause your ears to pop from contracting Eustachian tubes. To avoid this painful experience, be sure to carry chewing gum or hard candies with you on board. Taking a prescribed decongestant has also been proven to help alleviate ear-popping symptoms, especially when the user has a cold.

Extended flights may come with some increased health risks, but the end destination is always worth it. Being able to properly prepare for any potential health concerns will give you the ability to have a much more relaxing travel experience. Whether you decide to nap, eat, or watch an interesting film during your travels, you will be able to do so at ease knowing that you are in for a safe and healthy trip.