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Summer Diabetes Checklist

Posted by healtheo360 on Jul 16, 2014 4:36:40 PM

To some the warm weather of summer means fun in the sun but to diabetics it can mean trouble. Humidity and heat can affect summer diabetes management and treatment making it hard to stay at the level you need. Follow this checklist this summer to make the most of the summer holiday.

Always stay hydrated. This is the most important thing and should always be at the top of the list. When dehydrated, blood sugars can raise to dangerously high levels. The best drink is water. Keep a bottle with you at all times. Club soda or seltzer water with lemon or a splash of fruit juice is the second best option. Avoid caffeinated drinks or drinks sweetened with sugar. If advised by doctor to limit fluid intake, ask for tips on how to stay hydrated. Water is important for summer diabetes care.

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Skin Cancer Prevention Tips

Posted by healtheo360 on May 14, 2014 10:25:34 AM

SUNDAY, May 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- One in five Americans will develop skin cancer at some point in their lives, making it the most common type of cancer in the nation.

However, skin cancer is also one of the most preventable types of cancer, according to Dr. Mark Lebwhol, professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Health System in New York City and president-elect of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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Four Ways to Get Your Vitamin D from Food and Sun

Posted by healtheo360 on Apr 12, 2014 12:09:55 PM

loongar/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Spring is here, and there’s no better time to work vitamin D into your daily routine.

The so-called sunshine nutrient is crucial for healthy bones and it might even stave off the country’s top killers: cancer and heart disease.

Sure, you could pop a supplement. But why not get your vitamin D the old-fashioned way: from good food and a bit of sun? Your body and wallet will thank you.Here's how:

Get a Boost at Breakfast for Vitamin D

Breakfast is a great time to get your vitamin D fix. Morning favorites like eggs, cereal, milk, yogurt and orange juice are packed with the nutrient. In fact, a bowl of cereal with milk and a cup of fortified OJ can deliver up to 75 percent of your recommended daily intake, according to the National Institutes of Health. Better yet: Make it brunch and take it outside. The late morning sun will up your dose of vitamin D.

Soak Up Some Sun for Vitamin D -- But Not Too Much

It’s true: sunlight converts chemicals in your skin into vitamin D. But don’t overdo it, because the same UV rays that work vitamin magic also raise the risk of skin cancer. Fifteen minutes of direct sunlight to the face, arms, back or legs three times a week is enough, according to the NIH. So cover up, find shade or slather on some sunscreen beyond that.

Feast on Fish for Vitamin D

Breakfast foods are good but nothing beats fish for vitamin D. Just three ounces of salmon packs a whopping 112 percent of your recommended daily intake, according to the NIH. Throw it on the barbecue outside for an added boost of vitamin D. Too busy to cook up salmon? Canned cooked tuna is an easy alternative with almost 40 percent of your recommended daily intake.

Stir Up a Smoothie for Vitamin D

Why not drink your vitamin D? Most milk is fortified with vitamin D, delivering nearly a third of your recommended daily intake. And yogurt packs a cool 20 percent. Toss in some fruit and voila: a delicious, nutritious treat.

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5 Sunscreen Facts You Think You Know (But Really Don’t)

Posted by healtheo360 on Aug 7, 2013 4:55:03 PM

You see it. You smell it. You slather it on. Sunscreen is all around us during summer, but chances are you don’t know all the facts about everyone’s favorite beach accessory and your skin could be at risk in the sun.

 

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