Healthy Living is a monthly special section published in all 18 Anton Community Newspapers focusing on a wide range of health topics and highlighting the extensive health services available in our area. A sampling of current stories appears here.
It’s true for everyone - regular exercise is one of the keys to good health. It makes you feel energized, eases stress, promotes weight loss and offers a slew of other benefits. For professional athletes, intense physical activity is a way of life. However, to reap the many rewards their active careers offer, they must contend with a constantly changing, busy schedule, non-stop travel and the pressure of competition.
These challenges are amplified for athletes with diabetes because despite the amount of activity and unpredictability their lives may include, taking a break from regular insulin delivery and counting carbohydrates at every meal isn’t possible. The consequences of a low or high blood glucose level can range from poor performance to a hospital visit. Luckily, recent advancements in diabetes management technology have made it much easier to be on the go with diabetes.
Winter can be fun and it can also provide some challenges. This year, we have all seen how severe weather can make life a little more inconvenient, but it can also be dangerous. Throughout these cold months, we need to think about everything from frostbite, hypothermia and injuries from over-exertion to arthritis, heart issues and even mental health.
But, if you take the right precautions, it is possible to live well all winter long, feeling good and staying healthy.
For starters, to keep your immune system up, the Department of Health recommends you dress in multiple layers to stay warm, including a hat, scarf and gloves and be sure to stay dry to prevent body heat loss. If you are shivering, go indoors immediately and keep aware of the symptoms of hypothermia and frostbite.
It’s already mid-February and lots of us are sick and tired of all the snow and ice thus far. More is expected.
Despite the fun this weather brings to ice skaters, kids, sledders and skiers, snow and ice pose particular dangers for the elderly and infirm. The American Heart Association (AHA), in recognition of February as American Heart Association Month, offers winter weather safety tips for shoveling snow that may be able to save your life.
Shoveling snow in cold weather can lead directly to extra stress on the heart and cause a heart attack. “People who are outdoors in cold weather should avoid sudden exertion, like lifting a heavy snow shovel packed with snow. Even walking through heavy, wet snow can strain a person’s heart,” said Kevin Marzo, MD, a spokesman for the American Heart Association.
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