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Hearing Aids
Help Keep Your

Brain Fit
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Warning Signs of Childhood Vision Troubles

The Importance of Advanced Medical Directives
Hearing Aids Help Keep Your Brain Fit
A Complete Roadmap for Endoscope Sanitation
General Inpatient Care: A Specialized Benefit for
Hospice Patients
Diet & Exercise Needs
How to Maintain Healthy Kidneys
Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
Some Surprising Health Benefits of Caffeine
Eating Right Can Improve Quality of Life
Common Causes of Poor Vision
Fascinating Facts About the Human
Cardiovascular System
The Best (and Worst) Foods for Heart Health
Dont be Burned by Poor Fever Advice
Healthy Habits to Combat Stress
Physician Directory
Healthy Habits That Can Have a Lasting Impact
Be Smart About Antibiotic Use

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Warning Signs of



Adults know when they are beginning to

experience trouble with their vision. In
such instances, men and women will book
appointments with their eye doctors to
determine whats causing their problems.
But whether its a fear of eyeglasses or
simply feeling their symptoms are normal,
kids might be hesitant to tell their parents
about any vision problems theyre having.
As a result, parents must learn to recognize
certain warning signs that indicate their
children are experiencing vision problems.
Vision problems in youngsters can be
especially problematic, as many of the
lessons kids learn in school still begin on
a chalkboard. The following are some
potential indicators that kids might be
dealing with vision problems that require
medical attention.
Reading habits: Vision problems may
be most noticeable when kids are reading.
As youngsters learn to read, they might
use their fingers to keep their place while
they figure out the pronunciation of certain
words. But kids eventually grow out of
that habit. Kids who are still doing so long
after they have learned to read may be
having trouble seeing words on the page.
In addition, kids who pull their reading
materials very close to their eyes may be
struggling to see the words.
Viewing habits: Peculiar viewing habits
may also be indicative of poor vision. Kids
who sit too close to the television may be
struggling to see whats on as opposed to
just being overexcited to see their favorite
shows. Kids who prefer to watch programs
on tablets they can hold as opposed to
televisions may also make that choice
because its easier for them to see on their
tablets than on the television. In such
instances, ask why they prefer tablets to

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television. When kids watch

TV, ask them to move further
away from the television. If
they complain moving back
makes it hard to see, book an
appointment with an eye doctor.
Eye rubbing: Many kids, and
even adults, rub their eyes when
they are feeling fatigued. But
kids who seem to rub their eyes
frequently and at times of the
day when they should not be
tired may be experiencing vision
troubles and feeling frustrated
that they cannot see very well.
Eye activity: Some kids
begin to close one eye when
reading, watching television
or attempting to read signs.
That may be indicative of a
refractive vision disorder, in
which the eye struggles to focus,
or refract, light correctly on the
retina. Such problems can often


be corrected with eyeglasses

or contact lenses, but some
refractive disorders may require
Squinting: Kids who squint a
lot may be finding it difficult to
focus on words on a chalkboard
or even television programs.
Squinting may also be brought
on by a corneal abrasion. Parents
who notice their youngsters are
squinting should consult the
childs eye doctor to determine
the cause of the problem.
Vision problems can be
especially harmful to children,
who rely on their vision to
perform their schoolwork.
Parents who learn to recognize
the various warning signs of
vision troubles can nip problems
in the bud before they have too
great an impact on youngsters.
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The Importance of

Advanced Medical

dvance Medical Directives can sound

intimidating when you first hear it. However,
if you have been to see a doctor recently or been
hospitalized there is a chance you have been asked
if you have completed these documents.
The term advance medical directive refers to
legal documents that outline your wishes relating
to your health care. They detail your wishes in
the case that you are not able to communicate
them for yourself. It is the guide for those making
decisions for you. Most of the documents deal
with your healthcare wishes, but some are about
your preferences beyond medical needs. One such
example is who should be present at your bedside.
The most common advance directives include:
hh Health Care Power of Attorney- identifies
the person making your health care decisions if
you cannot make them yourself.
hh Living Will- outlines your wishes if you cannot
communicate, become mentally incompetent,
or reach the very end stages of advanced
hh Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment
(MOST)- a medical order that is signed by
your physician. It outlines your choices for
medical care at the end-of-life. Unlike the
others, it must be reviewed annually.
hh Do Not Resuscitate (DNR)- instructs
healthcare workers not to perform resuscitation
if you stop breathing or your heart stops
beating. It is a medical order that must be
signed by your physician.
A common misconception is that a lawyer is
needed to complete these documents. You can
schedule an appointment with your doctor or the
non-profit hospice agency in your community for
assistance with these documents. Most hospices
are happy to help you with this. Completing your
advance medical directives when you are young
and healthy can be a gift to your family. Make
your wishes known and complete these important
documents today.
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Hearing Aids
Help Keep Your

Brain Fit

Having trouble hearing but reluctant to try

hearing aids? Social isolation, diminished
quality of life and an increase in your
risk for age-related cognitive decline and
dementia are just a few of the potential
downsides to your lack of action. New
research findings about hearing loss and
healthy brain aging may provide just the
incentive you need. The study found that
adults with hearing loss who actively use
hearing aids can reduce the risk of cognitive
decline associated with hearing loss.
When you actively use hearing aids, you
are more likely to stay socially engaged,
one of the primary ways to stimulate
your brain, says David Richardson,
Au.D., Doctor of Audiology, of Piedmont
HealthCare Head, Neck and Ear in
Statesville, NC. And like any exercise, the
mental give-and-take of social interaction
helps to keep your brain fit and slow down
the accelerated cognitive decline linked to
hearing loss.
Cognition refers to a variety of mental
processes used in gaining knowledge
and comprehension including attention,
memory, understanding language,
learning, reasoning, problem solving and
decision making. When people experience
cognitive decline, they may have problems
with remembering, language, thinking
and judgment. A number of studies have
shown correlations between hearing loss in
older adults and a greater risk of cognitive
decline and possibly also the onset of
When you have hearing loss, your brain
doesnt receive the sound information it
needs to understand what is being said
and expends more energy trying to fill
in the blanks, explains Dr. Richardson.
Conversations become difficult and
exhausting and you may start to withdraw
and avoid the social connections that are so
important to brain health.

Dr. Richardson points out that the

newest hearing solutions with Oticon
BrainHearing technology take a proactive
brain first approach, providing the
clearest, most accurate speech signal
possible so that your brain doesnt have
to work as hard to understand what is
being said. The mental effort you need to
understand speech in noise is minimized so
you can conserve the cognitive resources
you need to engage in socializing and
other brain-stimulating activities.
By restoring the ability to communicate,
hearing aids with BrainHearing
technology allow you to participate more
easily in conversation, even in noisy
settings like restaurants or social gatherings.
Dont wait to give you brain the
stimulation it needs, says Dr. Richardson.
Its never too late to take care of your
hearing health!
For more information about hearing,
hearing loss and the newest hearing aids
with Oticon BrainHearing technology,
visit or
contact Dr. Richardson directly at

Sinasi Salman, MD FASN
Nephrologist Hypertension Specialist
128 Medical Park Rd,
Suite 301
Mooresville, NC 28117
1665 Davie Ave
Carsons Corner
Statesville, NC 28677

Phone 704.978.0052
Fax 704.978.0054

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Installed last summer, the Endora Endoscope Tracking

System documents endoscope use through each step of
the reprocessing cycle, ensuring each device has received
high-level disinfection before its used on a patient.
People are humans, and errors can happen, but this
system prevents that, said Sallie Gathings, endoscopy
manager for Piedmont HealthCare. The machine tells you
when things arent right. Its a complete roadmap.
The PHC Endoscopy Center averages between 325
and 450 procedures a month, Gathings said. With that
volume, the tracking system creates a foolproof way to
ensure proper sanitation.
Though improper disinfection has not been a problem at
the PHC Endoscopy Center, it has been a serious issue for
other centers nationally, according Dr. Joseph A. Petrozza,
board-certified gastroenterologist and medical director of
the PHC Endoscopy Center.
State and federal regulatory agencies require that scopes
be cleaned with enzymatic cleaners at the bedside right
after they are used, Gathings said. With Endora, that
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If a scope doesnt complete a

full disinfection cycle within
the scope washers, the system
wont allow it to move on to
the following step, she said.
Piedmont HealthCare doctors
realize theres no financial
gain to have the system, but
they agree that safety is more
important than anything,
Gathings said.
As another layer of protection,
PHC gastroenterologists
use disposable valves in the
scopes, Gathings said. Scope
valves are small and require
several steps to clean each
piece. They can hold bacteria
if not cleaned properly.
Disposable valves eliminate
that problem, she said.
These extra measures are
above and beyond what the
AAAHC requires, but anything
less than the highest standard
is not good enough for our
center and our patients, Dr.
Petrozza said.
Gathings said representatives
from medical centers
around the state have visited
Piedmont HealthCare to see
the Endora system in action.
Many have decided that its
a system they must have,
Gathings said.

PHC Endoscopy Center earns

Piedmont HealthCare
Endoscopy Center recently
earned reaccreditation from the
Accreditation Association for
Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).
AAAHC accreditation is voluntary,
and requires ongoing selfevaluation, peer review, education
and commitment to continuously
improve care and services. Part of
the requirement is a commitment
to a thorough, on-site survey by
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General Inpatient Care:

A Specialized Benefit for Hospice Patients

What is general inpatient care?
Hospice inpatient care provides
patients with an alternative to going
to a local hospital to receive shortterm treatment for symptoms that
cannot be controlled at home. The
Medicare benefit for this service is
called General Inpatient Care (GIP).
Where does GIP care take place?
The Catawba Valley Hospice House
and the Sherrills Ford Hospice House
are state-of-the-art facilities fully
capable of treating patients with
serious medical needs. There, patients
can expect a wealth of technology,
round-the-clock care, and a quiet,
relaxed environment that allows
the dedicated clinical staff to do
everything they can to ease pain and
help the patient feel better again.
Why is GIP preferable to a
hospital in some cases?
The staff in our hospice houses are
under the direction of a physician
and are on site at each location 24
hours each day. The team of medical
personnel have extensive training and
experience in caring for patients with
advanced illness. They know what
needs to be done to allow the patient

to rest easy, recuperate, and return

home as quickly as possible.
How soon before the
patient can go home?
Each situation and each patient
is different, but Hospice staff do
everything possible to treat the most
pressing needs and get the patient
feeling better again. GIP care is by
nature short-term, and Hospices
goal is similar to yours to allow the
patient to be at home where he or
she is most comfortable.
What kinds of things are
done during GIP care?
It depends on the symptoms and
pain that need to be controlled. CRH
can treat nausea that wont go away,
help when breathing becomes overly
difficult, remove excess fluid that
is causing discomfort, and provide
constant monitoring of medications
to achieve a proper balance. There are
lots of techniques available to restore
quality of life.
Does the family have a voice in
the care thats provided?
Absolutely. No decision is made
without input from the patient, the

family, and the hospice team of

medical professionals. Hospice is a
health care partner, and its primary
interest is the patients quality of
life. At any time, the plan of care
can be reevaluated based on disease
progression and outcomes.
What are the costs of GIP care?
Medicare, Medicaid, and many
private insurance carriers understand
the necessity of GIP care, so they
typically cover the costs. They also
dont limit the number of times a
patient can have GIP care, so you
dont need to feel that a patient
has to endure pain or symptoms
Why is Catawba Regional
Hospice a good option?
CRH has been providing care for
patients with advanced illness every
day since 1979. Its staff dedicate
themselves to bringing relief,
delivering compassion, and providing
comfort to people who are suffering.
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&exercise needs

Change as Men and Women Age


aintaining a healthy weight is important at any age.

But avoiding being overweight or obese can be
particularly crucial for seniors, considering many illnesses
are tied to body weight. Maintaining a healthy immune
system also can require eating a balanced, nutritionally
sound diet.
The Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center at
Durham Medical Center in Virginia says people need to
change how they eat for every decade they reach. Caloric
intake should be reduced because individuals are generally
moving around less, have less muscle and their metabolic
rates decline. People who find that they are having
trouble losing weight in their 50s and older may be basing
weight-loss goals on calorie recommendations for younger
One challenging thing about eating less overall is
supplementing with more nutrient-rich foods. Older
bodies still require similar amounts of protein, vitamins
and minerals as younger ones, but older men and women
must balance that need with their need to consume less
calories. Consuming more fruits, vegetables and lean
protein sources, including beans, and choosing whole
grains over refined starchy foods can be the key.
Watch what you drink, as well. Soft drinks and other
sugary beverages may be packed with calories you dont
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need. Choose unsweetened beverages and opt for water

as much as possible. Protect yourself against dehydration,
which can be harder to detect as you get older.
In addition to modifying food and beverage choices and
reducing their calorie intake, seniors should continue
to exercise. Healthy eating paired with moderate
exercise remains one of the best combinations for
healthy weight loss or weight maintenance. The goal
is to consume fewer calories and expend more energy.
While cardiovascular exercises can be a good way to get
the heart pumping and stimulate your metabolic rate,
as you age you should perform strength-training and
weight-bearing exercises as well. Muscle mass naturally
diminishes with age, and according to the Mayo Clinic
if you avoid strength exercises you can eventually lose
muscle and increase the percentage of fat in your body.
Strength training also helps you develop stronger bones,
which can help prevent fractures. In addition, as you
gain muscle, your body will begin to burn calories more
efficiently, making your time in and out of the gym more
Apart from diet and exercise, aging adults may need to
consult with their doctors about nutritional supplements.
Your body may produce less stomach acid as you get
older, making it more difficult to absorb vitamins from
food, including vitamin B12 and vitamin D. Aging
skin is less able to transform sunlight into the vitamin,
which can affect the bodys ability to absorb calcium.
Deficiencies in vitamins D and B12 and calcium can
result in a number of health conditions. Routine blood
work can help pinpoint whether you are deficient in key
The bodys nutritional and fitness needs change as
a person ages. Those uncertain about the lifestyle
changes they will need to make should speak with their

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Our facilities, designed with you in mind, have the latest
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How to Maintain
Healthy Kidneys
Few people devote much
thought to their kidneys
unless their doctor advises
them they are having
kidney troubles. But kidneys
perform essential functions
in the human body, filtering
water and waste out of
blood and urine while also
helping to control blood
pressure. When operating
correctly, kidneys can go a
long way toward ensuring
a healthy life. But when
kidneys are compromised,
the results can be very
harmful to human health.
Kidney disease is no small
cause for concern, as
the National Institute of
Diabetes and Digestive
and Kidney Diseases
notes that more than 20
million Americans may
have kidney disease, with
millions more being at
risk. Kidney disease may
be even more problematic
in Canada, where the
Kidney Foundation of
Canada reports that one in
10 Canadians has kidney

Though family history is

one risk factor for kidney
disease, its not just genetics
that put people at risk.
People with diabetes, high
blood pressure and/or
cardiovascular disease are
also at risk of developing
kidney disease, which
develops gradually and
does not often produce
physical symptoms until it
has reached an advanced
stage. Because people
may not detect symptoms
of kidney disease until it
reaches an advanced stage,
the NIDDK recommends
people schedule routine
blood tests to check their
glomerular filtration rate,
or GFR, which checks to
see how well kidneys are
filtering. The NIDDK also
notes the importance of
routine urine tests, which
check for protein in urine.
The presence of the protein
albumin in urine indicates
kidney damage.
In addition to routine
screenings, people can
take the following steps
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to maintain healthy kidneys so they can live long,

healthy and active lives.
Maintain a healthy blood pressure. A healthy
blood pressure can delay or prevent the onset of
kidney disease. The American Heart Association
advises that a normal healthy blood pressure is a
systolic number (the top number) less than 120 and
a diastolic number (the bottom number) less than
80. The systolic number measures the pressure in
the arteries when the heart beats, while the diastolic
number measures the pressure in the arteries
between heartbeats. Have your blood pressure
measured by your physician on each visit (and no
less than once per year), and speak with him or her
about ways to lower your blood pressure if it is high
or if your blood pressure falls in the prehypertension
range (120-139 over 80-89), which means you are
at risk of developing high blood pressure.
Reduce sodium consumption. One simple way
to protect your kidneys is to consume less than
2,300 milligrams of sodium each day. Though
sodium serves some essential functions in the body,
helping it to regulate blood pressure among other
things, people with kidney disease cannot eliminate
excess sodium and fluid from their bodies. The
resulting buildup in the tissues and bloodstream can
contribute to high blood pressure.
Limit alcohol intake. The NIDDK advises that
limiting alcohol intake can help to keep kidneys
healthy and operating at full strength. Alcohol
impacts the body in various ways, and kidneys are
not immune to the effects of alcohol. Alcohol can
cause changes in the kidneys that compromise their
ability to filter blood. Alcohol also can affect the
ability of kidneys to maintain the right amount of
water in the body. Thats because alcohol consumed
in excess dehydrates the body, making it harder for
cells and organs, including the kidneys, to function
normally. Speak with your physician about your
alcohol consumption and what is considered healthy
for someone in your situation.
Consume a kidney-friendly diet. The right diet also
can help people maintain healthy kidneys. A diet
that includes kidney-friendly foods can prevent the
buildup of waste in the kidneys while also helping
people maintain healthy blood pressures. The
National Kidney Foundation notes that foods such as
apples, blueberries, fish high in omega-3 fatty acids,
and kale are just a few kidney-friendly foods.
Healthy kidneys can contribute to long, healthy lives.
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Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones that occurs

when a person loses too much bone, produces too
little bone or both. Though the disease is most often
associated with women over 50, anyone can suffer from
osteoporosis, which weakens bones and can make them
more susceptible to breaks. Exercise is a great way for
men and women to build and maintain strong bones
in an attempt to prevent the onset of osteoporosis.
According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation,
weight-bearing exercises can help build and maintain
bone density. But the NOF notes that men and women
who have suffered broken bones due to osteoporosis
or those at risk of such breaks may need to avoid highimpact weight-bearing exercises, which include dancing,
hiking, jogging, and jumping rope, among others. For
those whose physicians suggest they avoid high-impact
weight-bearing exercises, low-impact weight-bearing
exercises can help them strengthen their bones. Such
exercises may involve low-impact aerobics and using
cardiovascular machines, such as elliptical trainers,
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that can benefit men and women looking to prevent or
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hoosing a short term or long term care facility for your

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consideration must be given to every detail. Valley Nursing
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skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility located in
Taylorsville, North Carolina. We are committed to
providing quality care and quality services. VNC specializes
in ventilator management, long term skilled nursing
services, wound care, and short stay rehabilitation.
Our Rehabilitation department offers Physical Therapy,
Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy utilizing the
latest cutting edge equipment to restore strength, balance,
and decrease risk for falls.
Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has recently
acquired NEW advanced therapy equipment that allows
our therapists to excel in training our patients to regain
function and improve balance for returning home.
The Biodex Gait Trainer 3 is more than a treadmill. It
is designed with an instrumented deck that issue both
audio and visual real-time biofeedback to prompt patients
into a corrected gait pattern. Step length, step speed,
step symmetry are directly assessed. The Biodex Gait
Trainer is quiet, non-intimidating and allows the therapists
to engage with each patient on a higher level. Real
goals are monitored and progress reported. Objective

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documentation with comparison to age- and gender

based normative data; helps prove need and document
outcomes to family, referring physicians and insurance
The Biodex Balance System SD offers training modes
to improve balance, increase agility, and develop muscle
tone. The system includes a comprehensive Fall Risk
Screening and Conditioning Program that can quickly
and accurately identify potential fallers. Once identified
patients can train with static and dynamic balance exercise,
weight shifting, increasing limits of stability and improving
reaction time. It offers color reports and on screen visual
and audio feedback to promote patients motivation.
The Biodex Unweighing System enables partial weightbearing therapy to be conducted with the assurance of
patient comfort and safety, and with convenient access to
the patient for manual assistance and observation from
the therapist. Unlike the simple patient lift devices, Biodex
Unweighing System incorporates a dynamic suspension
system that accommodates the vertical displacement of the
center of gravity that occurs during normal gait. Biodexs
patented off-loading mechanism maintains constant force;
simply dial the amount to off load.
Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center will promote
patients regaining their confidence, strength, and their
stride. Our new Biodex equipment will allow each patient
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It is recommended that you

have a colonoscopy at age 50.
To screen for colon cancer and benign
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into cancer. In the United States, more
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from this preventable disease.

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Benefits of


hat new coffee bar opened up just around the corner

and you have been eager to sample one of their
signature blends. But you consistently resist the urge to
venture inside. Caffeine is not so healthy for you, right?
Caffeine, the most widely consumed stimulant on the
planet, has garnered a bad reputation. Some people
fear caffeine and its potentially jittery and addictive side
effects. However, many medical professionals attest that,
when consumed in moderation, caffeine actually can have
a number of health benefits. Before you skip that morning
cup of Joe or choose an herbal blend instead of black tea,
consider the following health benefits of caffeine.
Caffeine boosts brain and central nervous system
function. Caffeine mimics the shape of another compound
in the body called adenosine, which helps the body calm
down and become sleepy. Caffeine can fit in adenosine
receptors and cause a jolt of energy rather than sleepiness.
Harvard researchers have found that blocking adenosine
may slow the buildup of a toxic brain plaque that is
associated with Alzheimers disease. Furthermore, caffeine
may help keep dopamine molecules active in the brain
and prevent the onset of Parkinsons disease.
Caffeine can help improve mood. The stimulant effect
of caffeine may help boost peoples moods, and thus
reduce the propensity for suicidal thoughts. In 2013,
Harvards School of Public Health found that respondents
who drank two to three cups of caffeinated coffee a day
cut their suicide risk by 45 percent.
Caffeine may lower risk of stroke. Studies conducted
in both the United States and Sweden found that older
women who drink more than a cup of caffeinated coffee

each day have between a 20 and 25 percent lower risk of

stroke. Similar findings were discovered in older men.
Caffeine boosts memory. Studies from Johns Hopkins
University showed that a 200mg caffeine pill helped boost
memory consolidation.
Caffeine offers pain relief. Caffeine is often paired with
other pain relievers to bring about faster relief. The Journal
of the American Medical Association concluded that when
caffeine was combined with other pain relievers, patients
required 40 percent less of the other drug to bring the
same amount of relief experienced when using just the
non-caffeine drug alone. Caffeine on its own can also
relieve pain. Consuming caffeine before or after a workout
can help reduce muscle soreness.
Caffeine may help to prevent cancer. A recent study
from Rutgers University pointed out that caffeine
prevented skin cancer in hairless mice.
Caffeine could open up air passages. People with
asthma may find caffeine can improve their breathing. A
study published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine
determined that caffeine seems to open airways and help
asthmatics breathe easier, providing a similar benefit to
theophylline, a current asthma medication.
Although caffeine can prove beneficial in various ways,
individuals should realize that it remains a potent and
potentially addictive stimulant. Caffeine also can aggravate
anxiety symptoms and interact with certain medications.
People concerned about caffeine should discuss their
caffeine consumption with their physicians.
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Eating Right
Can Improve

Quality of Life

egend states that on April 2, 1513, Spanish explorer

Juan Ponce de Len was the first European to
discover modern-day Florida when he traveled on
a quest for the mythical Fountain of Youth. While
modern science has proven that there is no mystical
fountain or body of water that can reverse or slow down
the aging process, there are many steps people can take
to age well and prolong their lives.
Eating the right foods is one way to age well. According
to Ralph Felder, M.D., Ph.D., coauthor of The Bonus
Years Diet, reversing the aging process internally is
more difficult than outward cosmetic changes. But the
right foods can go a long way toward increasing both
life expectancy and quality of life. Those who want to
employ diet to increase their life expectancy may want
to start adding more of the following foods to their
breakfast, lunch and dinner plates.
Broccoli, grapes and salad: According to Health
magazine, researchers have found that compounds in
these three foods boast extra life-extending benefits.
Berries: In addition to their abundance of antioxidants,
berries have other benefits. A 2012 study from Harvard
University found that at least one serving of blueberries
or two servings of strawberries each week may reduce
the risk of cognitive decline in older adults.
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Fruits and vegetables:

Produce is good for the body
because its low in calories
and high in fiber, vitamins and
other nutrients. Numerous
studies have indicated that
diets plentiful in fruits and
vegetables help people
maintain a healthy weight and
protect against cardiovascular
Whole grains: Whole
grains pack a lot of nutrition
into a low-calorie food.
Whole grains help protect
against type 2 diabetes, and
researchers at the University of
Texas Health Sciences Center
found study participants
whose diets included plenty
of whole grains and fruit cut
their heart disease risk by
almost half compared to those
whose diets favored meat and
fatty foods.
Red wine: A glass a day
for women and no more
than two glasses daily for
men can be beneficial.
Moderate consumption of
red wine has been shown
to slow age-related declines
in cardiovascular function,
according to the American
Heart Association.
Fiber: Increase your fiber
intake for a longer life.
Research from The American
Journal of Clinical Nutrition
finds that the more fiber
you include in your diet, the
lower your risk of coronary
heart disease. The daily
recommendation is 25 to 35
While there may be no such
thing as the fountain of youth,
a healthy diet can help men
and women prolong their
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Common Causes of

Poor Vision

ision loss is a common condition, as the World Health Organization notes

that more than 285 million people across the globe suffer some type of visual
impairment. Many people can effectively counter their vision problems with
prescription lenses, but others may have a more significant issue, such as low
The Kellogg Eye Center defines low vision as a reduced level of vision that cannot
be fully corrected with conventional glasses. Those with low vision have some
useful sight and are not considered completely blind. However, low vision can
interfere with performance of daily activities, and some people with this condition
are classified as legally blind.
Symptoms of low vision include difficulty recognizing objects at a distance
or problems with differentiating colors. Yet, not everyone dealing with these
symptoms has low vision. Specialized testing can determine if a person has low
vision or another condition.
Many conditions can impact sight and contribute to vision loss. Heres a look at
some of the more common ones.
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Glaucoma: A person with glaucoma may

gradually lose peripheral vision. Early symptoms,
such as a subtle loss of contrast, may be
unnoticeable. Eventually, glaucoma may cause
tunnel vision, which occurs when a person can
only see through a small window.

Compression Therapy

Macular degeneration: Macular

degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss,
affecting more than 10 million people in the
United States alone, according to the American
Macular Degeneration Foundation. The AMDF
offers that macular degeneration is caused by
the deterioration of the retinas central portion,
known as the macula. The macula is responsible
for focusing central vision in the eye, and it
contributes to ones ability to read, drive a car,
recognize faces or colors and see objects in fine
Retinal detachment: An increase of floaters
or sudden flashes of light in vision may be
indicative of retinal detachment or a tear in the
retina. When caught promptly, a detached retina
may be repaired. However, if left untreated and
the detachment reaches the macula in the center
of the retina, vision loss may be irreparable. The
National Eye Institute says those with extreme
nearsightedness, those who have had cataract
surgery or those with a family history of retinal
detachment are at a high risk.
Diabetic retinopathy: Blurring or patchy
vision loss can be a side effect of high blood
glucose levels. Not all people with diabetes will
develop vision problems, but it is common enough
to warrant attention.
Cataracts: According to The Mayo Clinic, a
cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens of
the eye. Cataracts develop when aging or injury
changes the tissue that makes up the eyes lenses.
Clouded vision can make it more difficult to read
or drive. Over time, cataracts may obscure vision
so much that they require surgical repair.
Routine eye examinations can bring potential
vision disturbances to light and facilitate faster
treatment. Eye doctors also can make suggestions
about lifestyle changes, including the use of
optical devices to improve sight.
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Fascinating Facts About the

Human Cardiovascular System


he human heart and

the miles of blood
vessels that snake through
the body are a wonder to
behold. Made up of three
independent components,
the cardiovascular system
functions best when these
three components, which
include the heart, lungs
and portal vessels, work
Each day 2,000 gallons of
blood travel through the
blood vessels to provide
oxygenated blood to the
body and remove waste
materials, including carbon
dioxide. Thats a lot of
traveling. In fact, according
to LiveScience, if you were
to lay out all of the arteries,
capillaries and veins in one
adult from end-to-end,
they would stretch roughly
60,000 miles, which means
that our blood vessels could
wrap around the Earth 2.5
The human cardiovascular
system is nothing short
of fascinating, and the
following are some even
more remarkable facts
about this wonder of
nature, courtesy of Mercola,
PBS, CPR Certified medical
training group, and

hh The heart beats around

2.5 billion times in
the average persons
hh Red blood cells have
to move in a single-file
line to fit through the
miniscule capillaries in
the body.
hh When the body is at
rest, it takes about six
seconds for the blood
to go from the heart to
the lungs and back.
hh A womans heart
typically beats faster
than a mans heart, at
a rate of 78 times per
minute (mens hearts
beat 70 times per
hh The corneas in a
persons eyes are the
only bodily cells that
do not receive a blood
hh The thumping sound
of the heart is made by
the four valves of the
heart closing.
hh If a heart has an
adequate supply of
oxygen, it can beat
even when separated
from the body, thanks
to its own electrical
hh Ancient Egyptians
believed the heart,
rather than the brain,
was the source of

emotion, wisdom and

hh Unlike other cells, red
blood cells do not
contain nuclei so they
have room to carry
oxygen. However,
this absence is why
they cannot divide or
synthesize new cell
hh Healthy bone marrow
will constantly
manufacture new red
blood cells.
hh Within a tiny droplet of
blood, there are about
5 million red blood

hh The right ventricle

is responsible for
moving blood to the
lungs, where it will
receive fresh oxygen
and nutrients. The left
atrium and left ventricle
receive this oxygenated
blood back from the
hh The heart begins
beating four weeks after
The cardiovascular system is
an amazing component of
the human body.
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The Best

(and Worst)

Foods for

o one wants to hear from their doctors that they have joined the millions of people across the globe
to be diagnosed with heart disease. The Heart Foundation reports that heart disease, which includes
diseases of the heart and cardiovascular system and stroke, is the No. 1 cause of death in the United States,
affecting both men and women and most racial/ethnic groups. Heart disease also is one of the leading
causes of death in Canada, claiming more than 33,000 lives per year.
Many factors contribute to the development of heart disease, including smoking, lack of exercise and
stress. Diet and whether a person is overweight or obese also can have a direct link to heart health. Diet,
particularly for those with diabetes and poorly controlled blood sugar levels, is a major concern.
A variety of foods are considered helpful for maintaining a strong and healthy heart and cardiovascular
system, while others can contribute to conditions that may eventually lead to cardiovascular disease or
cardiac arrest. Moderation enables a person to sample a little of everything, but not to make any one food a
habit. The following are some foods to promote heart health and some foods you might want to avoid.
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Tree nuts: Tree nuts contain unsaturated fats that
can help lower LDL cholesterol (the bad stuff) and
improve HDL (the good stuff). Nuts also are a filling
source of protein and other healthy nutrients.
Whole grains: Whole grains contain complex
carbohydrates for energy, as well as protein and
fiber. Fiber can help scrub cholesterol from the
blood, lowering bad cholesterol levels.
Fatty fish: Many cold-water, fatty fish, such
as halibut, herring and salmon, contain omega-3
fatty acids, which are heart-healthy. Omega-3s also
can be found in walnuts, flaxseed and some soy
Beans: Beans and other legumes are an excellent
source of protein and can be a stand-in for meats
that are high in saturated fat. Beans also contain
cholesterol-lowering soluble fiber and folate, which
can reduce blood homocystein levels. The Bean
Institute reports that consuming beans may reduce
cholesterol levels by roughly six to 10 percent.
Yogurt: Researchers in Japan found yogurt may
protect against gum disease. Left untreated, gum
disease may elevate a persons risk for heart disease.
Yogurt contains good bacteria that can counteract
bad bacteria and boost immunity.
Raisins: Raisins contain antioxidants that may help
reduce inflammation. Inflammation is often linked
to heart disease and other debilitating conditions.
Fresh produce also is a good source of antioxidants.

Fried foods: Many fried foods have little
nutritional value, as they tend to be high
in saturated and trans fats. French fries are
particularly bad because they are carbohydrates
fried and then doused in salt.
Sausage: Processed meats have frequently
earned a bad reputation among cardiologists, but
sausage can be a big offender, due in large part to
its high saturated fat content.
Red meats: Enjoying a steak is probably not
as bad as eating a deep-fried brownie, but its
best to limit red meat consumption to about 10
percent or less of your diet. Red meats can have a
considerable amount of cholesterol, saturated fat
and calories.
Added sugars: Sugar can increase blood
pressure and triglyceride levels. Sugar often hides
out in foods that you would not associate with
the sweetener. Plus, many people unwittingly
consume too much sugar simply through sugarsweetened beverages and ready-to-eat cereals.
Salty foods: Leave the salt shaker in the spice
cabinet and opt for herbs for flavoring, advises the
American Heart Association. High-sodium diets
often are to blame for hypertension, a major risk
factor for heart disease.
Dairy: Artery-clogging saturated fat also can
be found in dairy products, particularly the fullfat versions. Butter, sour cream and milk can be
problematic when people overindulge. Opt for
low-fat dairy when possible.
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Dont be


by Poor Fever Advice

levated body temperature, also

known as fever, makes many
people run to the medicine cabinet.
This is especially true when fever
strikes a young child and parents
concerns grow. But fevers are quite
common and not nearly as harmful as
many people may think.
Although illnesses may bring about
fevers that can be life-threatening,
including malaria and dengue, more
run-of-the-mill fevers are typically
triggered by common bacterial or
viral infections or even inflammatory
conditions like rheumatoid arthritis,
offers The Mayo Clinic. Sometimes
the cause of a fever cant be
identified, but that is not necessarily
cause for alarm.
Fevers are a natural immune response.
The purpose of a fever is to gain an
advantage over an infectious agent
by making the body less favorable
for the spread of this agent, whether
its a virus or bacterium. Many
infectious agents are temperaturesensitive and require the right mix
of conditions to be able to become

profligate consumers of the bodys

resources. The hypothalmus is the
bodys internal thermostat and will be
triggered by biochemical substances
in the blood alerting the body to the
presence of a potential invader. The
body then will retain and generate
more heat to essentially kill off that
According to the Internal Medicine
Residency Program at Indiana
University, because children have
immature and novice immune
systems, they tend to get higher
fevers more quickly than adults. As
children age and their bodies learn
and adapt, fevers typically are not
nearly as severe. This may be a reason
why a childs high fever is less of a
concern than the same fever in an
Normal body temperature fluctuates
during the day, but a temperature
from about 97 F (36.1 C) to 99 F
(37.2 C) generally is considered
normal. Adults should only be
concerned if a fever is high-grade,
reaching 104 F or more. Such fevers

are considered dangerous. Chronic

fevers, or those persisting for longer
than three to four days, also should
be checked out by a physician.
Watching how a person behaves
may indicate whether he or she is ill
enough to necessitate a doctor visit.
Infants should always be checked by a
doctor if they have a fever because it
could be a sign of a serious infection.
Low-grade fevers generally do not
require any medicine, and taking
a fever-reducer may prolong the
underlying illness or mask the cause
of it. Give the body a chance to fight
the foreign invader before reaching
for acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
Physicians may advise avoiding feverlowering drugs for temperatures of
102 F (38.9 C) or lower. Always call
a doctor if you need clarification on
medication dosage and other fever
Fevers can be scary, but they are just
one of many ways the human body
defends itself against illness.
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Healthy habits

to combat stress


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tress has an immediate and

potentially long-term effect on the
human body. Though its a natural
response to both good and bad
experiences, stress, when chronic,
can produce a host of negative
consequences that greatly diminish
ones quality of life.

Combatting stress can sometimes be

difficult, as the causes of stress are
never too far away for many adults.
In its 2015 Stress in AmericaTM:
Paying With Our Health survey, the
American Psychological Association
found that money is the top cause
of stress for Americans. The survey
was conducted on behalf of the APA
by Harris Poll, which asked more
than 3,000 participants about their
issues with stress. Sixty-four percent
said money was a somewhat or very
significant source of stress, and that
number was even higher for parents
(77 percent). Survey respondents also
noted that work is a significant source
of stress.
Few adults can imagine a life that
does not include financial- or workrelated stress. But there are ways
to combat stress that can benefit
peoples long-term health and
improve their present-day quality of
Develop a support network.
Speaking about problems with trusted
friends and family members can be
an effective way to combat stress.
The APA study found that participants
who reported having an emotional
support network reported lower
stress levels than those who had
no such networks to rely on. Try to
overcome any reticence you might
have about speaking about your stress
to a close friend or trusted relative
on those days when stress seems
Get more exercise. Routine exercise
is another healthy way to combat
stress. According to the Anxiety and
Depression Association of America,
studies have shown that exercise can

reduce fatigue, improve alertness

and concentration and enhance
overall cognitive function. Those
are considerable benefits to people
dealing with elevated levels of stress,
which can contribute to both physical
and mental fatigue and negatively
impact ones ability to concentrate.
Studies also have shown that regular
exercise can decrease tension, which
tends to increase as stress levels rise,
and elevate and help to stabilize
mood, which often decreases as stress
levels increase.
Dont lean on alcohol after stressful
days. Many people respond to
stressful days by consuming alcohol.
While alcohol helps some people
forget a stressful day, it also produces
psychological and physiological
side effects that can compound the
effects of the very stress drinkers are
looking to relieve. People who drink



to alleviate stress may only be doing

more harm with each drink, so find
a way to cope with stress that has a
more positive impact on both your
body and mind than that produced
by alcohol.
Breathe deeply. The American
Institute of Stress notes that focused
breathing is a relaxation response
that stimulates the nervous system
and promotes a sense of calmness.
Deep breathing can combat stress,
lower blood pressure and draw your
attention away from those things
that are causing your stress. Visit to learn about deep
breathing exercises.
Stress is a fact of life for many people.
But while stress may be inevitable, it
can be overcome.
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Statesville Cardiology
1424-D Fern Creek Drive, Suite D
Statesville, NC 28625

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Gastroenterology &

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Scott A. Brotze, M.D.

Lakeshore Endocrinology
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Mooresville, NC 28117

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202 Williamson Road, Suite 100
Mooresville, NC 28117

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Mooresville Family Practice

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Mooresville, NC 28115

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Huntersville, NC 28078
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Mooresville, NC 28117
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Huntersville, NC 28078
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Mooresville, NC 28117
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Primary Care Associates of Lake Norman

202 Williamson Road, Suite 100
Mooresville, NC 28117

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Huntersville, NC 28078
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Mooresville, NC 28117
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417 E. Statesville Avenue
Mooresville, NC 28115

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Statesville, NC 28625

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Huntersville, NC 28078
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Mooresville, NC 28117
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Huntersville, NC 28078
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Mooresville, NC 28117
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Hospice of Iredell County
Statesville Office
2347 Simonton Road
Statesville, NC 28625
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Mooresville, NC 28117
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Assistant Medical Director

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Statesville Office
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Statesville, NC 28625

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Hospice of Iredell County

Mooresville Office
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Mooresville, NC 28117
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1446 Fern Creek Drive
Statesville, NC 28625

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1446 Fern Creek Drive
Statesville, NC 28625

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Statesville, NC 28677
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Statesville, NC 28677

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Statesville, NC 28677
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Lincolnton, NC 28092

Michael Getter, M.D.

Pinnacle Orthopedic Associates

340 Signal Hill Drive, Suite A
Statesville, NC 28625

Dale Rader, M.D.

Pinnacle Orthpedic Associates

340 Signal Hill Drive, Suite A
Statesville, NC 28625

orthopedic spine
Ben J. Garrido, M.D.

Lake Norman Orthopedic Spine Center

170 Medical Park Road, Suite 102
Mooresville, NC 28117



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Surgical specialists

Ali Chhotani, M.D.

Michelle M. Bertsch, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Carolina Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine

1410 Fern Creek Drive
Statesville, NC 28625

Northpoint Surgical Specialists

123 Professional Park Drive, Suite 200
Mooresville, NC 28117

Tara Moon, M.D.

F. Michael Campbell, M.D., F.A.C.S.


David L. Gish, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Carolina Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine

1410 Fern Creek Drive
Statesville, NC 28625

Doug Balog, Rph

Healthsmart Pharmacy
108 Leaning Oak Drive
Mooresville, NC 28115

Heather Little

Principal Manager
Wellness Source
125 Commerce Park Road #105
Mooresville, NC 28117

Campbell Surgical
123 Professional Park Drive, Suite 101
Mooresville, NC 28117

Northpoint Surgical Specialists

123 Professional Park Drive, Suite 200
Mooresville, NC 28117

Surgical weight loss

T. Ryan Heider, MD, FACS

The Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Lake

Norman Regional Medical Center
171 Fairview Road
The Medical Pavilion, Suite 303
Mooresville, NC 28117
704-660-HLTH (4584)

Robert Grajewski, M.D.
Carolina Urology Care
1424-B Fern Creek Drive
Statesville, NC 28677

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That Can
Have a


long and healthy life is the

ultimate goal for many people.
While a host of factors beyond a
persons control, such as genetics,
impact how long that person lives
and how susceptible to certain
medical conditions he or she may
be, there are many things men and
women can do to improve their
chances of living long, healthy lives.
Keep working. While many
working men and women dream
of the day when they can leave the

daily grind behind once and for

all, they might want to think more
about a second career than a long,
carefree retirement. A study from
British researchers published in the
International Journal of Geriatric
Psychiatry found that each extra
year that men and women work was
associated with a six-week delay in
the onset of dementia. While men
and women may want to retire from
their professions, finding second
careers or volunteering close to fulltime hours may improve their long-

term health and quality of life.

Stay on your toes. A healthy diet
is a key component of a healthy
lifestyle, but diet alone is not enough
to promote a long and healthy life.
According to the Johns Hopkins
Medicine Health Library, the risks
associated with a physically inactive
lifestyle are considerable. Such risks
include a greater risk of developing
high blood pressure and coronary
heart disease and even a greater
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risk for certain cancers. In addition,

physical inactivity can add to feelings
of anxiety and depression. Inactivity
tends to increase with age, so men
and women aiming for long and
healthy lives should make physical
activity a vital part of their daily lives.
Get your whole grains. Whole
grains may be another key ingredient
to a long and healthy life. Numerous
studies have shown that increasing
whole grain consumption can
help prevent the onset of type 2
diabetes. Researchers who conducted
a systematic review of studies
examining the link between whole

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grains and type 2 diabetes prevention

in 2007 found that eating an extra
two servings of whole grains per day
decreased a persons risk of developing
type 2 diabetes by 21 percent. Thats
an important finding, as additional
research has found that people with
diabetes have an increased risk of
developing Alzheimers disease, a
neurodegenerative condition that can
dramatically reduce quality of life.
Visit your physician annually if not
more frequently. While many people,
especially those who feel healthy,
are hesitant to visit their physicians,
doing so may just save your life.
Several diseases, including cancer and

heart disease, are more effectively

treated when detected early. Annual
physicals and discussions with your
physician may uncover a disease in its
early stages when it is most treatable.
Waiting until symptoms appear may
not be too late to treat a condition
or disease, but taking a proactive
approach increases the likelihood of
early detection, which increases your
chances of living a long and healthy
Healthy habits improve peoples
quality of life while also increasing the
likelihood that men and women live
long, healthy and productive lives.
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hen used correctly, antibiotics

and similar drugs known as
antimicrobial agents can alleviate
infections caused by various
bacteria and some types of fungi
and parasites. The Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention says
that these drugs have been used
successfully for the last 70 years to
treat patients with infectious diseases.
But antibiotics cannot treat illnesses
stemming from viruses, which include
most colds and the flu.
As effective as antibiotics can be,
antibiotic resistance is a growing
problem. The CDC reports that at
least two million people become
infected with bacteria that have
become resistant to antibiotics, and
roughly 23,000 people die each year
as a result of these types of infections.
An April 2014 report from the World
Health Organization stated, This
serious threat is no longer a prediction
for the future, it is happening right
now in every region of the world and
has the potential to affect anyone, of
any age, in any country. It is now a
major threat to public health.
The Alliance for the Prudent Use of
Antibiotics says antibiotic resistance
occurs when an antibiotic has lost
its ability to effectively control or kill

bacterial growth. The three main

ways resistance develops include
natural resistance to certain types
of antibiotics, genetic mutation or
through the acquisition of resistance
from another bacterium. This
resistance can occur spontaneously
or through misuse of antibiotics
or antimicrobials. Prescription
medications are not always the
culprits, either. Antibiotic use in
livestock and food production also
may contribute to resistance.
When antibiotic resistance occurs, a
stronger drug may be needed to treat
an infection that was once taken care
of by a milder medication.
Prudent antibiotic use can help
prevent the recurrence of resistance.
Individuals can help the process in a
number of ways.
Become educated. The health
resource Medscape, powered by
WebMD, says in a recent survey
of 796 clinicians, 42 percent of
doctors have admitted to prescribing
antibiotics 10 to 24 percent of the
time even when they are not sure
they are necessary. Patient request is
a large factor in such offerings. About
25 percent of patients ask their doctor
or nurse for antibiotics. Patients who
educate themselves about the proper

application of antibiotics may be less

likely to request them, and that can
help prevent the development of a
Confirm need. Only take antibiotics
when a bacteria-, parasite- or
fungus-based illness is identified.
These illnesses may include strep
throat, urinary tract infections or ear
Take a wait-and-see approach. Wait
for lab results to come back for strep
throat or other cultures to see if you
need an antibiotic. Many viral-based
illnesses will go away within two
weeks time.
Adhere to dosage guidelines. When
prescribed antibiotics for an infection,
take them as directed, making sure
you complete the dosage cycle. Do
not stop simply because you feel
better. Stopping early may not be
enough to effectively kill the bacteria
and may contribute to resistance in
the future.
Antibiotic abuse and resistance are
concerns that can be addressed by
becoming informed and making
smart medication choices.
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