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  • Tips for Parenting Children with Type I Diabetes

    How Type 1 Diabetes Impacts Parents & Families If you have a child with Type 1 diabetes (T1D), you know how all-consuming it can be to manage their health, diet, insulin levels, etc. Many parents who are tasked with caring for children with T1D live in perpetual fear of their child experiencing a seizure, falling into a coma, or having an episode of hypoglycemia. T1D parents with small children ...
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  • 3 Tips for Managing Congestive Heart Failure

    What Is Congestive Heart Failure? Congestive heart failure (CHF) happens when the heart stops working as efficiently as it needs to in order to circulate blood throughout the body. This often leads to swelling and stretching of the heart chambers, which progressively makes the heart weaker and even less efficient. This may cause the kidneys to fail as well, resulting in an overall increase in ...
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  • 3 Ways to Help Your Parents Avoid Medication Mistakes

    Strategies for Keeping Your Aging Parents from Mixing Up Prescriptions & Dosages If you are caring for an aging adult such as a parent or grandparent, you are likely aware that their cognitive abilities and memory are growing increasingly worse with each passing year. As a caretaker, you may be eager to help prevent their dwindling memory from leading to accidents or self-inflicted harm, as is ...
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  • Common Medication Mistakes Older Adults Make

    Your Aging Loved One May Be at Risk of Committing Serious Medication Errors Caring for an older family member presents myriad challenges and variables to keep track of, especially when it comes to medications. As most adults age, they tend to develop varying health problems and accumulate various prescriptions along the way. This creates a dangerous combination when paired with deteriorating ...
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  • Weight Loss for People with Heart Failure

    How to Lose Weight & Manage Heart Disease In some cases, people gain an unhealthy amount of weight as a result of heart failure or heart disease. In other cases, being overweight contributes to heart disease. Regardless, anyone seeking to manage heart failure and lose a significant amount of weight faces a serious challenge. If that’s you, there are a few things you need to know before jumping ...
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  • Tips for Keeping Medications Organized

    Medication Management is Critical to Your Wellbeing, Longevity, and Quality of Life As most people age, they tend to accumulate multiple prescription medications. The more medications there are in the mix, the more confusing it can become to take the right ones at the right time, take the right amount of each medication, and remember which one’s you’ve already taken that day. The more powerful ...
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  • What to Watch Out for When Taking Blood Thinners & Anticoagulants

    Anticoagulants and blood thinners are typically given to people who are at a high risk of developing blood clots and having a stroke or heart attack. While blood thinners break up clots and help reduce your risk of blockage in the brain, heart, and lungs, they come with potential perils of their own. If you are taking an anticoagulant or blood thinner, there are a few things you should pay ...
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  • How to Set a Weight Loss Goal That Will Motivate You

    The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to honestly assess your diet and exercise routine. If you’re like most people, you’d probably like to see a change in weight and overall health. Perhaps you are already taking steps to get there by buying workout gear, hitting the gym, eating more green things than ever. In order to get there, you’ll need to create some goals. Why Setting Weight Loss ...
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  • How to Protect Your Skin During the Winter

    Winter is often the worst time of year to keep your skin soft and healthy-looking. The environment is often incredibly dry, which means the air is taking all the moisture it can to make up the deficit—including moisture from your skin. As the temperatures drop, the dry atmosphere and lack of moisture in your skin can cause cracked hands, chapped lips, and scaly skin. To help combat this damage, ...
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  • 3 Heart-Healthy Tips for the Holidays

    The holidays are often the time people allow themselves to relax, indulge, and enjoy the end of a long year. However, indulgence can be a problem if it isn’t done in moderation. Holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas are often excuses to make excessive amounts of food and overeat. If you don’t want to put pressure on your heart or compromise your health in any other way this season, here are ...
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  • 5 Tips to Start Eating Healthier

    We all aspire to feel and look our best, but sometimes pursuing a healthier lifestyle can seem daunting, especially when one is particularly attached to certain habits or is stuck in a bad routine. However, eating healthier does not have to be intimidating. There are many easy adjustments you can make to enjoy a better diet that will help you achieve your fitness goals while still enjoying life. ...
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  • Tips for Staying Healthy During the Winter Season

    Wintertime can be a hectic and busy season, full of holiday get-togethers, parties, and gift-giving. While this can be a fun way to cap off the year, it can also make it difficult for us to take care of ourselves. Our diets might suffer as we indulge in treats, or schedules might get in the way of a normal exercise routine. However, it is important to remain healthy even when it might not be quite ...
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  • How to Spot a Sinus Infection

    Sinus infections are incredibly uncomfortable and even painful, causing swollen and inflamed nasal cavities along with a whole other host of symptoms that can disrupt a person’s everyday routine. These infections can be caused by a virus, bacteria, or even fungus, though this tends to be a rarity. Allergies, nasal polyps, and tooth infections can also contribute to sinus pain and symptoms. Here ...
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  • "Healthy" Foods That Are Actually Bad For You

    We all want to be healthier and live well, which is why so many of us try to stay up to date with health trends as part of a conscious effort to consume foods that support our overall wellbeing. However, not everything that seems healthy actually is healthy. In fact, plenty of foods you might think are good for you might be doing your body a disservice. Here is a list of some foods many consider ...
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  • Boost Your Flexibility and Your Health

    If you have ever taken an exercise class, you were probably told that stretching is important, especially before a workout. However, stretching can be hugely beneficial for your wellbeing at any time, not just prior to a workout. Several studies have revealed that stretching exercises can actually increase your flexibility, though you will have to commit to it to achieve the results you desire. ...
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  • Should I See a Doctor if I Feel Sick After Traveling?

    Traveling can take a toll on even the healthiest individuals, so it isn’t unusual to feel under the weather when you return home from a trip. Many travel-related illness are mild and don’t require treatment, but some can be far more serious. How can you tell if you should visit your doctor after a trip? Fever Fevers are a sign of an infection. If you develop a fever within a month of traveling, ...
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  • Foods to Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer's

    Diet is an important part of your physical wellbeing , but it also plays and important role in your cognitive health as well. Your cognitive wellbeing is closely tied to your physical health, as your physical health can heavily affect your brain. Your diet may be able to lower your risk of Alzheimer’s disease . Learn what foods you should add to your diet to protect your cognitive health. Omega-3 ...
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  • A Guide to Fevers & How to Treat Them

    A fever is a rise in body temperature, and is usually the sing of an infection. Fevers themselves are generally harmless and don’t require medical intervention beyond treatment for the underlying cause. Occasionally though, a fever can get too high and risk the patient’s wellbeing. Here’s what you should know about fevers. What Temperature is Considered a Fever? The average human body temperature ...
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