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What is High Blood Pressure?

High blood pressure also known as hypertension happens when the heart has to work too hard to pump blood through the blood vessels. Think of your blood vessels like a garden hose, there are several things that can change the pressure of the water moving through the hose like a kink in the hose or changing the amount of water running through the hose. Like the water pressure in the hose there are different factors that can affect your blood pressure.

What are the Risks of High Blood Pressure?

  • Damage to your blood vessels
  • Stroke
  • Heart Attack or Heart Failure
  • Damage to your Kidneys
  • Changes in Cognitive Abilities leading to Dementia
  • Damage to your eyes

What Can I Do to Help Reduce My Risk?

  • Regular Check-ups: You health care provider will monitor your blood pressure and may prescribe medication to lower your blood pressure which will help reduce your risks listed above.
  • Weight loss: Blood pressure usually...
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Making small diet improvements over time may lower your risk of dying, according to a new study.

The findings suggest that eating a healthy diet may not have to be all or nothing. Adding healthy habits over time could also help you live longer. So we wanted to give you some ideas on small healthy changes you can make one step at a time. Pick one you like and try it this week.

1. When you go out to eat, substitute the usual french fries for a healthier option.

2. Make over your fridge and pantry. Put healthy options at eye level

such as fruits and veggies, hide or completely remove unhealthier options.

3. Start looking at nutrition labels to understand what food choices you are making.

4. Leave about one-quarter of your normal serving off your plate for every food at a meal each day, slow start doing it to all your meals.

5. Eat your vegetables first, to help you fill up before eating too much of other options.

6. Drink more water through out the day. Keep track of how...

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Foot health is too important to be taken for granted. Whether you’re living with diabetes or not, the tips below will help you keep your feet healthy.

1. Cut nails carefully and always straight across

Trimming nails too short or tapering them at the edges often leads to ingrown toenails.

2. Be gentle when bathing your feet

Keeping your feet clean can prevent infection. Being gentle as you bathe them prevents unnecessary abrasions.

3. Inspect your feet daily

Check your feet for cuts, blisters, scratches, redness and swelling. Catching these problems early can help prevent more serious complications later.

4. Moisturize your feet— but not between your toes

Moisturizing your feet will prevent dry skin, which is more likely to crack and become infected. Moisturizer trapped between your toes can breed fungus.

5. Never trim corns and calluses

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According to a new study, medication errors at home have severely increased over the years. Here is a list of ways you can help prevent medication errors in your home.

  • Make sure that all of your doctors know about each medicine you are taking, including prescription, over-the-counter medicines, and dietary supplements, vitamins and herbs. Have a list of each medication you take or bring your medicine with you to doctor appointments.
  • Make sure your doctors and pharmacists know about any allergies and adverse reactions you have had to medicines to make sure you avoid getting a medicine that could harm you.
  • Ask for information about your medicines—both when your medicines are prescribed and when you pick them up from the pharmacy. The following are questions you should ask if you don’t know the answer:
    • What is the medicine for?
    • How am I supposed to take it and for how long?
    • What side effects are likely? What do I do if they occur?
    • Is this medicine...

The goal of any wart removal treatment is to destroy the troublesome growth without causing scarring. We commonly compound cantharidin for wort removal.

Cantharidin is a chemical compound secreted by many species of beetles. The advantage of using the cantharidin treatment is that it doesn’t leave behind any scar tissue. Treatment involves a doctor painting the compound over the wart and then covering the area with a bandage, which is worn for 24 hours. A blister forms and when it dries the wart comes off with the skin. The procedure is painless, although the cantharidin blister may be painful for several hours.

Question about compounding? Call us at 660 699 2432.

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Summer and Fourth of July are synonymous with family gatherings and barbecues. Here are a few tips I share in my Diabetic Education Classes (but can apply to anyone) to help stay healthy and still enjoy those summer get-togethers!

1. Don’t go Hungry- We may think its betters to not eat all day long to “save your calories” for the party, but depriving yourself can actually make you over indulge. Before your event, fill up on fiber rich vegetables or a protein to help you exercise control at the event.

2. Contribute something that’s good for you- If you bring a healthy potluck dish, you know that you’ll be able to get something nutritious in.

3. Fill up on vegetables first- Eat loads of green salad, and crunch on the relish tray instead of the chips.

4. Limit your starchy carbs- Limit yourself to 1 cup (visualize the size of a tennis ball) of starchy side dishes, such as potato, pasta and bean salads.

5. “Prioritize” your favorite food-...