- Antibiotics can save lives when necessary but overuse can lead to resistance and side effects
- Each year in the US 2.8 million infections occur due to antibiotic resistant bacteria
- 35,000 people die each year due to antibiotic resistant infections
- Resistance means that the bacteria has developed an ability that keeps the drug from killing them
- Antibiotics do not work on viruses such as colds, flu, bronchitis even if the mucous is yellow or green
- Viruses will usually go away on their own in 1-2 weeks and taking antibiotics will not make you feel better when it is a viral infection. Discuss ways to manage your symptoms with your provider
- Antibiotics can have serious side effects however if your provider has prescribed antibiotics then the benefits outweigh the risks. You should notify your provider right away if you develop a rash or severe diarrhea. Severe diarrhea may indicate an infection due to antibiotic use called C. difficile that needs treatment
- If you are prescribed antibiotics be sure to take exactly as prescribed. Do not stop the medication early even if you are feeling better
- Stay healthy and keep others healthy by good hand-washing, covering your cough and staying home when sick. Also, get any recommended vaccines such as flu and pneumonia shots
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Monday, November 4, 2019
What is it?
- Elevated blood sugar levels but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes
- Raises risk for developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke
- Associated with older age obesity, family history, physical inactivity and certain ethnicities
- Reduce risk for developing type 2 diabetes by reducing body weight by 5-7%
- Done through improved diet and increased in physical activity
What is it?
- Autoimmune diseasesThe body’s immune system attacks the insulin producing cells in the pancreas
- Insulin is the hormone that allows our body to convert food to energy
- Currently unknown but believed autoimmune, genetic, environmental and other factors are involved
- Must be treated with insulin shots and possible other medications
- Healthy food choices and exercise help manage the condition
What is it?
Friday, October 4, 2019
- 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime.
- Every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in the US.
- 41,760 women will die of breast cancer this year.
- Although rare, even men can get breast cancer. In fact, 2,670 men will be diagnosed this year.
- Early detection is key!
- If diagnosed at the localized stage, the 5-year survival rate is 99%.
- In addition to seeing your provider yearly for a clinical breast exam, a self-breast exam should be done monthly. If you are having menstrual periods, the best time to do this is right after your period.
- Notify your provider of any breast lumps, tenderness, nipple discharge, or skin changes
- To lower your risk of breast cancer: don’t smoke, limit alcohol intake, eat fruits and vegetables, stay physically active and maintain a healthy weight
- After age 40, mammograms are recommended ever 1-2 years. Please contact your provider if you are overdue for your mammogram.
Thursday, August 29, 2019
Are your ready for hurricane season?
Hurricanes are most active in September.
If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to get prepared.
- Store at least 5 gallons of water per person or pet, this should last you 3-5 days
- If you run out of your stored water, you can disinfect tap water by boiling the water or using unscented household bleach. See this website for more instructions:
- Have a 2 week supply of your medications
- Gather any important documents and store in a waterproof container
- Gather a 5 day supply of non-perishable food items such as;
- peanut butter , canned tuna fish, vegetables, canned salmon, canned chicken
- crackers, cereal, trail mix, granola bars
- . Don’t forget baby food or formula if needed.
- Turn down the temperature on your freezer and fridge so that if you lose power the food will last longer.
- Gather safety items:
- fire extinguisher, battery-powered radio, flashlights, extra batteries, first aid kit
- Collect personal care items:
- soap, body wipes, hand sanitizer, feminine hygiene products and diapers
- Get your homes and cars ready:
- clear yard of anything that could blow around in the storm
- cover windows and doors with plywood
- move vehicles into your garage
- Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning; have a working carbon monoxide detector in your home
- Only use your generator outside, 20 feet away from open windows or doors.
- Follow storm and emergency instructions
- Follow evacuation orders
- Follow this website for more information to keep your home and family safe during hurricane season:
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
August 30th is Opioid Misuse Prevention Day
Opioids are powerful pain medications that can be effective in managing pain however can also lead to overuse, addiction, overdoses and death.
North Carolina has been especially hit by the opioid crisis.
- 5 people die daily from overdoses
- More people die of opioid overdose than from car crashes
- 2,000 North Carolinians died from opioid overdose in 2017 - a 32% increase from the previous year.
- Overdoses have actually doubled over the previous 10 years.
- Nationwide 100 people die daily from opioid overdose.
How can you help?
- Dispose of unused prescription medication through Operation Medicine Drop. Click on the following link to find a location:
- Lock up your controlled substances.
- Talk to your kids about the risks of opioids.
- Talk to you health care provider about alternative medications and any concerns you have regarding your medications.
- Get involved in community efforts to help raise awareness by visiting MorePowerfulNC.org
- Seek help for yourself if there is a concern about addiction by seeing your health care provider and locating community resources at smartrecovery.org
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
This recipe is packed full of flavor but also heart-healthy and rich in good fats. Salmon is a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids that have been shown to decrease inflammation, increase good cholesterol, and lower triglycerides. Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fat which helps to lower cholesterol levels. They are also high in fiber and have more potassium than a banana.
2 lbs salmon, cut into 4 filets
1 T olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp onion powder
½ tsp chili powder
1 tsp black pepper
½ small red onion, diced
Juice from 2 limes
1-2 T finely chopped cilantro
Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Combine the avocado, red onion, cilantro, lime juice and salt to taste in a bowl. Chill until ready to use.
Grill (or broil) the salmon for about 5 minutes
Top with avocado salsa