Simple Steps to Reduce Sports Injuries

Basketball and bicycling rank highest for injuries among recreational sports, causing 1.5 million accidents per year. Baseball, soccer and softball follow, each with almost half a million injuries yearly, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Whether you’re upping your own practice schedule or you’re a parent of a student athlete headed back to school, heeding a few precautions goes a long way in preventing sports injuries.

Here are some tips from osteopathic physician Marcel Fraix, member of the Fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (FAAPMR) and assistant professor at Western University of Health Sciences. Fraix is also a staff physician at Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation in California, where he specializes in sports-related disorders.

Reap Health Benefits 48 Hours After Quitting Smoking

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – “Within 48 hours of quitting smoking, health benefits begin,” said Dr. Steven Leers, a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery. “Blood pressure decreases. Pulse rate drops. The body temperature of hands and feet increases. Carbon monoxide levels in the blood return to normal. The chance of a heart attack decreases. Nerve endings regrow. There’s an increase in the ability to taste and smell.”
Dr. Leers is an advocate for not smoking. Research has linked smoking to cancer, vascular disease, stroke and lung disease.
“As a vascular surgeon, I’ve seen the damage done to veins and arteries from tobacco use,” said Dr. Leers. “Nicotine speeds up the heart and causes the body to release fat and cholesterol into the blood. All of these are related to vascular disease.”
In addition, smoking accelerates the hardening and narrowing of arteries. Smokers are two to four times more likely to develop blood clots.
Nearly 6 million people die every year from tobacco use according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Of these, more than 600,000 persons die from secondhand smoke.
In the U.S., the 2011 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report “Tobacco Use: Targeting the Nation’s Leading Killer” indicates that smoking leads to 443,000 premature deaths annually from tobacco use or exposure to secondhand smoke. On average, smokers die 13 to 14 years earlier than non-smokers.
“Nicotine in cigarettes raises blood pressure and constricts arteries,” said Dr. Leers.
Narrowed arteries can result in:
* blood clots
* heart attacks (narrowed coronary artery)
* stroke (narrowed brain or neck artery)
* peripheral arterial disease (PAD) leading to gangrene and amputation (narrowed leg artery)
* erectile dysfunction for men in their 30s and 40s (narrowed artery to the penis).
“Smokers are more likely to develop aneurysms (ballooning of an artery due to a weakness in the blood vessel wall) than non-smokers,” said Dr. Leers. For information on smoking and vascular disease, log onto www.VascularWeb.org.

Survive the Ups and Downs of Walking for Fitness

Let’s face it. Walking is a popular low-impact exercise. Now, new iPods are equipped with pedometers, half-marathons are packed with walkers and MapMyWalk.com and other apps can map and measure walking routes. But even with all of these new innovations, you’ll still want to pay attention to basics.

The national recommendation for regular physical activity to stay healthy is actually rather attainable. Adults are encouraged to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity five times a week or more. This means that walking the dog, hiking, biking or walking to the metro instead of hailing a cab all count as exercise.

Oral Health Tips for a Timeless Smile

It is well known that taking care of your body, including your teeth and gums, is an important part of healthy aging. Yet, despite recognizing the importance of oral health, many individuals are not taking the essential steps to maintain their smile.

According to a 2008 study by the American Dental Association, Crest and Oral-B, “The Public Speaks Up on Oral Health Care: An ADA and Crest/Oral-B Survey,” more than eight in 10 adults aged 50 to 64 believe maintaining healthy teeth and gums is essential to overall good health, yet only a third say they’re taking the proper steps to do so. That’s exactly the kind of statistic that has health experts worried.

Thyroid 101: Getting Down to Basics

Shaped like a butterfly or bowtie and sitting at the front of your neck, the thyroid gland is the master of your metabolism. Weighing in at less than one ounce, the thyroid may be small, but it plays a big role in regulating how your body uses and stores energy from the foods you eat. Because the thyroid gland releases hormones that affect most of the body’s organs, production of too much or two little hormone could harm your health.

Irregular Bowel Movement? Your Medicine Could Be the Culprit

We sometimes associate constipation with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) or poor diet, but did you know you can become constipated another way? A frequently overlooked cause of constipation is medication.

Medications like opioids and certain cholesterol-lowering agents, anti-hypertensives, anti-Parkinson’s agents, antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications, duodenal ulcer medication and over-the-counter products such as iron supplements may all cause constipation.

Your colon is the primary waste elimination system for your body and, while it is a highly efficient system, there can be times when it slows down. Constipation occurs if the colon absorbs too much water or if your colon muscles’ contractions are slow or sluggish and your stool moves too slowly through it. When you experience constipation there are several steps you can take to alleviate this situation.

When Meds Cause Constipation, Find the Right Answers for You

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – We sometimes associate constipation with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) or poor diet, but did you know you can become constipated another way? A frequently overlooked cause of constipation is medication.
Medications like opioids and certain cholesterol-lowering agents, anti-hypertensives, anti-Parkinson’s agents, antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications, duodenal ulcer medication and over-the-counter products such as iron supplements may all cause constipation.
Your colon is the primary waste elimination system for your body and, while it is a highly efficient system, there can be times when it slows down. Constipation occurs when the colon absorbs too much water or if your colon muscles’ contractions are slow or sluggish, and your stool moves too slowly through it. When you experience constipation there are several steps you can take to alleviate this situation.
Try eating regular meals and keep your mealtimes on a schedule. Eating on the run or missing a meal could throw off your digestive system. Take a look at your diet, and make sure you are eating the right foods. Bran, whole grains and certain fruits and vegetables are good choices because they’re high in fiber. It’s best to avoid over-processed foods with little fiber. Also avoid large amounts of milk, cheese, meat, fatty foods and refined sugar.
Besides watching your diet, it is important to stay hydrated. Drink sufficient amounts of water throughout the day, and stay away from caffeinated or alcoholic beverages. Make sure you are listening to your body and setting aside time for your bowel movement so that it becomes routine. Daily workouts help keep you regular, but check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program.
For occasional constipation associated with certain medications, you may get relief with Senokot-S Tablets. Senokot-S Tablets combine the natural vegetable laxative ingredient senna with docusate sodium, a stool softener.
If you are experiencing constipation, visit www.senokot.com and the Constipation Answer Center to find further information.

Healthy Living Tips to Whip Mind, Body Into Shape

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – So, you’ve made the resolution to start living a healthier lifestyle. Obviously, all you need to do is jog a few miles each day, right?
Wrong!
Healthy living is all about making smart choices for your body, diet, mind and overall well-being. The following tips can help you stay active and grounded to promote your goal of happiness and a healthier lifestyle.

Discover a new hobby.
Outdoor activities are great ways to get regular exercise that’s enjoyable and rewarding. Cold-weather sports are exhilarating hobbies, and the slopes are open until March or April. Other uplifting physical activities with hobby potential are biking, running, rock climbing, horseback riding, dance and martial arts.

Counting Sheep Easier Than You Might Think

What do the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, the Challenger space shuttle disaster and the Chernobyl nuclear accident in Ukraine all have in common? The Australian National Sleep Research Project says sleep deprivation contributed to the human mistakes that led to each disaster.

“Getting a good night’s sleep is as important as feeding yourself or putting gas in the car. You absolutely cannot function without it. Start addressing the stress and anxiety in your life by first considering the quality of sleep you get,” says Edward Grandi, Executive Director of the American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA).

Bypass Sleep Deprivation: How to Enjoy Quality Sleep

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – What do the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, the Challenger space shuttle tragedy and the Chernobyl nuclear accident in Ukraine all have in common? The Australian National Sleep Research Project says sleep deprivation contributed to the human mistakes that led to each disaster.
“Getting a good night’s sleep is as important as feeding yourself or putting gas in the car. You absolutely cannot function without it. Start addressing the stress and anxiety in your life by first considering the quality of sleep you get,” says Edward Grandi, executive director of the American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA).
New research is discovering that sleep deprivation has its tenacious claws embedded in 17 separate health conditions. Not getting enough sleep can unleash elevated hostility, lead to anxiety and depression, affect weight loss and obesity and increase chances of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.
Avoid the woes of sleep deprivation and protect your long-term health by getting enough quality sleep with these tips from ASAA:
* Be wary of late-night eating habits. Going to bed overstuffed or hungry will cause your body to spend more energy on digestion and discomfort than sleep. Plus, alcohol, caffeine and nicotine can negatively affect the quality of your slumber.
* Find a sleep schedule and stick to it. Sleep schedules help enforce your body’s sleep-wake cycle, which leads to better sleep. A consistent sleep schedule is even more important for anyone doing shift work — hours that aren’t nine to five — because their inconsistent sleeping habits make them prone to shift work disorder (SWD). SWD is a circadian rhythm sleep disorder characterized by insomnia and excessive drowsiness.
* Avoid using TV or electronics to fall asleep. New research indicates that TV or laptop use before bed interferes with sleep, especially if they are left on during the night. Any kind of artificial light, even alarm clocks, can disturb sleep and disrupt REM cycles.
* Don’t be afraid to talk to a doctor. Everyone has restless nights, but if it’s the norm, there may be an underlying cause. There are 84 different sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, SWD, insomnia and narcolepsy, among others.
If constant snoring is your complaint, you could have sleep apnea, an involuntary halt in breathing that may happen up to 300 times a night. Get more tips for quality sleep at www.sleepapnea.org.