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PREVENTION ADVICE

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“He who treads lightly goes far.” — Chinese proverb

Disclaimer: The following information should not be considered medical advice.  For medical advice please speak with your personal physician.

Blood Clots

  • Avoid prolonged immobilization. If you need to stay seated for long periods of time, take a break and walk around a bit as often as possible. If you cannot do this, at least do some leg exercises in the chair to keep the blood in your leg veins flowing.

Cancer

  • Don’t ignore unexplained weight loss, pain, lumps or bleeding.
  • Most important for many types of cancer: Don’t Smoke!
  • Watch your weight. Obesity is linked to cancer of the breast, colon and stomach.
  • Ask your doctor about screening tests such as mammography or colonoscopy.

Diabetes

  • Keep your weight under control.
  • Get adequate exercise.
  • Get your blood sugar checked. One-third of people with diabetes in the US don’t even know they have it.
  • If you have diabetes, checking your feet daily for signs of injury infections is the best way to prevent amputations.

Diverticulitis

  • Eat a high fiber diet consisting of plenty of whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
  • Don’t strain when having a BM.

Gastritis and Stomach Ulcers

  • Avoid alcohol and tobacco.
  • Avoid cocaine and other stimulants.
  • Avoid or minimize use of anti-inflammatory pain medications.
  • If you have been doing all of the above and used antacid medications and nothing is working, see your doctor. You may have an H. pylori infection or another disease.

Gout

  • Limit intake of alcohol, meat and shellfish.
  • Ask your doctor if new medications could worsen your gout.
  • Increased intake of dairy products may be protective.

Heart Disease

  • Stop smoking.
  • Make sure your blood pressure is adequately controlled (many people don’t know they have hypertension).
  • Make sure diabetes is adequately controlled (about a third of people with diabetes don’t know they have it).
  • Get your cholesterol checked.
  • Eat healthy. Obesity is predicted to soon overtake smoking as the number one culprit for preventable death.
  • If you have unexplained chest pain, especially if it occurs with exertion, see a doctor immediately.

Infection

  • Wash your hands.
  • Don’t touch your face.
  • Don’t scratch or pick your skin.
  • Make sure your adult vaccines are up to date, especially the influenza and pneumovax shots.
  • Never use injection drugs. Sharing needles results in HIV, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B and other serious systemic infections.

Kidney Stones

  • Eat healthy.
  • For certain types of kidney stones eat the following foods in moderation: berries & beets, chocolate & nuts, coffee & tea, soy & spinach – as they may contain high amounts of oxalates.

Lung Disease

  • Don’t smoke

Migraines

  • Avoid: ripened cheeses including cheddar and brie, herring, chocolate, pickled foods, nuts, sourdough bread, lima beans, snow peas. monosodium glutamate, aspartame, pissa, salami, pepperoni, pate.
  • Limit: sour cream, figs, raisins, papaya, avocado, red plums, citrus, bananas, caffeine, alcohol.

Obesity

  • Eat less junk.
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables.
  • Drink less soda.
  • Drink more water.
  • Excercise more.
  • If you need to buy a book or get a trainer to accomplish the above by all means do so.

Reflux Esophagitis

  • Avoid these foods: Citrus, Mint, Coffee, Tomato, Chocolate, Alcohol
  • Avoid these meds: Nitrates, Calcium blockers, progesterones, beta blockers

Smoking

  • Don’t start
  • Quit. Make a plan. If you don’t succeed on your own keep trying or get help from your doctor or call 1-800-NOBUTTS

Stroke

  • Keep your blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol under good control .
  • If you have a “TIA” which is a warning for a stroke seek medical care. immediately. The most common symptoms of a TIA are a transient loss of vision, strength, balance or speech.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • If you have a heart arrhythmia called “atrial fibrillation” you probably will need to take blood thinners.

Trauma & Injury

  • Head injury is the number one cause of traumatic death. Use a helmet.
  • Be careful with knives.
  • Don’t drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Beware of glass. Many serious lacerations are due to broken glass.
  • Don’t drive drowsy. Get a good nights sleep. (Try reading a book).
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