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The Dangers of Prehypertension

Posted on: April 28th, 2015 by vgmforbin
Catching hypertension early will help you and your doctor treat and monitor your condition.

Catching hypertension early will help you and your doctor treat and monitor your condition.

We often hear warnings about hypertension, but the issue of prehypertension is often overlooked. Prehypertension is slightly elevated blood pressure. This may not sound serious, but it is our body’s warning sign that we need to take action to lower our blood pressure. Prehypertension often turns into high blood pressure if lifestyle changes aren’t made. Not treating it and allowing prehypertension to worsen will increase your risk of heart attack, stroke and heart failure.

So how do you know if you have prehypertension? Unfortunately, it doesn’t cause symptoms that would indicate a growing problem. Blood pressure readings are the only way to detect it. See your doctor at least once every two years to have your blood pressure checked. You may need to get a checkup more often if you have a family history of hypertension or heart disease.

LA Medical has some tips to help you fight prehypertension and the health problems it leads to.

Maintain a healthy weight – Losing just 5 pounds can lower your blood pressure. Talk with your doctor about what your healthy weight should be and find small weight loss solutions.

Increase physical activity – Regular physical activity is one of the best ways to maintain a healthy weight. If you aren’t used to exercise, start slow, increasing to at least 30 minutes of activity a day. Walking is one of the best and easiest options!

Limit your salt intake – You don’t need to cut out salt completely, but if you reduce it a little bit at each meal, you won’t even notice the loss. Make a habit of checking labels and avoid foods high in sodium like soups, frozen meals and bread.

Limit alcohol – If you choose to drink alcohol, do so in moderation. One to two drinks a day is the recommended amount for healthy adults.

LA Medical wants to help you prevent the issues that could lead to life-altering problems later on down the road. For more information about leading a healthy lifestyle, keep up with our blog!

Safe Spring Cleaning

Posted on: April 26th, 2015 by vgmforbin
If you are getting ready to deep clean your home, we have solutions to keep you safe.

If you are getting ready to deep clean your home, we have solutions to keep you safe.

Leo Tolstoy once said, “Spring is the time of plans and projects”. The fresh air of spring often inspires us to start working our way down the to-do list that built up all winter. But before you jump into any of those spring projects, think ahead and use caution to make sure that you don’t start spring with an injury. We have some tips to keep you safe while you get active this month.

Dress appropriately – If you start working when it is still chilly, you may warm up as the day goes on. If you get too warm, you may get dizzy and fall. Dress comfortably in layers that can be removed as needed.

Schedule a shorter day – While it is satisfying to knock out a big project in just a day, it could take another three days to recover! Set a time limit for yourself. Just a couple hours each day might be plenty to start with. Be sure to take breaks too!

Chairs are for sitting – Don’t stand on chairs to reach higher surfaces. Use a step stool with a handle if you are fully able to and have someone else there that can help you up and down. A simple reacher can also help you grab objects that are too high or low for you to safely grab them. If you are working on a lower project, sit down. It will save your back and feet, plus it is easier to get out of a chair than up from the ground!

Before starting any major DIY projects, ask yourself if it really needs to be done. Many of us think that we need a spotless home and yard but it is ok to not be perfect. It is always better to have a safer and happier home than a clean one. LA Medical offers different safety products that can be used in the home to prevent accidents. Check out our online catalog for solutions!

6 Benefits of Mobility Scooters

Posted on: April 23rd, 2015 by vgmforbin
Mobility scooters make it easier and safer for individuals with limited mobility to get around.

Mobility scooters make it easier and safer for individuals with limited mobility to get around.

As adults get older, mobility often becomes limited. Whether this is due to injury, illness or something else, mobility issues can hinder someone’s lifestyle that was once active. Mobility scooters are one solution to keep senior citizens both safe in and out of their homes. There are various benefits that those who use a mobility scooter receive. We will highlight six of them in today’s blog.

  1. Stay Independent: Many aging adults have a harder time moving around on their own due to previous falls, injuries or other conditions. Mobility scooters can keep elderly people active and able to independently move from room to room safely.
  2. Prevent Falls: Falls can cause broken bones, bruises, head injuries, and other ailments that can quickly debilitate a person. Mobility scooters make it possible for individuals to get around on their own without the risk of falling.
  3. Avoid Hospital Visits: Mobility scooters allow seniors to get around safely, helping them avoid extended hospital stays.
  4. Heal Faster: If you have ever recovered from an illness or injury, you understand how hard it is to stay put and rest for weeks or months at a time. Mobility scooter owners don’t need to worry about overexerting themselves after surgery.
  5. Shop Easier: Retail stores and malls can be challenging for those that have mobility problems. Scooters help free up your hands and make it possible to shop without risking fatigue or falls.
  6. Make Life Easier for Caregivers: Family caregivers are glad to help but sometimes there are challenges that they cannot physically assist with. A mobility scooter allows older adults to be more active and independent. This means they can take care of more daily tasks that wouldn’t be safe or possible without a little help.

If you think that a mobility scooter is the best solution for meeting the mobility needs of you or your loved one, LA Medical has a number of different models available. We have sales representatives who can help you find the best option for you!

5 Benefits of Volunteering

Posted on: April 19th, 2015 by vgmforbin
Volunteering will not only benefit others, but also your health!

Volunteering will not only benefit others, but also your health!

Today is Volunteer Recognition Day! We want to take this opportunity to honor the ordinary people who do extraordinary things with their time and service. Many of us volunteer with location organizations, and most of us have benefited from the acts of a generous volunteer. LA Medical Retail Store supports volunteering efforts of all kinds! Check out these five awesome benefits of volunteering.

  1. Volunteering can help improve your physical well-being. The social interaction that occurs while volunteering can lower your heart rate and blood pressure. It can also increase the feel-good chemicals in your brain, called endorphins, and boost your immune system.
  2. Volunteering is beneficial to both the giver and the receiver. Often times the person who offers their time feels like they receive more benefit than the person they helped!
  3. Volunteering can fight off stress and illness. Socializing with new people and discovering new skills are great for the mind as well as the body. Social connections are priceless.
  4. Volunteering boosts your self-esteem and self-worth. Choosing to help others without expecting a reward makes us feel good about ourselves, whether we are shown direct appreciation or not.
  5. Volunteering can help you live better and longer. The sense of purpose and positive interactions you develop with people greatly contribute to the benefits.

If you are telling yourself that you can’t volunteer because of age or physical limitations, think again! Many communities offer programs that are designed to give senior citizens the opportunities to volunteer.

April 20 is National Volunteer Day, and LA Medical wants to say a big “thank you” to all of the volunteers out there for your help and generosity. If you are a volunteer, or receive the benefits of volunteering, we appreciate you! And, as always, if the team at LA Medical Retail Store can be of any assistance, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-877-740-7251.

How to Manage Stress

Posted on: April 15th, 2015 by vgmforbin
Stress is inevitable. However, chronic stress can have many negative effects on your health.

Stress is inevitable. However, chronic stress can have many negative effects on your health.

Our culture puts a lot of emphasis on being busy and often praises on a jam-packed schedule. However, having too many things on your calendar can lead to harmful stress.  There are many things that we can’t control, making stress inevitable. But how you handle that stress can make a big difference in how you feel. Use some of these calming strategies to help ease your stress burden.

Blow a bubble: When you are feeling stressed out, unwrap a stick of gum. Chewing gum lowers anxiety and some researchers believe that the rhythmic act of chewing improves blood flow to the brain. The smell and taste of some minty freshness can also help you relax.

Get outdoors: Spending time outdoors, even if it is your own backyard, is linked to better well-being. Even a few minutes of being outdoors can be a big mood-changer.

Smile: A smile reduces your body’s stress responses, even if you aren’t feeling happy! In times of tension, put a smile on your face to lower your heart rate faster.

Turn on the tunes: Listening to music can lead to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Before heading into a stressful situation, pop in some relaxing music to keep yourself calm.

Write it down: Writing your thoughts out on paper can be a good emotional outlet. Whether it is on pen and paper, a phone app, or a computer document, when the feelings are out, you can start working on them. The most important thing is that you are honest about your feelings.

Managing stress may seem simple, but ignoring it can lead to a number of health problems that are more serious later one. Heart disease, asthma, obesity and diabetes have all been linked with stress. Taking care of your stress is one of the best ways to prevent the onset of serious conditions.  National Stress Awareness Day is April 16th. Take this as an opportunity to pinpoint stress triggers in your life and do what you can to prevent them.  If the medical issues of you or a loved one are stressing you out, talk to a representative at LA Medical about solutions we may have for you. Contact us today!

Minorities and Cancer; the Fight to Close the Racial Gap and Saving Lives

Posted on: April 15th, 2015 by vgmforbin
For National Minority Health Month, we want to offer information about the conditions that African American people are at a higher risk for.

For National Minority Health Month, we want to offer information about the conditions that African American people are at a higher risk for.

As we discussed in our last blog, some minority groups have higher occurrence rates and lower survival rates than others.  LA Medical encourages everyone to have the best health possible through healthy lifestyles, disease management and cancer screenings for all people.

This month is National Minority Health Month and we are trying to offer open dialogues about improving the health of all people by discussing the research done on these cancer-affected groups.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cancer death rates for women are highest among blacks, followed by whites, Hispanics, and Asian/Pacific Islanders.

Research from the American Cancer Society finds that African-Americans have the highest death rate and shortest survival rates after diagnosis of any racial and ethnic group in the U.S. for most cancers.

  • It is estimated that about 169,000 new cancer cases will be diagnosed among African-Americans by year’s end. Approximately 66,000 African-Americans will die from cancer.
  • African-American women are 40 percent more likely to develop cervical cancer caused by the STD human papillomavirus (HPV), and 20 percent more likely to die from it compared to white women.
  • African-American men were almost twice as likely to have new cases of stomach cancer as white men.
  • African-American women are 2.1 times as likely to have been diagnosed with stomach cancer as white women, and they are 2.4 times as likely to die from stomach cancer, as compared to non-Hispanic white women.
  • Prostate, lung and colorectal cancers are the most commonly diagnosed cancers among African-American men and the most common cancers are breast, lung and colorectal in African-American women.

Lifestyle changes and screenings are the best weapons against cancer. Follow-up care is vital for those that have been diagnosed and are being treated or any types of cancer. For people living with cancers, LA Medical has equipment and supplies to improve your life. Please see us for wheelchairs, hospital beds, and other equipment that will help you stay comfortable and safe throughout the process.

 

Sources CDC.gov and the National Association of Social Workers

Minorities and Cancer; the Fight to Close the Racial Gap and Saving Lives

Posted on: April 14th, 2015 by vgmforbin
April is Minority Health Month and we want to inform you about common health issues for those of Asian heritage.

April is Minority Health Month and we want to inform you about common health issues for those of Asian heritage.

Cancer affects everyone from the youngest babies all the way up to the oldest citizens. But some minority groups have higher occurrence rates and lower survival rates than others. LA Medical wants everyone to have the best health possible and encourages healthy lifestyles, disease management and cancer screenings for everyone.

April is set aside as National Minority Health Month to bring awareness to these discrepancies and open dialogues about improving the health of all people. The research done on these cancer-affected groups focuses both the rate of getting cancer diagnosis and the survival rates. The American Cancer Society, the Intercultural Cancer Council (ICC) and the National Center or Reducing Asian American Cancer Health Disparities has compiled statistics on cancer discrepancies between Asian Americans and other cultures.

Cancer statistics compiled among Asian-Americans from the Intercultural Cancer Council (ICC) shows many disproportionate findings.

  • Chinese have the highest mortality rates for lung and bronchial cancer among all Asian subgroups.
  • Japanese have the highest incidence rates for colorectal cancer, female breast cancer, and uterine cancer and the highest mortality rates for colorectal cancer and uterine cancer among all Asian subgroups.
  • Koreans have the highest incidence and mortality rates of stomach cancer among all Asian subgroups and the lowest rate of colorectal cancer screening.
  • Cervical cancer incidence rates in Vietnamese women are five times higher than the rate among White American women is the number one cancer to occur in Vietnamese women.
  • Vietnamese men have the highest rates of liver cancer for all racial/ethnic groups.
  • The incidence of liver cancer in Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese populations are 1.7 to 11.3 times higher than rates among White Americans.
  • Cancer has been the number one killer of Asian American women since 1980.
  • Among Asian Americans, colorectal cancer is the second most common diagnosed cancer, and it is the third highest cause of cancer-related mortality.

Lifestyle changes and screenings are the best weapons against cancer. Follow-up care is also vital for those that have been diagnosed and are being treated or any types of cancer. For people living with any type of cancer, LA Medical has equipment and supplies to improve your life. Please see us for wheelchairs, hospital beds or anything else that will make the journey through cancer safer and more comfortable.

 

Sources: The Center for Disease Control, The American Society, The Intercultural Cancer Council (ICC)

Breathing Tricks to Help You Sleep

Posted on: April 2nd, 2015 by vgmforbin
If you have problems sleeping at night, breathing exercises could be the solution.

If you have problems sleeping at night, breathing exercises could be the solution.

Most of us would like to improve the quality of our sleep each night. Even if we can drift off, our cycle is often interrupted by tossing and turning. There are many subconscious habits that can leave us alert rather than calm and relaxed. But one of the best ways to bring our body to a relaxed state is one that we don’t usually think about: breathing. Taking the time to be mindful of getting proper inhales and exhales could be the solution to shutting down your stress and solving your sleep problems. Give these breathing tricks a try tonight:

1. Take it slow

Many of us don’t know what it feels like to really use the diaphragm, abdominals and lungs to take a full breath, hold it for a moment, and then slowly let it go. Focusing your mind and body on these deep breaths will calm down your entire system. Lie on your back in bed and try breathing slowly for 10 minutes before dozing off.

2. Use a traditional meditative breath

If an anxious mind is robbing you of sleep, give meditation a try. Connecting with the rise and fall of your breath can help you relax tense muscles. This can also help you let go of any negative or stressful thoughts.

3. Alternate nostrils

Alternating between each nostril for the inhale and exhale of each breath is said to help the body and mind achieve a sense of balance and neutrality. Breathing through the nose sends signals of relaxation and homeostasis while mouth breathing subconsciously tells your brain that the body is in a state of stress. Find a comfortable sitting position with your eyes closed. Close off your left nostril with your right ring finger to inhale. Then close off the right nostril with your right thumb for the exhale.

4. Double down on the exhale

Many breathing techniques rely on an exhale that is twice as long as the inhale to bring calming and restorative benefits. The focus used to count the length of each breath keeps us from thinking stressful thoughts.

If you are struggling to drift off each night, maybe it is your breathing! Something as simple as breath control could help you find the relaxed state that is necessary for a quality night’s sleep. LA Medical knows the benefits that good sleep habits have on overall wellness. Visit us online or give us a call today!