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The Bitter Side of Sweets

Posted on: October 24th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
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Halloween is a great time to teach your kids about maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle

 

Halloween is a favorite time of year for many children. Who can blame them? You get to dress up in a costume, deck your house with spooky decorations and of course get lots of candy.

Halloween can also be a challenging time for parents who are trying to emphasize the negative effects of junk food to their kids. This time of year can be used as a tool to teach children the importance of a healthy diet and how to treat themselves only in moderation. As a family owned distributor, LA Medical cares about the health of you and your family. Try some of our tips to make this a healthier Halloween for you and your kids!

Procrastinate buying candy – Most stores have had Halloween candy displays since the middle of September. If you buy the sweets right when they hit the shelves, it is more tempting to tear into them before trick-or-treating even starts. Try to hold off buying your candy until one or two days before the big event. You may even get an end of season discount!

Establish candy eating rules with your child before they go – Discuss rules with your child about not eating any candy until they have come home and had an adult inspect it. Sort through the candy to make sure that everything is in its original wrapping and has not been tampered with.  This is also a good time to agree upon when the candy will be eaten.

Stay active – Take a longer walk around the neighborhood to trick-or-treat and enjoy the Halloween decorations and costumes that others are wearing.

Divide up the candy right away – After you have sorted through the candy, have your child help divide up their favorite sweets into small baggies. This is a good way to teach portion control, a vital part of a healthy diet. Set a rule about eating one baggie of candy each day and put the others out of sight so they are not a temptation.

Help your child to enjoy their Halloween without overindulging. If your family dedicates to practice healthy eating habits throughout the rest of the year, limiting poor nutritional choices throughout holidays like Halloween will be much easier. LA Medical offers different diabetic supplies in our online store.

National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month: Symptoms, Risk Factors, and Treatment

Posted on: September 2nd, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger

 

We have important information for all women to pay attention to.

We have important information for all women to pay attention to.

National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month is a great time to draw attention to the symptoms, risk factors, and treatment options of ovarian cancer. Opposite of prostate cancer, ovarian cancer is only present in women. It begins in the ovaries, which produce eggs, estrogen and progesterone. They are located in the pelvis and are vital organs for reproduction. Ovarian cancer often goes undetected until it has spread to other organs and becomes more difficult to treat. LA Medical believes it is important for every woman to be educated of ovarian cancer how it can be prevented or controlled.

Symptoms: There are few warning signs of ovarian cancer in the early stages. It often goes undetected until it spreads and becomes more severe. If you sense any of these or other abnormal symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact your doctor.

  • Abdominal pain or swelling
  • Change in bowel movements or constipation
  • Pelvis pain
  • Weight loss
  • Frequent urinating

Risk Factors: Being aware of risk factors can allow women to take extra precaution as needed.  When they are educated of how their family history and lifestyle choices affect their health, they can make appropriate adjustments.

  • Family history of breast or ovarian cancer can heighten the risks
  • Most common in women age 50 and 60
  • The use of estrogen replacement therapy
  • Never being pregnant
  • Fertility treatment
  • Smoking, and more

Treatment Options:  Depending on how far the cancer has spread often determines which treatment option is best.

  • Surgical removal of ovaries, the fallopian tubes, the uterus, and nearby lymph nodes and abdominal tissue where the cancer may spread, is usually necessary unless the cancer is detected very early on.
  • Chemotherapy is typically performed after surgery to kill of any more cancer cells.

Whether ovarian cancer runs in your family or not, LA Medical believes it is valuable to be aware of signs and symptoms to detect it as early as possible. We hope you avoid risk factors that are in your control and be knowledgeable about your family history. Contact LA Medical for safety and health supplies today!

National Immunization Month: 4 Reasons to Immunize from LA Medical

Posted on: July 29th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Take preventative measure this month to keep you and your family healthy.

Take preventative measures this month to be in your best health.

Reduce your risk of sickness and disease by taking advantage of immunizations. August is National Immunization Month and provides the perfect time to ensure you and your family’s immunizations are up to date. People of all ages can have immunizations to protect themselves from harmful diseases. Nobody should suffer from an illness that can be prevented, which is why LA Medical encourages you to take advantage of immunizations provided by doctors. Here we have 4 reasons to have you and your loved ones immunized.

Defense

One of the best defense methods against harmful diseases is the use of immunizations. They are available to ensure prevention against illnesses that can interrupt our life and cause serious health issues, and sometimes even death.

Protect Infants

Baby’s immune systems are not strong or able to fight many diseases. Before the age of 2, babies can be protected from 14 serious diseases. While it is not easy for any parent to have their child immunized, it will pay off in the long run. Most parents choose to have their babies vaccinated, with only less than one percent not giving any vaccinations.

Travel Abroad Safely

Anytime you leave the country it is a good idea to check with your doctor or online to ensure all immunizations necessary are taken care of. It’s vital to have all vaccinations done before leaving the country to keep you and others safe.

Peace of Mind

Don’t wait until an outbreak happens to get vaccinated. Take preventative measures so that if and when an illness starts spreading, you are protected. Missing work and other responsibilities when sick can add unnecessary stress to life.

This month LA Medical encourages you to take responsibility for you and your loved one’s health. We hope you to visit our online catalog to find health and safety products to assist you in daily life.

Back to School Safety from LA Medical

Posted on: July 28th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Keep safety in mind as a new school year begins.

Keep safety in mind as a new school year begins.

School is back in session! This time of year is exciting as classes begin and kids are busy with sports and other extra-curricular activities. Whether you have children, grandchildren, or friends going back to school, it is important to practice back to school safety. No matter how much precaution is taken, accidents can still occur. It is important to do all we can to protect children and for them to be aware of how they can stay safe as well. LA Medical invites you to visit our site for medical and safety supplies. From walkers to wheelchairs, we have aids to ease the life of anyone in need. Stay safe this August with tips found here:

  • Many schools require certain immunizations before attending school. Ask your school what they require and visit a doctor so your child will be protected. Physical check-ups are often also required before a student can participate in athletics.
  • Use sidewalks when walking to school or walk facing the traffic if a sidewalk is unavailable. Look both ways when crossing the street and practice walking the route with your child before they do so alone.
  • If biking to school, always wear a helmet and use hand turning singles. Ride on the right side of the road and in a single file.
  • Bullying can take the form of hitting, teasing, intimidating, or cyber bullying over social media sites or e-mail.  It can have a negative impact on the victim leading to depression, anxiety, missed school, and sometimes suicidal thoughts. If you ever sense someone is being bullied, ask questions to get all the information, access the situation, and take proper action.
  • Eating a healthy breakfast and lunch can provide children with the energy and nutrients they need to get through the day. Studies show children who eat a healthy and full breakfast are more alert and have higher tests scores than those who skip.

Ensure the safety of your child, grandchild, or friend this school year and offer these tips to them! We wish everyone the best of luck and invite you to visit LA Medical online today!

Improving your Quality of Life: Incorporating more Fruits and Vegetables into your Diet

Posted on: May 30th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Tips for getting more fruits & veggies

Fruits and vegetables pack a punch when it comes to the vitamins and nutrients you need!

LA Medical is all about improving your quality of life from every aspect we can. We know that eating healthy is a major part of improving your quality of life, but sometimes it is hard to incorporate healthy foods with your busy lifestyle.

Eating more fruits and vegetables may reduce your risk for certain cancers and diseases. It is a win win situation because you are bettering yourself and trying new and delicious foods! We have compiled a list of six simple ways to start getting the recommended daily amount of fruits and vegetables into your diet.

  • Buy separate containers for fruits and vegetables to fill each day with the recommended daily amounts. This will help you stay on track and you will always know it is the right amount for you.
  • Get your family involved with your better eating habits. It is much easier to make lifestyle changes if your loved ones are right there with you bettering their lives too.
  • Try different fruits and vegetables. When you go to the grocery store, choose a new vegetable and/or fruit to try each time. You will be surprised with yourself for keeping an open mind and you may have a new favorite!
  • Add these healthy items to your recipes. This is a good way to experiment and switch up the way you cook. Maybe tonight you will try a spinach salad for the first time and tomorrow you try squash. The possibilities are endless.
  • Plan ahead. This goes for anything, but especially when you are making a major lifestyle change. Make a detailed grocery list and plan your meals for the week ahead. Planning helps you stay on track to where you want to be.
  • Eating out is always a struggle when you are new to a healthier lifestyle. Most restaurants have healthy options on their menus. Keeping an open mind while eating out can also help you try new things.

We hope these tips from LA Medical can help you incorporate fruits and vegetables into your diet. Improving your quality of life is essential to living well.

Injury Prevention Tips during April

Posted on: April 28th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger

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Injury Prevention Tips during April

Spring is finally here! If you have been sitting most of the winter, your body probably isn’t quite ready to tackle the list of big projects you want to accomplish.

Your friends at LA Medical want you to be safe and healthy as you head into spring. Here are several simple ways to prevent injuries this spring.

  • Take a walk. Walking is a great way to wake your body up and get it warmed up before your tasks. Don’t overdo it; you may want to walk after your chores too as a cool down.
  • Warm up stretches are a simple and essential step to a busy day.  Stretching is not just for runners, it’s a way to prepare the body to use the muscle groups that may be underused.
  • Eat before you start your projects. Eat a decent breakfast and be sure you stop and eat lunch. Not big meals that may weigh you down, just enough to give your body fuel.
  • Wear the proper clothing for the job. If you start a project early when it’s chilly, you may heat up as you work and as the day warms. If you get too hot, you may get dizzy and fall.  Dress in comfortable layers that you can add or remove as needed.
  • Dry muscles are sore muscles and that goes for your brain too, so stay hydrated. Keep water with you or close by as you work.
  • Take breaks. A few short breaks will let your body keep up with can-do spirit.

Is it time to “spring clean” your home medical equipment and supplies? If you’ve been waiting for a time to replace worn out equipment or supplies, spring is a great time to do it. See LA Medical’s online catalog or visit us in person today to see what’s new and how having the right supplies can make a world of difference.

Finding the Right Respite Provider for your Children with Special Needs

Posted on: April 22nd, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger

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Finding the Right Respite Provider for your Children with Special Needs

As parents of a child with special needs, you care for them, help feed them, provide a loving home and clothes for them. Sometimes your responsibilities can seem overwhelming and never ending.  As a parent and a family, it’s okay to want a little break.  LA Medical would like to help by finding a local respite provider for your children with special needs.

At first, finding a reputable caregiver to care for your child with special needs may seem like an impossible task.  Some families rely on other family members to help, but sometimes it may be better for your child to go to a care provider to interact with other children who may have similar health complications which will better their mood, personality and outlook on life.

Don’t feel ashamed that you’re leaving your child at a care provider.  Care providers are there to help parents take a break and see family and friends, make a grocery store trip or simply take a nap. Sit down and relax, because there are many options available for caregivers for your child:

  • There are many respite or relief centers that provide assistance for caregivers or parents who need time off from their duties caring for a special needs child or adult.  Visit the National Respite Locator Services for more information.
  • Find associations that deal exactly with your child’s disorder such as the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or United Cerebral Palsy.
  • Contact a university or college near where you live.  Students who may be studying behavioral sciences are available to care for your kids at your home.
  • If your child is chronically ill, consider giving their pediatrician or specialist a call.  Explain that you need respite care and a personal break.  Most specialists know someone they can refer you to.
  • Many states offer respite care that is free or subsidized.  Get in touch with your local county health office to see how you can sign up for respite care in your area.

LA Medical hopes this list of ideas helps to get you, your spouse and your family a little break and helps your loved one interact with others too. Please see our inventory of bathroom safety equipment, walking aids and incontinence supplies today!

Caring for a Child with Special Needs- Part 2

Posted on: April 17th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger

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Caring for a Child with Special Needs- Part 2

LA Medical is sharing a few of the best tips and suggestions we have heard from wonderful parents of special needs children who we talk to every day.

Remember that a diagnosis is important, but will never tell the whole story of your child.  A diagnosis is the first step to getting the proper care and discovering what to expect, but that will never tell the story of your child. Just like height, skin color or eye color, a diagnosis is just one part of who they are.

Take notes. You may be at a conference or watching TV when someone shares a wonderful piece of advice. Write it down and look it up later. You’re note file will probably be pretty big in the years to come.

Accept that other people may not know how they should act around you or your child and they will take their cues from you. The more comfortable you are, the more comfortable they will be. Don’t be offended if they ask a question that may seem odd or insensitive; they probably just don’t know the answer or what to ask in this situation.

Having said that, don’t let people use outdated, offensive or stereotypic phrases or words in discussing your child. If they use one of these terms, simply say firmly but politely that you find that word or phrase offensive and offer a better one. Changing many years of culture and habits takes time.

Daycares and other businesses are only required to make “reasonable accommodations” and affordable changes to their staffing and environments. Use the ADA as a tool to educate, not a club to threaten. It may take some extra time and experts to help find the right care and the right people to care for your child.

Let LA Medical be a resource for you when you are looking for wheelchairs, ramps and other home medical equipment that you or a loved one will need.

Caring for a Child with Special Needs- Part 1

Posted on: April 14th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger

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Caring for a Child with Special Needs- Part 1

LA Medical talks to parents of special needs children every day. We have compiled a list of some of the best advice from those parents and want to share them with you now.

Remember that children with special needs are, first and foremost, still children. It’s easy to get so into the diagnosis and medical terms, doctor’s appointments and specialists that we can forget that the child is just that: a child. People outside the family may need this reminder too. Like every child, they need love, friends, interaction, playmates, involvement and time to just be a kid.

There are resources out there; sometimes you just have to ask. Whether you are new to parenting a special needs child or have many years of experience, there are always new discoveries, treatment options and information out there. Stay in touch with these resources online, by meetings or one-on-one with the people who are current on these things.

Be a resource. They always say that you don’t really know how much you know about something until you teach it to another person. If you have wisdom and experience about raising your child, share it. If you have jumped hurdles and fought a battle with a school district, help someone new to the challenge. You’ll be surprised with how much of a resource you are!

Your life is not all about your child’s disability. That can be a hard one to admit for many parents. All of the appointments, doctor visits and information about their needs can make it easy to forget that you are a person too. You have a name, a history, talents and interests outside of your child’s needs. Just like we say to remember that a child with a disability is a child first; remember that a parent of a child with a disability is a person first and needs to be cared for too.

Let LA Medical be a resource for you when you are looking for wheelchairs, wheelchair cushions and for many other items that you need. More important tips are on the way!

Family Health & Fitness Day

Posted on: September 19th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Family Health and Fitness DayThe family that plays together stays together and is healthier too! The 17th annual Family Health and Fitness Day is held on the last Saturday of September, this year on September 28. The purpose of this day is to promote family involvement in physical activity. “Family involvement” doesn’t mean parents sending the kids to play while they watch TV or parents going to play racquetball while the kids play video games. This event is designed to promote fitness on the family level.

The health experts at LA Medical are alarmed that recent studies show that nearly 2/3 of all American adults and 1/3 of adolescents are overweight. Obesity rates have more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years. Our selection and requests for bariatric walkers, wheelchairs and bathroom safety equipment has never been higher.

Studies show that overweight and obese children and young adults have increased risk factors for cardiovascular/heart related diseases including high cholesterol and high blood pressure which lead to organ damage and many other problems.  One study found that 70% of obese youth had at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease. This would have been unheard off even thirty years ago.

Overweight and obese adolescents are more likely to joint problems and have pre-diabetes which puts them and greater risk for full-blown diabetes later in life.

Make this the year to start turning things around in your family. Whether you have small children, teenagers or even grandchildren, make better fitness a goal for all of you and make now the time to start.

Find activities that you can all do together beyond going out for dinner or watching TV. Riding bikes, hiking, swimming, walking, softball or kickball are all great family activities that promote fitness in fun ways. Your kids won’t do what you refuse to do, so lead the way!

Watch what you eat and what the kids are eating too. Look in your refrigerator and cupboards. Are they full of empty calories, fats and sugar?  As the person buying and paying for the food your kids eat, you set the tone for the family diet; set a good one.