Thank You Family Caregivers

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Say thank you to the caregivers in your life

There are home health care professionals; however, if you look after an elderly relative or a loved one with a medical condition, you’re a caregiver as well.

You should know that giving yourself to others physically, mentally, and spiritually can sometimes take a toll on your own personal health and wellbeing. That’s why it’s important to give yourself and the caregivers in your lives RESPITE, (Rest, Energize, Sleep, Programs that Help, Imagination, Take Five, and Exhale).

As a caregiver, you can experience a lot of stress and sometimes suffer from fatigue if not given the opportunity to care for yourself every once in a while. What you do is vital, but without personal wellness, you could be risking your own health.Untitled-2

If you have  caretakers in your life, let them know how much they are appreciated by encouraging them to take some time for themselves this holiday season. Watch a relaxing movie together, order in a meal, or encourage them to do something that is energizing. It’s important to remember, caregivers need to take a break for personal health. 

If you or someone you know has prescription needs, you may benefit from a Watertree Health Prescription Discount Card.  All prescriptions and some devices are eligible for savings. To look up the drug savings with the card, visit Wtree.us/SavingsTool. To get a card, text CARD to 95577, or click here.
 
By WHBlogger 
11/29/2015 

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GERD, 3 Tips For Avoiding It At Thanksgiving

When you think about Thanksgiving, delicious food and family probably come to mind.  But people who suffer from gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD) may only think about what they can do to avoid foods that will make their acid reflux symptoms worse–burning sensations in the chest, pain, and regurgitation.

Suffering from heartburn and indigestion is no way to spend a holiday and may be avoidable by following the 3 tips below this Thanksgiving.  Always consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet.

  1. Say no to high fat foods – Opt for low fat dressing and stick with white meat from the turkey.               
  2. Eat proper portions – How much you eat is just as important as what you eat. You can still eat plenty of fun food, but consider keeping your meals small and spreading them out throughout the day on Thanksgiving.
  3. Go for lemon and ginger – Put in your water or tea, both can help regulate acid levels when taken in moderation.

If you’re concerned about GERD and what you can eat this Thanksgiving, ask your doctor for more information about this disorder, heartburn medications, and diet advice. If they prescribe medications, sign up for Watertree Health’s prescription discount card.

Happy Thanksgiving!

By WHBlogger 
11/16/2015 

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The content on this website is designed for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses. Always consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you might have regarding your health. 

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What’s the Difference Between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes?

NWEDNESDAYovember is National Diabetes Awareness Month. Also known as, “diabetes mellitus”, diabetes affects over 29 million people, or nearly 10% of the U.S. population. According to the CDC, 8 million of that 29 million are undiagnosed. Also, there is the misperception that those affected with diabetes have brought it upon themselves simply by living an unhealthy lifestyle involving little exercise and poor dietary choices. That’s why it’s  important to learn about the two main types of diabetes and help to raise awareness. 

Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease marked by the body’s inability to process insulin. Formerly called “juvenile-onset” or “insulin-dependent”, this type accounts for 5 to 10% of the people who have diabetes. Instead of converting sugar to insulin, the immune system destroys the cells that release it, eventually eliminating insulin production from the body. Without this hormone, cells cannot absorb sugar (glucose), which they need to produce energy. People with type 1 diabetes must use insulin therapy to regular blood-sugar levels.

Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes, formerly called “adult-onset” or “non-insulin-dependent”, can develop at any age. It most commonly appears during adulthood, but unfortunately is now occurring with children. People with type 2 diabetes represent 90 to 95% of the people who have diabetes, and are insulin resistant. This means their cells cannot absorb insulin, causing it to remain in the blood, resulting in high blood sugar.

Some people can manage type 2 diabetes with healthy eating and exercise. (Always consult your doctor before starting a new diet or exercise regimen.)  In addition to healthy habits, the doctor may need to prescribe oral medications (pills) and/or insulin to help regulate blood glucose levels.

Reducing the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
Lifestyle changes may significantly reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. A diet that focuses on eliminating simple sugars in processed foods and high sugar natural foods, such as mangos, cherries, and grapes can help. Additionally, protein, fiber, and complex carbohydrates (e.g., peas, beans, whole grains, and vegetables) assist in regulating blood sugar levels and preventing or delaying the onset of diabetes. Eating whole foods as much as possible is recommended. Cardio and strength training daily for at least 30 minutes, most days of the week, may help.

If you’re interested in learning if you have diabetes or at risk for devloping it, ask your doctor for a glucose tolerance test. infographics_increased_diabetesincrease

If you or someone you know has diabetes, you may benefit from a Watertree Health Prescription Discount Card.  All prescriptions and some devices are eligible for savings. To look up the drug savings with the card, visit Wtree.us/SavingsTool. To get a card, text CARD to 95577, or click here.
 
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11/16/2015 

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Why You Should Grow A Mustache This Month

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Prostate cancer statistics are staggering. Every year, over 200,000 new cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed, and almost 30,000 men die from it. It’s the second most deadly cancer affecting men in the U.S.

This November, we challenge our male readers to become a “Mo Bro” by participating in The Movember Foundation’s “Movember.” The campaign aims to “change the face of men’s health” by asking men to grow a mustache. To participate, you can sign up on the Movember Foundation’s website. The rules are simple: You start off clean-shaven, then let nature take its course over the next 30 days. Be sure to document your mustache growth with lots of selfies. 

Beyond getting creative with your facial hair, Movember encourages participants to raise funds for men’s health issues including: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health. Start a mustache trend at work and encourage co-workers to get involved. Bring your personal campaign to social media. You may even consider holding a friendly competition for best mustache. 

Women can also participate in Movember (called Mo Sistas) and support the men in their lives by promoting the importance of men’s health. Mo Sistas sign up, start a team, and fundraise – they do everything Mo Bros do, they just don’t grow a “Mo”!

Everyone can partake in raising awareness for these important men’s health issues this month, and all year long.

To save on medications for the whole family, including men’s health medications, s
imply click on the “Get Your Free Card” link at the top of the page. The card is available to everyone at any time. For more information about how the free Prescription Discount Card works, check out this short FAQ video: wtree.us/video 

WH_GPS_logo_web_LORESYou can also look up your prescription savings with our card using the wtree.us/SavingsTool. Simply provide the drug name and zip code to find the best price at a pharmacy near you. 

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11/09/2015 

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