March is Kidney Health Awareness Month; a time for raising awareness about kidney health and sharing facts about ways to keep your kidneys healthy.
“All women face the threat of heart disease, but those who learn about symptoms and risks that are unique to women, eat a heart-healthy diet, and exercise regularly are taking the first steps in lowering their risks for heart disease,” said Louie Coulis, MD, FACC, Coulis Cardiology, SC.
Winter and the onset of cold temperatures can jeopardize anyone’s outdoor exercise routines but, for those suffering from chronic pain the bitter temperatures can be especially cruel. “There is often an increased rate of chronic pain flare-ups when the temperatures begin to fall and, given our long winters, people with chronic pain find themselves dependent upon their heating pads, blankets, and heavy clothing,” said Nichole M. Elmendorf, Occupational Therapist and owner of Progressive Beginnings, LLC. Cold temperatures cause muscle and ligament stiffness, which can make moving arduous and painful. “And, sadly, inactivity can lead to even greater pain.”
According to the National Kidney Foundation, 1 in 3 Americans is at risk for developing chronic kidney disease. Kidney disease is the 9th leading cause of death in the U.S. and is growing in prevalence.
While heart disease is the leading killer of both men and women in the United States, a healthy heart is often within your control. Certain risk factors for heart disease can’t be changed: age and family history. But you can help limit your hereditary risks and minimize other risk factors for heart disease by making good lifestyle choices. Every action you take to protect your heart will boost your overall health as well! Here’s how to begin.
The holidays are stuffed with grand meals, decorated cookies, sweet treats, and libations. And now that the holidays are over many of us may be still be feeling stuffed. As we look forward to new beginnings with a spirit of hope and optimism many of us may be looking to leave indulgences of the holiday season in the past.