November 8th, 2013

Options in the Dairy Case


For many years the word milk referred to cow’s milk. Today, we have a growing selection of milk, either from soy, rice, almond or other nuts and grains. How do we choose whether to include these new options? Are they healthful? This blog will discuss pros and cons of today’s milk beverages.

First and foremost, cow’s milk is the “standard” milk consumed in North America. Around the globe, however, humans thrive on milk from all sorts of other mammals: yaks, buffalo, goats and sheep, to name a few. Not to mention the immense variety of milk products (cheese, yogurt, ice cream, kefir, etc) that is part of the human diet. Animal milks are a source of protein, B vitamins, vitamin A, calcium and other minerals. Vitamin D has been added to Canadian milk since the 1920’s to provide a stable source of this nutrient.

September 10th, 2013

Travelling with Diabetes

Living with diabetes can often make day-to-day living complicated, let alone vacationing. But travelling with diabetes shouldn’t make you feel you’re limited to weekend trips near your home. With a little advanced planning, you can still enjoy exciting trips to exotic locations with very little worry.

Simple steps to prepare

There are some simple steps to follow to make sure your holiday is as stress-free as possible.

1) Visit your doctor—Before you travel, you want to make sure you’re in the best health possible, and that your diabetes is under control.

September 5th, 2013

Omega-3 Fats: Fish or Flax?

After years of thinking “fat” is unhealthy it is refreshing to learn some fats are not only healthful but essential! So it is with omega-3 fats. Scientists use the term omega-3 to describe the chemical make-up of the fat. As eaters, we are more interested in why omega-3s are good for us and what they look like on our dinner plate.

shutterstock_111147896Omega-3s are healthy fats because they help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, and may reduce the risk of cancer and arthritis. These anti-inflammatory fats are also essential for development of the brain and nervous system and may help improve memory and manage depression.

June 3rd, 2013

The safe disposal of drugs

Pharmacy Shoot_20120124_ DSC_4643.psdProperly disposing of drugs is important for a number of reasons, including the safety of your loved ones and the well-being of the environment. Unused medications can pose a significant health, safety and environmental hazard when improperly stored or disposed of.

Many prescription medications, OTC products and health supplements remain in medicine cabinets and kitchen drawers long after their expiry date, while others are simply unused. At some point in time, they are thrown away in the garbage, flushed down the toilet, or—in the case of liquids—poured down the drain.

Medications disposed of in the garbage can pose a hazard to pets and wildlife, and these, as well as drugs flushed down sinks or toilets, can infiltrate groundwater, eventually entering drinking water and the food chain. Leachate, the rainwater that percolates through the landfill and collects at the bottom, has been shown to contain antidepressants, antibiotics, steroids, hormones, heart and asthma medications and painkillers. Leachate typically flows to a wastewater treatment plant, but—unlike human waste that can be treated—pharmaceuticals cannot. This contaminated water negatively affects aquatic organisms, fish and other wildlife.

May 30th, 2013

A1C Diabetes Clinic

A1CLondon Drugs is offering its A1C Clinics in six Lower Mainland locations this June. With no cure for this disease yet, management and education remain the most effective way to live a healthy, balanced life.

Join us for an individualized, 30-minute educational consultation with a London Drugs Certified Diabetes Educator. We will test your A1C and focus on assessing your diabetes control while discussing how to best manage your diabetes.

The consult will include:

  • A1C test done on the spot
  • A discussion of your results and diabetes management with your London Drugs CDE
  • Learn the newest recommendations on blood glucose monitoring from the Canadian Diabetes Association
  • A medication review

Click here for clinic dates and location

There is a $15.00 cost per participate; a tax-deductible receipt issued upon request.

November 14th, 2012

London Drugs’ Certified Diabetes Educators

If you’re living with diabetes, London Drugs’ Certified Diabetes Educators (CDEs) are your partners.

London Drugs has the highest proportion of Certified Diabetes Educators than any other pharmacy in Canada. Our CDEs are available to assist you in managing the disease by guiding you through recommendations for therapy. We offer one-on-one consultations specific to your needs.*

A London Drugs CDE can:

  • Be your first defense against long-term complications of diabetes, which may include heart disease, kidney disease, digestive problems, erectile dysfunction and depression
  • Help you interpret blood sugar patterns so you can be better manage your diabetes
  • Discuss your diabetes in relation to other medications you may be taking
  • Discuss the basics of healthy eating, physical activity guidelines, foot care, and more
  • Communicate with other members on your diabetes team
  • Help you learn to safely inject insulin and about insulin adjustment
  • Provide you with information about insulin pump therapy
  • Help facilitate a referral to a specialist when necessary
  • Download blood glucose meter tests and printout your test results

Book an appointment with a CDE near you today!

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