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