June 11th, 2015

Breakfast of champions

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Getting your day off to a nutritious-and tasty-start.

Mother was right. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day-and this is especially true for people with diabetes. That’s because skipping breakfast can lead to problems regulating blood sugar levels throughout the day. Missing the morning meal can cause an increase in the body’s insulin response, which may result in weight gain. And extra pounds, as we all know, is something people with diabetes want to avoid. Eating a healthy breakfast can also help you control your appetite and lead to better food choices throughout the day. Nourishing your body in the morning means you won’t be famished by lunchtime, which can make it tempting to grab the most convenient and calorie-laden foods.

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November 12th, 2014

Stand up to “the sitting disease”

officeWorkerAs new labour-saving devices are invented, and as the digital world continues to expand, we are sitting more and moving our bodies less. Recent studies have pointed to the dangers of sitting, going so far as to suggest that even regular exercise is not protective.

“Secretarial spread” is the old-fashioned term for weight gain that occurs from hours of sitting. Unfortunately, this term doesn’t begin to describe the harms that actually arise. Studies have shown that excess sitting causes:

  • a reduction in fat and calorie burning
  • reduced circulation to the brain (resulting in a poorer mood)
  • weaker muscles
  • an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer and death.

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November 6th, 2014

Use Mindful Eating to reconnect with your personal portion size

foodWe live in a fast-paced society which interferes with many important aspects of life. We don’t get enough sleep, exercise, or leisure time and we rely on processed/fast foods. Indeed, this pace may cause us to lose touch with what our bodies really need for optimal health, and that can include losing touch with how, when, what and why we eat.

When was the last time you grabbed a fast food meal, or ate in front of the computer, television, or in the car? Have you ever skipped meals because you were too busy? Have you ever let yourself get so hungry that you ate too much? On the other hand, do you find you overeat at buffet restaurants or find yourself dialing for pizza after seeing the television advertisement? Have you ever eaten because you were angry or sad?

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September 4th, 2014

Improve your wellbeing the fun way – track & manage your health with the latest technology.

Today’s technology makes monitoring/improving your health a whole lot easier…

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Who among us doesn’t want to be in the best health possible?

New technologies are making getting fit and monitoring your health a whole lot easier. Remember that great health is not just the absence of disease. It’s the ability to enjoy all that life has to offer, with maximum energy and in control of any health condition that might be present. Today’s health technologies make that goal a whole lot easier to achieve.

Keep tabs on your blood pressure

iHealth® Wireless Blood Pressure Monitors

Wireless Blood Pressure Wrist Monitor

Wireless Blood Pressure Wrist Monitor

Wireless Blood Pressure Cuff

Wireless Blood Pressure Cuff

Now, checking your blood pressure can be the cool thing to do! With no plugs or connections to manage, iHealth® Wireless Blood Pressure Monitors make it easy to check your own blood pressure, any time and anywhere. The iHealth® Wireless Blood Pressure Wrist Monitor attaches with a smaller cuff at the wrist, for easy on and off. The attractive device uses motion sensor technology to ensure the most accurate read possible. The iHealth® Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor is a comfortable, easy-to-use cuff for those who prefer a more traditional way of checking their blood pressure. Using the free iHealth® mobile app, you can measure and track your systolic/ diastolic numbers, heart rate, pulse wave and measurement time, then share your results instantly. Why it’s important Knowing your blood pressure—especially if you have hypertension—helps put you in the driver’s seat. A sudden spike in blood pressure can signal a number of health conditions and should be reported to your doctor as soon as possible. The iHealth® MyVitals mobile app (iOS/Android)  brings all iHealth® products to life.  Once you’ve downloaded it from the app store, you can customize it for the products you use. Now, it’s easy to set goals, track your progress and be inspired to manage your personal health in a more hands-on way, wherever you go. The app may be used on iOS version 5.0 or higher devices: iPod Touch® 5th Generation +, iPhone 4S +, iPad mini, and iPad 3rd Generation +, as well as select Android devices.

 Track your oxygen level

iHealth® Wireless Pulse Oximeter

Fits your finger as well as your lifestyle...

Fits your finger as well as
your lifestyle…

The iHealth® Wireless Pulse Oximeter is a reliable, convenient way to spot-check blood oxygen saturation (SpO2) and pulse rate (BPM). This lightweight and portable device takes fast, noninvasive measurements at the fingertip. This allows you to track and view your SpO2 and BPM readings directly on the device’s display and in the iHealth® SpO2 app during sports training or other recreational activities.  Once you’ve downloaded the free iHealth® SpO2 app, you’ll be ready to use your wireless pulse oximeter device. Why it’s important Pulse oximeters measure the amount of blood haemoglobin that is oxygen-saturated. For a healthy individual, the normal SpO2 should be between 96 and 99 per cent.  The normal resting pulse rate is between 60 and 100 beats per minute.  Knowing these figures can help you keep track of your blood oxygen and fitness level.

iBGStar® Blood Glucose Meter

The Blood Glucose Meter that’s in rhythm with your life! Samples are analysed using Dynamic Electrochemistry® – an intelligent technology for results you can trust. To help constantly keep your blood glucose levels under control, you can retrieve analysis tables and diagrams at the touch of a fingertip.

The Blood Glucose Meter
that’s in rhythm with
your life!

The innovative iBGStar® tests and analyzes your blood glucose, and fits conveniently into your pocket. While it can be used on its own, it also connects seamlessly with your iPhone or iPod Touch™—allowing you to view and analyze accurate, reliable information concerning your blood glucose, carb intake and insulin dose in “real time.” Using the iBGStar® Diabetes Manager app, you can share this information with your healthcare professional while on-thego, to help you make better-informed diabetes-related decisions together. Samples are analysed using Dynamic Electrochemistry® – an intelligent technology for results you can trust. To help constantly keep your blood glucose levels under control, you can retrieve analysis tables and diagrams at the touch of a fingertip. Why it’s important Monitoring your blood sugar levels if you have diabetes is an essential part of ensuring the condition is well managed. In recent years, the increasing incidence of pre-diabetes is bringing the importance of knowing your blood glucose levels to the forefront.

Interactive fitness devices

Why They’re Important

Tracking your fitness activities through wearable devices and mobile apps can increase your motivation to work out, manage your weight more productively, and have fun while doing so. Checking in with your online dashboard to see how well you have done, comparing your performance with previous performances, and knowing how many steps you took and calories you burned while hiking in the hills or washing the car, can provide the extra spark needed to get you off the sofa and getting physical. With some devices, you can even compare your workouts with those of friends or a fitness partner, and let a little competition further motivate you! Many users of connected fitness devices say they enjoy their devices so much that they go out of their way to add a few steps here and there, or go for an extra walk or run. Even vacuuming or mowing the lawn becomes a fitness activity instead of a chore.  Samples are analysed using Dynamic Electrochemistry® – an intelligent technology for results you can trust. To help constantly keep your blood glucose levels under control, you can retrieve analysis tables and diagrams at the touch of a fingertip.

Tracking your sleep, as well as your steps...

FitBit Flex – Tracking your sleep, as
well as your steps…

The Fitbit Flex™ Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband tracks steps, distance, and calories burned and shows you if you’re meeting your daily goals. At night, it tracks your sleep cycle, helps you learn how to sleep better, and wakes you silently in the morning. You can even wear it in the shower. The Fitbit Flex™ allows you to access your stats anytime on your computer, tablet or from leading smartphones – both iPhone and Android. Available in black and slate.

Available in charcoal or magenta.

FitBit Zip – Available in charcoal or magenta.

The compact Fitbit Zip makes fitness fun. It tracks your steps, distance, and calories burned, then wirelessly syncs the data to your Fitbit account through your computer or smartphone. Whether online or through the Fitbit app (iOS, Android), you can set personal goals and stay motivated with graphs, badges, and friendly competition.

Available in black or burgundy.

FitBit One – Available in black or burgundy.

The Fitbit One™ helps you be active, sleep well, and eat smarter. During the day, it tracks your steps, distance, calories burned, and stairs climbed. At night, it measures your sleep cycle, silently waking you in the morning, without disturbing your partner. As with all Fitbit models, your stats upload wirelessly via computer or select mobile device. Compact and discreet, the Fitbit One™ can be slipped into your pocket, or clipped on your bra or belt.

Body analysis scales

Why they’re important

An appropriate body fat percentage is essential to maintaining good health. For women, 14-31 per cent is considered a healthy range, and for men 6 -24 per cent. BMI (body mass index) relates body fat to height and weight.  Knowing these figures gives you a powerful advantage for better managing your health to achieve long-term results.

 

Assessing your bodyfat percentage and BMI...

FitBit Aria – Assessing your bodyfat
percentage and BMI…

The Fitbit Aria™ not only measures your weight, but helps you stay on track and achieve better results. It contains advanced technology to accurately assess your body fat percentage and BMI. The ultra-sleek Aria™ then syncs your stats through your WiFi network to your Fitbit online or mobile dashboard. Graphs and charts help you focus on long term trends and not short-term blips. Available in black or white.

The scale allows use by up to 20 people.

iHealth Wireless Body analysis Scale. The scale allows use by up to 20 people.

Don’t be fooled by its cool design! The iHealth® Wireless Body Analysis Scale allows you to measure, track and share nine different characteristics of your body composition on the iHealth® mobile app. These include weight, body fat, lean mass, muscle mass, bone mass, body water, daily calorie intake, body mass index, and visceral fat rating. (You can use it online or off.)

Speak with the experts at your local London Drugs to discover which health tech gadgets fits your lifestyle best!



August 9th, 2014

Low Blood Glucose: the other side of the coin

When you have diabetes you are trying hard to keep your blood glucose levels from going too high. You watch what you eat, you exercise, and you take your medication. But do you ever think about low blood glucose?

Low blood glucose is “the other side of the coin” of diabetes management. Even though it is essential to keep glucose levels from getting too high, avoiding low blood glucose is very important too.

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July 15th, 2014

Summer in the pharmacy

Our pharmacists share the most common reasons for your summertime visits…

Summer in the pharmacyIt’s summer, and the pharmacy is busy! Although we see customers with a wide range of questions and concerns, most visits relate to the same warm-weather issues. This year, we thought we’d share them with you.

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May 12th, 2014

Attend a Health tech demo day!

Take control of your health by tracking and managing your health using the latest wearable tech gadgets.

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With shopping and entertainment available right in our pockets, it’s no surprise that our health is becoming just as accessible—and trackable.

Between June 10–28, London Drugs pharmacists, specifically trained on wearable tech products, will be holding demos showcasing the latest trends in wearable health and fitness tracking devices and nutrition supplements.

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