August 12th, 2015

Back to School Health Tips


Pharmacists urge families to take proactive steps now to safeguard family health for the new school year

Getting the family ready for the start of a new school year involves more than shopping for new clothes and buying school supplies. It’s a time to be proactive about health. Pharmacists are urging families to take the following proactive steps now to safeguard family health for the new school year.


April 10th, 2015

London Drugs Diabetes and Insulin Management Clinics

Certified Diabetes Educators assist Western Canadians with diabetes management

According to the Canadian Diabetes Association, more than nine million Canadians now live with diabetes, the statistic having nearly doubled since 2000. That number is expected to increase by 1.5 million people in coming years and will see one in three people with the disease by 2020.

With more than 20 people being newly diagnosed with the disease every hour, diabetes has become one of Canada’s foremost illnesses. In response to a nationwide concern over the disease, London Drugs has continued to grow its Certified Diabetes Educators (CDE) Program. As part of that program London Drugs offers Diabetes & Insulin Management Clinics to assist Canadians with the management of their diabetes.

Beginning in May, Certified Diabetes Educators (CDE) are available on-site to book 45-minute one-on-one personal care and consultation appointments. CDEs offer assistance to people living with diabetes in handling their disease while also guiding them by making recommendations for therapy. During each clinical session, patients receive a personalized assessment, and advice on blood glucose monitoring, safe insulin injection and overall diabetes management. With an in-store Certified Diabetes Educator, London Drugs pharmacy patients have access to a health care professional who can work regularly with them to help manage their disease.

Over the years, the number of Certified Diabetes Educators at London Drugs has increased to 55 across Western Canada. With pharmacy at the heart of its business, all London Drugs pharmacists are provided with the tools to identify, assess and discuss individualized risks and implications for diabetes. It is during these Diabetes Clinics that people living with diabetes are able to gain a deeper understanding and learn more about their individual disease management.

The Canadian Diabetes Association recommends that Canadians over the age of 40 be tested for diabetes every three years. Risk factors for Type 2 diabetes include a family history of the disease, high blood pressure or cholesterol as well as being a member of a high-risk group including those of Aboriginal, Asian, South Asian or African descent. Without proper management and care of diabetes, complications may arise in the form of heart, kidney or eye disease as well as potential nerve damage.

For full information on Type 2 Diabetes visit the London Drugs Health Library online or speak with a London Drugs Pharmacist at your nearest location. To learn more about London Drugs’ Diabetes Clinics, visit to book your appointment.


February 26th, 2015

March is Pharmacist Awareness Month

Expanded Scope

Pharmacists are taking on expanded roles and are increasingly being recognized as the medication management experts of the health care team. Here is chart from the Canadian Pharmacists Association showing what pharmacists are doing in each province.

Pharmacists are the most accessible health care providers for Canadians, yet many still unaware of the breadth of health services they now provide.

Pharmacist Awareness Month aims to help improve the public’s understanding of the increasing role pharmacists play in the provision of health care services and the tangible benefits they bring as health care providers for Canadians.

For many years, Pharmacists have been taking on expanded roles in the Canadian health care system. Today’s pharmacist is highly respected as the medication management expert of the health care team. They collaborate with patients, their families and other health care providers to deliver a range of innovative services, including medication reviews, chronic disease management, immunization services and wellness programs.


February 23rd, 2015

Five Foods of Mexico

mexico_221851948Inspired by a recent trip to Mexico, this blog post discusses fabulous fare from that southern hot spot! Mexican cuisine uses many delicious foods and spices but five that really stand out to me are:

  • Avocados
  • Tomatoes
  • Beans
  • Corn, and
  • Peppers

Read on for a brief overview of these tempting ingredients and try a recipe or two at the end of this article.


January 8th, 2015

Quit Smoking: London Drugs Pharmacists can help

cigarette-buttIt is estimated that a smoker will try to quit several times before finally stopping the habit of smoking, and the most successful quitters are people who have tried to quit several times. The more times you try to quit, the more likely you are to eventually succeed.

What happens once I do quit?

When you do quit smoking your body will experience a decrease in your blood pressure and heart rate, within eight hours levels of oxygen increase to normal in the body, after one day the risk of heart attack decreases and within a few weeks fatigue levels will decrease as will extreme shortness of breath while exercising.

Other benefits of smoking include having younger-looking skin, the return of taste and smell, and better breath.

What steps are recommended when quitting?

Writing down a specific action plan, determining the benefits of quitting, recognizing situations where one is inclined to smoke, determining an appropriate smoking cessation aid, and creating a list of activities that will replace smoking are all tools to help quit.  And a London Drugs Pharmacist can help you create and utilize these tools.

Other strategies for successful quitting include support groups and counseling.

Contact your local pharmacy to book an appointment with a London Drugs Pharmacist to learn about all the options to help quit smoking.

January 5th, 2015

Boost your COLLAGEN

Boost your


for more youthful, vibrant skin…

Have you noticed that your skin is showing signs of aging? That lines are appearing where once your skin was smooth, and the glow of youth is fading fast?

Although aging is inevitable, looking prematurely old isn’t, and much of the time, the signs we associate with growing older can be put off for a few more years. READ MORE

December 27th, 2014

Motivation: what is it?

Taking care of ourselves may sometimes feel like a full-time job. Eating healthy foods (this includes planning, shopping for and preparing meals), getting enough sleep, taking medicine, if needed, and finding time to manage stress is very demanding. How does a body stay motivated to do it all? What is motivation anyway?

Motivation is the force that drives us to behave in a certain way. Some simple examples relate to our body’s physical and emotional needs such as the need for sleep (fatigue), the need for food (hunger) and for social interaction (need for belonging).  But it is much more complicated than that. What drives us to eat low fat cheese when higher fat types taste better? What drives us to walk that extra block even though we are tired? READ MORE

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