Are e-cigarettes safe ?

Smoking electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) has quickly become a popular source for nicotine. Many use e-cigs as a safe way to quit smoking cigarettes. However, the long-term effects of e-cigs are still unknown. E-cigs contain nicotine, propylene glycol or glycerin, and different flavorings. There have been reports of quitting success with e-cigs, but they should not be considered “safe”. E-cigs can cause acute lung disease, atrial fibrillation, and nicotine poisoning. Studies reporting long-term effects of e-cigs on users are needed.

Eating a balanced diet

Eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and veggies can help keep you healthy and lower

your risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure. Only 1 in 10

adults eat the recommended amount of fruit and vegetables daily. The Centers for Disease

Control recommends that adults eat 1.5-2 cups of fruit and 2-3 cups of vegetables daily. Try

adding a side of fruit or veggies to all of your meals!

When is the last time you tested your smoke detector ?

When’s the last time you tested your smoke detector? Although we hope we never need to use

smoke detectors, it is very important that we make sure the detectors are working in case of an

emergency. It is estimated that 3 out of every 5 deaths from home fires are linked to fires with

home with no smoke alarms or no working alarms. You should test your smoke detectors once a

month by pressing the test button. All smoke detectors should be linked so that once one alarm

sounds, all alarms sound.

Getting enough calcium and vitamin D ?

Are you getting enough Calcium and Vitamin D? Vitamin D and Calcium are important components in maintaining strong, healthy bones. Calcium helps to build strong bones and Vitamin D is needed to help your body absorb calcium from your diet. Dairy products are a great source of calcium. Anyone 50 or older needs 800-1000 IU of Vitamin D daily. Women under 50 and men under 70 years need 1000mg of calcium daily. Women over 50 and men over 70 need 1200mg of calcium daily. If you aren’t getting enough, you may need to take a daily supplement.

How to get rid of unused medications

Do you have unused medications but don’t know how to get rid of them? Check out the medication disposal pouches at Sand Run Pharmacy! Simply place your unused medications into the pouch, add water, seal the pouch, and toss in the trash. You can also dispose of medications through the Summit County D.U.M.P (Dispose of Unused Medications Properly) program. Visit https://www.scph.org/dump/dump-box-locations to find the closest location! Remember to scratch all personal information off of your medication bottles before throwing away the bottle.

National Immunization Month

August is National Immunization Awareness Month! Vaccines are important for people of all ages to help prevent diseases and illnesses. Have you received your flu, pneumonia, shingles, or tetanus vaccines recently? Unsure if you are due or eligible for vaccines? Come visit our pharmacists or talk to your doctor about what vaccines are recommended for you! Flu season is just around the corner so be sure to stop in and get your yearly flu shot to help protect yourself from the flu.

Summertime in Ohio

It is summertime in Ohio and the sun is finally out! While you’re outside soaking up those rays of sunshine, be sure to use sunscreen. Sunscreen will help protect you from the harmful UV rays from the sun and help to prevent skin cancer. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends wearing a broad spectrum, water-resistant, sunscreen of 30 SPF or higher. It is important to wear sunscreen on any day you’ll be outside, even if it is cloudy or snowy. You can also protect yourself by seeking shady areas or wearing protective clothing such as long sleeves, a hat, or sunglasses.

The truth about artificial sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners are synthetic sugar substitutes. These are attractive alternatives to sugar because they add virtually no calories to your diet. However, studies have found that artificial sweeteners can actually increase your risk for weight gain, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Artificial sweeteners confuse your metabolism because they are much sweeter than sugar. They are also highly addictive. The moral of the story is that artificial sweeteners may not be a “guilt-free” alternative to sugar. It’s important to keep everything in moderation.

Drinking caffeine

Many US adults rely on drinking caffeine in the morning to jump start their day.  While caffeine works well to wake people up, too much caffeine can have negative effects on your health.  These can include increased stress on your heart, irritability, and headaches.  Also, patients with high blood pressure or other cardiovascular diseases should limit caffeine intake, as it can worsen those diseases. According to the Mayo Clinic, caffeine doses up to 400mg per day appear to be safe.  This amount of caffeine equates to around four cups of coffee or 10 cans of pop.

Tips for getting a good night’s sleep

Trouble sleeping is the most common complaint in general medical practice. Luckily, there are many simple and effective strategies to achieve a better night’s rest:

  • Establish regular times to wake up and go to sleep (including weekends)
  • Avoid electronics/ other bright light before bed
  • Avoid daytime naps
  • Exercise routinely but not close to bedtime
  • Create a comfortable sleep environment free of loud noise or extreme temperature
  • Discontinue or reduce the use of alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine
  • Go to bed only when sleepy (avoid trying to force sleep)
  • Avoid drinking large quantities of liquids in the evening