(ARA) – For the nearly 26 million Americans living with diabetes, high temperatures and increased sun exposure can pose particularly dangerous health risks. During warm weather, experts caution that people with diabetes must take extra care to avoid serious, heat-related conditions.

“Heading to the beach, the pool or the park is a great way to cool down and stay in shape when the temperature rises, but people with diabetes may not realize the heat can place them at greater risk for serious, heat-related illness,” says Dr. Deneen Vojta, senior vice president and chief clinical officer of UnitedHealth Group’s Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance (DPCA). “Diabetes actually impairs a person’s ability to sweat, which means that hot, humid weather can dangerously reduce the body’s regulation of blood sugar levels. That’s why it is critical that people with this disease take proper precautions to avoid conditions like heat exhaustion and heat stroke.”

Vojta offers seven simple tips that may help people with this disease to stay active, healthy and safe when temperatures
are high:

  • Check your blood sugar levels often. Changes in activity and heat levels can affect your body’s insulin needs.
  • Wear sunblock. Sunburn can tax your body and trigger increased blood glucose levels.
  • Stay cool. Take regular breaks from the heat in airconditioned areas or designated cooling centers, if possible. Make sure to exercise in an air-conditioned place or exercise during early morning and evening hours when temperatures are cooler.
  • Keep medication and supplies cool and away from direct sunlight. Extreme temperatures and sunlight can have a damaging effect on diabetes
    medication such as insulin, causing the drug to break down or become less effective.
  • Stay hydrated. Dehydration stresses the body and affects glucose levels.
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol alcohol and caffeine have diuretic effects that can increase risks of dehydration.
  • Be alert for common signs of heat exhaustion. Signs of serious health-related illnesses can include: heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea, vomiting and fainting.

Vojta advises that people with diabetes should be on the lookout for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke and seek medical attention right away if they experience symptoms. Additional resources on managing and preventing diabetes can be found by visiting the websites of the American Diabetes Association (www. diabetes.org) and the National Diabetes Education Program (ndep.nih.gov/resources). UnitedHealth Group also offers a range of helpful tips and information on the disease at www.unitedhealthgroup.com/ diabetes.

Sarrell Dental is an Alabama based nonprofit which serves children ages 1-20 with Medicaid or ALLKids insurance. With 14 locations throughout the state and a Mobile Dental Bus, the Sarrell Dental Team has treated over 350,000 children since their establishment in 2004.

With over 185 employees, the Sarrell Dental staff is made up of individuals who are dedicated to helping children and ensuring no child is neglected when it comes to receiving dental care. The Sarrell Dental Team understands the importance of a comfortable environment for children and strives to make sure patients enjoy their trips to the dentist. With colorful walls, a friendly staff, and TV’s in each room, each office is catered to the needs of the children they serve.

Since opening, Sarrell Dental has seen a notable decrease in the revenue per patient treated. In 2005, the revenue per patient was $328. In 2011, the revenue per patient was decreased to $131. This decrease can be attributed to both the preventative work provided for children at a young age as well as Sarrell Dental’s community outreach efforts. Through providing dental screenings at local schools and daycares, the Sarrell Dental Team can evaluate the needs of students and ensure parents are aware of their child’s current dental needs. In addition, Sarrell Dental provides dental education lessons at various schools, day cares, and community events where children have the opportunity to learn the correct way of brushing, learn interesting dental facts, and ask any questions they might have through a fun, relaxing presentation.
Aside from providing dental care to children in need, one of the ways Sarrell Dental gives back to the community is through their free summer basketball camps which they put on in different areas across the state. Camp instructors include members of the University of Alabama basketball team who spend the day teaching children the fundamentals of basketball and the importance of team work.

Within their second annual session of summer basketball camps, over 200 children have attended the camps held in Anniston and Clanton. Sarrell Dental will hold their third basketball camp this Saturday, July 21st from 9:00am- 12 noon at the East Limestone High School Gym. The 2012 summer camp session will come to a close after the fourth basketball camp is held in Tuscaloosa on July 28th at the Tuscaloosa Plum Grove Baptist Church Activity Center.

Sarrell Dental takes pride in the opportunity to provide these free camps for children because they realize many children might not have the chance to attend summer camps due to the expense. The summer basketball camps provide a small way for Sarrell Dental to have an impact on children outside of the dental realm.

If you are looking for a dental home for your child or know of someone who might be interested in Sarrell’s services, Sarrell Dental has an office located near you at 310 West Elm Street in Athens, AL. To schedule an appointment or ask any questions you might have, please call (256) 262-0200 to speak with a Sarrell representative.

Sarrell Dental looks forward to continual growth as their team strives to meet the dental needs of Alabama’s children. With a mission devoted to oral care and oral health awareness along with a staff dedicated to children, the future of Sarrell Dental looks bright. For more information on Sarrell Dental, please visit our website at WWW.SarrellDental.Org.
By: Christine Marsh of Sarrell Dental

Courtesy ARA Content

(ARA) – As women enter their 40s and 50s, it’s inevitable. Menopause will begin. And so will the hot flashes.

At the onset of “the change,” many women turn to their moms, sisters and friends for advice on how to beat the heat during unpleasant and uninvited hot flashes. While each woman can offer her advice on relief, you might find that different treatments work for different women.

According to Rebecca Hulem, certified menopause clinician and affectionately known as “The Menopause Expert,” that is OK.

“There’s no one method of treatment that is appropriate for all menopausal women,” says Hulem. “The choices you make might be quite different from the ones your best friend makes. And the way a specific treatment method affects your body might also be quite different.”

But one common ground many women find in their treatment plans is that they are looking for natural solutions. Natural remedies typically involve plants or habitual lifestyle changes that help alleviate hot flashes.

For women seeking natural hot flash relief, below are a few of the most effective options:

Focus on nutrition
With many changes taking place inside your body, it’s essential to maintain the right kind of diet. What’s the right kind, you ask? One that’s full of fruits, vegetables and plant-based proteins such as beans, lentils, legumes and soy. Certain soy supplements, specifically, have been scientifically proven to decrease the frequency and severity of hot flashes.

For some women, certain foods trigger hot flashes. Common triggers include coffee, spicy foods or alcohol. Many experts recommend avoiding caffeine or alcohol within three hours of bedtime to decrease the likelihood of night sweats interrupting your sleep.

Exercise regularly
Exercise has been shown to improve hot flashes as well as a host of other menopause- related issues women face, including sleep disturbances. However, to reap the full benefits, it’s important to incorporate a variety of training techniques including aerobic, weight-bearing, strength training and relaxation exercises like yoga.

Take a natural supplement
Supplements containing soy isoflavones rich in genistein, or naturally-occurring compounds with a chemical structure similar to estrogen, have been scientifically proven to reduce the frequency and severity of menopausal hot flashes.

The results of the most comprehensive study to-date, which were published in Menopause: The Journal of The North American Menopause Society this year, found clear and consistent evidence that soy isoflavones decrease hot flash frequency and severity by approximately 50 to 60 percent.

However, it’s important to carefully examine supplement dosage to make sure you are getting an effective amount. Supplements that contain a dose of at least 19 milligrams of the soy isoflavone genistein are most effective.

Some companies are making it especially easy to find supplements that contain the right amount of soy iso-flavones – just look for the green NovaSoy brand leaf on the labels of over-thecounter supplements widely found in drug, grocery and health and nutrition stores. To find a list of products featuring the leaf logo, visit www.NovaSoy.com.

Deflate stress with therapy
It’s been proven that lowering stress levels helps decrease menopausal hot flashes. There are many ways to alleviate stress, such as deep breathing, meditation and yoga exercises. But some women are turning to more creative therapies such as hypnotherapy, herbal therapy and aromatherapy. Regardless of the approach you choose, bringing your body to a state of calmness and relaxation should help minimize hot flashes.

It’s important to remember though, that you should still consult your health care provider even if you are using natural options for hot flash relief. Discuss your symptoms, treatment plan and how it may impact your overall health.

It’s also critical for women to remember that treatment doesn’t work overnight, emphasizes Hulem.

“You may need to try several different approaches before you find the one that works best for you,” she says.

Drs. Lynn and Lorie Hedgepeth

Common Questions from Parents:
1. How early should children be adjusted?
2. Is it safe?
3. Why do they need adjustments?
4. What if they cry? All of these questions go through the minds of parents who are considering chiropractic care for their children. Some parents are hesitant about getting their children adjusted even though they are under chiropractic care themselves. If chiropractic care is important to your good health, then it should be important to your children’s health as well.

After all, children have nervous systems that control all of their body functions just as you do. And just like you, they get subluxations too. A subluxation is what happens when spinal bones loss their normal position and motion from stress, trauma, or chemical imbalance.

It’s Never Too Soon
Subluxations can occur at any time. The first one may very well have occurred at your baby’s birth. That is why parents who understand the importance of correcting subluxations have their newborns examined by their chiropractor as soon after birth as possible. By correcting subluxations at an early age, the damage that comes from functioning at less than optimal levels can be prevented. The longer a subluxation is present, the greater loss of proper function. In addition, the longer the subluxation is present, the longer your child’s body will continue to grow in a compromised way.

Many people who come in to a chiropractic’s office for the first time as adults would have had far greater potential for regaining their health if they had received regular chiropractic care as children.

Kids Make Great Patients
Adjusting a child is not a difficult procedure . In fact, in most cases, a child’s spine is much easier to adjust than an adults. Children have not had the long-standing subluxations, their muscles are not tense, and they are usually just more relaxed in general than adults. In most cases, children hold their adjustments for longer periods of time as well. However, with falls, accidents and the generally active lives most kids experience, regular chiropractic check ups are important.

It’s Worth The Effort
Chiropractic adjustments are usually painless. Children may, on the first visit or two, be somewhat reluctant. However, they rarely hesitate to get on the table to get adjusted, especially when they see other members of their family being adjusted as well. Chiropractic adjustments are important to their good health and the few tears that may occur on the first visit (usually because of fear of the unknown) are well worth the benefits to our children’s health. Obviously children who are adjusted regularly from infancy think of their visits to the chiropractor as a regular part of their lives and are not the least bit hesitant to climb onto the adjusting table.

Drs. Lynn & Lorie Hedgepeth are chiropractors at ChiroCare in East Limestone. They are both active members of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA). You can obtain more information about children and chiropractic by visiting the website www.ICPA4kids. org.