How to Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner with Diabetes

Posted on: November 9th, 2015 by CarePro Blogger

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The holidays are coming up fast, which means an exciting time of loved ones getting together for food and fellowship. But, if you’re living with diabetes, events such as Thanksgiving dinner can be hazardous to your health! Most of us consume well over 2,000 calories during this annual meal, which is problematic for those who are trying to lose weight. On top of that, many of the dishes are packed full of sugar.

However, with a little bit of planning, you can enjoy Thanksgiving and keep healthy. Here are some tips on how:

Thanksgiving Portion Control

Plan on making one trip, not many. Instead of a heaping spoon of one item, make sure you take just a little bit. Decide that you will finish loading up your plate when it’s covered, not when it’s overflowing. Then choose ahead of time which items you really want to eat and which ones you’re okay skipping.

Thanksgiving Turkey Adjustments

Turkey is healthy for you, but around this time of the year, a lot of unhealthy things are done to it! Remove the skin, and use herbs and spices to give it flavor, instead of gravy. If you absolutely want gravy, just spot enough on for taste. Also, avoid deep-frying the bird—opt instead for smoked or oven-roasted turkey.

Diabetes-friendly Stuffing

When planned right, stuffing can be healthy. Use whole grain or whole wheat bread, and pack it with vegetables such as onions, carrots, celery and mushrooms.

Potatoes with Diabetes

Lay off on the extra butter, sour cream and cheese for your Thanksgiving potatoes. Trying using Greek yogurt or ground pepper instead. Some potatoes, such as sweet potatoes, are so flavorful that they don’t need anything added to them!

Go Light on the Cranberry Sauce

This dish is both thick in carbs and sugar! If you must have it, go very light on the portion.

Just Say No to Green Bean Casserole

This dish is often full of unhealthy fats from ingredients such as fried onions, butter and soup. This is a dish that’s best passed on. Instead, opt for non-starchy vegetables as your side.

Remember, it is possible to live a full life while managing your diabetes. That’s why we carry a wide range of diabetic supplies at our CarePro Pharmacy locations.  Call us to discuss your unique needs today!

4 Scary Causes and Effects of Smoking-Related Vascular Disease

Posted on: November 9th, 2015 by CarePro Blogger

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It’s the largest preventable cause of death and disease in the United States, with more than 480,000 Americans fatally succumbing to its effects each year. An estimated 42 million U.S. adults still do it, racking up a $170 billion yearly medical bill across the nation. It fosters bone decay, impotency, and more than 100 different types of cancer.

Please – put the cigarette down.

At CarePro Health Services, we believe knowledge is power. In honor of the American Cancer’s Society’s annual Great American Smokeout, we want to expose the cause-and-effect of smoking-related vascular disease. Consider how it snowballs:

  • The block… Smoking narrows blood vessels to the point that they’re blocked. Fatty deposits in the vessels build up and build up (called “arteriosclerosis”) until blood struggles to flow through as normal. As flow is choked, your body loses circulation of blood that carries the oxygen and nutrients it needs to thrive.
  • …might cause gangrene… Without oxygen, your body starves. And when it starves, it dies. As skin, muscle, and tissue dies, it turns black and becomes impossible for future blood flow, even if surrounding vessels eventually reopen in the absence of cigarette use.
  • …that leads to amputation… Decaying skin can no longer receive blood that carries antibodies that fight infection. Tissue is then susceptible to bacteria, which can attack surrounding areas. To prevent further spread of this crippling disease to remaining healthy tissues, amputation may be the answer. Extremities – parts ranging from toes and fingers to portions of feet to entire lengths of legs – may be removed, depending on severity and response time to the spread of disease.
  • …which worsens for diabetics. For those with diabetes, the risk of contracting vascular disease and other smoking-related complications that lead to amputation is three times higher than for those without. The chemicals and crud that cigarettes pump into your body may weaken its ability to respond to insulin. If your blood sugar goes unchecked, you’re at increased risk for diabetic complications in your heart, kidneys and blood vessels.

We believe in the power of total health and want to help you achieve the healthiest you possible. For a closer look at how you can kick the habit, contact CarePro Pharmacy today!

4 VITAL Tips on How to Avoid the Flu this Season

Posted on: October 15th, 2015 by CarePro Blogger

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It’s creepy, it’s crawly, and it’s coming for you: welcome, flu season. It’s estimated that between 5% and 20% of all Americans catch the flu each year, with 200,000 of those cases requiring hospitalization. All those aches, chills, and sneezes can be avoided, however, with these tips from CarePro Health Services:

  • Get shot: The Center for Disease Control stresses that yearly flu vaccines are vital to steering clear of sickness. Because the flu virus is constantly evolving, it’s important for everyone ages six months and up to receive a vaccination of the current season’s strain. CarePro Pharmacy makes this first and crucial step easy with flu shots at each of our five pharmacy locations.
  • Don’t skimp on hygiene: It’s the smallest actions that make the biggest difference in your health. Practice covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, throwing away the tissue once used. Wash your hands with soap and water frequently, and steer clear of touching your eyes, nose and mouth to stop the spread of germs. Disinfect surfaces of high use around your kitchen, bathroom, and office space to stay healthy at home and at work.
  • Say “goodnight” to alcohol: A nightcap might help ease you into sleep if you can already feel the sniffles coming on, but it doesn’t help keep you there. Alcohol interferes with you REM sleep, the deepest and most restorative part of your sleep cycle. Ditch the drink for tea or hot water with lemon and honey if you need a little warmth in your belly before bed.
  • Pump protein: Protein is an essential part of an active immune system. A diet lacking in it deprives your body’s inner defense system of the building block it needs to stay strong and fight sickness. Instead, load up on foods like eggs, yogurt, and fish that are packed with protein.

CarePro Health Services wants you and your loved ones to stay healthy this flu season. Stop by one of our five pharmacy locations to receive a flu shot and safeguard yourself today!

3 Key Products for Fall Prevention in Older Adults

Posted on: September 8th, 2015 by CarePro Blogger

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are easily the leading cause for both fatal and nonfatal injuries in older adults.  What causes these falls?  As we age, our muscles weaken, our reflexes get slower and we have pain where there wasn’t pain before.

All of these common symptoms of aging lead to falls.  In honor of Fall Prevention Awareness Day, CarePro Health Services is talking about home medical products that could prevent serious injury for your loved one.

  • Bathroom Safety Products – Surprisingly, the bathroom is actually the most common room in the house for a fall to occur. To keep individuals safe in the bathroom, install grab bars, a hand shower, tub grips and even a raised toilet seat for less bending and muscle strain.
  • Pain Management Products – A leading cause of falls in older adults is chronic pain in the back, hands or feet. Treat pain and prevent further injury by using products such as the LaserTouchOne micro-current pain relief device or the Omni Massage Roller which diffuses knots and makes deep tissue massage pain-free.
  • Mobility Aids – Many older adults fall because they don’t have the proper mobility aid. Canes and walkers are a great solution for those who can get around easily, but may occasionally need a stabilizer.

At CarePro, older adults make up a large portion of the community we serve.  We spend a great deal of our resources researching the best products to carry to keep our aging loved ones safe as well as provide proper training to our loved ones and their families on how to use these fall prevention products.

Visit a CarePro location near you to see firsthand how home medical equipment could keep you or your loved one safe in the home today and don’t forget to take advantage of our September special for 20% OFF ALL Home Medical Cash Sale Products!

Fall Favorites: Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Crisp Air and Flu Shots for the Whole Family

Posted on: September 8th, 2015 by CarePro Blogger

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What items make up your fall favorites list?  Pumpkin spice lattes, fall leaves, crisp air, hearty soups, flu shots – wait, no!  OK – flu shots might not be on your fall favorites list, but they should make an appearance on your fall to-do list.  While recent years have brought doubt and suspicion to flu shots, we still feel they play a vital role in keeping your family healthy throughout the colder months.  If you’re not convinced, here are 4 reasons to bring your family in to CarePro Pharmacy TODAY for your flu vaccine:

  1. Recommended for ALL AGES

In years past, the CDC recommended children and adults over the age of 18 get the vaccine, but now recommend everyone over the age of 6 months get the flu shot if they are able.  There are some exceptions for those who have had a severe reaction to a previous flu vaccine.

  1. Flu Shot Timing is EVERYTHING

As the temperature drops, cases of the flu rise and gain momentum.  Also, supplies are limited and the flu shot takes two weeks to take full effect.  Get your family to CarePro Pharmacy TODAY to guarantee your vaccinations and provide the best flu protection possible for your family.

  1. When Flu Turns to Severe Pneumonia

Some of you may think, “What the hay, the flu only lasts a few days so why worry.”  While this is true, there is a risk for individual with the flu to also develop pneumonia caused by MRSA, which is potentially life-threatening.

  1. Flu Fatalities

Over 207 children died from the flu last year.  H1N1 can be extremely dangerous for children, pregnant women and the elderly.

In addition to getting the flu shot, we also recommend practicing good hygiene, diet and exercise to provide further protection against flu strains that may not be covered in this year’s vaccine.  Come to CarePro Pharmacy for your flu shot this month and receive:

  • One free bottle of vitamin D
  • $5 OFF a purchase of $20
  • Buy one, get on half OFF (certain restrictions apply)

Call 800-575-8810 or stop by to get your flu shot today!

Back-to-School Medicine Cabinet Must-Haves

Posted on: August 11th, 2015 by CarePro Blogger

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Back-to-school season brings fall allergies, common colds and playground bumps and bruises. This means the contents of your medicine cabinet is more important than ever. You don’t want to have to make a late night run to the store, so today’s CarePro Health Services blog is about back-to-school medicine cabinet must haves. All of these items can be purchased at our pharmacy locations.

Back-to-School Medicine Cabinet Must Haves:

  • Ace bandage
  • Aloe Vera gel
  • Antibacterial ointment
  • Bandages in assorted sizes
  • Burn cream
  • Cotton balls
  • Cotton-tipped swabs
  • Hydrocortisone anti-itch cream
  • Large, sterile gauze pads
  • Medical tape
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Peroxide
  • Reusable cold packs
  • Reusable heat packs
  • Sanitizing wipes or hand sanitizer gel
  • Saline solution (for use as eye wash)
  • Sharp Scissors
  • Tweezers

Most of the above items can be found at a CarePro Pharmacy location and so can the following medications you should have in your medicine cabinet as well.

  • Analgesic throat spray- back to school season brings a variety of sicknesses brought home from the classroom. A sore throat will likely hit home sometime this fall, so having throat spray on hand can keep the tears of pain from flowing.
  • Antacid tablets- sometime during the beginning of the school year, your child’s stomach may not agree with something they ate at lunch at antacid tablets will help with the irritation.
  • Child-formula decongestant- for the days of fall allergies and cold season, a decongestant can keep your child comfortable without the sniffles from fall allergies or a cough.
  • Child thermometer- a child sized thermometer will help your child feel less nervous about taking their temperature. This will also help you decide if you need to take your child to the doctor or not.

CarePro Health Services hopes your medicine cabinet is stocked for the back to school season. If you need any of these must haves, stop into one of our pharmacies today for all of your medicine cabinet needs.

Important Kids Vitamins

Posted on: August 11th, 2015 by CarePro Blogger

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If your child is young, you know they are growing like crazy, but they may not be getting all the necessary nutrients to help them grow. Today’s CarePro Health Services blog has the benefits of a multivitamin and how it can bridge the nutrition gap for your child.

Benefits of a multivitamin for children:

  • Bridges nutritional gap- Your child may not enjoy eating broccoli, carrots or other vegetables and fruits that provide them with nutrients they need to grow. A multivitamin from CarePro can help bridge the nutritional gap. Vitamins each day can provide them with the nutrients they otherwise lack. Each different vitamin has a specific role to play in our body, especially for growing children. A multivitamin encompasses all of those vitamins.
  • Supports strong and healthy bones- Calcium and vitamin D are two of the main vitamins and minerals that help grow strong bones in children. A good multivitamin contains these vitamins and minerals. Not only can a good multivitamin help build strong bones, but also strong teeth and can set your child up for having strong bones as an adult and prevent osteoporosis.
  • Maintain a strong immune system- Back to school season brings the common cold and the stomach flu to your home. At school, children are exposed to various sicknesses and a multivitamin can build an immunity to these illnesses.
  • Sustain energy- If your child is being weaned off nap time, a multivitamin is the best way to help your child sustain energy. While they are at school during the day, they will be able to pay attention in class and learn more each day.

CarePro Pharmacies have a variety of options when it comes to vitamins for children, including our multivitamins for children. Stop in today to learn more about our 20% off offer on all kids vitamins.


Study Reveals Why You’re Not Sleeping Well

Posted on: July 14th, 2015 by CarePro Blogger

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How well do you sleep at night? CarePro Health Services knows that some nights are better than others when it comes to sleep. Recently, a study completed by the National Sleep Foundation revealed several reasons why you may not be sleeping well throughout the night. Check out the reasons below and see if you could improve your sleep tonight!

Reasons why you’re not sleeping well:

Your mattress– The study revealed that 9 out of 10 participants indicated that a good mattress was important to their comfort and sleep wellness throughout the night. If your mattress is outdated, it is recommended to look into getting a new one for the best sleep comfort.

Your bedding– Second to mattress comfort was the importance of the bedroom’s overall comfort. 70% of participants in the study said that their pillow was a big part of their sleep quality each night. Could your pillow be keeping you up at night? What about the type of bedding you have? The style and comfort of sheets was a factor for 53% of study participants. When picking out sheets and pillows, be sure to take into account your body’s needs. Do you prefer firm or fluffy pillows? Are your sheets irritating your skin?

Your bed companion– Is your sleep partner keeping you awake at night? Could it be your dog or cat that keeps you tossing and turning? 41% of participants in the National Sleep Foundation study said that their partner’s snoring kept them awake at night and 27% stated that animals in the bed were a cause of not sleeping well. Consider keeping your pets in their own bed on the floor or in a kennel so you will sleep better at night. If your partner snores, it could be a sign of sleep apnea.  Have your partner tested and treated for this life-threatening condition.

Sleep aids available at CarePro:

Viniferamine Sleep Support– A holistic approach to sleeping well can be found at CarePro Pharmacies. This natural option is an option will help you if you have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep throughout the night.

Aquegel– If you’re looking for a topical gel for better sleep, Aquegel is ideal for those suffering from breathing problems while sleeping. Learn more about Aquegel at your local CarePro Pharmacy.

CPAP therapy– If you live with sleep apnea, you may be familiar with CPAP therapy. CarePro Home Medical offer CPAP clinics to answer all of your questions about treating sleep apnea with CPAP therapy, how to use CPAP machines and accessories, and any other questions you have regarding CPAP therapy.

CarePro Health Services hopes you are able to find the reason you’re not sleeping well. Contact us today to learn more about our sleep solution options.

Tips for Sleeping Better in the Summer

Posted on: July 13th, 2015 by CarePro Blogger

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July brings the dog days of summer and in Iowa, that means the temperature can be extremely uncomfortable. CarePro Health Services cares about your sleep comfort and wellness, so today we are bringing you four tips for sleeping better in the summer.

  1. Use a ceiling fan or box fan to circulate the air in your bedroom. Not only will a fan give you the sense of a cooler room, but also you will experience better airflow into your room. A ceiling fan is designed to circulate air no matter what the season, so keeping your fan on during the day can make for a better night’s sleep.
  2. Use room darkening curtains to regulate the light. Depending on what time you go to bed during the summer, it could still be light out. Room darkening curtains can keep the light out and the cold air in. If you’re not home during the day, keep your curtains closed in the bedroom so the sun does not heat up the room. Keeping the curtains closed can add to your sleep comfort level this summer, even on the hottest days. This concept can also be used throughout the house to save on energy this summer.
  3. Be consistent with your sleep schedule. Consistency is especially important if you have sleep apnea and use CPAP therapy. If you are new to CPAP therapy treatment for your sleep apnea, some of our CarePro Home Medical locations offer assistance on CPAP therapy equipment and treatment. Our clinics are designed to answer all of your questions about sleep apnea and CPAP use. You will thank yourself later for keeping a consistent sleep schedule because you will experience better sleep every night of the week.
  4. Use sleep aid options from CarePro Pharmacies. We offer many options when it comes to natural and holistic approaches to sleep aids. Viniferamine Sleep Support is a capsule version of a natural sleep aid so you can have longer and deeper sleep each night. If you’re not a fan of capsules, we also have Aquegel, a topical, nasal moisturizer to keep your nasal passages comfortable throughout the night.

CarePro Health Services hopes you are able to find comfort while you sleep this summer. Contact us today to learn more about our sleep aid options.

Watch Out for Medication Interactions with Sunlight THIS SUMMER

Posted on: June 9th, 2015 by CarePro Blogger

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Summertime means longer days and shorter nights, meaning you may experience a bit more sunlight than you would in other months of the year. CarePro Health Services wants you to be aware of the risks of medication interaction with sunlight. Some medications cannot handle sunlight when you are taking them, so as a pharmacy, we want to warn you of the dangers of too much sun and your medications in today’s blog.

Reactions on your skin can occur when certain medications interacts with too much sun exposure. Reactions can include skin redness, rashes and other irritating skin issues. Many prescription medications are clearly labeled if they have photo-toxicity.

Photo-toxicity is drug induced sun sensitivity. The pharmacists at your local CarePro Pharmacy will provide information during your consultation if the current medication you are taking could produce sun sensitivity.  They will also put a sticker on your prescription if this is a potential reaction.

You’d be surprised at which medication interact with the sun, here are a few that interact badly:

  • Topical Acne Medications: Certain acne medications can cause moderate to severe sun sensitivity. Some of these topical medications include benzoyl peroxide and Accutane. When using topical acne medications, be aware of warning labels that state sun sensitivity is common.
  • Antibiotics: These medications used to fight off infection are known for causing sun sensitivity because of their powerful infection fighting properties. If you must be outside while on antibiotics, seek shade or wear a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Diuretics: Avoid the sun while taking diuretics because some forms may cause sun sensitivity. Exposure to sunlight, even for short periods of time may cause skin redness, sun burn, or rashes. The best way to avoid painful skin irritation is to wear protective clothing and use sunscreen while you are outdoors.

CarePro Health Services hopes you enjoy the summer sun without skin irritation. Our pharmacy locations have sunscreen to help with your sun sensitivity.