Patients living with asthma do not need to accept compromise when it comes to quality of life. Asthmatics can live a symptoms free life! Learn what is important when treating asthma, including optimizing your medications, inhaler device technique, regular assessments and continuous asthma education.
Asthma is a disease that has two components. One is inflammation within the lining of the lungs, while the other is bronchoconstriction. To treat asthma effectively it is important to understand this disease and which medications treat each component. Learn more about asthma and related medications to help improve your asthma control.
Did you know that up to 80% of asthmatics with poorly controlled do not have good inhaler technique. Along with being on optimal drug therapy, having good inhaler technique is essential when treating asthma. Proper inhaler technique ensures that the medications are delivered deep into the lungs where it is most needed. If you are asthmatic, consider getting regular instruction on your inhaler technique.
Do I need an insulin pump?
If you have diabetes, you may benefit from an insulin pump to help manage your blood sugar levels. Insulin pumps are not for everyone with diabetes and it depends on the type of diabetes you have. If you have diabetes and do not take insulin, you wouldn't need a pump at all. A growing number of people with Type I diabetes (and some with Type II) do have insulin pumps. You can ask your doctor or diabetes care team if you are a candidate for an insulin pump.
How can I prevent dementia?
It's difficult to give a magic formula for ensuring you won't develop dementia in your lifetime. The basic recommendation is to make sure that you are actively managing your health along with the help of your family doctor. You should be taking care of any health risks, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol, and getting regular exercise. There is some evidence that eating a Mediterranean diet (higher in fish and oils rather than red meat) and drinking a moderate amount of red wine may also be helpful in reducing your risk of dementia.
What is causing my hand numbness?
Numbness in your hands can be caused by something like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, which involves the nerve running to your hand through your wrist being pressed on (often by swelling caused by repetitive use of the hands). If you are waking with numb hands in the morning, or have numbnesss after elevating your hands, there could be other causes related to your symptoms.