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Monthly Archives: November 2011

Tape the toothpast and sunblock together – become Super Sunsmart

Gavin LeSueur - November 28, 2011

The message might be boring but the outcome is not!

Ultraviolet radiation – Sun – damage is cumulative. The more you get the more damage is likely to occur. There is significant damage done after a day at the beach and a bad sunburn – in fact statistics show that one bad sunburn doubles your life risk of melanoma. We often forget that problems also arise with regular small amounts of exposure.

One of the common areas I remove skin cancers from is the back of hands and the right side of the face.

“But I never go in the Sun Doctor!” I am often emphatically told.

“Did you drive here?” I would ask. “Have you driven to work each day for the past 20 years?” There was usually a nod of the head in acknowledgment

“Well the sun shines on your hands and the window side of your face. Those areas have had a lot more exposure and are paying the price.”

Regular sun exposure to one area leads to local areas of premature ageing, wrinkles, redness, scaling and often skin cancers.

When I first came to this now obvious realisation I decided to put sunblock on myself before driving into the office each day. Many days I would forget and remember as I looked at the back of my hands on the steering wheel.

So I decided to work out a way not to forget. I taped the sunblock and the toothpaste tube together. My teeth never got missed so putting on the sunblock on my hands followed naturally.

And for the trip home I have a second tube of sunblock under the dash in the car!

I would be interested to hear how others have solved the memory dillema and manage to block out when needed. Summer is here. Time to get sun smart.

Up, Up and away!!!!!! High Blood pressure

Gavin LeSueur - November 7, 2011

Every adult should have their blood pressure checked.

If your blood pressure is ‘normal’ and you have no other risk factors for cardiovascular disease, and no personal or family history of high blood pressure, a check every two years and during routine visits to your doctor is recommended.

If your blood pressure is ‘high–normal’ (or higher), or if you have other risk factors for cardiovascular disease, a personal or family history of high blood pressure, stroke or heart attack, it is best to have it checked more frequently as recommended by your Doctor.

If blood pressure remains high, it can lead to serious health problems. You will be more at risk of these problems if you smoke, are overweight, are physically inactive, have diabetes, have high blood cholesterol, are socially isolated or have depression.

Lifestyle changes are very important to help to control high blood pressure and lower your risk of cardiovascular disease. Suggestions include:

* Reduce your excess body weight. Know your BMI ( if you do not know what this means then it is time to find out!)
* Be physically active – the recommendations for your age are in the eDoc members section.
* Limit your alcohol intake
* Quit smoking – now, today, immediately!
* Decrease your salt/sodium intake
* Increase your potassium intake through eating a wide variety of fruit, vegetables, plain unsalted nuts and legumes.

Some people may also need medicine to control high blood pressure, but it is still important for them to make lifestyle changes too.

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