Everyone likes to relax and take some time off at the holidays, right? But how can you – when you’re in that “sandwich” generation that’s still minding kids, AND keeping an eagle eye on aging parents? Well, you can’t be everything to everybody; don’t even try. But this holiday season, in the midst of all the celebrations, take a moment to remind kids (and cajole parents) about one piece of their health that can make or break a person, literally: bones.
You know that everyone – even babies – is at risk of poor bone health, right?
Oh, you didn’t know that? You thought osteoporosis was only something you worried about when you were, like, 85 years old?
And if you’re a guy? No worries at all. Men don’t get osteoporosis, that’s a woman’s disease.
Wrong. And wrong again.
Osteoporosis – severe weakening of the bones, often leading to fracture – can happen a...
To prevent heartburn, avoid foods and beverages that may trigger your symptoms. These include alcohol, caffeine, carbonated beverages, chocolate, citrus fruits and juices, tomatoes, tomato sauces, spicy or fatty foods, full-fat dairy products, peppermint, and spearmint.
Also, try the following changes to your eating habits and lifestyle:
Sleep with your head raised about 6 inches
Lose weight if you are overweight
Avoid garments or belts that fit tightly around your waist
Drink plenty of fluids
Avoid bending over or exercising just after eating
DO NOT lie down with a full stomach. For example, avoid eating within 2-3 hours of bedtime
Eat smaller meals
See heartburn .
Heartburn, also known as gastric reflux or indigestion, happens after you eat and food is in your stomach. In the stomach, food is broken down by acids. Usually these acids stay in your stomach because a valve blocks the acids from going up the esophagus. Sometimes this valve doesn't work properly because the muscle weakens. When this happens, gastric acids can travel up the esophagus and cause a burning sensation -- this is heartburn. When these acids travel up into the mouth and then down into the lungs, they can cause gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Symptoms of heartburn and GERD include:
irritating burning sensation in the chest or throat
middle back pain
bitter, acidic taste in the mouth
an increase in the burning sensation while lying down
Breast cancer treatments that can cause heartburn and GERD are:
Tykerb (chemical name: lapatinib), a targeted therapy
Bisphosphonates, medicines that are used to protect bones during breast cancer treat...
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