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More and more of what I read about diabetes implicates inflammation. So
when Dr. Michael Jaff told me about its role in peripheral arterial
disease (PAD) I took the opportunity to delve into what he could tell
me about both inflammation and PAD. Dr. Jaff is the medical director of the Vascular Diagnostic Laboratory at
Massachusetts General Hospital and a specialist in treating PAD. My previous article here reported on our discussion of the role of exercise in preventing PAD, which is one of the complications of diabetes. Inflammation is a broad term. It includes everything from peritoneal disease to muscle soreness and plaque in our arteries. "We
all think about
inflammation as in inflamed joints after we exercise," Dr. Jaff began.
"Things like that. But there is a fairly common pathway for all forms
of inflammation." We have certain cells that
cause inflammation, and they are white blood cells. Most people think of
white blood cells as those that fight off infection, but in fact white
Generic Name: METHYLSALICYLATE/MENTHOL - TOPICAL Pronounced: (METH-ill-sal-ISS-ill-ate/MEN-thall) Muscle Rub Top Uses
This product is used to treat minor aches and pains of the
muscles/joints (e.g., arthritis, backache, sprains). Menthol and methyl
salicylate are known as counterirritants. They work by causing the skin to feel
cool and then warm. These feelings on the skin distract you from feeling the
aches/pains deeper in your muscles, joints, and tendons.
How To Use Muscle Rub Top
Follow all directions on the product package. If you are
uncertain about any of the information, consult your doctor or
This medication is for use on the skin only. Do not apply
near the eyes, mouth, nose, or genitals, and be careful not to touch those
areas while the medication is on your hands. If you do get the medication in
those areas, flush with plenty of water. Wash your hands well before inserting
If you are usin...
A couple of months ago, I had coffee with a friend who had just started an exercise program. She would grimace anytime she got up, obviously her muscles and joints rebelling against her new regimen. To ease the pain, many people would use the heating bad, a massage or a hot bath with lots of Epsom salts. Those all are great ways to ease the discomfort, but there are other options you can use as well.
For instance, your dietary choices can make a big difference! “Food works on a cellular level, so you might not notice a difference in the first hour after eating them,” Jessica Crandall, a Denver dietitian and member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, told The Wall Street Journal . However, some foods can decrease muscle inflammation and can help you recover. These foods and beverages include:
Omega-3 fatty acids - The University of Maryland Medical Center reports that eating foods with omega-3 fatty acids help to reduce inflammation. The George Mateljan Foundation poi...
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