January - March 2013 Edition: Naples Health

Health Buzz

Tips to keep you feeling great

Preventing “food fights” A s anyone who’s had to deal with a stubborn two-year-old knows, forcing a child to follow a health- ful diet just doesn’t work. Instead of threats, punishments or cajoling, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics sug- gests the following more subtle but longer- lasting approaches: • Keep to structured, regularly

thing. It tends to keep you more alert and make you more careful. Typically, such anxiety fades as soon as the test is over or you safely reach your destination. But for millions of people, the anxious feelings don’t go away. They may, in fact, get worse over time and lead to nightmares and even chest pains. If left unchecked, they can develop into phobias (irrational fears of something specific), panic disorders, post-traumatic stress dis- order, obsessive-compulsive disorder or a generalized, unrelenting sense of anxiety.

scheduled mealtimes and snacks, when you and your child sit down together to eat.

Fortunately, treatment for anxiety disorders is available. It may consist of therapy, medicines or a combination of both. If you are feeling overly anxious, speak to your physician or make an appointment for an evaluation. Resources and information are readily available through the National Institute of Mental Health (www.nimh.nih.gov). Smoking and joint failure Two new studies, presented at the 2012 annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, showed a clear connection between smoking and an increased risk of hip and knee replacement failure. The first study looked at 621 total knee replacement patients, 131 of whom were smokers. The smokers had a 10 percent failure rate, versus a 1 percent failure rate for the non-smok- ers. The smokers were also nearly

• Be a good role model by eating and offering healthy foods. • Eat plenty of vegetables, serve them in different ways and freely express your enjoyment of them. • Turn off the TV and put away cell phones during meals. • Set clear but realistic expectations for manners and behavior at the table. Identify your asthma triggers Knowing what causes your asthma symptoms plays an impor- tant role in helping to control them. According to the American Lung Association, asthma triggers are diverse and not always expected. Among the most common triggers are the following: • Outdoor allergens, including tree pollen, grasses and molds • Respiratory infections (colds, flu and other viral infections) • Exposure to pollutants (tobacco or wood smoke, chemical fumes, perfume, etc.) • Sinus infections • Heartburn/acid reflux • Exercising • Animals and insect pests • Food (e.g. peanuts, shellfish, etc.) • Medicines • Breathing in cold air • Ask your healthcare provider if an allergy skin test would be helpful in identifying your individual allergens. Dealing with excess anxiety It’s natural to feel a bit nervous or anxious before a test or while walking down a dark street. And a little anxiety can be a good

twice as likely to have medical complications from their surger- ies, including deep vein thrombo- sis, cardiac problems and acute kidney failure. The second study, involving 533 hip replacement patients, showed similar results. The smokers had a failure rate of 9.1 percent versus

3.4 percent for non-smokers. The researchers recommended that orthopaedic surgeons strongly push their patients to quit smoking before surgery. Experts at the conference also noted that patients who quit smoking before or during orthopaedic treatment not only have better outcomes but also less overall pain.

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