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THYROID HEALTH AFFECTS ALL ASPECTS OF WELL BEING, BOTH GENDERS, ALL AGES

It is estimated that 200 million people in the world have some form of thyroid disease. In Canada there is a staggering number of people affected. Recent studies indicate that 1 in 10 Canadians suffer from a thyroid condition of one type or another! Of those, as many as 50% are undiagnosed!

 

THYROID DISEASE IS A FAMILY AFFAIR

Thyroid disease is hereditary and commonly affects other members in the family, but may show up in another form. Until this gland goes awry, very little attention is given to its small, butterfly shaped presence at the base of the neck.The hormones it secretes are essential to all growth and metabolism.

 

THE DOMINO EFFECT

Most people are unaware that cardiac disease, lupus, reproductive difficulties, diabetes, arthritis as well as many other health issues are associated with a poor functioning thyroid gland. Research has shown that early thyroid assessment can, in many cases, reduce the incidence or severity of these high profile diseases.

 

THERE ARE MANY TYPES OF THYROID DISEASE, INCLUDING:

  • Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)
  • Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)
  • Graves’ eye disease
  • Cancer of the thyroid
  • Nodules

 

THYROID HEALTH FOR LIFE

Thyroid disease may have a significant effect when it occurs at critical times during the life cycle and this will require different treatment and testing.

  • Newborns
  • Childhood
  • Pregnancy
  • The Elderly

 

 

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Second Dose Eligibility

Please see below for eligibilty to receive your second dose of Astra Zeneca:

• Individuals who received their first dose on or after March 20, 2021; AND
• At least 12 weeks have passed since the individual’s first dose
 

 

Please see below for eligibilty to receive your second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine AND COVID-19 vaccine MODERNA

As of May 31, 2021:
• Individuals who are 80 years of age or older; AND
• At least 4 weeks have passed since the individual’s first dose


As of June 14, 2021:
• Individuals who are 70 years of age or older; AND
• At least 4 weeks have passed since the individual’s first dose


As of June 28, 2021:
• Individuals who received their first dose during the period of March 8 to April 18, 2021


As of July 19, 2021:
• Individuals who received their first dose during the period of April 19 to May 9, 2021


As of August 2, 2021:
• Individuals who received their first dose during the period of May 10 to May 30, 2021


As of August 9, 2021:
• All other individuals (including those aged 12 to 25 years) who received their first dose from May 31 onwards; AND

• At least 4 weeks have passed since the individual’s first dose

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Men's Health Month

10 Health Tips for Men of Any Age

If you’re like most men, you probably have a career plan and a retirement plan. And maybe even a plan for starting or providing for your family. But do you have a plan for keeping yourself healthy? While some health issues are beyond your control, there are several ways you can keep your mind and body strong and healthy. Here are tips for protecting your health at any age. Start your healthy living plan today!

 

1. Hang Out With Friends and Family
You might think you’re too busy for a boys’ night out or lunch with your mom. But activities like these may save your life. Research shows that social ties can help you survive health problems, make you happier, and even prolong your life. One study even found that social bonds can protect your physical health as much as quitting smoking. 

 

2. Don’t Smoke
Smoking is the major cause of lung cancer. Lung cancer kills more men than any other type of cancer. Smoking is also linked to heart disease, stroke, and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). And half of all long-term smokers will die because they use tobacco. The good news is that as soon as you stop smoking, you start to decrease your risk of developing chronic diseases.  Ask our pharmacist how they can help you quit smoking.

 

3. Eat a Healthy Diet
Take-out food may be tasty and easy. But you have to be smart about the kind of quick food choices you make. Too many fatty foods and sugary drinks increases your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. And you’ll risk packing on the pounds. Instead, work on eating more vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, and whole grains.

 

4. Break a Sweat
Exercise can reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, colon cancer, and other health problems. It can also keep your weight down and sharpen your judgment. Plus, you will likely sleep better and live longer. So try to get at least two and a half hours of moderate-intensity activity every week. This can include things like yard work, riding a bike, and shoveling snow.

 

5. Unplug and Take a Break
Small amounts of stress can energize you and sharpen your ability to perform well. But too much stress over time can cause serious physical and mental health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, digestive problems, sleeplessness, and depression. To de-stress, get some exercise, meet up with friends, take a break from the phone and computer screens.

 

6. Get Plenty of Sleep
It seems like there are never enough hours in the day. As a result, at least 25% of Canadians are sleep-deprived. Too little sleep is linked to obesity, accidental trauma, heart disease, depression, and diabetes. It also puts you at risk of car accidents due to drowsy driving. Sleeping seven to nine hours per night can improve your work performance, your physical safety, and your body’s ability to fight disease.


 

7. Go to the Doctor
Even if you feel fine, regular checkups and screenings are vital for protecting your health. How important? They will help you spot signs of serious diseases and conditions early, when you have a better chance of successfully treating them. You’ll also be more likely to find problems before they cause painful or bothersome symptoms. And you’ll live a longer and more active life free of disability. Find a primary care doctor and schedule a checkup today.

 

8. Lend a Hand
Studies have found that helping other people can decrease blood pressure, stress levels, and chronic pain. It can also reduce your likelihood of having depression and can even help you live longer. And helping others doesn’t have to be a big deal. You can donate to a fundraising drive, mow a neighbor’s grass, or run a race for a charity


9. Don’t Skip the Sunscreen
Men are twice as likely as women to develop the most common types of skin cancer—basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma. Why? Men spend an average of 10 more hours in the sun every week than women do. And they aren’t as likely to use sunscreen. Luckily, skin cancer is highly preventable. Make it a habit to wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.  Opt for a hat and sunglasses.



10. Limit Alcohol
Happy hour can be a fun time and a good deal. But too much alcohol can lead to injuries, cancer, psychological problems, damaged relationships, and high blood pressure. Try to limit alcohol to two drinks—such as a bottle of beer or one and half ounces of hard alcohol—per day. 

 

 

Sometimes guys just don’t give their health the attention they should, that’s why the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation built the YouCheck tool specifically for men. It’s the first step in making small changes that lead to big time benefits for men and their families.

YouCheck …

  • is a way of reaching out to men at home or at work, on their own time, letting them know where they stand health wise.
  • cannot replace a visit to a doctor, but it is a great place to start understanding your health.
  • might just be your first step in making small changes that lead to big time health benefits over the long haul.
  • is free and 100% confidential.

Click the link to get started:  YouCheck

 

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