• January 27, 2020
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  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: The Losing Formula for your Weight
    Sure, there’s no magic bullet for easy weight loss. But the winning – er, losing – formula isn’t as complicated as you may think. Here are some strategies for successful weight loss: Set a realistic goal. Weight loss is yet another example of slow and steady winning the race. Rather than trying to drop a size by tomorrow, set a goal of 1 to 2 pounds (no more than 1 kg) per week. Keep in mind that it takes a deficit of 3,500 calories to lose a pound – so to meet this goal, aim to cut 500 to 1,000 calories a … Read more
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Carbs Be Gone?
    One day they’re in, the next day they’re out again. But whether we’re talking about Atkins or South Beach, low-carb diets are one kind of fad that never seems to die. If you haven’t tried a low-carb diet, you may not know that many of these programs restrict all kinds of carbohydrates, and not just the obvious ones, such as bread, rice, and pasta. For example, Atkins, perhaps the best-known low-carb diet around, also excludes most grains, beans, fruits, potatoes, and starchy vegetables, while allowing lots of beef, pork, chicken, eggs, and butter. Low-carb diets work because when you consume … Read more
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: What's the Problem with Quick Weight Loss?
    Being overweight has been shown to take a considerable toll on our health, from upping our risk of heart disease to diabetes to some forms of cancer. So you’d think it would be wise to lose weight any way you can. But losing weight on an unsafe diet plan or repeatedly losing and gaining weight, as can happen as a result of fad dieting, can also cause health problems. The vicious cycle of losing and gaining weight is often referred to as yo-yo dieting. While some people may tell you yo-yo dieting can make it harder to lose weight the next time around, … Read more
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Fat vs Fiction – What Diets Work?
    Lose 15 pounds by the weekend? Get your dream body while eating whatever you want and without having to go to the gym? Shelves full of books and hours of infomercials will try to have you believe otherwise, but there is no magic formula that can get you the body you want. Yes, losing weight can be a daunting task – which explains the appeal of programs that promise to make weight loss easy. But all too often, fad diets result not only in regaining lost pounds, but in putting on extra weight as well. That’s because safe, effective and, … Read more
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Active Living for the Holidays
    Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow? Whether you’re a fan of the white stuff or not, it’ll be hard for many of us to avoid the snow this winter. Rather than hibernating until spring, embrace the fun, festive, seasonal spirit and take part in some winter fitness. You could gather your family and friends and make winter fitness a group thing. Or you could head out into the snow with only yourself and a playful, adventurous attitude. Either way, find a place for fitness in your holiday schedule. Physical activity can help relieve stress and burn off … Read more
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Savour the Flavours of the Season – Without Overdoing it!
    The rush of the winter holidays can make it challenging to stick to good nutritional habits. Many things can divert us from our best intentions. All sorts of social events, tempting treats, last-minute shopping excursions, travelling out of town… these holiday extras may interfere with our regular eating habits and derail a healthy diet. This season, try out these tips for healthful and happy holiday feasting. Hit the grocery stores. Stock your shelves with healthy, can’t-miss foods. During this hectic season, it’s common to feel run down, so it is especially important to maintain a healthy nutrient intake. Keep fresh fruit … Read more
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Alcohol – Be Holiday Smart!
    Cutting back on drinking is a common New Year’s resolution. Holiday parties are full of socializing, yummy treats, and often a bit more alcohol than many of us are used to. With all the social events and toasting to the New Year, some of us can lose track of how much alcohol we’ve consumed. Head into this holiday season with heightened alcohol awareness, and beat the January resolution rush. While at parties, pace your intake of drinks. Wait an hour between drinks, and make sure you have something to eat so that you are not drinking on an empty stomach. … Read more
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Stay Stress-free this Holiday Season
    Stress piles up around the holidays. What should be a time of peace, joy, and giving can become a time of hurrying, rushing, and worrying. It’s important to find a way to balance holiday stress so you can enjoy the true pleasures of the season. Know your "enemy." Identify what causes you stress and find ways around it. For example, some people find stores too crowded in December. If you need to shop, try shopping online from the comfort of your home, or order by phone or mail. Take a half-day off work to shop when stores are less busy. Give … Read more
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: What is Your Risk of Prostate Cancer?
    Prostate Cancer Risk Factor Quiz Take this quiz to learn about what can affect your risk of developing prostate cancer. While we don’t know the exact causes of cancer, there are trends that men with prostate cancer share. How old are you?The older you are, the greater your chance of developing prostate cancer. If you are a man under 50, you have a 3 in 1,000 chance of having prostate cancer. If you are in your 50s, you have a 2 in 100 (2%) chance. Between the ages of 60 and 69, you have an almost 7% chance. And that … Read more
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Life After Prostate Cancer
    During Doug’s surgery on December 4, 2002, it was discovered that his tumour had grown to 40% of the weight of his prostate. After the surgeryRadical prostatectomy is major surgery. Doug was in a lot of pain, but he returned to work six weeks after surgery. Life began to get back to a "new normal." By May 2003, he started exercising again, having lost 30 pounds. But life never is the same. "The day after surgery I was elated," Doug says. "But once I got into February, I started worrying about recurrence – you don’t think of this at first. … Read more
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Choosing a Prostate Cancer Treatment
    Making the choiceWhen Doug was diagnosed with prostate cancer, his first response was to get information. He read countless books, articles, and studies on prostate cancer, which made him feel more prepared for the hard times that lay ahead. He also sought out a second opinion for peace of mind. His wife was of great support, connecting him with the "Man-to-Man" support group of prostate cancer survivors. If you are diagnosed with prostate cancer, an oncologist (a doctor specializing in treating cancers) will give you your treatment options and will be responsible for your care. You may have to try … Read more
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Analyzing Prostate Cancer
    The most common cancerThe cancer Doug was diagnosed with (see "You have prostate cancer" in this feature) is the most common cancer in Canada. 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with it over their lifetime. In 2014, about 23,600 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer and about 4,000 men died of it. Prostate cancer is uncontrolled growth of the cells of the prostate gland. The prostate plays an important role in sexual functioning, urination, and reproduction. In prostate cancer, the cells within the walls of the prostate begin to multiply and eventually leave the prostate gland, spreading to invade … Read more
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: “You Have Prostate Cancer”
    Finding outDoug is a real person. In 2002, he was 49 years old. When he went for his annual check-up, his family physician found a "pebbly" lump in his prostate with a digital rectal exam (DRE). The doctor assured him that he probably had nothing to worry about, but, being a thorough physician, he sent Doug for a follow-up prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test. Doug’s PSA score was very low and safely outside the cancer range. Just to be sure, however, the doctor sent him to a urologist, who ordered a biopsy a month later. He had prostate cancer, and it … Read more
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Staying Healthy after Menopause
    It used to be that the average lifespan of a woman in North America only extended into the early 60s. Now that women are living into their 70s, 80s and beyond, this brings a whole new dimension to women’s health. The main health concerns after menopause are osteoporosis, heart disease and breast cancer. We’ve been told that hormone replacement can help lessen the risk of osteoporosis, but if you’re one of the women who can’t take the drugs or have decided not to, there are other ways to help protect yourself. These measures benefit all women – whether they’re on … Read more
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: It’s Only Natural
    Whether or not you choose hormone replacement, other methods may help ease some of the discomforts of perimenopause and menopause. Because not all women are affected the same way, finding the right solution is sometimes a matter of trial and error. For hot flashes: stop smokingavoid caffeine and alcoholget regular exercisedecrease body mass index (BMI) if your doctor says it’s too highreduce stress either by relaxation, biofeedback, meditation, or some other method you find soothinglower your room temperaturedress in layers to reduce body temperature as needed For insomnia: don’t eat a heavy snack before bedavoid caffeine and alcoholmake your bedroom … Read more
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: The Estrogen Question
    Is taking estrogen right for you? Is it safe? You’ve probably heard a lot about hormone replacement therapy (HRT), which may be used to treat the symptoms of menopause and, in some cases, to protect against osteoporosis and colorectal cancer. HRT is a controversial topic, especially now that the results of a major U.S. study (the Women’s Health Initiative [WHI] study) have become available. To help sort out the issues, here are some key points that can help you decide what’s right for you. First, you need to speak with your doctor. You may be interested taking in hormone replacement … Read more
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Menopause – a Change of Life
    All women eventually enter menopause, also known as "the change" or climacteric, which marks the end of a woman’s reproductive life. The stage you go through before actual menopause is called perimenopause, which takes place over about two to eight years (the average is four years) as the body undergoes its hormone-driven changes. This is the time when levels of estrogen, progesterone, and androgen start to decrease. The ovaries gradually stop releasing follicles (eggs), eventually ending your reproductive stage of life. As the body adjusts to this new stage, certain signs and symptoms can occur. During perimenopause, you might start to … Read more
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Look Out for a Pair of Parasites
    Two of the most common childhood parasites in Canadian schools are head lice and pinworms. When kids are clustered together in classrooms, it’s a prime time for parasites to go body-hopping. These infestations can be more than mildly uncomfortable, and can sometimes pose risks for additional problems like skin infections. Do you know how to recognize the signs your child has parasites – at the top or at the bottom? Head lice are mainly spread by hair-to-hair contact, or by sharing things like hats, combs, brushes, or headphones. Head lice do not jump or fly, but crawl very quickly. They cannot … Read more
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Detecting Back-to-school Stress
    Children don’t always take change in stride, and heading back to the books can take some getting used to. There are many sources of back-to-school stress, including adjustment to new teachers and classmates, an increase in homework, or just the transition to a different daily routine. Sometimes stress has a more serious cause, such as bullying or a school-related phobia. Being prepared to help your child means being on the lookout for key clues. Signs your child may be stressed or anxious include: clinginess, crying, or irritabilitysudden bedwetting or daytime wettingsleep disturbancesavoiding school or social activitiessudden problems in schoolnervous habits (twirling hair, … Read more
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Start a Walking School Bus
    Parents who feel time pressured may be unwilling to trade in the quick car ride to school for a slow morning stroll. The solution may be to start a walking school bus. More than half of Canadian children aren’t as active as they need to be for healthy development. Walking to school instead of driving not only is good for the environment, but is a great way to promote physical activity in kids. It even promotes safety by easing traffic around the school. What is a walking school bus? It’s a walking group, supervised by an adult (usually a parent), that collects … Read more