More than 102 million adults are estimated to have high cholesterol levels. High cholesterol is a serious condition that can affect heart health and function. Each September is dedicated to educating people about high cholesterol and what steps can lower it.

Cholesterol Facts
Cholesterol is a fat-like, waxy substance that is found in the bloodstream and in many foods. Some cholesterol is necessary for the body to function. The body makes this cholesterol on its own.

If the body has too much cholesterol, it can build up in the arteries over time. These cholesterol deposits can cause the arteries to…

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, it is best to stay home when at all possible. Staying home puts you and your family at the least amount of risk for contracting or spreading COVID-19. However, accidents happen, and routine check-ups still need to occur. Is the doctor’s office really a during a pandemic?

The short answer is yes, an emergency room or doctor’s office should have procedures in place to keep you safe during the visit. An emergency room or urgent care may send a form to your phone to check in from the safety of your car. They then call the…

When days get longer and temperatures creep upward, you have to be particularly vigilant about noticing the signs of heat-related illnesses and know how to combat them. While it is true that ailments caused by extreme heat are particularly harmful to the elderly or very young, the truth is that everyone needs to be on guard against these.

A very High Body Temperature As a that you have to be on the watch for, a spike in your body’s temperature can point to several different illnesses. It is an indicator that you are suffering from heatstroke, heat exhaustion, or even…

One of the most common things you hear on hot days is that you should check on your sick or elderly neighbors. Indeed, this is very important. But why are hot days so dangerous to our elderly family and friends, and why is it so important that we check on them?

As noted by the AARP , this is because the elderly are often particularly vulnerable to heat-related issues on hot days. There are at least three reasons for this:

It can be challenging to keep food fresh during the hot summer months. When food is exposed to the heat for too long, it can make a person very sick, possibly even leading to food poisoning. Following certain safety tips is the best way to keep a food supply safe and healthy .

When cooking meats, it is essential to determine their temperature before eating, especially when cooking on a grill. Meat that has not been prepared to the proper temperature can be dangerous. The good news is that any kitchen supply store should sell meat thermometers.

Many people create…

When wind generates waves, the more wind there is, the stronger the waves are. So when it’s time to grab your surfboard, it’s an indicator that some strong currents are flowing underneath. This can be dangerous for weak swimmers and especially little children who could be pulled down or out to sea.

The United States uses a flag system for beaches to indicate danger: Green flags mean that it is safe for all swimmers. Yellow flags mean moderate chop. …

During the summer months, you may find it challenging to get your kids to drink enough water. With all of the running around the family is doing, your kids will probably forget to drink enough fluids throughout the day. Fortunately, there are some ways that you can keep your kids hydrated during the summer.

Set An Alarm
Both you and your kids might forget to keep hydrated throughout the day. You can easily solve this by setting an alarm on your phone to go off every 30 minutes to remind your family to take a sip of water. …

Most people are aware of the dangers of the sun’s harmful rays. Too much exposure affects the skin in often drastic ways, and can even lead to skin cancer. To combat these dangers, people liberally apply sunscreen and go on with their activities. Misconceptions about sunscreen are common, but proper sunscreen use is essential.

Cloudy Days
Some people think that if the sun is not visible and clouds take over the sky, sunscreen is pointless. Actually, even on the most overcast and rainy days, UV rays can hit the body. Any exposed skin is vulnerable.

Another common myth is that…

With so many activities all summer, it can be hard to remember to eat a balanced diet with plenty of nutrition.

Fresh Vegetables and Fruit
The great thing about summer is the abundance of fresh vegetables and fruits, many of which are locally grown. One of the best ways to get a lot of nutrients this summer is to make your meals as colorful as possible with tomatoes, blueberries, colorful bell peppers, carrots, avocados, and leafy green vegetables.

Vegetables and fruit are a nutrient powerhouse that can boost your immune system.

  • Tomatoes have a lot of vitamin C, vitamin A…

Spring is in the air, which means farmers’ markets and grocery stores will soon have a variety of healthy options. The trailblazing fruits and vegetables are called trailblazers because they are the ones that lead the season. Seasonal produce is healthy for several reasons. Not only are you supporting your businesses, but the food also doesn’t have to be transported as far because it’s grown nearby. This means there is no need for added preservatives, and it can be eaten soon after harvest when it contains the maximum nutrients. The FDA also recommends adding variety and diversity to your diet…

Robert J Winn

Dr. Robert J. Winn is a Collingswood-based physician. |

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