Capsule Comments by Bill Coon, Muskoka Medical Centre Pharmacy

Capsule Comments

Eggs sometimes get a bad rap but they do have nutritional value.  True, a large egg contains fat but only a third of it is saturated fat the rest being the so-called “good” fats…mono- and poly-unsaturated fats.  Consuming one egg daily will not cause heart health problems.  However, if you have diabetes, have heart disease or are at risk for heart disease, it is best to limit your egg consumption to three per week.

Trying to have a baby?  Your odds of becoming pregnant are best two days before ovulation and three days after. That’s about 14 days before your next period. Ovulation kits are available from the pharmacy and you may also be able to tell by the change in the amount and consistency of vaginal discharge.  Also, if you are trying to conceive, start taking prenatal vitamins as soon as possible and maintain a healthy diet.  That can increase your chances of conception.

Keeping track of your blood pressure with a home blood pressure device is a good idea.  To ensure an accurate reading, make sure the cuff size is the correct one for your arm.  Also put the cuff on your bare arm not over clothing. Keep the arm at heart level. rest for five minutes while seated in a chair with a back and refrain from talking while the device is taking your pressure.  Try not to have a full bladder either because this can give a slightly higher pressure reading.

Now that marijuana legalization is looming, there will be more emphasis on “drugged driving” than ever before.  It’s a good time to remind everyone that an ordinary prescription and over-the-counter drugs can also pose risks to safe driving.  If you take certain antihistamines, muscle relaxants, sleeping pills and of course if you use marijuana….these all can affect driving ability.   This is especially true in older people.  Check with your pharmacist if you’re concerned.

The link between genetics and health is being studied on many diseases.  For example, gene identification is being used in diabetes research to find genes specific to diabetes then design certain drugs that can target these defective genes, even in newborns.  It’s an exciting field of research that may prevent the disease from even occurring in the future.

Be sure to visit Penny at Muskoka Medical Centre Pharmacy in the Home Health Care department for your compression stocking, mastectomy or ostomy needs.

Bill Coon, Pharmacist Muskoka Medical Centre Pharmacy

Bill Coon, Pharmacist Muskoka Medical Centre Pharmacy

Bill Coon graduated from the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto in 1984, and was the Faculty’s Centennial Scholar that same year.  Bill and his pharmacist wife, Barbara, along with Paul Whitehead, opened Muskoka Medical Centre Pharmacy in 1990. The understanding that medications are only part of the health solution has lead to Bill’s interest in fitness and health, both personally and professionally.  Bill’s Capsule Comments provide a full range of up to date health information.

Muskoka Medical Centre Pharmacy is conveniently located in the Huntsville Professional Building ~ 348 Muskoka Road 3 North, Huntsville  Phone:(705) 789-1785

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