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Choosing Mobility Aids

June 10, 2017 @ 5:48 PM
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Mobility aids help you walk or move from place to place if you are disabled or have an injury. They include crutches, canes, walkers, wheelchairs and  motorized scooters. You may need a walker or cane if you are at risk of falling. If you need to keep your body weight off your foot, ankle or knee, you may need crutches. You may need a wheelchair or a scooter if an injury or disease has left you unable to walk. Choosing these devices takes time and research. You should be fitted for crutches, canes and walkers. If they fit, these devices give you support, but if they don’t fit, they can be uncomfortable and unsafe. Talk with your doctor or with a medical-equipment provider (which your doctor can recommend) when choosing mobility aids.
— Source: National Institutes of Health


Nutrition Update: When Should I Take My Dietary Supplements?

May 11, 2017 @ 1:24 PM
posted by Wender & Roberts

dietary-supplementsdietary-supplementsMany of us take dietary supplements daily, but how often do we think about when to take them? Try these tips to help you improve absorption of your dietary supplements:

■ Take multivitamins with a meal because the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K require some fat to be absorbed. Also, drink plenty of water to help vitamins dissolve efficiently.

■ Take calcium supplements in doses of 500 milligrams with meals. Don’t take calcium supplements at the same time as a supplement with iron because the two minerals can interfere with each other, resulting in reduced absorption.

■ Take fiber supplements several hours before taking any nutritional supplement because fiber can bind to minerals and could make them unavailable for the body to use.

■ Ask your doctor or pharmacist if your vitamins may have any potential interactions with your prescription or over-the-counter medications.

— Source: North Dakota State University