Seemingly harmless daily habits and activities may be wreaking havoc on your health. The Doctors tell you the 10 mistakes you may be making that can put your health at risk!
10. Drinking Mistakes
Iced tea contains high levels of oxalate, a naturally occurring acid that can cause kidney stones. Approximately 80 percent of kidney stones found in adults are calcium oxalate stones. Reach for a refreshing glass of lemonade with fresh-squeezed lemons instead.
Adding milk to hot tea can inhibit the cardiac benefits the drink delivers. A group of proteins in milk called caseins decrease the effectiveness of the flavinoids in tea that help protect against cardiovascular disease. Try a splash of soy or rice milk instead.
Swishing wine around in your mouth may make you look like a professional connoisseur, but the acidity in the beverage can erode teeth enamel.
9. Not Knowing Your Blood Type
In times of an emergency, knowing your blood type can be critical information. There are four types of blood: A, B, AB and O. There are eight different combinations of these types, determined by the presence or absence of certain antigens.
Type O+ is the most common blood type
Type O- is the universal blood donor
Type AB+ is the universal plasma donor
ER physician Dr. Travis Stork outlines how blood type and donation matches are determined.
OB-GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson explains how blood type affects pregnancy.
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8. Not Losing Post-Baby Weight
In a healthy pregnancy, a woman can expect to gain between 25 and 35 pounds.
Baby: approximately 8 pounds
Placenta: approximately 2 pounds
Amniotic fluid: approximately 3 pounds
Uterus growth: approximately 4 pounds
Extra breast tissue: approximately 2 pounds
Increased blood supply: approximately 4 pounds
Increased fat storage: approximately 5 to 9 pounds
Overweight women who get pregnant again without losing their baby weight can put themselves and their developing fetus in danger. Dr. Lisa reveals the risks of obesity and chronic hypertension to a mother and her baby during pregnancy.
7. Ignoring Uterine Fibroid Tumors
Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous growths, or tumors, in the uterus. The fibroids are comprised of muscle cells and grow in and around the walls of the uterus. They range in size from that of a cherry to a small watermelon, and 50 to 80 percent of women will develop one or more fibroid tumors by the time they reach their 35th birthday.
Though the cause of uterine fibroids is unknown, research has found that they affect three out of four women, with African-American women and overweight women at greater risk to develop them.
Radiologists can perform an uterine artery embolization to cut off the blood supply to the fibroids, which is a far less aggressive alternative to removing the uterus. Relief from symptoms, such as pain, heavy bleeding, anemia and fatigue, is immediate.
Uterine artery embolization specialist Dr. Bruce McLucas, from UCLA Medical Center in California, performs the procedure on Aeisha, 26, who has a fibroid the size of a small watermelon.
Symptoms of Uterine Fibroids:
• Heavy periods
• Prolonged periods
• Pelvic pain
• Frequent urination
• Back pain
3. Toddlers Wearing the Wrong Type of Shoes
The bones in a toddler’s feet are not fully developed and are soft like cartilage. An ill-fitting or too-tight shoe can cause serious damage.
“The best shoe is no shoe, if you’re inside,” pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears says. “It lets the foot breathe and flex.”
He demonstrates how to choose the right baby shoe, such as Pedipeds, which allow feet to develop properly.
2. Running Risks
The most common injury in runners is to the knee joint. “Most of the time, people get into trouble because of two things: overuse and [starting] too quickly,” Dr. Travis cautions.
Prevent Knee-Related Injuries:
• Warm up before and cool down after workouts
• Wear supportive sneakers, such as K-Swiss Keahou II
• Switch out sneakers frequently, every 350 to 550 miles of wear, to make sure your lower body is getting the support you need
• Supplement running with exercises that will strengthen the muscles and tissues that stabilize the knee, such as the leg press and leg extension machines
• Allow for muscle recuperation time
Wearing headphones can endanger runners if they cannot hear cars or traffic. Be safe and turn down the volume, or only wear one headphone to keep one ear open for signs of danger.
Amenorrhea is the absence of menses, or one or more missed menstrual periods. Primary amenorrhea refers to no menstrual periods by age 16, while secondary amenorrhea means a woman was menstruating but then stopped.
Over-exercise can bring on amenorrhea. “There’s a lack of estrogen,” Dr. Lisa explains. “That [uterine] lining can’t build up, so you can’t have a period. This can be unhealthy because it can affect the bones down the line.”
1. Medical Amnesia
Patients often forget to inform each of their health care providers of their prescription regimen.
“You need to tell all of your doctors all of the medications you’re taking,” Dr. Travis says. “Believe it or not, certain foods and drinks can exaggerate certain drug effects, causing potentially serious side effects.”
Grapefruit juice: can block intestinal enzymes that break down drugs such as cholesterol and heart medications.
Milk: can block the absorption of iron.
Caffeine: can affect asthma medications as well as boost heart rate.
Alcohol: can increase the effects of prescription medications such as, antidepressants, antihistamines and sedatives. “It’s very important not to mix alcohol with prescription medication,” Dr. Lisa adds.