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What Is Reggie C Fitness? It’s a Movement!

Reggie Collier of Reggie C Fitness

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New Opioid-Associated Life Threatening Emergency Algorithm:

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By Dr. LaTronica Fisher

This Can Potentially Save Your Life!


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Publisher’s Message

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We have all heard the phrase, “Health is wealth.” It is so true. If you don’t have your health, you can’t really do much else. I want to encourage you to get healthy. I want to encourage you to be healthier for you and your family. There are health concerns that impact our community more than others, so it’s important that the community get healthy. This month’s health and wellness spotlight is on Reggie Collier. Reggie Collier is a transformation specialist, nutrition adviser, and personal trainer, also known as “Reggie C.” Reggie is owner

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Healthy Lifestyles

New Opioid-Associated Life Threatening Emergency Algorithm: Updates American Heart Association (AHA)

he must be continuously monitored until help arrives; if he stops responding CPR should be started and naloxone be given again. If the victim does not respond to naloxone, CPR must be continued and AED should be applied once available until advanced help arrives. A keen healthcare provider must have a high index of suspicion when it comes to patients who are at higher risk of having cardiac arrest secondary to opioid overdose. While naloxone has no definite role in controlling cardiac arrest, empiric administration of naloxone to all unresponsive opioid-associated life-threatening emergency patients may be reasonable as an adjunct to standard first aid and non–healthcare provider BLS protocols. However, standard cardiopulmonary resuscitation procedures and emergency medical services initiation should not be neglected for naloxone administration.

Tiffany Massie-Davis, RN-BSN, MSN, CNE Co-Publisher

eing an American Heart Association (AHA) instructor and a nurse with over 15 years of experience, opioid life threatening scenarios are a huge concern to us as healthcare providers and professionals. In the past year, I have observed at least 5 deaths of people in this community who have experienced death due to opioid overdose. Their loved ones, family members, and friends felt like they could have done more. AHA has included this life-threatening algorithm in hopes to sustain the life of some or all victims involved.

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What Whatare areopioids? opioids? Opioids are compounds taken from the opium poppy and other synthetic analogues that has the same action to the body. In higher doses, opioids may cause respiratory depression and death, with risks increased upon combination with alcohol. Drugs classified as opioids include morphine, hydrocodone, fentanyl, methadone, oxycodone, tramadol, and heroin. Some specific effect of opioids includes torsade’s de pointes and cardiotoxicity, credited to methadone and propoxyphene. Opioids are routinely used for pain management postoperatively. However, respiratory compromise, often due to opioid administration, is a contributor or main cause of more than 1/3 of hospital cardiopulmonary arrests. In 2013, the recorded casualty attributed to opioid prescription overdose in the United States amounted to 16, 235 while 8257 were attributed to heroin overdose. Opioid overdose was the leading cause of unintentional injurious death among people aged 25 to 60 years in 2012 both in Canada and the United States. Given the dangers of opioid overdose and the increasing number of deaths attributed to it, indeed there is a need to establish recommendations for the management of such cases.

Whatisisthe theOpioid-associated Opioid-associatedLife Life What Threatening Emergency Algorithm for2015? 2015? Threatening Emergency Algorithm for The Opioid-associated Life Threatening Emergency Algorithm for 2015 begins with assessment and activation. Upon encountering a victim with indefinite or absent pulse who may be in cardiac arrest, the patient must be assessed for unresponsiveness. Help must be sought and someone should be sent to call 911. AED and naloxone should be prepared and breathing should be observed. If the victim is unresponsive, without or only grasping for breath, cardiopulmonary resuscitation should be started. If the rescuer is alone, CPR must be done for approximately 2 minutes before leaving the victim to call 911, get naloxone, and AED. What is Narcan™ (naloxone)? Narcan™ (naloxone) is an opiate antidote. Opioids include heroin and prescription pain pills like morphine, codeine, oxycodone, methadone and Vicodin.

Narcan™ (naloxone) only affects people who are using opioids. If a person is not having an overdose but has been using opioids, Narcan™ (naloxone) will put them into immediate withdrawal. This can be very uncomfortable for the person, but is not life threatening.

Narcan™ (naloxone) is a prescription medicine that blocks the effects of opioids and reverses an overdose. It cannot be used to get a person high. If given to a person who has not taken opioids, it will not have any effect on him or her, since there is no opioid overdose to reverse.

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Whathas hasresearch researchshown showntotobe bethe the What impacts of distributing Narcan™ impacts of distributing Narcan™ (naloxone)totopotential potentialoverdose overdose (naloxone) bystanders? bystanders? Giving naloxone to overdosing people (a)Has not resulted in dangerous health outcomes for that person; (b)Drug users are willing to give naloxone to each other; (c)Naloxone availability does not increase drug use. (d)Thousands of opioid overdoses have been reversed with naloxone. In the United States, Narcan™ (naloxone) distribution programs generally provide overdose prevention and recognition training along with a prescription of take-home Narcan™ (naloxone). More than 100 programs that distribute naloxone to opiate users are operating in at least 15 states.

If a person has taken opioids and is then given Narcan™ (naloxone), the opioids will be knocked out of the opiate receptors in the brain. Narcan™ (naloxone) can help even if opioids are taken with alcohol or other drugs. After a dose of Narcan™ (naloxone), the person should begin to breathe more normally and it will become easier to wake them. It is very important to give help to an overdosing person right away. Brain damage can occur within only a few minutes of an opioid overdose as the result of a lack of oxygen to the brain. Narcan™ (naloxone) gives concerned helpers a window of opportunity to save a life by providing extra time to call 911 and carry out rescue breathing and first aid until emergency medical help arrives.

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Tiffany Massie-Davis is CEO of E-PIC Training Center, Inc. and an AHA Certified Instructor.

Narcan™ (naloxone) can be given by intramuscular (IM) injection - into the muscle of the arm, thigh or buttocks - or with a nasal spray device (into the nose). Nasal spray use is less common, but some large cities in the U.S. use the nasal spray version and it can be prescribed. Once available, naloxone should be given 2 mg intranasal or 0.4 mg intramuscular. This could then be repeated after 4 minutes. Should the victim respond,

The number of opiate users in the United States has increased substantially over the past 15 years. Opiate use and negative consequences (death, arrests, emergency room visits) are increasing. For more information, see the Centers for Disease Control Report on overdoses.

References: References: Staessen J, Fiocchi R, Bouillon R, Fagard R, Lijnen P, Moerman E, De Schaepdryver A, Amery A. (1985) The nature of opioid involvement in the hemodynamic respiratory and humeral responses to exercise. Circulation 72:982–990. Updates 2015 American Heart Association.

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This Can Potentially Save Your Life!

Now We Know Ladies! By Dr. LaTronica Fisher Contributing Writer

n the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not require companies to list the ingredients contained in sanitary napkins and tampons, yet the average woman uses more than 15,000 sanitary napkins, or has a tampon inside of her, for more than 100,000 hours over her lifetime. The manufacturing process of these menstrual aids has been known to cause serious damage to the environment. The toxic by-products of producing tampons include poisons like dioxin and furan. In fact, conventional sanitary pads can contain the equivalence of about four plastic bags! Synthetics and plastic restricts air flow and traps heat and dampness, potentially promoting yeast and bacterial growth in a woman’s vaginal area. Conventional sanitary pads can also contain other potentially hazardous ingredients, such as odor neutralizers and fragrances. How do tampons and pads get that ultra-white “clean” look? Using chlorine bleach, it can also create toxic dioxin and other disinfection by-products. According to an EPA draft report, dioxin is a serious public health threat that has no “safe” level of exposure! One infamous risk is Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS), caused by poisonous toxins from bacteria. TSS is a life-threatening condition and mostly affects women under 30. While any woman using tampons can get TSS, more than 60% of fatalities caused by TSS happen in women ages 15 to 24.

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Could Gum Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease Be Linked? By Dr. Ka-Ron Y. Wade Contributing Writer

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eople with poor oral hygiene or gum disease may be at a greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study published online in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Researchers at The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) School of Medicine and Dentistry in England led by Drs. StJohn Crean and Sim K. Singhrao examined brain tissue samples donated by 10 patients without dementia and 10 patients with dementia. They found gum disease bacteria lipopolysaccharides (the surface of the bacterium) in the sample from four of the people with dementia and none of the people who did not have dementia. Bacteria can enter the bloodstream through everyday activities such as eating, chewing and toothbrushing. Once in the bloodstream, the bacteria can be carried to other parts of the body. The researchers hypothesized that when the bacteria reach the brain, they may trigger an immune system response (like they do in the mouth), killing brain cells. This immune response could be one mechanism that leads to changes in the brain, which is typical in Alzheimer’s disease. It could play a role in causing symptoms such as confusion and deteriorating memory. “This new research indicates a possible association between gum disease and individuals who may be susceptible to developing Alzheimer’s disease, if exposed to the appropriate trigger,” said Dr. Crean, who is the dean at the School of Medicine and Dentistry. “Research currently underway at UCLan is playing an active role in exploring this link, but it remains to be proven whether poor dental hygiene can lead to dementia in healthy people, which obviously could have significant implications for the population as a whole. It is also likely that these bacteria could make the existing disease condition worse.” This was a small study examining only brain tissue samples from only 20 people. Because of that, the association between Alzheimer’s disease and gum disease in this study could have occurred by chance. It is also possible that people with Alzheimer’s disease have worse oral hygiene than do people without dementia. Therefore, the bacteria in the brain tissue may be the result of Alzheimer’s disease, not the cause. More research is needed to determine whether or not having gum disease increases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. For more information on how gum disease may affect oral health, visit MouthHealthy.org. Dr. Ka-Ron Y. Wade is a premier dentist here in Houston. Her motto is, “Changing the World One Smile at a Time.” To schedule an appointment, please call (713) 654-7756 or visit her on the web at www.cosmeticdentaltexas. com. Sources: American Dental Association Colgate

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By Dawn Paul Associate Editor

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hen many hear the word “diet,” they cringe. They imagine themselves starving, being deprived of regular food and eating nothing but fruits and vegetables all day. There are countless diet programs on the market promising magical quick results to give you the “perfect” body you have been dreaming about. However, the truth is that diets just don’t have the long-lasting effects that a healthy lifestyle does. According to the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, 95% of all dieters will regain the weight they lose within one year. Other credible health sources show that the deprivation of restrictive diets may even lead to a diet-overeat or a diet-binge cycle. The truth is that there is absolutely no quick fix to weight loss and health. Like the saying goes, “You didn’t gain it overnight, so you won’t lose it overnight.” Reggie Collier is a transformation specialist, nutrition adviser, and personal trainer who knows this all too well. Also known as “Reggie C,” this fitness expert that you see today has had his own personal struggles with weight. Taking his own personal experiences on his fitness journey, he now helps countless clients, especially women to get out of their comfort zone and get healthy.

“My clients personally believe in the expertise that I provide and how I provide it, because of the transformations they receive from it. I push my clients to get out of their comfort zone. My methods don’t just create a change on a physical level, but a mental level as well. Reggie C Fitness works if you put in the work!”

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Reggie is owner of Reggie C Fitness, and co-owner of Signature Physiques Studio in Houston, Texas. Reggie earned his Bachelor’s degree from Texas Southern University. Like many, after college Reggie was not intentional about health and wellness. The excessive weight he gained due to not enough exercise and bad eating habits got to be too much, and he knew he had to make a change if he wanted to live longer. It was not an easy journey for him by any means, but he had to change his mindset. It was mind over matter, and with really dedicating himself to fitness and doing research, he became obsessed (in a good way) with health and wellness. Seeing the results with hard work in his personal life to get the best body gave him a passion and purpose to help others dealing with the struggles to get healthy. Reggie says, “When I wasn’t at my physical best, it definitely had an effect on me. Now that I am in the best shape of my life, I can help clients get to this level. I have to be an example. I use unorthodox, but effective methods to help my clients have long-lasting weight loss success.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), obesity is common, serious and costly. More than one-third (36.5%) of U.S. adults have obesity. Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer. The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the U.S. was $147 billion in 2008. The medical costs for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight. The CDC’s information is surprising to some, but not to Reggie. This is why he

sees his work as more of a purpose. His sees first-hand what can happen when you combine physical activity with proper nutrition. He has not only seen the results on his own personal journey, but through the transformation of his clients. Reggie C Fitness produces real results with real work. Where some may see Reggie as achieving the transformation for his clients, he sees it in a different way. “While it is true that I am the trainer, my clients put in the work to get the results. I’m a motivator, helping them push their body to limits where they didn’t think they could go. I meet my clients where they are, but help take them where they want to go. I provide the guidance, but it’s up to the client to put in the work. This is why Reggie C Fitness works, because the client works,” says Reggie. Though Reggie is a fitness professional, he’s also realistic, and doesn’t feel that you should totally deprive yourself of the foods that you love. Instead of that “cheat day,” he suggests a cheat meal. He stresses, “I recommend a cheat meal and not a cheat day, and this meal should be in the morning or mid-day. Having a cheat meal late at night before you go to bed is just going to sit on your stomach all night, turning into fat.” He knows that you should enjoy the foods you love, but not to the extent that it ruins all the hard work you’ve put in to lose weight. Reggie works with female clients of all different ages and on all different fitness levels. His specialty is working with women who want to lose body fat and enhance their appearance by accentuating muscle de-

velopment. He not only pushes his clients, but empowers and inspires them into a healthier lifestyle. He has actually created an environment that is more of a sisterhood of like-minded women who genuinely support each other on their health and wellness journey. His fitness facility is not your standard gym, but there is a spirit where women look out for each other, pushing each other to be their physical best. Reggie has had a very successful career as a fitness model, and he has been a Physique competitor. His fitness success has also opened doors for him to be a sponsored brand ambassador for CTD. Even though his hard work has paid off financially and professionally, his ultimate goal is to continue to inspire others to lose weight and keep it off through Reggie C Fitness and Signature Physiques Studio. “Bringing individuals closer to living strong and healthy is what this is really about. I truly want to motivate people to be their best and live their best physically. The journey is not always easy, but it is worth it,” Reggie expresses. For those who feel like they just can’t get started, Reggie says, “You are going to make excuses or get results. There is no in-between. You can’t have both. Let go of the excuses, and start getting healthy. Even if you start off with just a few minutes of exercise a day, do it. Buckle down, and get rid of the excuses. The important thing is that you start.” Reggie C Fitness and Signature Physiques Studio are located on 8717 Stella Link in Houston, Texas. For more information, visit Reggie Collier on the web at www.reggiecfitness.com.

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You Want Me to Do What? By Rhonda Dallas Contributing Writer

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s March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, I want to coach you on the importance of preventative care and maintenance of the Colon. Also, this is the perfect time to get a colonoscopy, as recommended doctors and healthcare professionals. As a certified health coach and nutritional counselor, I am always promoting the importance of detoxing your colon to help rid the body of parasites and buildup in the colon walls. There was a reason when I was growing up that my family would always make sure we were going to the bathroom regularly. They would sometimes slip us a teaspoon of some old family remedy they would mix

up to make us go to the bathroom. Well today, especially since we are consuming more fast food and processed food, it is all the more necessary to treat our colon with kindness. According to BlackDoctor.org, African Americans have the highest rates of colon cancer (also known as colorectal cancer). We face a 20 percent higher risk of developing colon cancer and a 45 percent higher mortality rate than any other race. Although this disease is the third cause of cancer-related deaths in the Black community, it’s highly preventable. BlackDoctor.org spoke with several medical professionals to see what can be done to lower the risk of colon cancer. Dr. Strick Woods, gastroenterologist based in Bridgeport, CT, suggests that screening is the first step towards Black men lowering their risk. The American College of Gastroenterologists recommends Black men be screened starting

at age 45 – five years earlier than whites. The reason? Colon cancer is often diagnosed in African Americans at a younger age. Dr. Woods says the current compliance rate for colonoscopies is at a mere 38 percent. African American have a notably low screening rate which puts us at adverse risk for developing colon cancer. I know you are thinking, “Oh Lord!” We all know that there is inconvenience and discomfort to detox the colon and a colonoscopy is not really fun. However, if it helps keep you healthy, then follow the advice of the experts. A colonoscopy allows your doctor to look at the inner lining of your large intestine (rectum and colon). He or she uses a thin, flexible tube called a colonoscope to look at the colon. A colonoscopy helps find ulcers, colon polyps, tumors, and areas of inflammation or bleeding. Detoxing is very beneficial to clean and clear out the impurities in the body.

There are so many detox systems on the market. I can recommend several of the 5-day, 7-day and also daily detoxes. Fruits and vegetables are essential to the regularity of our digestive system. Vegetables are great roughage and fruits are great toxin relievers. Let’s detox together!

Rhonda Dallas is a certified health coach and nutritional counselor. Rhonda offers Healthy Lifestyle Living Classes for adults and children, as well as vitamins and natural holistic weight loss packages that include coaching sessions to ensure you are held accountable. Contact Rhonda at rhondadallascoaching@gmail.com for your coaching session or your very own detox system. Get started today!

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Roasted Salmon with Thyme and Honey-Mustard Glaze Ingredients

•  10 thyme sprigs •  1 (3-pound) skin-on salmon fillet (preferably sustainable), pin bones removed •  1/4 cup country Dijon mustard •  2 tablespoons honey •  1 teaspoon white wine vinegar •  2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves •  1 teaspoon kosher salt •  1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper •  1 lemon, thinly sliced

How to Make It

•  Preheat oven to 450°. • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange thyme sprigs in a long row on parchment. Place salmon, skin side down, on top of thyme. • Combine mustard, honey, and vinegar in a bowl. Brush mixture evenly over top of salmon. Sprinkle salmon with 2 teaspoons thyme leaves, salt, and pepper. Arrange lemon slices over salmon. • Bake salmon at 450° in center of oven 26 minutes or until desired degree of doneness. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Carrot-Zucchini Cake with Coconut-Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  • 

9 ounces white whole-wheat flour (about 2 cups) 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup dark brown sugar 1/2 cup canola oil 3 large eggs 1 cup grated carrot 1 cup grated zucchini 3/4 cup drained canned crushed pineapple in juice Cooking spray 4 ounces 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened 2 cups powdered sugar 1/2 cup flaked sweetened coconut, toasted

How to Make It

•  Preheat oven to 350°. • Combine first 6 ingredients in a bowl. Combine sugars, oil, and eggs in a separate bowl, stirring with a whisk. Stir carrot, zucchini, and pineapple into sugar mixture. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture; stir until moistened. Spoon batter into a 13 x 9-inch metal baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 33 minutes or until done. Cool on a wire rack. • Combine cream cheese and butter in a bowl; beat with a mixer until smooth. Add powdered sugar; beat just until smooth. Spread evenly over top of cake. Sprinkle with coconut flakes. Cut into 16 pieces.

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Reggie C Fitness Gets Results Weight Loss Success Stories:

Women Who Lost 50+ lbs

work for it. Being surrounded by like-minded people who motivate and encourage you to work hard will motivate you. Also, drink a gallon of water consistently.”

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Felicity “Planning is key! Write out your workout schedule for the week, and keep track of workouts in a planner or your phone. Making time for exercise and meal prep is sometimes very strategic, so set a weekly goal. Try to stick to that goal as best as possible. Set reminders for your meals on your phone calendar or set an alarm, so

Jessica “Keep an ideal physique or picture of where you want to be on your screensaver, so that whenever you unlock your phone you will see it. This will help to remind you to keep pushing. Also, take progress pictures. They will motivate you to keep going. Surround yourself with like-minded people who have similar goals. Everyone wants results, but only a few are willing to push and

Dianah “Don’t compare yourself or your body to others. Everyone has their own unique physical traits, and everyone’s journey is distinct. So don’t get down on yourself if you see someone else who is doing better or getting quicker results. Incorporate everyone in your house on your journey. If you eat healthy, they can to…no exceptions. LOL! Want it for YOURSELF! Getting in shape for someone else or something else will only be temporary, and the motivation will fade if that person or thing leaves your life. Learn to say NO to people and things, and start putting YOURSELF 1st.” Jervon “Don't get discouraged if you "fall off the wagon." We are all human. We all have cravings. It's okay to indulge occasionally. However, KNOW that additional cardio will have to be done. Make sure your friends and family know/understand that you are serious about your goals. It's easy to get derailed by loved ones and co-workers. This means saying no to a lot. The more consistent you are with putting your goals on the forefront, the easier it is for others to accept it and not want to tempt you. Listen to your trainer, and lean on your fit family! Surrounding yourself with like-minded people is one of the best things you can do. Whenever you need encouragement, motivation, or inspiration, don’t hesitate to turn to them. That sort of support will always get you through.” For fitness tips from me or to experience Reggie C Fitness and be a healthier you, please visit me on the web at www.reggiecfitness.com.

March is National Kidney Month: The Urology Care Foundation Encourages You to Keep your Kidneys Health and Happy By d-mars.com News Provider

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id you know approximately 30 million American adults have kidney disease, but most don't even know it? March 1 marks the beginning of National Kidney Month, a time to raise awareness about your kidney health and generate support for those affected by such conditions as kidney stones, kidney infections and kidney disease. It's also a time when the Urology Care Foundation, the nation's leading nonprofit urological health foundation, encourages the public to make direct, positive and healthy changes in their lives to keep their kidneys healthy and happy. The kidneys are a pair of bean-shaped organs that are about the size of a small fist and sit on each side of the spine, above the waist. Their primary job is to clean the blood and produce urine to rid the body of waste. They also help make red blood cells, maintain a balance of salt and other nutrients in your body, keep your bones healthy and help control your blood pressure.

Your kidneys can become damaged with little to no warning. Kidney disease is known as the "silent epidemic" because if often shows no signs until it is more advanced. High blood pressure and diabetes are two leading causes of kidney disease. Other risk factors include heart disease, obesity, high cholesterol and a family history. Older adults, Hispanics, African-Americans and American Indians are at a higher risk for developing kidney disease. "Most people don't realize how important the kidneys are to our well-being, which is why it's important to look after them," said Richard A. Memo, MD chair of the Urology Care Foundation. "If you are at risk for kidney disease, talk to your doctor about having your kidney function checked as this disease is one that can be prevented or slowed down if caught early."

fewsimple simpleways waysto tokeep keepthe the AAfew kidneyhappy happyand andhealthy: healthy: kidney •  Drinking plenty of water •  Not smoking •  Eating a healthy diet

•  Keeping your weight in check •  Staying fit and active •  Monitoring and keeping regular control of your blood pressure and sugar levels Other common kidney-related health issues include kidneys stones and kidney infections. Kidney Stones: One in 10 Americans will develop a kidney stone at some point in their lifetime and are the reason for more than 1 million emergency department visits per year. In fact, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) veteran Matt Mitrione was pulled from a highly anticipated fight last month due to kidney stones, which he needed surgically removed. Other famous names associated with kidney stones include Billy Joel, Tim Burton, Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Joel, Roger Moore, William Shatner and Gene Simmons. Kidney Infections: Approximately 200,000 kidney infections are diagnosed each year and are often due to a specific type of urinary tract infection (UTI) that begins in the urethra or bladder and travels to the kidneys. Symptoms may include fever, frequent urination and pain

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in the back, side or groin, and they are often treated with antibiotics. In observance of National Kidney Month, the Urology Care Foundation encourages you to learn your risk factor for kidney disease and other kidney-related conditions. Visit our robust library of kidney-related conditions to learn more. For more information or to download free patient education materials visit: www.UrologyHealth.org. About the Urology Care Foundation - The Urology Care Foundation is the world's leading nonprofit urological health foundation. They partner with physicians, researchers, healthcare professionals, patients, caregivers, families and the public to support and improve the prevention, detection and treatment of urological diseases through research and education. To learn more about the Urology Care Foundation and its programs visit: www.UrologyHealth.org. Source: Urology Care Foundation


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