We all know that diet and exercise are important to heart health. But we may not realize that shoveling snow is strenuous exercise that could be too much of a burden on our hearts, especially if we’ve been more sedentary in colder months.
For many people, the gray days of winter can mean gray moods. If you feel sad, can’t sleep and feel as if all you want to do is lie on the sofa, eat bad food and watch cable for days on end, you might have seasonal affective disorder.
We know to guard our skin against frostbite by covering up when we go outside in sub-freezing temperatures. But extreme cold also can impact your vital organs. Find out how you can protect yourself.
As we age, our bones become more fragile. Our reflexes are no longer lightening-quick. If you are over age 65, having four or more of these risk factors will increase your risk of falling by 80 percent.
We often look forward to changes of season, but if you have diabetes, you need to be extra careful when temperatures climb dramatically. Extreme heat can affect your blood sugar control. If you use insulin or if your treatment of blood sugars is inadequate, this can put you at higher risk. Often, worsening blood sugar … Read More
Static in your hair or the sparks that fly when you touch someone or something in winter are sure signs the air in your house is too dry. Setting up a humidifier is the best bet for improving indoor air quality and your breathing, according to pulmonologist Katina Nicolacakis, MD. “When the air is dry, … Read More
Most people with chronic asthma experience asthma symptoms when they exercise. But many people who never experience asthma symptoms also can experience the same chest-tightening and shortness of breath when they work out – especially in cold weather. Working out in frigid temps is a stimuli for exercise-induced asthma. The culprit is cold, dry air. The symptoms … Read More
As if the snow and cold have not been enough to deal with this winter, another danger now hangs over our heads: the large icicles that have formed on many homes and buildings. This winter’s heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures have created dramatic icicles and massive ice dams on many rooftops. Now with temperatures growing warmer, these frozen … Read More
Winter can be a brutal time of the year for your lips. The cold air, the chilling wind and dry, heated air inside all conspire to make your smoocher dry and tight. In addition, when we go out in the cold, the mouth is usually among the last things we cover up, says dermatologist Melissa … Read More
When bitterly cold temperatures hit, you have to be careful to avoid staying out in the frigid air for too long. A cold weather emergency can happen relatively quickly, especially with children. Your child should never leave the house without a hat in this kind of weather. Children, especially younger children, can lose a third … Read More