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16 x July 5 — 18, 2018 x CONTINUED FROM PAGE 15 failure. Many offices also offer amenities such as noise-canceling headphones, aromatherapy neck pillows, blankets or TVs over chairs, which are all great techniques that can help to distract patients from their fears and get them more relaxed. Techniques such as oral or IV sedation and antianxiety medication can help those with extreme fears. Overall, it is important to not let your fears keep you from seeing a dentist, because delay can lead to extensive tooth decay, tooth loss or other health challenges. Diabetes 101 by Jose Mandry, M.D. Endocrine Associates of Florida 407-480-4830 Representatives of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report 100 million Americans are living with diabetes mellitus or have prediabetes. Type 2 diabetes often happens as we age and is associated with other chronic illnesses such as heart disease, kidney problems, nerve damage, sexual dysfunction and eye problems. If diabetes runs in your family, if your waist is more than 35 inches for females and 40 inches for males, or if you have symptoms like fatigue, frequent urination, unexplained weight loss, blurry vision or excessive thirst, an easy blood test can determine if you are prediabetic or diabetic. If your doctor determines you are at risk for diabetes, he or she may discuss easy treatment options such as diet, weight loss and exercise. Early detection and treatment are necessary in alleviating other chronic complications that occur in people who have diabetes. Talk to your health care professional about your risk, so you can make healthy lifestyle choices to prevent diabetes and its complications. Preventing Fall Risks for Seniors by James Pasquinelli, Owner Home Care Assistance 407-232-7155 A senior’s home can present many risks. There should be plenty of light in every room. Motion-activated or timer lights can be helpful as days get shorter. Bathroom safety can be improved by having grab bars installed in the tub or shower and by the toilet. Nonslip strips and a bath bench in the tub or shower and a raised toilet seat are valuable. Kitchen countertops should be kept glare-free. Rugs should be tacked down or secured with nonskid pads. Rugs with highly contrasting dark and light patterns can interfere with a senior’s depth perception and should be avoided or replaced. Reduce glare with only no-wax cleaners on floors. Firmly secured handrails are a necessity on both sides of stairways and outside steps. Steps should also have nonskid treads. Furniture should not block walking areas. Make sure all electrical cords are out of the way. Hiring an in-home caregiver can also help prevent falls, especially if a senior is living alone at home. Supervision is especially important for older people with dementia that makes them get up and wander at night. Getting Children to Eat Healthy by Bindu Parekattil, M.D., FAAP Ocoee Pediatrics 407-395-2037 Almost all parents admonish children to “Eat your vegetables,” but how do we get our children to eat those vegetables? As a physician, I ask kids to follow the two veggie/two fruit rule. At lunch and dinner, have a vegetable. Ask them to eat the vegetable first and then “enjoy” the rest of their meal. It is much harder to eat things

you don’t like once you are full. After a month, it should become more of a habit and less of a fight. It also helps to get children involved in food preparation. It’s a great way to have family time and gives kids a greater appreciation for what they are eating. Letting them pick out vegetables and prepare them makes it more palatable and interesting. Decrease their sugar intake. Keep sodas, sports drinks and desserts out of the house to prevent temptations. There are a lot of packaged snacks targeting children — they are easy to grab but are often not healthy. Choose other options such as an apple, carrot sticks, oranges, nuts, berries or cheese. Think about replacing those juice boxes in the lunchbox with water. Water is always the best choice. It is important to establish healthy eating habits early and to continue to reinforce those habits throughout childhood and adolescence. A Path to Rejuvenation & Relaxation submitted by Massage Envy 407-354-3689 Whether you’re a weekend warrior, mom or entrepreneur, your body has to keep up with your lifestyle. But you’ve got to take care of it to do more. When you put in the hard work, your body works hard for you. Massage is just one way to help ready your body to take on more. An occasional massage leaves you feeling great, but regular massages can do so much more. The work a massage therapist does in each session builds on itself, helping your body maintain a relaxed state and your muscles to remain loose, even during times of physical and mental stress. There’s no mistaking it. You ask a lot of your body to be at your best, and taking care of your body helps keep you there. But you’ve got to make it a regular thing, and that’s what massage therapists are there to do. Age-Fighting Skin Treatments for Men by Janet Beres, PA-C, Master Trained Injector, and Suzanna Suto, Aesthetician Spa Blue 407-772-2583 More than ever, men are seeking skin treatments that can help them look younger, more relaxed and less tired, especially when treating the under-eye area. For most men, it’s not about looking younger, it’s about looking well-rested. Botox Cosmetic tops the list of male cosmetic procedures, but the latest revolutionary treatment is platelet-rich plasma. PRP, also known as the Vampire Facial, is being used in many aspects of medicine, including skin rejuvenation, thinning/ balding hair, sexual rejuvenation, joints, urology, gastrointestinal and dentistry. PRP is a great choice for rejuvenating the skin in men, because there is no downtime with this procedure. PRP is all-natural, using the patient’s own serum so there is no risk for side effects. The improvement in the skin tone and wrinkles is gradual over a few weeks, and males love the fact that they look younger, rested and refreshed. Focus can be placed on the under-eye area and crow’s-feet region, which helps clients look rested instead of exhausted for Friday’s happy hour. PRP for hair loss helps to regrow hair and slow the progression of hair loss. There is a lot of success with this nonsurgical one-hour procedure, and it is currently undergoing clinical trials. Look, Feel & Live Younger Longer by Roxanne Kasper, Owner Windermere Med Spa 407-876-0575 For generations, people understood that the essential ingredients for improving health and well-being were all naturally present on this CONTINUED ON PAGE 18 x July 5 — 18, 2018 x 17 Dr. Shahid Usmani, Dr. Shaista Usmani, Dr. Bindu Parekattil, Wellington Esquea, PA-C Personalized Care with Compassion & Excellence Se Habla Español 1551 Boren Drive, Suite A • Ocoee, FL 34761 Conveniently located near Walmart. Just minutes from MetroWest, Winter Garden and Windermere. Call 407-395-2037