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Réduisez les risques associés à votre état de santé

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Your physical health can increase your risk of tripping, slipping and falling. For example, some medicines can affect your ability, judgment, and coordination. Skipping meals or not drinking enough water can also cause dizziness and make you less steady on your legs, especially during the hot summer months or after a year. Poor vision also significantly increases the risk of tripping. The good news is that there are lots of simple ways to reduce the risk of injury from falling.

Medications

Tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the medications you are taking: prescription drugs, OTC drugs and herbal supplements. All these products can interact. That is why it is important to discuss with a health care professional. Some medications and supplements can cause dizziness, weakness and other side effects that increase the risk of slipping, tripping and falling. A health care professional will recommend ways to reduce these risks.

Vision and hearing

Your eyes and ears will protect against falls by warning you against risks such as traffic. Do review your vision and your hearing at least every two years. And do not forget to remove your reading glasses when you walk or, if necessary, to wear your hearing aid.

Power

Skipping meals can cause dizziness and weakness. To stay alert and strong, regularly eat nutritious meals. Canada’s Food Guide is an excellent source of information. This is available on the website of Health Canada . It is also important to drink enough soft drinks and caffeine-free.

Pain

Foot problems, like bunions, calluses, ingrown toenails, and plantar warts, peuvpeinetd be causes of instability. If you feel pain, you probably walk by taking care to protect sensitive areas. A chiropractor can analyze your gait and prescribe orthotics as needed to insert into your shoes. Be sure to wear shoes that fit properly and are provided with good support and a non-slip sole. A podiatrist can also help correct problems like this.

Your health

Health problems, including hypertension, diabetes, anemia and hypoglycemia, can cause dizziness and feeling weak. If you have problems like this, talk to your healthcare professional. He will advise you on ways to alleviate these symptoms.

An active lifestyle

The activity is the best way to reduce the risk of falls. Active people are more physical exercise and are more mentally alert. Everything is good to move: social activities, sports, clubs of all kinds. Good for physical strength, balance and perception. Aim for at least 20 minutes of exercise every day preferably, but at least three times a week. The Guide to Physical Activity Guide to Healthy Active Living for Older Adults is an excellent source of information. This is available on the website of Health Canada .

Moderation

Know your limits and moderate your alcohol consumption. Alcohol affects vision, hearing, balance and judgment. Alone or combined with drugs, alcohol can cause serious falls.

THE CANADIAN CHIROPODISTS ARE HERE TO HELP.

A doctor of chiropractic can help you assess your strength and balance and recommend customized exercises. For more information or to arrange for a chiropractor in a group presentation, contact the Canadian Chiropractic Association toll-free at 1-877-222-9303.

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