- By Laurel J. Kelly
Housecall: Don’t let traveler’s diarrhea spoil your vacation
THIS WEEK'S TOP TOPICS
Going on vacation this summer? The wrong dietary choices can ruin your trip. Knowing what to eat and drink — and what to skip — can help you avoid an unpleasant digestive disorder known as traveler's diarrhea. It's also important to know when you need to seek medical care if you become ill. Here's what you need to know.
Hormone therapy: Is it right for you?
Hormone replacement therapy — medications containing female hormones to replace the ones the body no longer makes after menopause — is sometimes used to treat common menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes and vaginal discomfort. Hormone therapy also has been proven to prevent bone loss and reduce fracture in postmenopausal women. Along with the benefits, there are risks associated with using hormone therapy, though. Learn more about hormone therapy and whether it might be right for you.
What works for managing anxiety with MS?
Living with a chronic, unpredictable condition can take a psychological toll. People with multiple sclerosis (MS) have an increased risk of anxiety for many reasons, including damage to your brain's nerve cells or side effects from medications used to treat the disease. The good news is that, unlike some other aspects of MS, anxiety is treatable. And, with proper treatment, you can significantly improve your quality of life. Learn more from Dr. B. Mark Keegan, a Mayo Clinic neurologist.
Can caffeine help with weight loss?
Caffeine may slightly boost weight loss or prevent weight gain by suppressing your appetite or increasing your energy use. However, there's no sound evidence that increased caffeine consumption results in significant or permanent weight loss. Learn more from Katherine Zeratsky, a Mayo Clinic registered dietitian nutritionist.
HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Snoring solution: Sleep on your side
Sleep on your side to prevent snoring. Lying on your back allows your tongue to fall backward into your throat, which narrows your airway and partially obstructs airflow. To stay off your back, try sewing a tennis ball in the back of your pajama top. This uncomfortable trick will remind you to roll over.
Need practical advice on diet and exercise? Want creative solutions for stress and other lifestyle issues? Discover more healthy lifestyle topics at mayoclinic.org.
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