You can’t see or smell carbon monoxide (CO). But hundreds of people die every year from CO poisoning caused by malfunctioning or misused fuel-burning appliances. Even more die from CO produced by idling cars.
Prevention Is Key
- DO have your heating system, water heater, dryer, and any other gas, oil, coal, or wood-burning appliances checked by a qualified technician every year.
- DO your chimney checked or cleaned every year.
- DON’T idle the car in a garage—even if the garage door to the outside is open.
- DON’T use a gas oven to heat your home, even for a short time.
- DON’T ever use a charcoal grill indoors—even in a fireplace.
- DON’T sleep in any room with an unvented gas or kerosene space heater.
- DON’T use gas engines in enclosed spaces.
Vitamin D plays a key role in your health — especially bone health. Most people get enough from foods (fish and eggs), fortified foods (milk and cereals), and sunlight.
But reduced sunlight in winter — and for miners year ‘round — may mean that you’re not getting the recommended 600-800 IUs (International Units) most people need. That’s why we test Vitamin D levels as part of our HealthChecks.
Q: I feel fine. Why should I take a blood pressure medication?
Even though you feel fine, high blood pressure is destroying your health.
– High blood pressure damages the lining of the arteries in your brain, making it easier for blood clots to form or rupture, causing stroke.
– High blood pressure makes your heart muscle thicker. It has a harder time pumping enough blood, which can lead to heart failure.
– The blood vessels in your kidneys get weaker and narrower. Your kidneys don’t work right, and wastes build up in your body.
– The blood vessels in your eyes are damaged. Thickened, narrowed or torn blood vessels destroy your vision.
– The flow of blood to your brain is reduced. You have a harder time remembering, learning, and understanding concepts.
I’m asking for you to be more involved in your health, with the help of my team of health coaches. Four specific recommendations that I believe can make a powerful difference for you and your family:
#1: Get a HealthCheck Every Year
A HealthCheck helps detect signs of cardiovascular diseases — signs like diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Identifying and treating these health issues early — even before you have any pain or other symptoms — can prevent them from doing silent damage to your body and may prevent a major heart problem later.
It can be a tough time to exercise. Short days and cold temperatures seem to call for curling up in front of the TV until the spring thaw. But, don’t give in to that temptation. With a little planning and a few tips, you can keep moving right through the winter.
The good news is that outdoor exercise in winter is actually more effective than in summer, because your body burns calories just keeping warm.
- If the sidewalks are clear of ice, go for a walk. It continues to be one of the best ways to keep up your metabolism and burn fat.
- Because it’s winter: Dress warmly, wear reflective clothing in the darker morning and evening hours, and wear shoes with good traction. Make stretching a part of your daily fitness routine — flexibility helps you avoid serious injury if you do have a slip.