Archive for February, 2012

An Orange a Day? Eating Citrus Fruit May Lower Stroke Risk.

Posted by on February 29th, 2012

Researchers have identified a compound found in oranges, grapefruits, and other citrus fruits that may lower a woman’s stroke risk. According to a study published online last week in the journal Stroke, eating more oranges and grapefruit may help reduce stroke risk thanks to their flavonoid content.

Flavonoids give fruits and veggies their vibrant colors. They are also found in chocolate and red wine. By some estimates there are more than 5,000 of them. Flavonoids are plant-based compounds with powerful antioxidant properties, which means they reduce inflammation, promote healthy arteries, and help prevent and repair cellular damage.

The study analyzed 14 years of data from the U.S. Nurses’ Health Study involving 69,622 healthy women who reported their food intake every four years. The research found that women who ate high amounts of citrus products, which contain a specific class of flavonoid called flavanones, had a 19 per cent lower risk of ischemic (blood clot-related) stroke than women who didn’t consume as much.

Previous studies have shown increased consumption of flavonoid-rich fruits and vegetables may help protect against stroke, but this study showed most of the antioxidant-rich products that the woman tracked themsegles eating over the long course of the study were oranges, grapefruit and their juices.

The women with higher total flavonoid intake also tended to:

  • Smoke less.
  • Exercise more.
  • Have greater intakes of fibre, folate, fruits and vegetables.
  • Have lower intakes of caffeine and alcohol.

So, to expect that simply increasing citrus in your diet is enough of a lifestyle change to ward off stroke risk would be premature, as combining a healthy diet with those other positive health steps had the greatest factor in lowering the rate of strokes in the studies subjects.

The health message is further complicated by the fact that grapefruit juice and fresh grapefruit can sometimes cause dangerous interactions with medications commonly prescribed to lower heart attack and stroke risk such as Lipitor and Plavix. Certain medications used to treat high blood pressure, high cholesterol, migraines, depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, and impotence don’t mix with grapefruit or grapefruit juice as well, so pharmacists at Canada Drugs, Canadian Pharmacy and other pharmacies often urge caution when eating grapefruit when on these medications.


U.S. Census Finds More Americans Living to 90

Posted by on February 24th, 2012

The fastest growing group in the United States is the 90-plus population as more and more Americans are living longer and healthier lives, but the costs for many seniors to maintain their lifestyle into old age is also growing dramatically.

By midcentury the population of Americans over 90 is expected to reach over 8 million and represent over 2% of the population. There were only 720,000 Americans over 90 in 1980, and in 2010 this number had almost tripled to 1.9 million. In the 2010 census the numbers show the majority of those age 90 or older had one or more disabilities and were also much more likely than those ages 65-89 to live in poverty. This is especially troubling as the rate of seniors in poverty already out paces the levels of the average population.

The annual average income for people aged 90 and older was $14,760. Men had a higher income than women — $20,133 vs. $13,580. Social Security made up about 48 percent of total income. Some 15 percent of the age 90-and-older population lives in poverty.

While Medicare covers 99% of those in this demographic, the census also showed that 40 percent of the 90-and-older population bought additional private health insurance coverage from an insurance company. The cost of prescription medication is a major part of the overall income for this demographic, as the average 90 plus American is taking between 5-7 daily medications, and they often have trouble when falling in the Medicare doughnut hole.

Canada Drugs, Canadian pharmacy already serves a great deal of customers who are over 90, and even a few over 100! Our discount drug prices, and direct cash savings are often able to help seniors suffering in between coverage levels in Medicare, and with no premiums or plans we are often a better saving option than locking into drug insurance plan through a private insurance company.  The advances in medicine and better prescription drugs are allowing more and more of us to live longer and better lives, but it’s not without a cost. With Americans drug prices being the highest in the world, we offer those age 92, or 62 or 22, an affordable alternative and a way to save money on prescription drug costs.


CanadaDrugs.com lowers prices on smoking cessation products to make breaking the habit even more economical for smokers trying to quit in 2012.

Posted by on February 21st, 2012

Aside from the obvious health issues, smoking can be an expensive habit and yet millions of smokers continue to set light to thousands of dollars a year to support this addiction. CanadaDrugs.com, the leading online Canadian Pharmacy is committed to supporting it’s customers in breaking the habit by dropping the prices on all its brand name and generic smoking cessation products in 2012.

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Notwithstanding the major and well-documented health implications of smoking including increased risk of heart disease, cancer and circulatory problems, one of the prime motivators of current smokers looking to break their habit is the increasing cost of cigarettes. The average 20-a-day smoker will spend over $3,000 a year to fund their habit, plus associated increases in health insurance, and other higher medical and prescription drug costs associated with the treatment of smoking related health disorders.

The reluctance to spend money on smoking cessation products leads many smokers to try to do it “cold turkey” – the most popular method for quitting smoking, but also one that frequently leads to relapse. At CanadaDrugs.com, we are resolved to make 2012 the year where our customers can quit smoking by offering a price drop on our full line of brand name and generic discount smoking cessation products.

The use of smoking cessation products such as common over-the-counter Nicorette products, and prescription products such as Wellbutrin, Zyban, and the newer non-nicotine drug Chantix can almost triple a smoker’s chances of success at kicking the habit for good. CanadaDrugs.com offers discount Nicorette gum, discount Nicorette Inhaler products, and other Nicorette products including discount Nicorette patches at lower prices than leading US retail pharmacies. Further 50% savings are available with the purchase of therapeutically equivalent generic nicotine gum. By cutting the price of nicotine replacement products in half, Canada Drug encourages our customers to quit, and save dramatically while doing it.

For customers looking at tackling their nicotine addiction with prescription products, Canada Drugs offers an industry leading No-Risk Guarantee that promises a price-match guarantee, no-hassle returns and free shipping anywhere in the United States. Chantix, Wellbutrin, Zyban, and even cheaper international generic equivalents when available promises 20%-80% price saving on prescription products to further lower the cost burden of quitting smoking.

“There are a number of options consumers have to save money on quitting smoking therapies at Canada Drugs. Quitting smoking is one of the hardest things you’ll ever do and we recognize that and work to make it as easy to order and more affordable for anyone who is committed to using smoking cessation products as part of their quitting strategy,” said Brock Gunter-Smith, Chief Business Development Officer for Canada Drugs. “Our 2012 price rollback on Nicorette products, generic nicotine-replacement equivalents, and guaranteed lowest prices on prescription products will offer over a hundred dollars in monthly savings for the average customer starting a quit-smoking plan that includes the use of over-the-counter or prescription products. We hope the Canadian pharmacy savings advantage makes it a little easier for our customers to quit.”

The Canada Drugs smoking cessation campaign began in January at the height of new years resolution season and will continue all year to make keeping a 2012 resolution to put away the cigarettes for good a little more attainable by offering savings to make the choice to quit cheaper.

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The Financial Burden of Prescription Drugs on American Families

Posted by on February 16th, 2012

More than 8 million non-senior Americans lived in families facing a high drug-cost burden in 2008 and 25% of those families devoted more than half of their total out-of-pocket medical spending to prescription drugs, according to findings published last week in the February edition of the medical research journal Health Affairs.

The study also revealed that this financial burden of high prescription drug costs would have been even greater if it was not for the expanded use of generic drugs by Americans over the past decade. In 2003, over 10 million American families were classified as spending more than 10 percent of their income on out-of-pocket drugs costs, this fell to 8 million in 2008. The reason for this decline was that between 36 and 39 percent of Americans under 65 filled prescriptions with generic drugs from 1999 to 2003. By 2008, that share had risen to more than half, or 56 percent, who filled their prescriptions using generic drugs, meaning the overall costs of their prescription drug bills had fallen because of the savings offered by generic drugs.

Americans, though even with the growth of generic options, could still have reason to be concerned about future drug costs. For example, the study’s authors said that state governments in need of cash have been looking to increase co-payments for people covered by state-run Medicaid health insurance programs, and private health care plan premiums are often unavailable to low income Americans that can’t afford the monthly premiums.

The study also found that people with chronic health conditions were more likely to face a high financial burden because of drug costs. In 2008, more than one in eight people with diabetes faced a high financial burden because of drug costs and a majority of people with the illness lived in families where drug costs accounted for more than half of all out-of-pocket health-care spending. Similar trends were seen for patients with high blood pressure and mental disorders.

The fact that still over 8 million American families are faced with spending over 10% of their income on drug costs is the reason CanadaDrugs.com, Canadian Pharmacy offers 40%-80% direct cash savings. Our international generic discount prescription medication offers the greatest possible savings to those faced with too high American costs.

We believe passionately that affordable prescription medication should be available to those struggling with the financial burden of drug costs and that is why for over a decade we have worked to be source of safe, affordable drugs to those faced with bills that they couldn’t afford. The generic savings the study argues have helped reduced the strain of high costs since 2003 are even greater from reputable online pharmacies like Canada Drugs because generic drugs are available sooner in other countries.


Valentines Healthy Heart Tips

Posted by on February 14th, 2012

Today is all about hearts, whether it’s a heart-shaped box of chocolate, those little candy hearts that say “You’re the 1” or a last minute trip to pick up a heart-shaped Valentine’s Day card that Hallmark store has left on it’s picked over shelf. But what about your actually heart?

Besides Valentines Day, February is heart month, when we are reminded heart disease is still the biggest public health problem that faces Americans of all ages. Everyone can do a better job to improve his or her heart health. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States; one in every three deaths is from heart disease and stroke, equal to 2,200 deaths per day. Heart disease is also expensive because over $444 billion in health care expenses and lost productivity are the direct results of cardiovascular issues.

Too often, when we think of heart disease, we think that it only affects men.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Nearly 43 million women, one-third of all women in America, are living with or are at risk for heart disease.  More women die from heart disease than from anything else, more than from all forms of cancer combined, and it’s largely preventable.

Elizabeth McSpiritt, MD, MPH recently wrote about 10 tips for making sure you’re heart will be healthy for many Valentines Days to come:

1.  Stop Smoking.  This is one of the most important changes you can make to improve your health and prolong your life.  Smokers are twice as likely to have a myocardial infarction, or heart attack, than non-smokers.  The good news is that once you stop smoking, your risk begins to decrease.

2.  Exercise Regularly.  Exercising 30 minutes most days of the week will improve your overall health, as well as your cardiovascular health.  Women who exercise regularly reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease 30 to 40 percent.  Additional benefits include improving your quality of life, helping maintain a healthy weight, reducing cholesterol levels, and demonstrates to children the importance of being active.

3.  Reduce Salt Intake. Approximately 90 percent of Americans are eating more than the recommended amount of salt every day.  Too much sodium increases the risk of high blood pressure, which leads to heart disease and stroke.  On average, Americans take in about 3,300mg of sodium per day, which is much more than the recommended limit of 2,300mg per day.  Surprisingly, most of the salt we eat is not from the shaker on the table, but from processed foods, such as breads, pastas and processed meats.  By eating foods that are less processed and closer to the source, we can both decrease our salt intake and improve the overall quality of the foods we eat.

4.  Eat Heart-Healthy.  A healthy diet is one of the best ways to prevent cardiovascular disease.  Ensuring that your diet is low in fat, cholesterol and salt and rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains decreases your risk of heart disease.   Decreasing sources of saturated and trans-fats in your diet is a big step in making your diet heart healthy.  Major sources of these cholesterol-raising fats include red meat, dairy products, fried foods and packaged snacks.  By avoiding these sources and adding at least five servings of fruit and vegetables, your diet will be a building block in your goal of heart health.  Unfortunately though, a recent study found that more than 90 percent of Americans fail to consistently eat a heart-healthy diet.  These poor eating habits increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and obesity.

5.  Maintain A Healthy Weight. Maintaining a healthy weight throughout adulthood decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol and diabetes.  This is especially important in the US today, as 2/3 of the US population is overweight.   A Body Mass Index (BMI) >25 is directly associated with an increase with many risk factors of heart disease, including increased cholesterol and diabetes.  You can calculate your BMI at http://www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi/

6. Limit Alcohol Intake.  Excess alcohol intake can damage the heart muscle, increase blood pressure and lead to weight gain.  If you do drink alcohol, do so in moderation-limiting intake to 1-2 drinks per day.

7.  Get Regular Check-Ups. Regular visits to your primary care physician can help control blood pressure, cholesterol levels and blood sugar.  Chronic, untreated high blood pressure can lead to an increased risk of both stroke and heart attack and a shortened life expectancy.  High levels of cholesterol can lead to an increase in fatty deposits in the blood vessels that supply your heart, which can result in a myocardial infarction.  Obesity and dietary insufficiencies can increase the risk of Type II diabetes, which is a risk factor. These risk factors are treatable with both lifestyle changes and medications, but the first step is getting these factors identified.

8.  Decrease Stress. While the connection between stress and heart disease is unclear, it is clear that chronic stress leads to an increased likelihood of unhealthy lifestyle choices, such as smoking, drinking and eating an unhealthy diet.  By decreasing stress in your life, you will increase the quality of your life and may decrease your risk of heart disease.

9.  Know the Warning Signs of a Heart Attack.  A heart attack is a medical emergency where every second counts.  The sooner a heart attack is recognized, the sooner medical attention can be sought.  Today, heart attack victims can benefit from new medications that can be given as soon as a heart attack is identified.  The sooner these medications are given, the greater the benefit.  The most common symptoms of a heart attack are chest discomfort, discomfort in other areas of the upper body, shortness of breath and sweating or nausea.  For women, these symptoms may differ.  One in three women will not experience chest pain while having a heart attack.  Nearly three-fourths of women experience flu-like symptoms in the weeks leading up to a heart attack.  The greater the awareness of the signs of a heart attack, the sooner medical attention can be sought.

10.  Educate Your Loved Ones About Heart Health.  Not only can you decrease your risk factors for heart disease, you can help your loved ones decrease their risk.  By incorporating exercise and a healthy diet into your family’s lives, you can keep your Valentine’s heart healthy all year long.

At Canada Drugs, Canadian Pharmacy we hope you all have a happy Valentines Day with your loved ones, and that you treat your heart well all year long.