Atrial Fibrillation – What You Need to Know

Atrial Fibrillation – What You Need to Know

Atrial fibrillation (AF, or afib) affects nearly 10% of adults over 65 and more than 15% of those over 70. It sometimes goes unnoticed, but noticed or not, it can be life-threatening. AF usually requires treatment with medications, so I’m often asked questions about it by my patients. In this post you’ll learn what AF is, how to spot symptoms, why it’s dangerous, and what you can do to keep

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Physical Activity Can Limit Your Need for Medications

Physical Activity Can Limit Your Need for Medications

Many patients come to Better My Meds for help because they don’t want to take so many medications. It’s true that many common health problems like osteoporosis, diabetes, heart disease, mood disorders, and others are usually treated with medications. And medications can pile up as we get older. But there’s another effective treatment for all these health problems and more — regular physical activity! It may be hard to believe,

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Disposal of Unneeded Meds – Liquids and Other Hard-to-Dispose-of Items

Disposal of Unneeded Meds – Liquids and Other Hard-to-Dispose-of Items

We’ve talked in previous posts about safe and secure disposal of medications. Why it’s important, and how and where it can be done. Several BetterMyMeds readers and event participants have pointed out that it can be tough to dispose of certain types of medications. Liquid medications, and injectables in glass vials are good examples. Controlled substances, like morphine and valium, can be a problem, too. And the rules around how

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Collagen Supplements — the Good, the Bad, and the In-Between

Collagen Supplements — the Good, the Bad, and the In-Between

Somehow I missed the collagen boat. Collagen supplements have become more and more popular over recent years, but it’s only the last couple of months that I’ve had questions about them from readers. They’re marketed to do everything from keeping skin looking younger to relieving the pain of osteoarthritis, and lots in between. What is collagen? What are its health benefits? Should we all be taking collagen supplements? Well, let’s

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