As you know, it's almost time to celebrate the 4th of July, the United States of America's Day of Independence. Fireworks, barbecues, as well as gatherings with family and friends are staples of this holiday. However, did you know that spikes in visits to the Emergency Room occur during holidays such as the 4th of July, according to Peter Delany, Director of the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality? Hence Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patients, who are already at an elevated risk of being admitted to the hospital, should follow a few tips to stay healthy and safe during this great American holiday.
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You should remember that there are no good foods or bad foods, what matters most, suggests the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), "is your overall way of eating and living." Thus if you indulge one day, you're not "cheating," "bad," or a "failure;" just try to be healthier the next day.
Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patients can catch an infection very easily so while you should take the holiday to relax and enjoy those around you, be mindful when preparing foods. Also, when preparing foods, use two cutting boards - one for raw meat, chicken and fish, and one for vegetables or other foods that will not be cooked. There will probably be a lot of grilling so use your food thermometer to make sure your meat is well cooked: Hamburgers (155°F), chicken and stuffed meats (165°F), and steaks, pork, fish and twhole beef or pork roasts (145°F).
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If you're planning on traveling, you should be aware of more drivers on the road. Besides taking the usual precautions such as wearing your seat belt, allow yourself plenty of time to reach your destination so that you are not rushing and hurrying to avoid stressful situations.
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Finally, Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patients should remember that a little exercise goes a very long way. That said, if your exercise regimen is impacted by the holiday schedule, you may try fitting in a casual stroll while watching fireworks or visiting with friends. "It's not all or nothing."
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Most of all, stay as safe and healthy as possible. For more tailored daily news and information about how Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patients can better manage their lives, turn to your #1 resource, KidneyBuzz.com. Also, if you are not one of the tens-of-thousands who have already gotten one of our Life Management Guides, don't forget to order your copy of Fight Kidney Disease and Diabetes (http://www.kidneybuzz.com/fight-kidney-disease-diabetes-e-book).
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