Urinary Tract Infections: How do I know I have A UTI?

Did you know that about ¼ of our blood supply enters the kidney per minute for filtration and about 150-180 liters of blood per day is filtered through the glomerulus. Of the filtered, about 90% is reclaimed. According to the body’s needs, essential nutrients are reabsorbed, and the wastes are secreted from the tubules to be voided as urine. Urine is temporarily stored in the bladder and then moves into through the urethra where it is voided. Urine is sterile when itContinue reading “Urinary Tract Infections: How do I know I have A UTI?”

Connecting your healthcare: Clinical Viewer

With our pharmacy’s approach of modernizing and optimizing medicine and our focus on patient experience, we are constantly adding new formats to connect with our clients’ health.  The ConnectingOntario ClinicalViewer is a new platform that the pharmacy is implementing into our services. This system is a secure, web-based portal that provides real-time access to digitalContinue reading “Connecting your healthcare: Clinical Viewer”

A Deeper Look into Type One Diabetes

 Type 1 Diabetes; formerly known as Juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes typically affects children and young adults but can be seen at any age. The main cause is not exactly known but believed to be an autoimmune disorder (the body sees itself as foreign substance and attempts to fight it). Other supporting factors include viral, hereditary, environmental, and drugs.   Pathophysiology  Our body uses up glucose through the food we eat or from stored glucose (glycogen) found in the liver and skeletal muscles. After eating food, theContinue reading “A Deeper Look into Type One Diabetes”

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a sleep-related breathing disorder indicated by short pauses of abnormal breathing while sleeping. These pauses, also known as “apneas” or “apnea events”, typically happen multiple times throughout the night, lasting for around 10 to 30 seconds each time. Statistics Canada have found sleep apnea is associated with many diseases, such as heartContinue reading “What is Sleep Apnea?”

Living with Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes affects about 3.8 million Canadians and about 200,000 more are diagnosed annually. It is a chronic condition affecting one’s blood sugar levels due to the body’s inability to regulate insulin. The most common type of diabetes in Canadians is type 2. Diabetes is associated with many other health conditions, such as, cardiovascular disease, renalContinue reading “Living with Type 2 Diabetes”

Coping Stress during the COVID Pandemic

Over the past year and a half, COVID has changed the way we live. It has definitely been a hard time for everyone trying to adapt to the new “normal” lifestyle of wearing masks everywhere we go, to staying at home to limit the curve, to limiting our contact with others through social distancing. ThisContinue reading “Coping Stress during the COVID Pandemic”

What is Hypoglycemia and How to Prevent it

Hypoglycemia is a condition where one’s blood sugar is lower than normal (around 3.0 to 3.9 mmol/L). This condition usually happens when people with diabetes do not regulate the amount of sugar in the blood while taking their medication. Diabetic patients take medication specifically to help control the insulin in their body, which is aContinue reading “What is Hypoglycemia and How to Prevent it”

Managing High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, sometimes referred to as hypertension, is one of the leading risks for death in Canada and it affects 6 million Canadian adults. High blood pressure is also the #1 risk factor for stroke and continues to be a major risk factor for heart disease. This condition is a result of an increasedContinue reading “Managing High Blood Pressure”

Alzheimer’s disease – Causes, Stages, Symptoms and Treatments

What is Alzheimer’s disease? Alzheimer’s disease (AD), a neurodegenerative disorder is the most common form of dementia, accounting for an estimated 60% – 80% of cases. Dementia is a brain disorder that seriously affects a person’s ability to carry out daily activities. AD is an irreversible and progressive brain disease, with the most common earlyContinue reading “Alzheimer’s disease – Causes, Stages, Symptoms and Treatments”