House Calls

SUM 2017

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8 { summer 2017 } h o u s e c a l l s WHEN TO SEE A DOCTOR When you hear the word sodium, what do you think of? Likely, you picture the saltshaker on your dinner table or the kosher salt you cook with. But a recent study found that an average of only 10 percent of sodium in an American adult's diet typically comes from food prepared at home. Excess sodium can increase blood pressure and risk for heart disease, so let's take a closer look at the mineral: Though sunburn—red, painful skin that's warm to the touch— significantly increases your risk for skin cancer, it typically does not require medical attention and can be treated at home using a cool compress and lotions with aloe vera. Severe cases of sunburn, however, can call for a trip to the doctor. Seek medical help if: 1 Blisters cover a large portion of the body 2 The sunburn is accompanied by a high fever, extreme pain, confusion, headache, or nausea 3 Signs of infection are present (these include increasing pain, swelling, and yellow drainage) 4 At-home treatments do not help relieve pain for: Sunburn the buzz M O R E S O D I U M F A C T S : S DIUM REDUCING SODIUM INTAKE BY ROUGHLY 400mg per day COULD PREVENT UP TO 32,000 heart attacks AND 20,000 strokes DAILY IN THE U.S. – U N I V E R S I T Y O F M I N N E S O T A S C H O O L O F P U B L I C H E A L T H Over-consuming sodium can cause your body to retain water, adding extra pressure to blood vessels leading to the kidneys, a condition known as hypertension , which is a leading risk factor for heart disease . The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that people consume less than 2,300mg of sodium daily. - C D C SODIUM IS A VITAL MINERAL THAT HELPS CONTROL BLOOD PRESSURE AND REGULATE MUSCLES AND NERVES . One slice of "Pepperoni Lover's" pizza from Pizza Hut packs 1,130mg of sodium; one cup of Progresso's chicken noodle soup has 690mg . More than 40% OF AMERICANS' SODIUM INTAKE COMES FROM 10 TYPES OF FOODS (most of which are processed): • breads and rolls • cold cuts and cured meats • pizza • fresh and processed poultry • soups • sandwiches (including cheeseburgers) • cheese • pasta dishes • snacks like chips, pretzels, and popcorn • mixed-meat dishes like meat loaf More than 8 out of 10 Americans consume significantly more than is recommended; the average daily sodium intake for Americans aged 2 and older is more than 3,400mg. - U N I V E R S I T Y O F M I N N E S O T A S C H O O L O F P U B L I C H E A L T H & C D C

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