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Second time’s a charm: Navarro offers free Diabetes Club program

BY Antoinette Alexander

MIAMI Navarro Discount Pharmacies has launched the second year of its free Diabetes Club for customers and has expanded it to now include information on juvenile diabetes.

“This year, Navarro’s Diabetes Club will focus primarily on education specifically related to nutrition, exercise and prevention for adults and children with diabetes,” stated Albert Garcia, EVP pharmacy. “The goal of the Diabetes Club is to educate parents and children about good eating habits, what foods to eat and what foods to avoid, as well as regular exercise.”

Navarro Diabetes Club includes the following benefits:

  • Free prescription delivery to home or office;
  • Free 60-day supply of Premier Value insulin syringes;
  • Discounts of up to 15% off on all diabetes prescriptions, up to 25% of on diabetes supplies and 10% off on Navarro’s Premier Value products;
  • Free health screenings and glucose testing in partnership with Abbott Diagnostics and Clinical Divisions;
  • Educational programs held at different store locations on such topics as heart disease and diabetes, controlling diabetes by dieting and exercising, the effects of smoking in diabetics and living the best quality of life with diabetes;
  • Training on how to use new and updated glucose monitors;
  • Access to Navarro’s online Web resource center;
  • Invitations to monthly social and educational events; and
  • A quarterly newsletter with additional diabetes information.

In addition, Navarro has partnered with Abbott Diagnostics and Clinical Divisions as the title sponsor of the American Diabetes Association’s annual “Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes” in Miami on Nov. 6.

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Walgreens continues vitamin D giveaway program with Aetna, United Way

BY Allison Cerra

COLUMBIA , S.C. (May 27) One of the nation’s largest drug store chains has teamed up with a healthcare benefits company and a community solutions provider to raise awareness of the need for adequate vitamin D intake.

Walgreens, Aetna and United Way of the Midlands are continuing their efforts through a vitamin D giveaway program extension, which initially was kicked off earlier this year. The vitamin D awareness efforts will donate more than 25,000 samples, the companies said.

“We are pleased to continue our participation in this program to drive awareness around a health concern that’s seldom discussed in many communities,” said Richard Ashworth, Walgreens market VP. “Our goal is for more people to be informed that supporting a proper diet and healthy lifestyle with a vitamin D supplement is a simple step that can have long-term health benefits.”

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Study: Fish oil may aid dental health

BY Michael Johnsen

ST. LOUIS, Mo. Supplementing with fish oils could help improve gum health, according to research published in the November issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. Researchers from Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health found that dietary intake of polyunsaturated fatty acids like fish oil, known to have anti-inflammatory properties, shows promise for the effective treatment and prevention of periodontitis, otherwise known as gum disease.

"We found that n-3 fatty acid intake, particularly docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), are inversely associated with periodontitis in the U.S. population," said researcher Asghar Naqvi. "To date, the treatment of periodontitis has primarily involved mechanical cleaning and local antibiotic application. Thus, a dietary therapy, if effective, might be a less expensive and safer method for the prevention and treatment of periodontitis. Given the evidence indicating a role for n-3 fatty acids in other chronic inflammatory conditions, it is possible that treating periodontitis with n-3 fatty acids could have the added benefit of preventing other chronic diseases associated with inflammation, including stroke as well."

 

The study involved more than 9,000 adults who participated in NHANES between 1999 and 2004 who had received dental examinations. Dietary DHA, EPA and LNA intake were estimated from 24-hour food recall interviews, and data regarding supplementary use of PUFAs were captured as well. The NHANES study also collected extensive demographic, ethnic, educational and socioeconomic data, allowing the researchers to take other factors into consideration that might obscure the results.

 

 

The prevalence of periodontitis in the study sample was 8.2%. There was an approximately 20% reduction in periodontitis prevalence in those subjects who consumed the highest amount of dietary DHA. The reduction correlated with EPA was smaller, while the correlation to LNA was not statistically significant.

 

 

Foods that contain significant amounts of polyunsaturated fats include fatty fish like salmon, as well as peanut butter, margarine and nuts.

 

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