Christmas is a favorite time of the year all over the world, when families get together and celebrate the birth of Christ the Saviour. Wherever there is a party, there is food, and many find it hard to resist that Christmas dinner with all the trimmings and those scrumptious desserts. Persons who overindulge may end up taking a trip to the emergency room at the hospital. Love news spoke with Dr. Melissa Diaz, the Primary Care Coordinator for Central Health Region, who said it is quite common for persons to end up in the hospital during the Christmas season.
Johnelle Mckenzie: “Christmas is a favorite time of the year all over the world when families get together and celebrate the birth of Christ the Savior. Wherever there is a party there is food and many find it hard to resist the Christmas dinner with all the trimmings and those scrumptious desserts. Persons who overindulge may end up taking a trip to the emergency room at the Hospital. Love News spoke with Dr. Melissa Diaz the Primary Care Coordinator for Central Health Region who said it is quite common for persons to end up in the hospital during the Christmas season.
Dr. Melissa Diaz: “ In terms of overindulging we look at things like Hypertension which is High Blood Pressure and we do know that eating a lot of foods with salt, even hidden salts, Christmas ham is salted and can cause people to get uncontrolled hypertension especially during this time of festivities. If we tend to not take our medication or eating the Christmas dinner more often than we should we would see that blood pressure levels can go up. In addition to hypertension, high cholesterol with certain types of foods that we eat as well but high cholesterol tends to be more gradual and it usually would cause no significant symptoms. You may not know that you have high cholesterol or even that your blood pressure is going up because you feel well until it comes to a point where you start to get some symptoms and end up in the hospital.”
Johnelle Mckenzie: “Dr. Diaz offered some tips on how to avoid the hospital over the holidays.”
Dr. Melissa Diaz: “First of all: planning for the Holidays, planning ahead of time, planning on where you are going, what activities you are going to do and if you do know you have a illness like Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, high Cholesterol, Obesity be sure to make good plans in terms of what you are going to eat and how you are going to control what you eat. Eating in moderation as well as trying to omit the foods around this time, if possible like for instance not overindulging on the Christmas ham or stuffings or things that is very salty or very fatty. That is very important so planning ahead, ensuring that you keep up with your medication, don’t omit any of your medications, don’t feel that oh I am going to party and I may have a drink so I won’t take my antihypertensives or my diabetes medication. You still should go ahead and take your medication as prescribed by your doctor, that is very important. Also keeping well hydrated and trying to reduce the amount of alcohol that you take so basically the message would be everything in moderation at this time but especially more so if you do have a chronic illness.
Johnelle Mckenzie: “Dr. Diaz added two illnesses that tend to increase during this time of year are gastroenteritis and the common cold.
Johnelle Mckenzie: “ This is Jonelle Mckenzie reporting for Love News.