Keeping the skin around your stoma (peristomal skin) healthy is important. You can steer clear of many complications by following these simple suggestions.
Bath and shower tips
You can bathe and shower just as you did before surgery, with your pouch on or off—the choice is up to you. Because soap residue can cause your skin barrier to lift, avoid oil-based and moisturizing soaps.
Choose a well-fitting skin barrier
To help keep the skin around your stoma healthy, it is important that your skin barrier fits properly. Choose a well-fitting pouching system to help prevent irritating stoma contents from coming into contact with your skin. Your ostomy nurse can teach you how to use a measuring guide to determine the size of your stoma and select a cut-to-fit, pre-cut or moldable barrier. Changes to the abdomen caused by pregnancy, exercise, weight gain/loss or certain medical conditions may also require a new pouching system and/or size. You may need to measure your stoma periodically. Read more
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“It took me seventeen years to get three thousand hits in baseball. It took one afternoon on the golf course.” – Hank Aaron
Whether you find golf relaxing or maddening – or even both at the same time – it remains a popular summer pastime. And while it may not be considered among the most athletic of activities, it’s still a great way to get exercise as the warm weather rolls in. Read more
In the world of diet and nutrition, red meat has gotten a bad rap in recent years. When talking about proteins, much of the discussion tends to focus on fish and chicken, and while these are great options for the health-conscious cook, that doesn’t mean that things like steak and pork need to be left out in the cold. Read more
Summer days are here! The warmer weather holds lots of promises – relaxation, new adventures, food on the grill, and fun in the sun to name just a few. But as the temperatures go up, so do certain risks for people with diabetes.
Fortunately, there are a few simple and easy measures you can take to keep yourself safe and healthy while still enjoying everything summer has to offer. Read more
If you recently had your ostomy surgery or do not exercise regularly and want to get into a workout routine, you may be wondering what supplies you will need to help make your workout worry free. There are many lower profile ostomy products available today. A drainable or closed-end pouch and stoma caps can all make your workout more comfortable. Read more
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Do you hate going to the gym? Do you not want to clutter your home with bulky workout equipment? What if a great workout was right outside your door? A simple 30-minute walking routine can increase cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones, boost energy, reduce excess body fat and act as “one of the best types of medicine” available. You can get started at home without joining a club or paying a monthly membership fee. Walking is low impact, requires minimal equipment and can be done at any time of the day. Read more
A smoothie is a blended drink made from fruits and/or vegetables and may also include other ingredients such as water, ice, fruit juice, dairy products, nuts, seeds and supplements. There are endless combinations and ingredients you can use. They can be a great way for you to boost your nutrition by including large servings of fruits and vegetables, but be sure to check with your doctor first as too many sweet fruits can lead to too much sugar. Read more
Both physical and emotional stressors can increase levels of the epinephrine and cortisol hormones in the body. This in turn can make one’s blood sugar rise. The hormone release is all part of the body’s fight-or-flight response, which prepares it to fight or flee at the first sign of any trouble. Now that rush of glucose is not a problem if your body’s insulin response is working correctly. However, for people with diabetes this can be a problem as the additional hormones in the body can lead to a buildup of sugar in the bloodstream. Read more