Nutrition Guide: Eating and Living Healthy
A balanced nutrition is the cornerstone of good health – and eating healthy is easier when you follow some basic nutrition guidelines.
Lymphoedema and Healthy Eating
Eating a healthy, balanced diet is important for our general well-being as well as weight management. It can help in the prevention of chronic diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes1,2.
Skin Care in Winter
When we consider skin care and lymphoedema we automatically think about how we look after ourselves in the summer months.
The Risk of Smoking with Lymphoedema
Every cigarette you smoke, you are increasing your chance of getting cancer. Smoking accounts for nearly 80,000 deaths in the UK each year. Sadly, one in two smokers will die from a smoking-related disease.
Drinking Alcohol with Lymphoedema
For many, alcohol is simply a part of our daily life like having dinner. We may not give it a second thought as it is often the norm to have a drink when socialising with family and friends, to celebrate a special occasion, or to unwind after a long and stressful day.
Exercising with Lymphoedema
Following on from the recent blog about why exercise is so important for those with (or at risk of) lymphoedema, this blog focuses on what type of exercise may be the most beneficial.
Why Exercising in Water is Beneficial for Lymphoedema Management
Exercising is one of the corner stones of care for lymphoedema management. There are many different types of lymphoedema exercises and exercising in water (or aqua-therapy) is one option. It is a great way to exercise and a fun way to keep fit safely.
Keeping up with fashion can be difficult at the best of times and with each of us having a different body type, striving to find clothes that fit and suit us can be an exhausting process.
We now look at orthotics and footwear, selecting footwear during the intensive (or sometimes known as the bandaging) phase of lymphoedema treatment and how slippers and socks may affect lymphoedema.
For many, shoe shopping is one of life’s pleasures, but for those with swollen feet, the thought of shopping for footwear fills them with dread and may not be such an enjoyable experience.
Before you Travel
Whether you are travelling to a sun-kissed tropical island, visiting a city, cruising around the Mediterranean or staying closer to home those affected by lymphoedema, lipoedema or general swelling, may find the adventure challenging.
Final Destination... Now the Holiday Begins
Finally, you have arrived at your destination. There are many things to consider when going on holiday but what is certain, from now on, the aim is to spend time relaxing, maybe do a bit of sightseeing, and if you follow the tips below hopefully you should return rested and rejuvenated!
Go Exploring! Do not let Lymphoedema Keep you from Traveling
Most people are aware, there are several risks and problems that travelling with lymphoedema can pose. From the reduced pressure of aircraft cabins to changes in diet, exercise, temperature and of course, the disruption to your usual manual lymph drainage and skincare routine.
Coping with the Psychological Impact of Lymphoedema
It is normal to feel a complicated mix of emotions about your lymphoedema. For example, if you have secondary lymphoedema after cancer, you might feel that it is a reminder of your cancer diagnosis. Lymphoedema may alter the way you feel and view your body.
The Public Face of Lymphoedema
Although it affects more people than Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, ALS, Parkinson’s disease and AIDS combined – up to ten million Americans according to LE&RN – lymphoedema remains stubbornly out of the spotlight. Many have never even heard of the chronic illness.
Understanding the Range of Emotions that you May Feel having Lymphoedema
Being diagnosed with lymphoedema can bring a variety of emotions. It is a life-changing condition, and understandably, you will experience some struggles while you adjust. Seeing your body change and the impact on your lifestyle can be challenging but know you are not alone.
Lymphoedema: A Condition Kept Secret Until Now
Lymphoedema is a condition that affects millions of people worldwide. In America alone, it is estimated that “more Americans have lymphoedema and lymphatic diseases than AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and Alzheimer’s disease — combined.”
Your Relationship When you have Lymphoedema
Having a long-term condition such as lymphoedema can affect your romantic relationship. You or a loved one may have recently been diagnosed and finding it difficult to cope with what you are facing.
Could I have Lipoedema?
Lipoedema is a medical, long-term, chronic condition that is the accumulation of abnormal fat (adipose tissue) and is unrelated to diet. It particularly affects the lower limbs, however, it can also impact the arms.
Lymphoedema at Work
Work is a huge part of life for many of us, and that is no different for people with lymphoedema. In this article we will take a look at office-based jobs and how you can make small changes which can add up to a big difference.
Having Pets with Lymphoedema
Pets make great companions, especially when you are coping with a long-term condition such as lymphoedema. They can lift your mood instantly when things get too stressful.
Lymphoedema and Pregnancy: knowing the connection, causation and consequences
It goes without saying that pregnancy brings enormous stress upon the body. During pregnancy, your body creates almost 50% more fluid and blood to support the needs of your growing baby .
How to Explain your Lymphoedema to Family and Friends
Lymphoedema can be complicated to understand in the early days, and even more complicated to explain to other people. There will be lots of times when you will want to talk about your condition with people.
Everyday Heroes: Brittany Williams' Campaign for Children with Lymphoedema
Five years ago, Brittany Williams was forced to confront every parent’s worst nightmare after her daughter was diagnosed with primary lymphoedema, an incurable disease, while still a baby.
Everyday Heroes: Amy Rivera's Transformation into a Pioneering Advocate for Lymphoedema Patients Everywhere
It takes a formidable amount of guts, determination and strength to turn your personal battle with a lymphatic disease into a non-profit organization and public speaking career, but that is precisely what Amy Rivera has done.
Listening to the Stories of Others
Lymphoedema is a unique and chronic condition that can be overwhelming and may be associated with feeling anxious or alone. Connecting with others who have lymphoedema can be an excellent way to help navigate through the condition and learn effective ways to help integrate into your daily life.
Chair Exercises to Help Keep you Moving
This video shows you some seated foot exercises that you can easily do at home.
Getting Active in your Daily Routine
LymphConnect helps you to stay active, this video show you how.
Become a Lymphoedema Ally
Do you have a friend, family member or colleague with lymphoedema? If so, you have probably wondered what you can do to help and support them.
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