FEBRUARY 2016 ;e Costco Connection 93
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TIPS FROM THE PHARMACY
HEART DISEASE causes one out
of four deaths in America every
year, according to the U.S.
Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention. Research shows certain dietary compounds, like
omega- 3 fatty acids, plant sterols
and stanols, as well as coenzyme
Q10 (CoQ10), can play a major
role in heart health. The National
Institutes of Health developed
therapeutic lifestyle changes
(TLC) and recommends increasing intake of these compounds to
support heart function.
According to the U.S. Food
and Drug Administration, consumption of omega- 3 fatty acids
eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and
docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)
may reduce the risk of coronary
heart disease. Since these nutrients are primarily found in fatty
fish, such as salmon, the American Heart Association recommends two servings of fatty fish
per week for healthy people. A
fish oil supplement can help fill
that nutrient gap for individuals
who do not consume the recommended amount.
Plant sterols and stanols,
also called phytosterols, are
plant-derived compounds that
are similar in structure to cholesterol. These compounds competitively block the absorption of
cholesterol in the small intestine,
helping to inhibit some absorption of dietary cholesterol and
reducing total cholesterol and
low-density lipoprotein (LDL)
cholesterol. As part of the TLC
diet, those with elevated cholesterol levels are advised to consume 2 grams of plant sterols
and stanols per day.
CoQ10 is a fat-soluble compound that supports heart function. Some medications, like
statin drugs, can decrease
CoQ10 levels in the body; therefore, supplementation can be an
important tool in maintaining
healthy levels. Costco sells a
variety of these supplements.
For more on heart health,
see the article on page 69. C
Safe disposal of drugs
MEDICINES ARE CRITICAL to health, but
when they are no longer needed they become a
serious health risk to family members and pets.
This can happen through accidental exposure or
intentional misuse if the drugs are not disposed of
properly, according to the Food and Drug
Administration (FDA). If you can’t find a take-back program, the FDA and the White House
Office of National Drug Control Policy have
developed these guidelines.
• Follow any specific disposal instructions on
the prescription drug label or patient information
that accompanies the medicine. Do not flush medicines down the sink or toilet unless this information specifically instructs you to do so.
A list of medicines recommended for disposal
by flushing down the sink or toilet can be found at
fda.gov; search “disposal by flushing.”
• Block out any identifying information—such
as your name, the prescription number and your
address—on empty prescription containers before
throwing them away. This prevents someone from
getting your personal information.
• If no disposal instructions are given on the
label and no take-back program is available, use
your household trash to dispose of the drugs. To
do so, remove the medications from their original
containers and mix them with something like used
coffee grounds or cat litter, then place the mixture
in a sealable bag, empty can or other container to
prevent the drug from leaking out of a garbage bag.
Place that container in the trash. Note that your
community may have specific waste guidelines.
Pharmacies may provide (for a nominal charge)
medication mail-back envelopes that consumers
can use to safely get rid of unwanted medications.
Costco members who want to safely dispose of
medications may choose to purchase a take-away
medication recovery system from a Costco
Pharmacy. This specially designed envelope can be
used to send unwanted or unneeded drugs to a dis-
posal facility (postage fee is included). C
IN DISCUSSIONS ABOUT leading a healthier lifestyle, many people overlook eye health. According to
a survey by the Ocular Nutrition Society, 70 percent
of people age 45 to 65 ranked vision as the most
important of the five senses, yet more than half were
not aware of the important nutrients for eye health.
Found in dark leafy greens and brightly colored
vegetables such as kale and carrots, lutein and zeaxanthin are powerful carotenoids that help eyes filter
harmful blue light and provide overall antioxidant
support for the eyes. If these nutrients are not in
your diet, vitamin supplements are available.
Recommendations for maintaining healthy eyes
include annual eye exams, not smoking, wearing
sunglasses, using safety eye-
wear, taking frequent vision
breaks from electronic de-
vices and including lutein
and zeaxanthin in your diet.
Ocuvite Adult 50+ softgels from Bausch + Lomb
contain 5 mg lutein and 1 mg
zeaxanthin, as well as 250
mg omega- 3, plus vitamins C
and E, and zinc.
Costco offers Ocuvite Adult 50+ in the warehouse and at Costco.com in a 150-count bottle.
Item #370945. C
Maintaining eye health
mg omega- 3, plus vitamins C