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Can Temperature Ups & Downs Make You Sick?

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Just when you thought spring had sprung, in comes the cold, rainy and windy weather. But all those fluctuating temperatures are just the magic of spring (said no one ever). Not only are these temperature highs and lows hard to dress for—should you be wearing a sweater or a short-sleeved shirt, maybe both?—but the constant changing can feel exhausting, both physically and mentally.
Now is it just you, or do fluctuating temperatures really impact your health? Sort of. After all, temperatures aren’t the only factor that can impact how you’re feeling, especially in this pollen-filled time of year.
So, in the midst of this season’s rollercoaster temperatures, here are some of the effects it may have on your health:
1. More frequent headaches: Migraines in particular can be impacted by weather—more than 50% of people report weather as a major trigger. This is often due to changes in barometric pressure, which can impact blood flow and increase sinus pressure making headaches more likely.
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Fill Your Spring Calendar With Health: Upcoming Classes & Events

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All of these classes and more will be offered by Gwinnett Medical Center. If a registration number is not listed, please call 678-312-5000 to register, or register online at gwinnettmedicalcenter.org/classes.
Scroll to the bottom of the list to see some of our support groups. A full list of support groups is available here.
Classes
Monthly Pre-Diabetes Classes If you’ve been told you have pre-diabetes, or are at high risk of developing diabetes, take charge of your health! Learn effective lifestyle strategies that can dramatically improve your overall health and reduce your chances of developing Type 2 diabetes. Topics include healthy eating, reading food labels, importance of exercise, and weight management. Presented by a registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator, this class is for ages 18 years and older. All classes will be held 5 – 7:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required.

For more information or to register, please call 678-312-6048.

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5 Ways You're Sabotaging Your Healthy Habits

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Most of us consider it a win when we make at least one healthy decision a day. Especially when unhealthy options can be so darn tempting—and convenient (we’re looking at you comfy couch and carryout pizza). So when you stick to your health guns and choose to eat breakfast, get in a workout and go to bed at a decent time, those healthy habits are sure to make a positive impact on your health. Or so you thought.

Often times seemingly healthy habits, like enjoying guacamole (filled with monounsaturated fats and phytochemicals), can quickly turn unhealthy (after all, who can stop with just a few bites?). So, how can you be sure your daily habits are actually working for your health and not against it? It’s as simple as making sure you aren’t overlooking these common mistakes:
1. You’re reusing unwashed grocery bags.

The problem: Reusable grocery bags are a simple way to help reduce waste, but they may also harbor germs that could contaminate your food (and make you sick).

The fix: Wash reusab…