Staying healthy in the summer months is absolutely essential to having a productive and full like during many people's favorite season.
March 6, 2017
Many of our favorite foods are consumed during the summer. Unfortunately, along with the good food and warm weather is an increase in the risk of foodborne illnesses.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 48 million persons get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die from foodborne infection and illness in the United States each year.
Food safety is especially important for the elderly and patients with diabetes because their immune system and other organs are slower to respond in recognizing and ridding the body of harmful bacteria and other pathogens that cause infections, such as foodborne illness. Also, when the elderly or patients with diabetes to get food poisoning, they are more likely to have the illness longer, become hospitalized, and the condition can even be fatal.
Food poisoning cases increase in the summer months because bacteria on food growly rapidly in warm and humid weather and people are cooking in less controlled environments such as picnics and barbecues where food temperatures aren’t as controlled and hand-washing facilities are available.
Here are some tips for you to remember and for you to share with your patients:
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Kelley Reeser, R.D. L.D.N. C.D.E.
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