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Optimal Aging

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One of the most popular areas of medicine today is anti-aging medicine or functional medicine. Anti-aging/functional medicine attempts to keep individuals healthy and functioning regardless of their age. Most of us want to live as long as we possibly can. However, do we want to add years to our life or life to our years? Life is an accumulation of thousands of events and decisions. The small decisions that we make every hour of every day can impact the quality of our life for years to come. As Americans, we plan for so many occurrences in life. But few of us plan for our inevitable aging.

So how do we assess how well we are aging? Many researchers are looking at the length of our telomeres, the strands at the end of chromosomes, to correlate our chronological age with our biological age. Others are looking at our genetics and the role our genes play in our aging. Still, others are looking at how well our bodies function metabolically in such areas as methylation. Finally, we also look at our levels of wear and tear, commonly referred to as “oxidative stress.” Formulations of nutrients known as antioxidants, like Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA), can help to protect against oxidative stress and slow down aging.

ALA is unique among biological antioxidants because it is soluble in both water and fats. This allows ALA to neutralize free radicals both inside and outside the cells. Because ALA is involved in so many different functions in the body, it has been called the “universal scavenger.” Besides being a powerful antioxidant in its own right, ALA can also recharge other essential antioxidant systems throughout the body. ALA provides tremendous value as a daily supplement.

The overall goal of any anti-aging supplement is the prevention of disease and the maintenance of overall health. In this regard, Berberine would be an excellent choice. Two of the challenges that face us as we age are high blood sugar and elevated blood lipids. High blood sugar is known to bring about diabetes. And the elevated insulin levels produced in response to high blood sugar are thought to have an influence on the development of Alzheimer’s Disease. Berberine has been shown to help lower blood glucose levels for better blood sugar management.

Studies have shown that Berberine can also help with the management of blood lipids. And Berberine provides a relaxation role in the blood vessels, thus lowering elevated blood pressure. But always remember when optimal aging is the goal, a healthy diet, adequate exercise, and a healthy lifestyle are the best way to maintain your body function for years to come.

Learn More: Healthy Aging: Body, Mind, and Spirit

Safeguarding Our Children’s Health

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Nowhere are the adverse effects of the Standard American Diet (SAD) more visible than in the current nutritional status of American children. Poor nutritional intake beginning in the womb, followed by a diet of highly processed, refined, high-fat, high-sugar, low-fiber “foods” has led to a generation of children who are often nutritionally deficient in essential vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids. As parents, we need to remember that children are not just little adults. They are developing human beings. And as developing human beings, we know that nutritional deficiencies occurring in the early stages of that development will create long-term health issues later in life.

Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is the most abundant essential fatty acid in the brain and is essential for normal, healthy brain structure and function. Studies in babies and children demonstrate that higher DHA levels help to support learning and cognitive function. Similar results are seen in adolescents, where DHA also supports higher learning skills. Given the poor, high-fat diet which most children consume, DHA supplementation in the range of 400-600 mg per day should be recommended for most children.

This same Standard American Diet often leads to poor gastrointestinal (GI) health and poor immune health. When this situation is accompanied by the usage of antibiotics, a common practice in children, it can result in a compromised situation for the essential healthy bacteria normally found in the gut. The healthy bacteria in the gut are essential for suppressing the growth of harmful bacteria, helping to support the digestion and absorption of essential nutrients, and helping to support healthy immune function. The bacterial strains found in Children’s Chewable Vitamin with Acidophilus can help provide support for immune health.‡ And the unique formulation found in Aller-Calm Complex can help to support children who suffer from chronic and seasonal allergy and asthma challenges.‡

Children’s Chewable Vitamin with Acidophilus is a solid recommendation for daily nutritional support. It is a pleasant-tasting, chewable multiple vitamin/mineral formulation of nutrients shown to be essential for the healthy development of children‡. Lactobacillus acidophilus is also included in the product to help support GI and immune health‡. Vitamin C supports numerous biological functions in the body, not the least of which is immune function. Vitamin C 500 mg Orange Chewable helps to support immune function in children and protect them during times of stress or exposure to colds and flu.‡

A sound, protein-based start for the day has been shown to enhance the learning and alertness of children in school. A breakfast “smoothie” consisting of Perfect Protein Powder along with whole foods, such as berries and greens, is a much healthier beginning for the day than our typical carbohydrate-laden breakfasts. These smoothies are an excellent means to provide proper nutrition so that children can do their best‡.

‡The statements contained have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Sleep Support – Natural Options


Insomnia is a condition in which an individual can have a difficult time falling asleep, staying asleep or both. Over 40 percent of Americans report having sleep issues each year. When these issues last longer than one month, they are classified as chronic sleep disorders. While scientists do not know the exact mechanism for why we sleep, they do know that a lack of it can affect our mood, our physical wellness, and our overall happiness. Rapid eye movement, or REM sleep, is the time when we tend to dream. We should have several episodes of REM each night. Failure to reach REM will create a negative effect on regenerative hormones.

The ability to fall asleep at bedtime is influenced by factors that occur from the time we arise in the morning. For many individuals who face stress during the day, elevated cortisol levels produced by the adrenal gland can interfere with the ability to fall asleep and stay asleep. L-theanine, an amino acid that down-regulates cortisol produced during the day, can help effectively set the stage for improved sleep at bedtime when taken during the day.‡ Combination products such as Relaxation Formula and GABA Calm, when taken during the day, can help set the stage for improved sleep, without causing sedation during the day.‡ Besides the presence of stress during the day, another lifestyle change that needs to be considered is the amount and timing of stimulants consumed during the day, such as caffeine and alcohol. Exposure to computer screens, video games, and television in the evening too close to bedtime can also adversely affect sleep. Extended exposure to these light-emitting sources prior to bedtime can interfere with the production of our natural sleep hormone, melatonin.

Melatonin is secreted at night when darkness is approaching. It causes us to become sleepy and also lowers our body temperature. Many prescription medications, even medications prescribed for insomnia, can block the production of melatonin. Ask your pharmacist if the medications you are taking may be depleting melatonin, making it difficult to fall asleep. Melatonin 3 mg Sustained Release and Melatonin Liposomal Spray are two means to increase melatonin levels.‡ Learn why melatonin alone is not the best solution.

Many individuals turn to prescription medications to attempt to address sleep disorders. However, these medications can become problematic as they can adversely affect the normal sleep cycle, especially the REM cycle. After using a daytime product to help control elevated cortisol levels, we recommend using a quality supplement to help restore the natural rhythm. Magnesium is a mineral that acts as a calmative and helps our muscles relax, helping us to fall asleep more easily. Combinations of natural sleep-inducing ingredients, such as those found in Sleep Perfect Formula or Sleep Support, can induce a natural sleep onset.‡ For those who are still plagued by early morning awakening, the use of rapid-acting Melatonin Liposomal Spray can help individuals return for those remaining valuable hours of sleep.‡

‡The statements contained have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Supplements for Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular Health

A diagnosis of cardiovascular disease, usually hypertension (high blood pressure) or dyslipidemia (elevated cholesterol and lipids), often marks the beginning of multiple medication therapy. A multiple medication regimen not only can be difficult and expensive to maintain but quite often brings on drug-induced nutrient depletions due to actions of the medications used. With the potential problems of unaddressed cardiovascular disease and the adverse effects of the medications used to treat this disease, many individuals attempt to address their cardiovascular issues with nutritional options.

However, before looking at nutritional supplements, we need to look at lifestyle changes. A poor diet with too much hydrogenated fat from processed fats, or too little essential fatty acids, can bring about cardiovascular disease. Daily exercise is essential to help protect the heart and prevent cardiovascular disease. Minimizing stress and good weight management are also critical to good heart health. Once cardiovascular disease has been diagnosed, lifestyle and diet changes are absolutely critical to minimize medication reliance.

When it comes to lowering lipid fractions, there are many nutritional products that have been shown to be helpful. Berberine which is found in our product, Berberine Support, is an herbal product that has been shown to lower cholesterol levels comparable to statin drugs, and to also lower blood sugar and insulin levels comparable to the prescription drug metformin. Red yeast rice has a long history of being helpful for lowering high cholesterol. Magnesium has been shown to decrease lipid factors. When magnesium is taken with coenzyme Q-10, a heart protectant, it has been shown to improve heart stamina. Finally, healthy omega-3 oils such as Omega-3 Fish Oil, Enteric Coated may help to offset harmful fats and oils and to decrease overall body inflammation.

Looking at the heart vessels and vasculature in the body, a number of products have been found to help keep blood vessels open and minimize hypertension caused by small, occluded vessels. Hawthorn berry extract has been recognized for centuries as a potent cardiovascular tonic, improving the function of the heart and circulatory system. Nitric Oxide Formula, with L-arginine and L-citrulline, is designed to support healthy nitric oxide (NO) levels in the body. NO is responsible for keeping the blood vessels open and blood flowing throughout the body. Daily usage of L-arginine and L-citrulline has been shown to increase blood flow, oxygen perfusion, stamina, and performance in individuals with poor vascular integrity.

When addressing cardiovascular diseases such as high cholesterol, high lipids, or high blood pressure, it may require multiple nutritional supplements to thoroughly manage these problems. Our wellness experts are here to help you maintain a happy, healthy heart.

How Healthy Are Your Lungs?


October is Healthy Lung Month, and for many, the beginning of a challenging breathing season. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, more than 50 million Americans experience various types of allergies each year.

With fall pollens abundant, this time of year can present many breathing challenges for allergy sufferers. Common and unpleasant symptoms may include sneezing, sniffling, nasal congestion, sleep deprivation, red, puffy, itchy, dry or watery eyes, sore throat, cough and in some cases, hives. Sinusitis and asthma attacks are also common among those who are severely allergic to pollens.  Do Natural Solutions for Allergies Work?

Additionally, cooler temperatures and damper weather conditions also bring mold. Using a room de-humidifier inside can help lower mold allergens, while any visible mold must be cleaned with diluted bleach to kill the mold. For allergy sufferers who work outdoors, wearing a mask at this time of year is recommended. Thankfully, sufferers can find relief from most pollen or mold allergies with an antihistamine.

Allergies aside, many other serious medical conditions affect the lungs and this month is the perfect time to check on your lung health. Conditions such as bronchitis, emphysema, cardiopulmonary disease, high blood pressure, vasoconstriction, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) must all be closely monitored by a physician. The harmful effects of tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke can also be responsible for serious medical conditions, including lung cancer.

There are a number of suggested steps one can take to improve lung health, maintain good lung function and live a healthy, happy life.

Quit smoking – even if you’ve been a lifetime smoker, quitting will improve your lung function almost instantly.

Breathe mindfully – breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth better filters the air and allows for a deeper breath.

Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables – research suggests consuming foods high in vitamins A, B-6, C, D and E have been shown to lower the risks of lung cancer.

Stay active – as little as 30 minutes of moderate physical activity each day will aid or maintain healthy lung function.

Avoid air pollutants – avoid cleaning solutions and air fresheners containing strong chemicals, instead opt for natural variants and stay away from wood-burning stoves.

To further help achieve optimal lung health, Cypress Pharmacy offers patients access to a specialized service that assists patients reach their optimal health. The Cypress Pharmacy Wellness Program consists of a personalized consultation, recommendations on a customized supplement program, and considers a patient’s current medical conditions, as well as any prescribed and over the counter medications currently being taken. Cypress Pharmacy pharmacists and natural health consultant will then work with patients to customize a vitamin and supplement plan that will best accommodate their lifestyle and help increase their overall health.

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Brain Health: The Role of Nutrition in Dementia

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Dementia affects approximately 50 million people worldwide, with a new case of dementia occurring somewhere in the world every three seconds. Dementia can also affect individuals under the age of 65 (young-onset dementia). Greater awareness and understanding of dementia is essential to challenge the myths and misconceptions that surround the condition. There is currently no cure for most types of dementia, but treatment and support are available.

Dementia is a collective name for progressive brain syndromes that affect memory, thinking, behavior, and emotion. Dementia is the leading cause of disability and dependency among the elderly. Although each person will experience dementia in their own way, eventually, those affected cannot care for themselves and need help with activities of daily living (ADL). There are more than one hundred forms of dementia. The most well-known is Alzheimer’s dementia, which accounts for 50-60% of all cases. Symptoms may include loss of memory, difficulty finding the right words, or understanding what people are saying.

Types of Dementia

Many underlying conditions cause the symptoms of dementia as a result of changes that happen in the brain and the ultimate loss of nerve cells (neurons). The most common causes are (1) Alzheimer’s disease, (2) Vascular dementia, (3) Lewy bodies dementia, (4) Frontotemporal dementia. The boundaries between the different types are not necessarily distinct. Alzheimer’s disease and Vascular dementia are responsible for up to 90% of the cases of dementia. It is becoming more evident that a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is more fearful than any other medical diagnosis, including cancer. This is basically for two reasons: first of all, it is the only one of the nation’s ten most common causes of death for which there has been no effective treatment, and secondly, it robs its victims of their lives long before they are gone.

Alzheimer’s Disease- The Most Common Form of Dementia

As stated, Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, or decline in intellectual function. It afflicts 10 percent of Americans over 65 and as many as 50 percent of those over 85. Unfortunately, we see Alzheimer’s disease diagnosed in much younger people, even as young as early forties. Alzheimer’s disease is characterized by progressive mental deterioration to such a degree that it interferes with one’s ability to function socially and at work. Memory and abstract thought processes are impaired. Alzheimer’s disease is, again, an irreversible, progressive disorder. Deterioration in critical areas of the brain may precede symptoms by as much as twenty to forty years. As Alzheimer’s disease progresses, there is severe memory loss, particularly in short-term memory or recall of recent events. The person may recall events far in the past, but not remember the events in the last two minutes. Since the behavioral symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease result from changes in the brain, the person neither intends nor can control this behavior.

Physiological Brain Changes of Alzheimer’s Disease

Once considered to be a psychological phenomenon, Alzheimer’s disease is now known to be a degenerative disorder that is characterized by a specific set of physiological changes in the brain. Nerve fibers surrounding the brain’s memory center become tangled, and information is no longer carried properly to or from the brain. New memories cannot be formed, and memories formed earlier cannot be retrieved. Characteristic plaques accumulate in the brain as well. These plaques are composed mainly of a protein-containing substance called beta-amyloid. Scientists and doctors believe that the plaques accumulate in the brain and damage nerve cells leading to the downward spiral of mental decline.

Other Causes of Dementia

There are many factors to consider when trying to understand the direct cause and effect of the most common dementias. The following have been associated directly or indirectly as a contributing factor or possible cause of dementia:

  1.  polypharmacy-taking multiple prescription or over-the-counter drugs
  2. drug reactions or drug interactions
  3. a nutrient-poor diet with too many empty calories, excess sugar, and processed foods
  4. chronic stress
  5. genetics or positive family history in immediate family members

Nutritional Deficiencies and Dementias

It is important to note that lifestyle factors can play a significant role in brain health. The precise cause or causes of Alzheimer’s dementia are still virtually unknown, but research by some leading neuroscientists and doctors reveals several interesting clues. Many of them point to nutritional deficiencies. For example, people with Alzheimer’s tend to have low levels of vitamin B12 and zinc in their bodies. The B vitamins are essential in cognitive functioning, and it is well known that the processed foods constituting so much of the modern standard American diet (SAD) have stripped these essential nutrients. The development of the neurofibrillary tangles and amyloid plaques in the brain that are characteristic of the disease have been associated or linked to a zinc deficiency. We are learning more today as functional medicine has identified the connection between the gut and brain pathway and that 90 percent of our neurotransmitters are located in the gut sending signals back and forth to the brain. Also, common antioxidants like vitamins A, C, E are typically low in people with Alzheimer’s dementia. Other common nutrients like CoQ10, potassium, and selenium are generally lacking or in short supply.

Boosting Brain Health With Nutrition

The human brain is the most astonishing structure in the universe. Brainpower should definitely last and not be affected by aging!  Let me be clear. Memory loss and decreased brain health are not inevitable as we age. Steps can be taken to not only stop memory loss and mental decline but also many times to reverse it. Brain cells are the most complex, long-living, and nutritionally demanding cells in the body. There are plenty of scientific studies that confirm intelligence, memory, focus, and concentration are all influenced by the quality of brain nutrition. In other words, feeding the brain the right fats, complex carbohydrates, and protein, plus the addition of targeted nutritional supplements to increase blood flow and activate key neurotransmitters, can keep your mind sharp and active. There is, without question, a direct correlation between higher nutritional status and a higher level of mental function. If you show signs of mild cognitive impairment (MCI), you must act now and be very aggressive in your diet, lifestyle, and supplement strategies.

Here are well-researched supplement recommendations for optimal brain health:

  1. High potency multivitamin/mineral complex 1 daily
  2. Vitamin C 1,000-2,000mg daily
  3. Vitamin D3 5,000IU daily
  4. Omega-3 fish oil 2,000-3,000mg daily
  5. CoQ10 100mg twice daily
  6. Turmeric (curcumin) 1,000-2,000mg daily
  7. Ortho Molecular Products Cardio B -vitamin B6, B12, folate, and betaine- daily
  8. Memory Plus -a proprietary blend of l-carnitine, phosphatidylserine, nattokinase, bacopa monnieri, DMAE, ginkgo biloba, alpha-lipoic acid, and huperzine- twice daily
  9. Brain Health Support – a proprietary blend of ginkgo biloba, phosphatidylserine, DHA, choline, and inositol – twice daily
  10. Selenium 200mcg daily
  11. CBD oil softgels or liquid tincture

It is always recommended that you discuss your nutritional supplement protocol and dosages with a qualified healthcare professional, your doctor, or pharmacist, especially if you are also taking prescription medications. Remember, it is important to only select high-quality supplements from trusted sources. Learn more here: https://cypresspharmacy.blog/2020/09/10/are-your-supplements-toxic/

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What Diabetics Should Know About Turmeric


Many diabetics already know about the benefits of a low-glycemic diet and the need for regular exercise, but why haven’t they heard about turmeric, one of the world’s most extensively researched anti-diabetes plants?

Literature reviews and studies in major medical journals have provided promising support to the notion that the ancient Indian spice turmeric may be a medication alternative to managing and perhaps even preventing type 2 diabetes. Current data estimates more than 34 million Americans have diabetes (about 1 in 10 people), and approximately 90% of them have type 2 diabetes, which has become one of the most common diagnoses. Type 2 diabetes most often develops in people over age 45, but more and more children, teens, and young adults are also developing it today.

An article in the International Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism concluded that turmeric and its polyphenol active called curcumin could improve the type 2 diabetic state through a variety of distinct mechanisms. These include the reduction in liver glucose production, reduced liver glycogen (stored glucose) production, stimulation of increased glucose uptake, suppressing hyperglycemia-induced inflammatory state, stimulating insulin secretion from pancreatic tissues, and improving pancreatic cell function. Also, human studies conducted on diabetic and pre-diabetic patients revealed that turmeric had the following beneficial effects:

  1. glucose-lowering effect
  2. improved beta-cell function in the pancreas
  3. enhanced fatty acid oxidation and utilization


Many risk factors for type 2 diabetes include lifestyle decisions that can be reduced or even cut out entirely with time and effort. Men are also at slightly higher risk of developing diabetes than women. This may be more associated with lifestyle factors, including body weight, and where the weight is located (abdominal versus in the hip area) than with innate gender differences. Some of the most significant risk factors for diabetes include:

  1. older age
  2. excess weight especially around the waist (visceral fat)
  3. family history
  4. certain ethnicities
  5. physical inactivity
  6. poor diet

In type 2 diabetes, which again accounts for about 90 percent of the cases of diabetes, the pancreas still produces insulin, but the body cells do not use it properly. This is called insulin resistance. Type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes are characterized by insulin resistance. When the cells become resistant to insulin, the body responds by making more insulin to overcome the resistance. Since insulin causes your body to store fat and prevents you from burning the fat that’s already stored in your fat cells, you start or continue to gain weight and have a difficult time losing weight. Elevated insulin levels will also cause high blood pressure and can lead to additional stress on the body. This process can happen over many years and even decades. The elevated glucose and insulin associated with diabetes can slowly damage your cells, organs, and tissues, leading to severe complications and even death.

So, the question becomes what actually triggers or causes the insulin resistance to begin with? Several key factors come into play here. The first is inflammation. Several studies have shown that chronic systemic inflammation can interrupt the communication between insulin and its receptors, leading to insulin resistance. Inflammation, of course, is a normal process: an immune reaction to some sort of physical or chemical insult that should go away once that insult is addressed. However, chronic inflammation is more dangerous. It’s a reaction to the constant physical, chemical, nutritional and emotional insults that we deal with every day. This is the chronic systemic inflammation that clogs the insulin receptors leading to insulin resistance.


Understand that insulin resistance is associated with much more than just diabetes. It is a fundamental factor in several other severe medical conditions, including obesity, hypertension, abnormalities in cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and increased risk of heart disease. By incorporating a healthy lifestyle pattern into your daily life with good food choices, exercise, and hydration, you can take immediate action to increase your cells’ sensitivity to insulin. This will not only improve your blood sugar control and reduce your risk of diabetic complications but also protect you from the ravages of other very significant health problems.

Medicine has become so specialized that you may see one doctor for your diabetes, another for your high blood pressure, and yet another for hormonal problems. Given this sort of compartmentalization, it’s no wonder that patients often end up being treated with a plethora of drugs, one for each symptom or diagnosis.


Nutritional supplements are a must for anyone with diabetes. Vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and herbs are naturally occurring compounds that, if taken at the right time in the right amounts, can have a profound positive effect on blood glucose levels. They can also protect you against debilitating consequences of diabetes from eye and kidney problems to heart disease and premature death.

While there is no question that turmeric is the king of all supplements for helping to manage diabetes, there are other science-based nutritional supplements that should be part of every diabetics’ daily regimen. Here are a few highly recommended to consider:

  • Vanadium sulfate – this trace mineral acts remarkably like insulin in blood sugar regulation
  • Chromium – this unique compound improves the activity of insulin and facilitates the uptake of glucose into cells.
  • Antioxidants – these include vitamins A, C, and E, which slow down free radical activity at the cellular level.
  • Lipoic acid – this is a powerful antioxidant supplement that is very useful in diabetics, which improves insulin sensitivity and helps reduce neuropathy or nerve pain.
  • Gymnema Sylvestre – this is an incredible herb used to regulate blood sugar for centuries by practitioners of Ayurvedic (traditional Indian) medicine. Next to turmeric, this is the second most powerful herbal medicine known to help with diabetes.
  • Magnesium – this essential mineral is deficient in nearly 80 percent of adults, and helps to guard against diabetic complications.
  • Cinnamon – this spice not only tastes good but has shown in multiple clinical studies to help manage and regulate blood sugar levels.

Cypress Pharmacy’s Diabetes Balance contains many of these ingredients in one easy to take capsule.

Obviously, this may seem like quite a list to you at first, but believe me, the cost and effort it may take to implement a comprehensive lifestyle and nutritional supplement program will pay off in significant improvement in your health for many years to come.

Independent Pharmacy Offers Unparalleled Services

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Selecting a pharmacy for your family’s needs can seem challenging, especially when there seems to be a drugstore on every corner. Although corporate pharmacies have several benefits, it is important to know that local independent pharmacies offer a distinct set of benefits – a focus on providing individualized attention and unique custom-made services.

For more than 40 years, Cypress Pharmacy has served the Fort Myers community as a health and wellness partner, providing an unparalleled pharmacy experience. The remarkable Cypress Pharmacy staff interacts with each patient to truly understand their individual needs, resulting in customizable health regimens.

Cypress Pharmacy offers several unique custom-made services including:

· clinical services – immunizations and in-store flu, strep, cholesterol and glucose testing to to improve convenience and access to important health services

· personalized wellness consultations and supplement plans – to ensure patients are properly supported in reaching for their unique performance and wellness goals once they step outside the pharmacy

· medication packaging – designed to increase medication compliance and reduce the risk of misuse for patients with even the most complex regimens

· medication therapy management -to optimize the benefits of prescribed medications, including increasing patient adherence and reducing the risk of adverse drug interactions

· medication disposal – to help patients safely dispose of unused and expired medication

· medication synchronization – designed to streamline and simplify medication management for patients by synchronizing all of a patient’s prescriptions to be filled on the same day each month

· free monthly vitamins for children and adults aged 50+ – to help patients acquire all the nutrients needed to achieve healthy living

· custom medication compounding for patients and pets – to ensure medication can be taken easily in a patient-preferred form

· free local delivery – especially useful for older, less mobile customers who may live alone

One unique service provided by Cypress Pharmacy that truly sets it apart is custom medication compounding. This practice is both an art and a science, which involves preparing personal, customized medications. While many pharmacies do not offer compounding services, and much more are unfamiliar with the art, Cypress Pharmacy is happy to serve the Fort Myers community by customizing medications for the whole family. Compounding is a great solution for patients who are:

· allergic to preservatives or dyes

· sensitive to standard drug strengths

· unable to easily swallow a capsule and require medication in a liquid form

The highly skilled staff at Cypress Pharmacy can also change the strength of a prescribed medication, alter its form making it easier to ingest and add flavor to make a medication more appealing – especially great for kids. Going a step further, the staff at Cypress Pharmacy can prepare medication using several different delivery methods, such as a cream, ointment, troche, suppository or capsule.

In addition to providing compounding services for dental, dermatological, pain management, pediatric and adult medications, Cypress Pharmacy also offers compounding for pets! Animals are notorious for refusing to swallow pills, or eating right around those disguised in their food. Cypress Pharmacy pharmacists can help your animal family members feel better fast, by preparing pet medications in easy-to-give dosage forms. No matter if your pet is a cat, dog, ferret, bird or snake, Cypress Pharmacy’s pet flavor options will make medication irresistible to any pet!

The greatest benefit patients enjoy when using a local independent pharmacy is an unparalleled personalized experience. We look forward to getting to know you and servicing your unique health and wellness needs!

Did You Know Diabetes is Linked to Cardiovascular Disease?


Adults with diabetes are nearly twice as likely to die from heart disease or stroke as people without diabetes. This is because over time increased blood sugar from diabetes can damage endothelial blood vessels and the nerves that help control heart function.

High blood sugar and cardiovascular disease are interconnected. Nearly, 30 million people have diabetes in the USA, and a vast majority of our population unknowingly has what’s known as prediabetes, which quickly escalates into the disease within a short amount of time due to various risk factors.

Heart disease and the issue of high blood glucose are very closely associated because of many risk factors contributing to what’s known as metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a condition in which the high insulin levels are resistant, causing a situation called insulin resistance plus additional imbalances leading to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, elevated triglycerides, and increased visceral fat which increase the risk for heart disease and can stress the kidneys.

Insulin is a hormone produced from the beta cells in the pancreas, which helps to move sugar into the blood for energy. In the case of insulin- resistance, the person has too much sugar, and the body cannot adequately utilize the source. This generally leads to a more sedentary lifestyle, weight gain, and obesity many times manifesting into other symptoms or conditions.

In recent years, metabolic syndrome has become a very common diagnosis in the offices of primary care physicians and cardiologist alike. When the vessels are circulating high glucose levels in the blood, atherosclerosis can occur leading to hardening of the arteries.

Unfortunately, sugar has become a significant staple in the standard American diet ( SAD Diet). In fact, the average American eats approximately 150 pounds of sugar on an annual basis. Normal fasting blood sugar should be around 70-99mg/dl. The normal A1C, which measures the blood glucose level, should be below 5.7%.

Diabetes type ll complications include: heart disease, kidney disease, vascular disease, neuropathy, skin conditions, stroke, vision loss, blindness, amputations, non-healing ulcers, alzheimer’s and dementias have occurred as well.

There is also growing number of individuals both young and old that are developing “prediabetes”. If this condition is left untreated their risk of heart disease, cognitive decline, strokes, and other adverse conditions are extremely high due to impending diabetes.

Being proactive about your health is critical. The earlier the diagnosis is made, the better the outcome and prospect for reversal of this common disorder.

By making the essential lifestyle and behavioral changes now, like being more active ( moderate exercise doing something you enjoy to get your heart rate up), making healthier food choices and eliminating sugar, and reducing stress can go a long ways towards keeping you healthy and minimizing your risk of both prediabetes and diabetes.

Since November is National Diabetes Month, implement some of these simple preventive strategies today. Your body and mind will thank you later.!

For questions or comments, call 239-481-7322 or visit http://www.cypresspharmacy.com. We can help you on your journey to better health.

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