Q Self Care DO-IT-YOURSELF TIPS, TRICKS AND TREATS ? g n i k o Here are some of the many benefits you will experience after quitting smoking: � After 20 minutes: Blood pressure and heart rate lower. � After 12 hours: The level of carbon monoxide in the blood returns to normal. � After 24 hours: The risk of a heart attack decreases. � After two to 12 weeks: Blood circulation improves. � After one year: The risk of heart disease is half of that of a smoker. � After five years: The risk of a stroke is now the same as that of a non-smoker. � After 15 years: The risk of developing coronary heart disease is the same as a non-smoker. A ccording to research, at least one person in 10, aged 65 or above, suffers from urinary leakage. Any loss of control of urine is called urinary incontinence. What you can do u Don’t stop drinking water. Some people with incontinence may limit their fluid intake to avoid accidents, but not drinking enough water can cause dehydration, which is particularly harmful for older adults. u Limit alcohol, coffee and tea, both caffeinated and decaffeinated, as they can aggravate incontinence. u Perform pelvic floor (Kegel) exercises. 104 February 2018 HEALTH & NUTRITION Losing control of bladder?