Health Watch: Save on costs
More than 75 percent of health care costs are attributed to chronic illness, most of which are controllable, if not preventable. Here are some ways to save on health care spending:
Know your numbers. It is important that you know your optimal range for health markers, such as blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose. This allows you to take steps to lessen your risk of chronic and costly diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
Invest in prevention. Get health screenings and vaccines as advised. What you spend on an annual flu shot will more than make up for costs you would incur if you got sick, like doctor visits and medication.
Money is where your mouth is. The same bacteria that causes gum disease has been implicated in other major health problems, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and premature births. For prevention, the American Dental Association recommends brushing twice a day and flossing every day.
Stop spending on sugar. Your sweet tooth is very expensive. Saving anywhere from $5 to $20 a week that you'd normally spend on sugary treats translates into savings of $1,000 a year, not to mention the calories saved.
-- Life Time/ ARA
New Research: Deaths from hepatitis C increase
More than 15,000 Americans, most of them baby boomers, die each year from hepatitis C-related illness, such as cirrhosis and liver cancer, and deaths have been increasing steadily for over a decade and are projected to grow significantly in coming years.
Did You Know?
The CDC recently said all U.S. baby boomers should get a one-time test for the hepatitis C virus.
Health Tip: A treadmill gives you control
Training indoors on a treadmill means you get to determine the terrain, grade of the hill and avoid any environmental or weather issues. Incline training gives an extra boost to your low-impact walking workouts. The lower-impact workouts on a treadmill decrease the risk of injury or strain to knees, hips, back and ankles.
-- Life Fitness
Number to Know
7.8 million: The National Institutes of Health has awarded 14 grants totaling $7.8 million in first-year funding for basic research to identify new approaches for designing a safe and effective HIV vaccine.
Children’s Health: Anesthesia linked to risks
A new study found that children exposed to anesthesia before age 3 have an increased risk for long-term deficits in receptive and expressive language and abstract reasoning at age 10. Even a single exposure was associated with increased risk.
-- American Academy of Pediatrics
Boomer Health: Older but wiser
The latest research conducted by Gallup and Robinson as part of Pfizer's Get Old initiative asked more than 1,000 Americans 18 to 65 years old how they feel about getting old. Here are some results:
- Nearly half of those over 50 (41 percent) said they were "optimistic" about getting old as compared with "uneasy," "angry" or "prepared."
- A vast majority of those who feel aging is better than expected cite good health (74 percent), wisdom (72 percent) and greater appreciation for friends and family (72 percent) as the top reasons.
GateHouse News Service