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Cases of Diabetes on the Rise

The number of people with prediabetes and diabetes is on the rise. It is striking people at younger ages and is closely linked to obesity. Adopting a healthy lifestyle including exercise, eating more fruits and vegetables and fewer processed foods, and losing weight can greatly reduce your chances of getting diabetes. Complications from the disease can be serious and include heart disease, stroke, vision loss, kidney failure, limb amputation and early death. For more information on the diabetes epidemic, read Healthfinder.gov’s article   “U.S. Diabetes Cases Jump to 29 Million: CDC.”

Are You Protecting Yourself?

Melanoma and other types of skin cancers are on the rise. Read this Fox News article, “10 Things You Don’t Know About Melanoma,” to boost your knowledge of this deadly disease.

 

Navigating the world of Medicaid Eligibility

Trying to determine Medicaid eligibility can be daunting! It is a good idea to set up a meeting with an attorney who specializes in eldercare issues and possibly even your financial planner before making any changes to bank account and property holdings as you consider qualifying for Medicaid. Agingcare.com’s article “How Joint Bank Accounts and Property Affect Medicaid Eligibility” is a great starting point for basic Medicaid eligibility questions.

Did You Know?

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May is National Stroke Awareness Month. Here are some surprising facts about strokes:

  • Stroke kills twice as many women as breast cancer does every year. Learn more at www.stroke.org/awareness.
  • Stroke and heart disease account for one in four deaths among Hispanic men and one in three deaths among Hispanic women. Learn more at www.stroke.org/awareness.
  •  Stroke affects people of all ages. Get prevention tips and learn how to recognize warning signs at www.stroke.org/SYMP.
  • High blood pressure is a leading risk factor for stroke. Yet nearly 60 million people in the U.S. have high blood pressure and almost a third don’t know they have it! Learn tips for controlling this risk factor at www.stroke.org/risk.
  •  425,000 women suffer from a stroke each year—55,000 more than men. Learn more at www.stroke.org/awareness.

 

 

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month!

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Home Care Plus is supporting the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition in honor of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. During the month of May, we challenge all adults to get 30 minutes of physical activity every day.

Did you know that regular physical activity increases your chances of living a longer, healthier life? It also reduces your risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, and some types of cancer.

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that adults:

  • Aim for 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week. Moderate activity includes things like walking fast, dancing, swimming, and raking leaves.
  • Do muscle-strengthening activities – like lifting weights and using exercises bands – at least 2 days a week.

Physical activity is for everyone. No matter what shape you are in, you can find activities that work for you. Together, we can rise to the challenge and get more active during the month of May!

Y Chromosome Loss and Cancer Risk in Men

A recent study shows that Y chromosome loss, something that can occur as men age, may actually predict cancer risk. The study, published online in Nature Genetics on April 28, found that men who have significant Y chromosome depletion were three times more likely to get cancer. For more information, read the full article “Y Chromosome Loss Linked to Higher Cancer Risk in Men” at Healthfinder.gov.

SC Assistive Technology Program

Did you know that the South Carolina Assistive Technology Program, or SCATP, is a federally funded program whose mission is to help people with disabilities live, work and learn more independently by providing access to assistive technologies? SCATP offers a device loan and demonstration program, an on-line equipment exchange programtraining, technical assistance, publications and much more. Find out how you or your loved one can improve their quality of life and increase their independence with assistive technology. Visit the South Carolina Assistive Technology Program website for more information.

Gene Variant Increases Women’s Risk of Alzheimer’s

This finding could help scientists better understand how the disease works. Women are much more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease, and those with the ApoE4 gene variant have double the risk. Scientists aren’t sure why women are more likely to develop this disease than men. For more information on these findings, read Healthday.gov’s article Gene Variant May Double Alzheimer’s Risk for Women: Study.

Allergy Season is Here, but Spring Cleaning Can Help

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Many allergy sufferers are feeling the pain with record pollen counts causing a multitude of symptoms, including sneezing, postnasal drip, itchy, watery eyes, and sometimes in extreme cases asthma. A little spring cleaning can go a long way to easing symptoms, especially if you keep on top of your cleaning year-round. For tips on how to spring clean to ease allergy symptoms, read Healthday.gov’s article “Spring Cleaning Helps Stave Off Allergy Symptoms, Experts.”