If You Have Cancer Or Diabetes, President Trump's 'across-state-lines' Healthcare Proposal Might Concern You

If you have cancer or diabetes, President Trump's 'across-state-lines' healthcare proposal might concern you

If you have cancer or diabetes, President Trump's 'across-state-lines' healthcare proposal might concern you

If you have cancer or diabetes, President Trump's 'across-state-lines' healthcare proposal might concern you
Prior to Obamacare, states told health insurance companies what they absolutely had to cover. President Donald Trump wants a new system that encourages selling policies across state lines, but healthcare advocates say it will cause problems. (Gerry Broome, Associated Press)
WASHINGTON -- Before Obamacare, what your health insurance covered depended on where you lived.
"For the most part, what state you lived in determined how easily you could purchase a health plan, the price you would pay, and what the plan would cover," says a new study from Georgetown University's Heath Policy Institute.
But by requiring certain essential benefits and by capping annual and lifetime out-of-pocket payments, Obamacare made the state differences much less relevant, whatever disease you were dealing with.
In post-ACA world, what kind of protections will ppl w/ pre-existing conditions get? Depends on where they live. https://t.co/RjXyHB65IB
-- Sabrina Corlette (@SabrinaCorlette) January 25, 2017
This is just one of many studies to point this out. For example, nearly 30 million Americans have diabetes. Before the Affordable Care Act, Ohio, which has 675,000 diabetes patients, was one of four states that didn't specifically require insurers to cover diabetes, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Ohio cancer patients fared better -- although prior to Obamacare, it depended on the kind of cancer, according to a different state-by-state comparison by the stat Continue reading

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Navigating Wellness Trends with Type 1 Diabetes

Navigating Wellness Trends with Type 1 Diabetes

Navigating Wellness Trends with Type 1 Diabetes
Paleo . Bulletproof. Soulcycle. Infrared Sauna. Crossfit. Meditation. Turmeric. Ketogenic. Breathwork. Floating pools. Kombucha. Salt Caves. Moondust. Hemp Oil. Cryotherapy. Adaptogens. These are just some of the popular wellness buzzwords, and if your head isnt already spinning, try adding in Type 1 diabetes , and it surely will.
As an acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist and wellness guide, I am so excited by the growing interest in wellness, prevention, and the commitment that so many people are making to take their health into their own hands but as a T1D for almost 30 years, I also know how overwhelming all this health talk can feel when also considering safety.
Here are some tricks I use to navigate this world:
If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Cultivating a truly well body takes time and effort, much like tending to a garden. Quick fixes rarely work, so be cautious of Internet hype, especially when a product is being sold (this should always raise a red flag) or when theres vague mention of a study. Just because a study exists doesnt make it good. For studies to hold any weight, they need to be well-designed, peer-reviewed, and published in a reputable journal.
This one sounds so simple, but its a huge missing piece for a lot of people. Your BFF might LOVE hot yoga, but if you feel woozy and nauseous after it, it might not be right for you. If you start a new diet, track how you feel, how your digestion and sleep change, and how your mood changes. Most importantly, track your BGs ! This migh Continue reading

Top Reasons Why Do We Need Natural Health Supplements March 19, 2017

Top Reasons Why Do We Need Natural Health Supplements March 19, 2017

People often ask if we really need to take nutritional supplements. The short answer is “Yes!” Due to hectic lifestyles, it’s difficult to consume every nutrient your body needs, every day. Even the most health conscious person is set-up to fail because of factors beyond our control. We recommend supplementing your daily diet with health supplements. Here are the reasons:
1. It Works with the body
Many people have come to the realization that many herbal remedy users have know for ages. Using natural health supplements finds a way to tap the natural body rhythms that make every part of the body work together. The body is a combination of individual parts that need to work as a whole. Treating an individual part cannot work completely if the whole body system is not considered. This is one of the many reasons that herbal solutions are favored over manufactured ones.
2. Weak digestion and poor eating habits impair the absorption of nutrients.
Almost everyone’s digestion is very weak today. This is due to eating poor quality food, and having to digest and handle so many refined foods and chemicals in the foods. It is also due to low vitality, low digestive enzyme secretion, and imbalanced intestinal flora and intestinal infections like yeast that are extremely common. As a result, most people do not absorb nutrients well at all. This further impairs nutrient levels in the body, and increases nutritional needs.
3. Stressful and hurried lifestyles.
These may include calcium, magnesium, zinc, chromium, manganese and many others. Zinc begins to be eliminated from the body Continue reading

Diabetes mellitus and Alzheimer's disease: shared pathology and treatment?

Diabetes mellitus and Alzheimer's disease: shared pathology and treatment?

Diabetes mellitus and Alzheimer's disease: shared pathology and treatment?
Kawser Akter , Emily A Lanza , Stephen A Martin , Natalie Myronyuk , Melanie Rua , and Robert B Raffa
Temple University School of Pharmacy, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Professor Robert B. Raffa PhD, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Temple University School of Pharmacy, 3307 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140, USA.Tel.: +1 215 707 4976 Fax: +1 215 707 5228 E-mail: [email protected]
Received 2010 May 28; Accepted 2010 Sep 22.
Copyright 2011 The British Pharmacological Society
This article has been cited by other articles in PMC.
Epidemiological and basic science evidence suggest a possible shared pathophysiology between type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and Alzheimer's disease (AD). It has even been hypothesized that AD might be type 3 diabetes. The present review summarizes some of the evidence for the possible link, putative biochemical pathways and ongoing clinical trials of antidiabetic drugs in AD patients. The primary and review literature were searched for articles published in peer-reviewed sources that were related to a putative connection between T2DM and AD. In addition, public sources of clinical trials were searched for the relevant information regarding the testing of antidiabetic drugs in AD patients. The evidence for a connection between T2DM and AD is based upon a variety of diverse studies, but definitive biochemical mechanisms remain unknown. Additional study is needed to prove the existence or the extent of a link between T2DM and AD, but sufficient evidence exist Continue reading

Choosing Proper Footwear With Diabetes | HealthCentral

Choosing Proper Footwear With Diabetes | HealthCentral

Allen Croat said if he had only purchased the proper shoes when first diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 17 years ago, he might have been spared having two toes amputated.
Ten years ago, Croat, 63, had the big toe on his right foot amputated. In December 2016, Croat had the second toe on his right foot severed. He relies on a cane to walk and custom inserts to protect his gnarled feet.
It all started when he was walking barefoot in the house and stubbed his toe. It was a lesson learned the hard way.
Your feet are the most important aspect of your life, Croat said in a telephone interview with HealthCentral. You only get one set. If I had known then what I know now, I would have worn diabetic shoes immediately.
He is one of thousands who have lost limbs and/or digits due to diabetes. In 2010 alone, about 73,000 diabetics, ages 20 or older, underwent lower-limb amputations, according to the American Diabetes Association .
Croat, who lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is speaking out to help educate other diabetics on the importance of choosing the appropriate shoes, sooner than later after being diagnosed.
An estimated 1.4 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year, according to the American Diabetes Association .
One of the biggest casualties of diabetes is the feet, Roy H. Lidtke , D.P.M., said in a telephone interview with HealthCentral. Diabetes can impede both circulation and cause nerve damage in the feet. Poor circulation can cause wounds, such as sores and blisters, to heal more slowly, increasing the risk that the feet or digits will become infect Continue reading

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