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Medicare is Dying! What Am I supposed To Do Now?

Medicare’s finances were downgraded in a new report from the program’s trustees.

Medicare’s hospital insurance fund will be depleted in 2026, said the trustees who oversee the benefit program in an annual report.

That is three years earlier than projected last year.

Medicare beneficiaries wouldn’t face an immediate cut after the trust fund is depleted in 2026.

The trustees said the share of benefits that can be paid from revenues will decline to 78% in 2039.

That share rises again to 85% in 2092.

The hospital fund is financed mainly through payroll taxes.

The trustees said Medicare’s changed outlook is due to adverse changes in the program’s income and costs.

Hospital insurance fund income is projected to be lower than last year’s estimates

thanks to “lower payroll taxes attributable to lowered wages in 2017 and lower levels of projected GDP,” the trustees said.

And hospital insurance fund expenditures are expected to be higher than last year’s estimates, the trustees said.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement that “lackluster economic growth in previous years,” as well as an aging population, has contributed to shortages for both Social Security and Medicare.

He said the Trump administration’s economic agenda, including tax cuts and trade deals, would generate growth and help to secure the programs.

Yea and I believe in unicorns.

AARP said in a statement that the report showed “challenges ahead for the long term,” and singled out health care for action during the election year.

Type 2 Diabetes -What is Healthy?

Despite the diagnosis of over 1.8 million new cases a year in the United States, Type 2 diabetes is not feared as it should be. A survey taken by the ADA and the CDC showed many people were more afraid of snake bites, plane crashes, or cancer.

Someone who is not in good health is putting their well-being in jeopardy, and the side effects could be felt for years. An individual who is overweight or obese for instance may have to deal with much more than just adiposity in the years to come. Type 2 diabetes could strike, and life, as it is known, could be changed forever. Heart disease could develop. A stroke could occur without warning. These are potentially lethal ramifications.

A person who is healthy on the other hand has the odds on his side. While unfortunate circumstances could still unfold, it would take much more to put his well-being at high risk. And the chances are what does develop could be more easily managed. For instance, if high blood pressure becomes an issue, a physically active lifestyle may be all that is necessary to bring the reading under control. This is provided the individual is eating healthily. If not changes would need to be made to their eating plan.

Many factors determine whether or not you may be considered healthy. Unless you consult a doctor, opinions will greatly differ. Some will say as long as you exercise, you are doing well. But it is essential not to forget the importance of healthy eating. Also, what is known as vices need to be controlled, before they get out of hand and damage your health in a permanent way. Smoking, for example, can have lifelong consequences, which is not news to most of us. But alcohol can also cause harm to your body. Despite these facts, there are still smokers in our society and those who drink to excess on a regular basis.

You must do what you can to be healthy. Forget what others are doing. And know you do not have to be perfect, either. A healthy body doesn’t require a perfect lifestyle; rather, all it demands is some discipline. You have to eat well most of the time, exercise regularly, and use some common sense. For instance, if you have high blood sugar levels and need to lose weight, it is unwise to binge on carbohydrates when you know you need to limit them and eat healthy carbs most of the time.

A healthy body ultimately leads to a healthy life. And a healthy life is perhaps what you should aim for as your experiences are made much more fruitful when you can enjoy them thoroughly. It is as if the odds are in your favor if you are a middle-aged adult with a healthy body and a healthy life. What can’t you achieve? Of course, many things in life are difficult to attain, but nothing worth having comes easy.

We hope you make the right decision. Remember you only have one life to live. If you want to make it the best it can be, ensure your health is taken care of.

 

Pre-Diabetes What the heck is that?

So I go for my annual physical and low and behold I get slapped with a Pre-Diabetes diagnosis.

Pre-Diabetes? WTF!

How could this happen to me?

Now I have to do the research and learn how to live with this and how to keep from getting full blown Diabetes!

Pre-diabetes is a medical condition, in which blood sugar level is higher than normal but not yet high enough to be classified as type-2 diabetes. Without intervention, it is likely to become type-2 diabetes in 10 years or less.

Pre-diabetes can be an opportunity for one to improve one’s health. However, its progression to type-2 diabetes isn’t inevitable if effective intervention is instituted.

According to American Diabetes Association, the following are considered to be its risk factors, if one:

• Is above 45 years.

• Has BMI (body mass index) above 25.

• Is inactive.

• Has a family history of type-2 diabetes.

• Is African-American, Hispanic, American Indian, Asian-American or a Pacific Islander.

• Is an Asian as Asian counties contribute largely to the prevalence of pre-diabetes.

• Has a history of gestational diabetes or have given birth to a baby, who weighed more than 9 pounds (4.1 kilograms).

• Has a history of polycystic ovary syndrome.

• Has high blood pressure.

• Has an abnormal cholesterol level, including high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels below 35 mg/dL or a triglyceride level above 250 mg/dL.

Diagnosis of pre-diabetes –

The following tests are performed to confirm the diagnosis of pre-diabetes:

Fasting blood glucose test –

A blood sample will be taken after fasting for at least eight hours or overnight and blood sugar level is tested.

A blood sugar level from 100 to 125 mg/dL is considered pre-diabetes. This is sometimes referred to as impaired fasting glucose (IFG).

Oral glucose tolerance test –

A blood sample will be taken after fasting for at least eight hours or overnight. Then one will drink a sugary solution, and blood sugar level will be measured again after two hours.

A blood sugar level less than 140 mg/dL is normal. A blood sugar level from 140 to 199 mg/dL is considered pre-diabetes. This is sometimes referred to as impaired glucose tolerance (IGT).

Glycated hemoglobin (HbA1C) test –

This blood test indicates average blood sugar level for the past two to three months. It measures the percentage of blood sugar attached to hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying protein in red blood cells.

A normal HbA1C should be below 5.7 percent. The HbA1C level between 5.7 and 6.4 percent is considered pre-diabetes.

Certain conditions such as pregnancy or an uncommon form of hemoglobin (known as a hemoglobin variant) can make the HbA1C test inaccurate.

Causes –

Though the exact cause of pre-diabetes is unknown, its contributors are as follows:

• Family history of type-2 diabetes

• Genetics – some genes related to insulin resistance have been discovered by the researchers.

• Excess fat especially abdominal fat

• Physical inactivity

Ways to keep it from becoming type-2 diabetes –

Lose weight – Losing just 7% of body weight (that’s 10.5 pounds for a 150 pounds person) helps people reduce diabetes risk by 58%.

Do more exercise – Exercise regularly by aiming for at least 30 minutes of cardio 5 days a week and weight training twice a week.

Change diet – By being sure you’re getting all the nutrients you need and sticking to small portion sizes and eating regularly scheduled meals, you can avoid high blood sugar.

Reduce stress – A stressed system pumps out hormones that increase blood sugar. Strive for calm by meditation or ways that work best for you.

Have regular sleeps daily – Deprivation of sleep derails the metabolism. People who clocked less than 6 hours a weeknight for 6 years are more than four times likelier to see their blood sugar climb into pre-diabetes territory. Those who got 4-5 hours of sleep for just four days become more insulin resistant, setting up the stage for high blood sugar.

Have periodic blood tests – One should have one’s blood tested periodically for blood sugar and HbA1C on a regular basis so that one can know when to take stringent measures for its control.

The bottom line is that pre-diabetes is most likely to progress to a full-blown type-2 diabetes, if adequate preventive measure are not taken. Since type-2 diabetes has already reached epidemic proportions all over the world, pre-diabetes, if not checked in time, will further deteriorate the worsening global situation of prevalence of type-2 diabetes.

Have You Seen Some Of These Faces of Stress?

Stress affects each individual differently, according to the cause and its effects. Therefore, there are different kinds of stress as recognized by clinical and research studies. It is important for us as individuals to recognize the causes of stress in order for us to be able to deal with it, and hopefully reduce our stress.

We’re only going to talk about four types of stress: acute stress, episodic acute stress, chronic stress, and psychological stress.

Acute stress arguably the most common form of stress, which can result from the pressures we are subjected to in their everyday life. In small doses of acute stress, it can actually be beneficial to an individual. Think of athletes that are about to compete in an event. They experience acute stress, which triggers the production of adrenaline and gives them a burst of energy needed to perform their best. The symptoms for this type of stress are easily recognizable and mostly affects a person only in a short-term. Common symptoms include back or neck pain, muscular tensions, headache, rapid heartbeat, sweaty palms, cold hands or feet.

Episodic Acute Stress, as mentioned above, acute stress is quite common to most people. However, there are a few others who experience it more often than others. These people are the ones who are so focused on achieving organization and yet always fail when it comes to performance. Therefore, it is not surprising that they often become irritable, if not with themselves than their initial environment. This also explains why they find the workplace quite a stressful environment. Other forms of episodic acute stress are those people who keep worrying. They have become so pessimistic about the environment that they always expect the worst will happen. Hence, they end up feeling awful, tense, or anxious without having clear reasons for feeling that way.

Chronic stress, is the type of stress that wears one out. Plus, it builds up over time and can produce long-term effects on a person, whether emotionally or physically. Most forms of chronic stress are caused by trauma that they find difficult to let go and so it continues to disrupt their everyday lives. One problem with chronic stress is that people often believe that it is something that is innate to them and that they cannot get rid of. Thus, it makes treating this condition difficult because it is often ignored by the person affected by it. It can, however, be treated through stress management procedures and behavioral treatment.

Psychological Stress has its own set of complexity. With the different types stated above, psychological stress concerns more of a person’s ability to respond to a given situation. To be specific, the loss of that ability. During dangerous situations, your body produces hormones known as adrenaline and cortisol that prompts the body to make a response. Compare this to charging a battery that produces high voltage that must be discharged. In the case of a person suffering from psychological stress, the body fails to discharge that burst of energy that is produced. The continued raise in your heart rate and the production of adrenaline and could result in harmful problems with your heart.

There are numerous schools of thought as to how we acquire psychological stress, but it can include trauma suffered from an emotionally disturbing event in the past or other emotional anxiety. The problem with people suffering from psychological stress is that they tend to induce more stress in their lives by subjecting themselves to stressful situations.

The best way to manage your stress is to learn healthy coping strategies like visiting Pablo’s help desk.com. Moreover, each type of stress has different approaches to treatment. If you feel that stress is effecting your performance or health contact your Primary Health Care Physician for their advice.

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