10 EASY WAYS TO STRETCH Y OUR HEALTH CARE DOLLARS
You’ve no doubt noticed that each year, your health care costs go up. This continuing trend can significantly impact your budget. While it’s difficult to control all the factors that contribute to rising health care costs, stretching your health care dollars is easier than you think with these 10 easy ways to get the most bang for your buck.
MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR HEALTH CARE DOLLARS: COMPARISON SHOPPING
Every day consumers make important decisions that affect their family’s health and health-related financial security. Making these choices can be stressful and overwhelming, especially if a family member is ill or considerable medical expenses are involved.
Often, it may seem like you don’t have a choice when faced with the cost of medical procedures, but that is not always the case. Many consumers today are taking more responsibility for their health care, which includes seeking more information about the cost of health services and making informed decisions regarding their care.
This movement is called consumer-driven health care. You may already participate in a consumer-driven plan, if your employer offers a high-deductible health plan (HDHP) coupled with a health savings account (HSA).
HOLIDAY STRESS: TRAVELING
The holiday season is the busiest time of the year for long-distance travel. Planes are overbooked and highways are overcrowded, which can add stress to the season.
SELF-CARE: RELAXATION TECHNIQUES
Pain and stress can end up causing physical, mental or emotional issues. Often this physical or emotional pain significantly impacts our health, happiness and overall quality of life. Learning how to relax can lessen the impact that this pain has on your life.
TEST YOUR STRESS
Like most working professionals, you may experience job stress, relationship and family distress, and financial worries while trying to balance your home life with your work life. Since carrying around these burdens for too long can become too much to bear, it is important to identify stressors in your life and then work to mitigate them. Ignoring stressors can lead to more serious health-related problems, including heart disease, fatigue and weight gain.
To learn what is giving you anxiety and making your blood pressure rise, take this stress test. Once you identify what is causing your stress, you can reduce or eliminate those triggers from your life and live more peacefully.
TYPE 2 DIABETES
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EVERYDAY HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Your body needs the right vitamins, minerals and other nutrients to stay in good shape. A healthy diet means you are eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat milk products, fish, poultry, lean meats, eggs, beans and nuts. Stay away from cholesterol-laden items, excessive sodium and added sugars. It is also important to avoid trans and saturated fats.
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STAYING HEALTHY AT ANY AGE
Establishing and maintaining good health is an ongoing process that you need to take charge of. It is important that you are proactive in managing your health to avoid preventable illnesses and catch other medical conditions early. Full article
PREVENTATIVE SCREENING PART I
Preventive care, including regular doctor visits, is important for everyone. The following screenings are recommended for men to maintain good health and catch health problems early. Full article.
PREVENTATIVE SCREENING PART II
Proper preventive screenings can keep you healthy. Full article
WOMEN’S HEALTH: BREAST CANCER
Research estimates that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer during their lives. Breast cancer is a disease in which malignant cells form in the tissues of the breast. There are three main types:
• Ductal carcinoma – The most common; begins in the cells of the ducts.
• Lobular carcinoma – Begins in the lobes and is more often found in both breasts than are other types of breast cancer.
• Inflammatory breast cancer – Uncommon type in which the breast is warm, red and swollen.
WOMEN’S HEALTH: STAY HEALTHY AT ANY AGE
Establishing and maintaining good health is an ongoing process that you need to take charge of. It is important that you are proactive in managing your health to avoid preventable illnesses and catch other medical conditions early.