… and why it signifies a sweeping change in health care There’s a welcome surprise coming on April 1st for those diagnosed as prediabetic in the West Phoenix metro area… and it signifies a fundamental change in how insurance providers view health care benefits. Medicare is introducing a new benefit that pays for the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program to prevent or delay the onset of type two diabetes.…
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Diabetes and heart disease have a direct connection, with the diabetic up to four times more likely to die from heart attack. The good news? It’s manageable, even preventable. The impact of diabetes Many older adults struggle with diabetes, or linger at the tipping point between abnormally high blood sugar and a formal diagnosis. But what does it actually mean to someone with the disease, making it so important to conquer with better eating habits and physical activity?…
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Depression–it can sneak up on anyone. While clinical depression is a serious condition that requires prescription medication, there is one simple tactic that anyone can do to lift their spirits when struggling with depression, even an older adult with mobility or transportation issues. And, if taken to a deeper level, it can be life-changing. So what is it?…
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Marty Finley, M-Ed Memory Care Navigator I’m concerned that dementia is compromising the driving safety of a loved one. What signs should I look for? If other drivers are frequently honking at them, that can be a sign that dementia is diminishing driving skills. There are other things to look for, including: Inability to correctly react at an intersection Riding the brakes Failure to stay in the correct turning lane Dents on the older adult driver’s car, or a lot of “near-misses” with other vehicles Inability to park in a standard space Allowing a more-than-necessary distance from another car or object Misjudging distance does not necessarily reflect vision problems.…
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Primary heart disease risk factors Smoking High cholesterol High blood pressure Physical inactivity Obesity Diabetes A heart-to-heart talk with a noted cardiologist about the Sun Health Care Transitions Program and its impact on post-cardiac-event success No ifs, ands or buts, a cardiac event is very scary.  But as frightening as the initial event can be, after the “old ticker” is back on track, heading home from the hospital can feel like a proverbial sink-or-swim experience … with extraordinarily high stakes.…
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Breast cancers are attributed to being overweight and obesity Cancer-fighting foods Broccoli Canola oil Cauliflower Citrus fruit Fish, high in omega-3 fatty acids Flaxseed oil Low-fat yogurt Salmon/tuna Tomatoes Walnuts Whole grains/beans   Foods to avoid Butter Cheeses made with whole milk Fatty meats Fried foods Lard Palm and/or coconut oil Processed foods Shortening Whole milk A healthy, nutritious diet is the best defense against breast cancer While being diagnosed with breast cancer can be devastating news, today’s medical advances and the amount of information available about the disease can make living with—and surviving it—possible.…
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With age comes bone loss. More specifically, with age comes an increased risk of osteoporosis. A musculoskeletal disease marked by a decrease in bone mineral density, osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and brittle. The U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that as many as 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men face the risk of an osteoporosis-related fracture during their lifetime.…
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Wondering what our Diabetes Prevention Program is all about? Rhonda shares some detail. It’s not too late to register for the new series of classes beginning in October. Check the new issue of LiveWell magazine for dates. TRANSCRIPT: Hi, I’m Rhonda Zonoozi and I’m an exercise physiologist and certified health and wellness coach at the Sun Health Center for Health and Wellbeing.
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