Americans are living longer and healthier lives, thanks to lifestyle changes and better access to preventive care. In a new report, average life expectancy rates in the United States were at almost 79 years, the highest ever. Death rates for 8 of the 10 leading causes of death dropped, but suicide rates increased.
New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that life expectancy for the total United States population was 78.8 years in 2012, a record high. Conversely, death rates in the U.S. dropped 1.1% to an all-time low.
As in previous years, the report found that women tend to live longer than men by two to three years. Women have a life expectancy of 81.2 years; men have a life expectancy of 78.7 years.
As autumn brings a chill to the air, thoughts of Halloween come to mind. Maybe you expect trick-or-treaters at the door or you’re attending a costumed event on October 31. In preparation, perhaps you want to get into a spooky mood with a movie.
Will you choose a classic horror film to watch in the comfort of home? How about heading to the movie theater for a new thrill? No matter which you prefer, there are Halloween movies sure to scare or at least tickle your funny bone. Here are some film picks no matter your Halloween preferences.
Today marks the start of the Medicare Annual Election Period (AEP), also known as the Open Enrollment Period for Medicare Advantage and prescription drug coverage.
It’s that time of year again when everyone enrolled in Medicare should understand how their current plan is changing, compare their coverage options for 2015, and decide if they need to take any action.
The Medicare Annual Election Period occurs each year from October 15 to December 7. During this two-month enrollment window, Medicare beneficiaries can choose to make changes to their Medicare Advantage and/or prescription drug coverage for the following year.
In 2015, Medicare Advantage plans will be more accessible and higher quality than previously. As you consider your options during the Annual Election Period, here are the main trends in the private Medicare insurance market.
Based on recent data by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, beneficiaries will have plenty of Medicare Advantage options in 2015. More high-rated plans will be available to consumers in the coming year. Average premium costs for Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D increased slightly.
High blood pressure, or hypertension, can wreak havoc on your heart and kidneys for years without showing any signs. Although one in three adults in the United States has high blood pressure, many don’t realize it until they’ve been diagnosed with other conditions, including heart disease and stroke.
There’s always a certain level of normal blood pressure as your blood presses against artery walls and gets pumped throughout the body. Your blood pressure changes throughout the day according to your level of activity, lowering naturally when you sleep and rising when you’re exercising, excited, or stressed. However, in people with high blood pressure, this pressure stays at high levels for a long period of time and causes damage.
A new study finds that declining vision health may be linked with shorter survival rates in older adults.
It’s common for adults to have vision problems as they get older. Starting in their 40s, many adults start developing near-sightedness, which is a normal part of the aging process and may worsen with time.
However, a Purdue University study now links vision loss with an increased risk of death. Researchers tracked adults between 65 and 84 years old for a period of eight years and found that people whose vision worsened by one letter size on the standard eye exam chart had a 16% higher risk of death during the study.
The Food and Drug Administration recently approved Trulicity, an injected diabetes drug that controls blood sugar levels in type 2 patients. Medicare Part D may cover Trulicity and other diabetes medications.
Trulicity is part of a new class of type 2 diabetes drugs called GLP-1 receptor agonists. According to the United States Food and Drug Administration, these medications help control blood sugar levels by causing the pancreas to release insulin after you’ve eaten and blocking the liver from releasing stored glucose. GLP-1 drugs also slow down digestion to keep blood sugar from spiking after meals.
Osteoporosis is a condition where your bones are weakened to the point where a minor fall, or sometimes even extra strain or pressure, could provoke a fracture. Chances of it happening increase with age, and the most common fractures are in the hip, wrist, or spine. Medicare covers some important screening for this condition.
Osteoporosis happens when the creation of new bone cannot keep up with the pace that your body removes old bone, creating weak spots that can be damaged more easily. Some warning signs that you are in danger of developing this condition may include back pain, a reduction in height, curved posture, or increased bone fragility. However, it’s often hard to detect any symptoms without a screening.
Major United States food manufacturers cut 6.4 trillion calories from food products.
In partnership with the Healthy Weight Loss Commitment Foundation, United States food makers initially pledged to cut 1 trillion calories from food products from 2007 and 2012 and another 1.5 trillion by 2015.
A recent independent study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation reviewed these efforts and found that the food companies actually exceeded goals by cutting 6.4 trillion calories from 2007 to 2012.
You know you should take care of your teeth, but what about your gums? A vast majority of adults over 65 have severe gum disease, also known as periodontal disease.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) nearly half of all individuals 30 years and older have gum disease in some form. Your risk increases drastically with age: 70% of adults 65 and older have periodontal disease.