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Living with Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease where your body’s ability to produce or respond to the hormone insulin is impaired. Insulin is produced in the pancreas and regulates the amount of glucose in the blood allowing it to be turned into energy and used, or stored. This impairment results in abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates causing elevated glucose levels in the blood.

Living Healthier with Diet and Exercise

What does it mean to live healthier? Does it mean eating vegetables and wearing fitness clothes everywhere you go? Is it measured in how many ounces of water you drink in a day, or maybe it is how many minutes you spent on the treadmill? Do we get health points for avoiding fast food restaurants and doing yoga instead?

Be Prepared for an Emergency… even a minor one.

We spend much of our lives learning how to reduce the risk of many potential accidents which can cause injuries; the practice of being aware of one’s surroundings when crossing the street, for example, or teaching children to be cautious around a hot stove. We wear a seatbelt when riding in a vehicle, and we use protective gear when playing sports. But, emergencies and injuries will always happen to some degree. If we can’t entirely prevent an emergency, can we plan for one to potentially reduce the risk of a negative outcome?

Preventive Care Services vs. Specialist Care

Doctor taking a patient's blood pressureAn interesting question crossed my desk regarding the use of preventive health care services when specialists are involved. The patient specifically asked about coverage available for a skin cancer screening performed by a dermatologist that the patient considered to be preventive health care based on an experience with a previous health insurance carrier. Having personally felt confused between what services are covered and what are not when it comes to preventive care, I contacted the ASRS Health Care Administrator, UnitedHealthcare (UHC), to research the request. I learned the following tips to share with UHC members and patients who may be experiencing difficulty defining the line between preventive care and specialist- or diagnostic- care.

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