The healthcare needs of older adults are unique. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 85% of older adults have at least one chronic health condition. While medical advances have made a huge difference in the treatment and management of chronic diseases, prevention is a critical piece of healthy aging. A healthy […]
By Dr. Matthew Husa, Chief Medical Officer, UnitedHealthcare of Colorado & Wyoming ~ When you go to the doctor for a routine physical, your primary care provider might have you get your blood drawn to check your cholesterol. Those numbers are important as they help you understand your risk of heart disease or stroke.
By Kirsten Antony R.N. ~ Just breathe. These are two incredibly powerful words that can transform your health. Seize the moment right now and just focus on your breathing. Take an inhalation through your nose deep into the depths of your belly. Feel the power of your inhalation. Feel the power of your exhalation. Repeat […]
By UnitedHealthcare in Colorado ~ Despite the annual chatter about New Year’s resolutions, many of us give up by February and only a few stay the course for a whole year. Why is that? Sometimes it’s because we’re not really committed to the goal. Other times, the resolution itself is the issue. It may be too […]
Fiberglass exposure can lead to coughing, a sore throat, red eyes, stomach issues, itchiness, and other symptoms of irritation ~ Fiberglass is used in mattresses to limit the potential of a deadly fire. It was meant as an alternative to chemical flame retardants, which later fell out of favor as their health risks became well-known. […]
The average Colorado commuter consumed over 177k calories while driving in 2022*, according to a study commissioned by Gunther Mazda. This is 681 calories alone per commute, or one third of the daily recommended intake. In fact, a study found that 85 million Americans admit to eating fast food every day.
CU Nursing faculty explain the complexities of grieving, and how to help ~ By Bob Mook ~ Between gatherings with friends and family – and the “expectation” of joyfulness – the holiday season can be fraught with stress, even in the happiest of times. For those grieving the loss of a loved one, a broken […]
Alzheimer’s disease is expected to impact nearly 13 million Americans by 2050, including 76,000 Coloradans today, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. So, as you contemplate your New Year’s resolutions for 2023, consider there are steps you can take yourself to maintain and improve your cognitive function.
One-third of Coloradans’ daily fluid intake is made up of caffeine and alcohol, finds study. Half consider themselves to be ‘booze fit’. 1 in 3 deem alcohol and coffee as essential purchases in their weekly shops. The average drinker spends a fairly substantial $947 per year on hangover comfort food and coffees. The Bada Bing, Joe’s […]
October is the official start of flu season, and the time when many people consider getting a flu shot. In addition to protecting you from the flu, the shot may also help protect your brain.
DENVER – The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) is launching an innovative public health campaign targeting one of the biggest barriers Denverites with mental health conditions face — stigma.
By Dr. Maria Cannarozzi, Internal Medicine, New West Physicians, part of Optum ~ According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the United States. Each year in the U.S., about 264,000 cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in women and about 2,400 in men. […]
Believe it or not, flu season is right around the corner, and flu shots are now available at all CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic locations nationwide, with convenient evening and weekend hours to get the whole family vaccinated. It’s more important than ever to stay current with flu shots and other vaccinations this fall, and with […]
By Kirsten Antony R.N. ~ Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder that is on the rise worldwide. Complications can arise from diabetes and affect the body from the head (retinopathy) to the toes (neuropathy) and many of the systems in between. Type 2 diabetes occurs when it becomes difficult for the body to metabolize […]
By Rhonda L. Randall, D.O. ~ We are all wired for emotional connection and that doesn’t stop when we retire. In my experience as a geriatrician, seniors who have family or a strong support network by their side are more likely to remain living in their homes longer, get the care they need, and have […]