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Advantages of Healthy Lifestyle – IMC Grupo

Inour daily life, we come to see thousands of advertisements for living healthierand improving your life. Several images of people exercising, replacing mealswith energy-boosting shakes, enjoying fresh fruits at a farmers market, allthese cheer us to adopt healthier lifestyles.

Countlessbenefits will start to appear as soon as you start living healthy. Some are asfollows:

Yourbody gets energized when you eat right and when you eat right, you live right.When you get exercise daily, your metabolism boosts up. This is not the energythat you get from an energy-boosting drink. This is the different and naturalenergy that boosts you up throughout the day. There is no alternative tonatural things. With this natural energy, you start to live healthy and happythroughout your whole day. People also use stuff like Cardarine to do so.

Livinghealthier decreases your chances of visiting the doctor. The healthier youbecome, the fewer the chances of illness. The onset of diseases is decreasedsignificantly. At some point in your life, viruses may attack you but if youare in the good of your health, that viruses will not get too long in your bodyand you will recover soon. If you want to adopt a healthy lifestyle,you can get in touch with a specialist and discuss andarine, ostarine (MK2866),cardarine (GW501516), ibutamoren (MK677), and testolone (RAD140), etc.

Livinghealthy saves you from the onset of chronic diseases. As soon as you adapt toeat healthily, stay active, and start to follow all those tips that leadtowards good health, your immune system gets better and fight off the diseases.The likelihood of developing severe conditions such as that of heart, obesity,hypertension, and cancer is decreased significantly. Your immune system worksat its best and defends you from disease-causing agents.

Seeingsomeone living healthy can take you out if you are stuck in some bad habits.You can be a source of inspiration for your kids, friends and family. You caninspire them with your healthy living habits. They will try to follow you assoon as they start to see positive changes in your life. This will be a victoryfor you, and you could live with them for a longer time.

Tobe healthy mentally is as important as being healthy physically. Sometimes,more important is mental health. A healthy body has a healthy mind. When yourbody feels good, so as your mind will feel. It creates a feeling of optimism.Exercise is one of the most effective remedies that physicians recommend toreduce anxiety and depression. Endorphins, which are also known as happypills, are produced when we engage in exercise. Thus exercise is good forphysical health as well as mental health.

Livinghealthy makes you fulfill your dreams and achieve your goals. A healthy bodyand mind work together to make us achieve the targets that we have set in ourlife. If you have energy, positivity, and the willpower, nothing can stop youfrom achieving your goals.

Ina hectic routine at home with children, you need to relax your muscles andbones. This is possible with an effective and healthy lifestyle. For themajority of the people, to get rid of negativity, adopting a wonderful and 100%healthy lifestyle is not easy. It will be a good option for you to doexercises. You need to press some of the points to put pressure and getrelaxation. This technique will keep you fit as well as mentally relaxed. Yourbody will be in comfort. There are several benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

Youwill feel light and bright spiritually. Healthy lifestyles motivate you towardspositive thinking and encourage your body system to work in an efficient way.It is rich in analgesic qualities and relieves pain quickly throughout the bodybecause it leaves a positive impact on the hormonal system of the body. Most ofthe people take drugs to get peace of mind. The amount of dopamine andserotonin that is produced in the body enhances when a person adapts a healthylifestyle. It is used to alleviate pain. The alkaloid present in it dulls thepain receptors throughout the body. It is better than opium or morphine.

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Following Healthy Lifestyle Recommendations May Reduce ADHD Risk – Psych Congress Network

Children who meet a greater number of established recommendations for a healthy lifestyle at age 10 or 11 are less likely to receive a diagnosis of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) by age 14, suggests a study published in Psychosomatic Medicine.

The incidence of ADHD among children and youth is high, and temporal increases have been paralleled by deteriorating lifestyles. Poor diet quality, physical inactivity, poor sleep habits, and sedentary behaviors have all been associated with ADHD, researchers wrote.

However, no earlier prospective study has examined the independent and combined importance of meeting established lifestyle recommendations in childhood for ADHD in adolescence.

Researchers collected survey information on lifestyle for 3436 children ages 10 and 11 as well as linked health data until age 14. They examined the data for associations between adherence to 9 specific lifestyle recommendations and ADHD diagnosis and physician visits. Just over 10% of the study population received an ADHD diagnosis by age 14.

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Meeting recommendations for vegetables and fruit, meat and alternatives, saturated fat, added sugar, and physical activity was associated with fewer ADHD diagnoses, the study found.

Meeting 7 to 9 lifestyle recommendations, meanwhile, was associated with substantially lower incidence of ADHD and fewer physician visits related to ADHD, compared with meeting 1 to 3 recommendations.

For each additional lifestyle recommendation a child followed, the likelihood of an ADHD diagnosis dropped 18%, according to Medscape coverage of the study.

Lifestyle recommendations exist to benefit development and physical health, researchers wrote. Their promotion comes at no harm and may have benefits for ADHD.

References

Loewen OK, Maximova K, Ekwaru JP, Asbridge M, Ohinmaa A, Veugelers PJ. Adherence to life-style recommendations and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: a population-based study of children aged 10 to 11 years. Psychosomatic Medicine. 2020;82(3):305-315.

Vlessides M. Can a healthy lifestyle reduce ADHD incidence in children? Medscape. April 22, 2020.

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American Society for Preventive Cardiology Offers Survey to Aid Healthy Lifestyle During COVID-19 – Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology

May 11, 2020 The American Society for Preventive Cardiology (ASPC) is collaborating with Intervent International to provide its members and their patients free access toIntervent's evidence-based, personalized, online/digital, educational resources and content. The collaboration is a patient-centered initiative to help adults play an active role in their own heart health during the COVID-19 pandemic, including heart attack/stroke prevention and recovery after a cardiac event.

As emphasized in a recent ASPC scientific statement, adults who fare poorly with COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) infection more commonly have risk factors for (e.g., high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes) and/or known cardiovascular disease. Moreover, while it is especially important to lead a healthy lifestyle and manage chronic medical conditions during COVID-19, traditional outpatient care services have been significantly disrupted. Many patients are delaying or deferring necessary care, including preventive care. In addition, social distancing has negatively altered physical activity and eating habits in many adults and is contributing to higher-than-usual stress levels. To make things worse, virtually all facility-based cardiac rehabilitation programs for those who have recently experienced a cardiac event (e.g., heart attack, angioplasty/stent, bypass surgery) have temporarily closed. If not promptly addressed, such changes are likely to adversely impact cardiovascular health.

In response to these challenges, as part of the ASPC/Intervent collaboration individuals can sign up for free at http://www.myintervent.com/aspc to: Take an online health assessment and receive personalized feedback/educational content. Enroll in a self-help/digital, online lifestyle management and cardiovascular disease risk reduction program. Participate in monthly live group webinars. The educational services are designed to help individuals make and adhere to meaningful lifestyle changes, better manage their risk factors for heart disease and stroke and, if needed, recover more successfully from a recent cardiac event. Topics include understanding heart disease, preventing and managing risk factors for heart disease, nutrition, exercise/physical activity, weight management, stress management and smoking cessation. The services are to be used as a supplement to, and not a replacement for, the advice of a physician or other healthcare provider.

"There is an urgent need during these unprecedented times to deploy innovative, evidence-based approaches to promote and preserve the health of populations at higher risk of cardiovascular disease," said Amit Khera, M.D., president of ASPC and lead author of the recent ASPC COVID-19-related scientific statement. "Given the fundamental importance of lifestyle management and other proven cardiovascular disease risk reduction strategies, we are pleased to play a role in providing ASPC's members and their patients free access to credible educational content and resources for use as a supplement to their usual medical care."

Neil Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., co-founder and chief executive officer of Intervent, said, "The ASPC is to be complimented on the leadership role it is playing on multiple fronts to benefit society during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the best of circumstances, it can be very challenging for many people to lead a healthy lifestyle and take other steps needed to prevent or better manage heart disease. We are especially proud to collaborate with the ASPC during this global crisis to help benefit the health and wellbeing of as many people as possible by leveraging some of our proven online/digital lifestyle management and cardiovascular disease risk reduction resources."

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5 Benefits of a Healthy Lifestyle – California Herald

For many of us, living a healthy lifestyle means paying attention to our diet, the amount of exercise we take and ensuring that we get enough sleep while avoiding stress wherever possible. By making the right choices we hope to feel and look better both now and as we age. However important looking and feeling good is, there are other benefits to be gained by choosing to live healthily. Lets explore some of them.

Cheaper Life Insurance Premiums

Most insurance policies require you to fill out a health and lifestyle questionnaire and undertake medical testing. The more fit and healthy you are, the lower your premiums are likely to be in relation to the assured death benefit. To get an estimate of the value of your life policy, that is the dollar amount the policys beneficiaries would receive on your death, its wise to enlist the services of a tax or accounting professional. You can also find online calculators that will give you an estimate based on the information you provide. Further down the line, if you decide to pursue a life settlement, i.e. where you sell your existing life insurance policy to a third party in order to release funds to pay for medical care or end of life expenses, while you wont be entitled to the full net death benefit, youre likely to receive more than the cash surrender value.

Weight Maintenance or Loss

Possibly the most important benefit for people who follow a healthy lifestyle is weight maintenance or weight loss. Certainly, regular exercise and attention to diet can transform your physique in a positive way but it can also help to improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels too. Complimenting good foods with exercise will have the best results.

Better Sleep and Increased Energy Levels

The importance of a regular sleep pattern that enables you to get at least 6-8 hours of shut eye is well known and yet many adults in the U.S. dont manage to achieve this. Failure to get an adequate amount of sleep can lead to dips in energy throughout the day and may put you at risk of developing chronic diseases. Adopting a healthier lifestyle by eating a range of low glycemic foods and incorporating exercise into your daily schedule should help you to sleep better at night, plus youll find you have extra energy as a result.

Improved Mental Health

Eating a wholesome and varied diet and adding daily exercise, even if it is just a walk in the fresh air, can give your mental health a boost. As you exercise, feel-good endorphins are released by the brain that help to reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety. Your mental health can also be improved by eating a well-balanced diet rich in whole and nutrient dense foods to fuel your brain and your body.

Prevention of Injury and Disease

Choosing to eat nutritious food, exercise regularly and limit your intake of alcohol and other stimulants may help to prevent or slow the development of chronic diseases, such as dementia, hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular and chronic kidney disease. The sooner you choose to adopt these measures, the less likely you are to develop chronic diseases later in life.

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Gabriel Gaarden fought for fair tuition and public health – UNM Daily Lobo

Gabriel Gaarden wore many hats during his time at the University of New Mexico. Graduating this spring with a masters in public health is just one of his many achievements.

Gaarden was a notable student for both his work as a research assistant and as the president of the Public Health Student Association (PHSA), where he grew as a leader and acted as a voice for the student population in combating differential tuition.

At his core, Gaarden said his true passion is for nutrition. After becoming a registered dietitian in 2018, Garden started working for a program called Ideas for Cooking and Nutrition, which provides nutrition education to low-income populations throughout New Mexico, at New Mexico State University.

You can educate people all you want. I know that I need to eat more fruits and vegetables, but if I dont have access to them or I cant afford them, it wont make a difference, he said.

Gaarden said he chose public health as his masters degree because it takes a primary prevention approach to health, which is something he is passionate about and wants to apply to the nutrition side of health.

Instead of people getting sick and then Im counseling a diabetic or someone with heart disease on how they can improve their health, I want to just go upstream where I can educate them before they get sick about how to adopt healthy lifestyle practices and healthy nutrition, Gaarden said.

He said he also hopes to change the nutrition environment for New Mexicans so they always have access to healthy and affordable food options.

What I would really love to do in my career is not only educate people about nutrition which I love to do but I know the best way for me to have the broadest impact possible is to change the food environment, Gaarden said. That means eliminating food deserts and making sure people dont have to drive an hour or two hours to get to a good grocery store where they can get access to health foods.

At UNM, Gaarden will be remembered as a leader of the PHSA, where he acted as a voice for students in speaking up against differential tuition.

Earlier this semester, the Daily Lobo reported that Gaarden and his colleague, Alden Reviere, spoke against the proposed differential tuition increase during two Board of Regents committee meetings.

During public comment in the first meeting, the two masters of public health graduate students quashed differential tuition for their program. Their dean, Dr. Tracie Collins, withdrew the proposal after Gaarden and Reviere's staunch opposition.

Gaarden said the students' primary concern was why the college was as their very first means of trying to increase funding for the college going to put a tuition increase on the backs of the students who are among the most vulnerable populations.

Gaarden said the proposal was for a $100 per credit hour increase for the undergraduate program and $150 increase for the masters program on top of the original tuition and fees students had to pay.

Many of our students are low income, so to then ask students to pay an additional $1,350 per semester is a huge ask for students, Gaarden said.

Audrey Cooper, Gaardens friend and vice president of the PHSA, said she will remember Gaarden as the kind of person who wants to do a good job and do right by everything that he does.

The fact that we had to mount a contentious position that forced him to take the side of the students when hes a very respected student among the faculty I think was a big point of personal growth for him, because he had to be very strong in his position and very confident and clear, and I feel like he rose to the occasion for that, Cooper said.

Although the graduate students of the College of Population Health defeated the implementation of differential tuition, the undergraduate students were not able to come together and voice their concerns in time.

Cooper said it was because of Gaardens leadership that they were able to defeat differential tuition.

With Gabriels leadership we were able to very quickly put together a response and an effective plan that prompted the Dean to rescind her proposal for this year, she said.

In addition to serving as the PHSAs president, Gaarden worked closely with Dr. Fransico Soto Mas on a number of evaluation and research-based projects.

Among those projects was an evaluation of the Bernalillo County Grow the Growers Farmer Training Program and the development of a survey that will be distributed to approximately 500 certified organic farmers in the South Central Region of the U.S.

Gaarden said the survey aims to assess the unique psychological, social, and occupational factors that may contribute to or challenge the safety, health and well-being of certified organic producers.

Dr. Soto Mas said Gaarden was chosen as a research assistant for his many qualities including his maturity, responsibility and dedication to his work.

I strongly believe he will make a significant contribution to the public health field, and would like to see him continue his leadership and advocacy activities, particularly at the community and policy levels, Soto Mas said.

Amanda Britt is the photo editor at the Daily Lobo. She can be contacted at photoeditor@dailylobo.com or on Twitter @AmandaBritt__

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Don’t put off wound care treatment | Lifestyle – The Baytown Sun

Time is critical for patients dealing with chronic wounds. Small or large, wounds take time to heal, and delaying treatment because of concerns over COVID-19 could lead to serious health consequences.

While some wounds, like small cuts, can usually heal on their own, others, like burns, ulcers or rashes, may become serious and require urgent medical attention. Chronic wounds are wounds that fail to heal naturally and on their own for over a month.

The Houston Methodist Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Program at Baytown offers expert treatment of wounds by a skilled and knowledgeable staff in a brand new, safe and clean facility that features two, state-of-the-art hyperbaric chambers.

Some people have medical conditions that cause small wounds to become chronic; sometimes issues that are beyond their control, said vascular surgeon Dr. Jacobo Nurko, medical director of the Houston Methodist Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Program at Baytown. That is the time when you need to talk with your doctor and seriously consider a referral for an evaluation at our advanced wound care center. Our multidisciplinary group of doctors will evaluate your wound to provide the best cost effective treatment option to promote healing in a timely fashion.

Protecting your health

Because all wounds have the potential to become chronic, your overall health may depend on how well you take care of wounds. Factors that may contribute to poor wound healing include smoking, diabetes, neuropathy, obesity, peripheral vascular disease, infection, poor nutrition and immunosuppression, among others. Specialized care can help heal wounds and prevent more complex medical problems. Some technology and techniques used for treating chronic wounds include:

Wound dressings: Cleansing, covering the wound, ensuring moisture balance

Debridement: Scraping away tissue to allow growth of new tissue

Compression therapy: Compression bandage systems

Offloading: Protective footwear, crutches, walkers, wheelchairs

Skin grafting: Using your own skin, or a skin substitute, to provide quick coverage of the wound and expedite healing

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy: Delivering more oxygen to the wound by breathing 100% oxygen in a special chamber

The Houston Methodist Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Program at Baytown provides a full spectrum of specialized care to treat chronic wounds. The program is accredited by the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS), one of just two clinics in the Houston area accredited by the UHMS. The program meets the very stringent certification criteria, which provides Baytown area residents with the highest quality of wound care treatment and patient safety possible without having to leave home.

There is no question that with help from your specialized wound care team, chronic wounds can heal faster and complications can be avoided, said Nurko. Dont wait for wounds to get worse. Consult your doctor, or call us directly. We are ready to answer all of your questions to ensure the best outcome.

Focusing on prevention

Focusing on preventing infection, can help to keep wounds from becoming chronic. Nurko recommends the following steps to prevent wounds from endangering your overall health: Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, practicing proper hygiene, including regularly washing hands and feet and checking for small cuts, cracks, tenderness, redness or swelling on a daily basis, and scheduling regular doctor appointments, especially diabetes patients, who should ask their doctor to check for early signs of nerve damage or other issues.

Ensuring patient safety

Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital has implemented the following enhanced safety measures in all of its doctors offices and clinics in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the health and wellbeing of our patients:

Screening all patients when scheduling appointments for symptoms and exposure risk

Minimizing the number of patients we are seeing per day in our clinics by expanding virtual services and staggering in-person appointments

Using Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-recommended testing for our employees

Screening all patients upon arrival with temperature checks and an exposure questionnaire

Wearing personal protective equipment while providing patient care

Redesigning waiting rooms and check-in lines to ensure social distancing

Implementing additional sanitation processes to disinfect all equipment and surfaces

For more information on the wound care treatments offered by the Houston Methodist Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Program at Baytown, visit houstonmethodist.org/baytown or call 281-425-2160.

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Welltok adds four new digital programs, Atrium Health adopts Butterfly’s handheld ultrasound and more digital health deals – MobiHealthNews

Consumer health company Welltok announced today that it will be including remote condition management programs from four new digital health services as part of its Connect Partner program. These four offerings include a Type 2 diabetes reversal program from Virta Health, a gut health program from Vivante Health, a telemedicine treatment program for addiction from Workit Health and a dietitian-guided program for multiple conditions from Nutrimedy.

With people living in a more virtual world, we are seeing a shift in how people are managing conditions, Bob Fabbio, CEO of Welltok, said in a statement. Our partners are delivering much needed support to help people manage a healthy lifestyle, diabetes, addiction and other conditions at home. We are proud to be making their innovative solutions conveniently available through our platform and connecting them to the people who need them most.

Charlotte, North Carolina-based health system Atrium Health announced yesterday that it will be the first to bring Butterfly's point-of-care ultrasound device into wide practice. The connected tool is already live at 30 of the system's "high-priority" locations, which include COVID-19 testing centers, ICUs and EDs.

The Butterfly iQ devices have already given Atrium Health greater abilities in screening and monitoring COVID-19 patients by providing an immediate and clear picture of whats happening in a patients lungs," Dr. Rasu Shrestha, EVP and chief strategy and transformation officer at Atrium, said in a statement. "But we see its benefit going well beyond the current pandemic. Our teams are already using it to provide care for heart patients, and we anticipate this device ushering in a new era of frontline care.

Intel will be supporting the efforts of the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine and 29 other institutions as they seek to identify brain tumors via artificial intelligence. The effort will be employing a distributed machine learning approach called federated learning, which the partners note will allow for greater collaboration on the deep learning project without risking patients' data privacy.

AI shows great promise for the early detection of brain tumors, but it will require more data than any single medical center holds to reach its full potential," Jason Martin, principal engineer at Intel Labs, said in a statement. "Using Intel software and hardware and support from some of Intel Labs brightest minds, we are working with the University of Pennsylvania and a federation of 29 collaborating medical centers to advance the identification of brain tumors while protecting sensitive patient data.

Mobile EHR and practice management system-maker DrChrono recently unveiled a partnership with EHRsynergy that it says will help better document patient encounters. According to the announcement, the latter company's Augmented Intelligence Engine foregoes templates for machine learning-based suggestions of most likely diagnoses or treatments based on the patient's record. The physician's selections are then formatted into structured data.

DrChrono is an important EHR partner for us because we are both committed to leveraging new technology to make medical practices more efficient and interactive, Edward Makaron, cofounder and CEO of EHRsynergy, said in a statement. By syncing our information into a flexible, mobile EHR platform, were making it even easier for physicians to chart patient encounters on mobile devices and spend more one-on-one time with their patients.

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The American Society for Preventive Cardiology and INTERVENT International Collaborate to Help Patients Lead a Healthy Lifestyle During COVID-19…

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., May 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Society for Preventive Cardiology (ASPC) is collaborating with INTERVENT International (INTERVENT) to provide its members and their patients free access to INTERVENT's evidence-based, personalized, online/digital, educational resources and content. The collaboration is a patient-centered initiative to help adults play an active role in their own heart health during the COVID-19 pandemic, including heart attack/stroke prevention and recovery after a cardiac event.

As emphasized in a recent ASPC scientific statement, adults who fare poorly with COVID-19 infection more commonly have risk factors for (e.g., high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes) and/or known cardiovascular disease. Moreover, while it is especially important to lead a healthy lifestyle and manage chronic medical conditions during COVID-19, traditional outpatient care services have been significantly disrupted. Many patients are delaying or deferring necessary care, including preventive care. In addition, social distancing has negatively altered physical activity and eating habits in many adults and is contributing to higher-than-usual stress levels. To make things worse, virtually all facility-based cardiac rehabilitation programs for those who have recently experienced a cardiac event (e.g., heart attack, angioplasty/stent, bypass surgery) have temporarily closed. If not promptly addressed, such changes are likely to adversely impact cardiovascular health.

In response to these challenges, as part of the ASPC/INTERVENT collaboration individuals can sign up for free at https://www.myintervent.com/aspc to:

The educational services are designed to help individuals make and adhere to meaningful lifestyle changes, better manage their risk factors for heart disease and stroke and, if needed, recover more successfully from a recent cardiac event. Topics include understanding heart disease, preventing and managing risk factors for heart disease, nutrition, exercise/physical activity, weight management, stress management and smoking cessation. The services are to be used as a supplement to, and not a replacement for, the advice of a physician or other healthcare provider.

According to Dr. Amit Khera, president of ASPC and lead author of the recent ASPC COVID-19-related scientific statement, "There is an urgent need during these unprecedented times to deploy innovative, evidence-based approaches to promote and preserve the health of populations at higher risk of cardiovascular disease. Given the fundamental importance of lifestyle management and other proven cardiovascular disease risk reduction strategies, we are pleased to play a role in providing ASPC's members and their patients free access to credible educational content and resources for use as a supplement to their usual medical care."

Dr. Neil Gordon, co-founder and chief executive officer of INTERVENT, said, "The ASPC is to be complimented on the leadership role it is playing on multiple fronts to benefit society during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the best of circumstances, it can be very challenging for many people to lead a healthy lifestyle and take other steps needed to prevent or better manage heart disease. We are especially proud to collaborate with the ASPC during this global crisis to help benefit the health and wellbeing of as many people as possible by leveraging some of our proven online/digital lifestyle management and cardiovascular disease risk reduction resources."

About the American Society for Preventive Cardiology

The ASPC, founded in 1985, represents a multidisciplinary group of healthcare practitioners and researchers who share an interest in and a passion for preventive cardiology. A vision of the society is to interface with all other organizations involved with treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease. For more information, visithttps://www.aspconline.org.

About INTERVENT International

INTERVENT International, founded in 1997, is a physician-led, global, technology-driven behavior change and population health management company that provides its services primarily via digital and telehealth approaches. INTERVENT develops, licenses and provides evidence-based, technology-enabled, data-driven programs for the prevention and management of multiple chronic diseases and cost-drivers. INTERVENT's programs have been proven effective in more than 100 published scientific abstracts and manuscripts, including randomized and independently-conducted clinical trials published in prestigious peer-reviewed scientific journals. For more information, visit https://www.interventhealth.com or email [emailprotected].

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Why Now’s the Time to Use Connected Health Devices for Diabetes Prevention – – HIT Consultant

Charlotte Puechmaille, Director of Strategy, New Health Businesses at Withings

Its no secret that chronic disease remains the leading cause of death worldwide, taking up 90 percent of healthcare spending in the United States. For the last several years, there has been a rise in discussions and research around the promise of connected health devices helping manage and prevent chronic conditions as well as healthcare spending. However, today a number of factors are coming together to make that promise a reality. This includes the improvement of real-world data insights that home devices provide, growth of telemedicine, proven results as well as acceptance by doctors, insurance companies, patients, and more. The growth and adoption of utilizing connected health devices is having a real positive impact on a number of chronic conditions.

Lets take diabetes as an example. An estimated 34.2 million people in the U.S. have diabetes and approximately 88 million have prediabetes. Obesity is one of the leading causes of type 2 diabetes and a condition that can be managed and in some cases reversed with strategic weight control. Diabetes also leads to other health issues including high blood pressure, which can also be improved if patients have access to the right tools. Today, the overall enhanced access to and interest in connected devices and remote monitoring are playing a part in both the prevention and management of diabetes and conditions surrounding it. Lets take a look at why nows the time to start implementing connected health devices into peoples daily lives to help prevent and track diabetes.

Medical-grade Devices with Imperative Data Insights

Todays at-home connected health devices provide a wealth of insights. Now, people can use clinically-validated devices in their homes that offer medical-grade health monitoring. From glucometers, activity trackers, and wireless blood pressure monitors to sleep trackers and scales, connected devices now allow people to monitor crucial health insights that impact diabetes and other conditions with the same risk factors including weight, blood pressure, BMI, and much more. These data insights can not only help patients with their overall health management but also provide their physicians with detailed information on their daily habits and levels to better treat them and detect issues early. Additionally, the data that these trackers can now monitor provides researchers, medical institutions and even insurance companies with imperative insights that can help them create overall solutions for managing, preventing, and diagnosing diabetes.

Proven Results and Positive Patient Outcomes

For those at risk, it is possible to prevent, better manage, or delay type 2 diabetes by implementing an active and healthy lifestyle. Study after study have now shown that the use of connected health devices improve peoples health and help them better manage specific conditions.

In fact, a study published in JMIR Research Protocols found that individuals who used activity trackers for 12 to 14 weeks lost an average of 0.5 pounds a week and reported an increase in confidence in leading an overall more active lifestyle. The National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DDP) also found that having a structured health program of reduced calories and increased activity can lead to a weight loss of five to seven percent of body weight.

A study on the benefits of monitoring blood pressure at-home found that a group of patient participants who used a connected blood pressure monitor that shared information with physicians virtually saw a significant decrease in their systolic blood pressure. Fifty-one percent of self-care support subjects achieved the guideline-recommended target of <130/80 mmHg, compared with 31% of control subjects.

Whether a person is using a connected device to track their activity, weight, blood pressure, or glucose levels, these devices are proven to make monitoring and even preventing diabetes more manageable.

Expansion in Telemedicine and Physician Acceptance

A hurdle the connected health device industry has had to overcome to reach mass adoption is the acceptance of these products by physicians. In order for these devices to be used to their full potential and benefit patients long-term, physicians need to find value in them and the data they collect. Luckily, weve seen a rise in physician adoption in telemedicine and connected devices to work with, diagnose, and treat patients. A study by the American Medical Association that was released this year showed that there has been an increase in acceptance by physicians in recommending and using digital tools in their practices.

This increase in acceptance is particularly true today, during the global pandemic, when people are social distancing and physicians are turning to telemedicine to connect with patients. The overall shift now allows medical professionals to more easily connect with patients and have a better understanding of their health levels day-to-day, outside of their in-person visits, which allows them to provide more personalized treatment plans and catch issues early.

Insurance Companies and Government Program Support

Outside of physicians utilizing connected devices more in their private practices, weve also seen more health organizations, institutions, and insurance companies tap into these products and their insights to better understand issues like diabetes and help people manage or treat their conditions. A couple of examples of this include National DDP, which I discussed earlier, which was created by the CDC to create solutions to help people prevent type 2 diabetes.

Secondly, Platejoy, a personal meal planning assistant company, launched a program to help customers make positive improvements to their lifestyles that could help them prevent diabetes. The goal of the program was for their users to lose 5% of their starting body weight, based on CDC recommendations for reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes. Participants were given a Withings scale that connected with their Platejoy account where they were able to set and track their goals. This program, which is still ongoing, has seen promising results so far.

Finally, insurance companies have seen the value of connected health devices with several, including John Hancock Plan and Humana, starting to use trackers to better understand consumer habits and also provide incentives for people who make positive lifestyle adjustments.

Overall, we are in a moment when connected health devices have been proven to provide valuable insights on peoples health habits and levels that help patients and the medical community better manage, understand and treat conditions like diabetes. The medical community and patients alike are also more open to using these devices in their homes and practices, which is a key to success.

If physicians, health organizations, insurance companies and patients continue to use connected health devices to empower, educate and encourage people to make lasting improvements to their overall health, there is a massive opportunity to decrease the number of Americans who have prediabetes and help those with diabetes to manage their condition better. With the annual cost in America on diagnosed diabetes at $327 million and millions of people impacted, it is worth using tools that are readily available to lower these numbers.

CharlottePuechmaill Bio

CharlottePuechmailleleads the strategy for new health businesses at Withings, where she has worked for over eight years. Prior to her current role, she held several retail and B2B management positions at the connected health leading company. Before Withings, Puechmaille worked for several innovative French start-ups and held a consulting role in a major FMCG company.

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Eat.Move.Connect. Tip: How to Keep Your Immune System Healthy – Crow River Media

Although you may not be able to fully prevent an illness this season, a healthy immune system is one way to give your body extra protection. Focusing on nutrient-rich foods and healthy lifestyle behaviors can help you and your family stay a step ahead.

IMMUNE-SUPPORTING NUTRIENTS

The following nutrients play a role in the immune system and can be found in a variety of foods:

To help keep your immune system healthy all year long, focus on a balanced eating plan, adequate sleep and stress management.

Aim for five to seven servings of vegetables and fruits daily to get vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that may support immune health.

Good hygiene and hand-washing help prevent the spread of germs. Remember to wash produce before eating or using in recipes. Clean glasses, forks, spoons and other utensils to reduce the spread and growth of bacteria.

Find healthy and appropriate ways to cope with stress, such as meditation, listening to music or writing. Physical activity also is a great way to help manage stress and may help reduce the risk of some chronic diseases that could weaken your immune system further.

Lack of sleep contributes to a variety of health concerns such as a weakened immune system. Seven to nine hours is recommended each day for adults, and children need eight to 14 hours, depending on their age.

Many herbal remedies are marketed to help fight colds or shorten their duration but check with your health care provider before taking any supplements or medications. No one food or supplement can prevent illness.

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