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Five Lifestyle Factors Lower Diabetes Risk

November is American Diabetes Month

A recent study found that a combination of 5 healthy lifestyle factors may help reduce the chance of developing type 2 diabetes, even if family history puts you at risk for the disease.

People with diabetes have too high levels of glucose, a type of sugar, in their blood. Over time, high levels of glucose can lead to heart disease, stroke, blindness, and other problems.

Several lifestyle factors can reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease. A research team led by Dr. Jared Reis of NIH studied 5 factors:

  • having a healthy diet,
  • keeping an ideal body weight,
  • being physically active,
  • not smoking, and
  • minimizing alcohol use

The team used data collected in the mid-1990s from more than 200,000 older adults. They then looked to see who had developed diabetes over the next decade.

The analysis showed that the more healthy lifestyle factors adopted, the lower the risk for diabetes. Men with all 5 healthy lifestyle factors had a 72% lower risk of developing diabetes. Women had an 84% lower risk.

A family history of diabetes is strongly linked to type 2 diabetes. But these results show that you may still be able to prevent or delay the disease by leading a healthy lifestyle.

“Not being overweight or obese led to the greatest protection,” Reis says. “However, we found that overweight or obese adults with a greater number of the other healthy lifestyle factors had a lower risk of developing diabetes. This is good news because it suggests that overweight or obese adults can benefit by adopting other healthy lifestyle behaviors.”

Source: National Institutes of Health, Five Lifestyle Factors that Lower Diabetes, https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/2011/10/five-lifestyle-factors-lower-diabet…, retrieved 11/6/2018

Explore Common Misconceptions About Diabetes

The American Diabetes Association published a list of common diabetes myths and corresponding facts that debunk them. Access the resource published on their website, via this link.

Are You at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes?

Take a simple assessment to find out if you are at risk for diabetes. If your results indicate you may be a risk, talk to your health care provider about a plan to help you stay healthy. Access the assessment here.

Deep Dive Into Diabetes

If you would like to learn more about diabetes, explore the resources provided by the National Institutes of Health. Learn the basics of what it is, the different types, associated health problems, symptoms and causes, managing the disease, information on prevention, and more. These resources can be accessed via this link.

If you would like to access your Wellspring EAP benefits, go to WellspringEAP.org; or to purchase Wellspring EAP services, connect with us at BusinessHealthTrust.com/contact-us.

Stamp out your smoking habit

Want a healthier smile AND better overall health?  Kicking your smoking habit is a great start.   

Quitting your smoking habit is a great start to enjoying a lifetime of good oral and overall health.

How quitting benefits your body:

  • 20 minutes later, your heart rate drops
  • 1 year later, you’ve cut your added risk for heart disease in half
  • 10 years later, your oral cancer risk is almost the same as a non-smoker

How quitting benefits your smile:

  • Fresher breath
  • Whiter, less sensitive teeth
  • Lower risk of gum disease and oral cancer

Giving up an addiction can be challenging, but you don’t have to do it alone.  Discuss smoking cessation options with your doctor or dentist. They’ll help get you on the path to a lifelong, healthy you.

View your dental coverage and find an in-network dentist near you with MySmile®. Register now

* Delta Dental of Washington, 2018

Immunization syringe on top of immunization history.

Protect your health with an annual flu shot

Getting a flu shot is one of the best ways to protect yourself from getting sick. The flu virus changes every year, so you should get the vaccine each year. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, everyone over the age of 6 months should get a flu shot. You can get a flu vaccination at almost any in-network pharmacy or doctor. If you go to an in-network doctor or pharmacy, your flu shot is free*.

* If the flu shot is your only reason for your office visit, the visit will be fully covered for members enrolled in Premera medical through the Business Health Trust. If you have other care or services as part of the office visit, you may responsible for all or part of the cost of the visit. You may need to pay up-front at your pharmacy. Go to premera.com to download and submit a medical claim form to be reimbursed.

Tip: Find an in-network doctor or pharmacy by visiting premera.com and using the Find a Doctor tool.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic violence is a willful intimidation, and consistent effort to maintain power and control over the other. Some examples of abusive tendencies include but are not limited to:

  • Telling the victim that they can never do anything right
  • Showing jealousy of the victim’s family and friends and time spent away
  • Accusing the victim of cheating
  • Embarrassing or shaming the victim with put-downs
  • Taking the victim’s money or refusing to give them money for expenses
  • Looking at or acting in ways that scare the person they are abusing
  • Controlling who the victim sees, where they go, or what they do
  • Dictating how the victim dresses, wears their hair, etc.
  • Stalking the victim or monitoring their victim’s every move (in person or also via the internet and/or other devices such as GPS tracking or the victim’s phone)
  • Preventing the victim from making their own decisions
  • Telling the victim that they are a bad parent or threatening to hurt, kill, or take away their children
  • Threatening to hurt or kill the victim’s friends, loved ones, or pets
  • Intimidating the victim with guns, knives, or other weapons
  • Forcing sex, or sabotaging birth control
  • Pressuring or forcing the victim to use drugs or alcohol
  • Preventing the victim from working or attending school, harassing the victim at either, keeping their victim up all night so they perform badly at their job or in school
  • Destroying the victim’s property

For anonymous, confidential help available 24/7, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY), or if you are unsure, or maybe concerned about someone, call your Employee Assistance Program. 

Source: Adapted from National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Learn More: What Is Domestic Violence; retrieved from https://ncadv.org/learn-more, on January 12, 2018, by Wellspring EAP. 

If you would like to access your Wellspring EAP benefits, go to WellspringEAP.org; or to purchase Wellspring EAP services, connect with us at BusinessHealthTrust.com/contact-us.

Is a preventive dental check-up really worth it?

Yes, experts agree, staying on top of preventive care is the best way to keep your smile healthy.

Why?  Every day, plaque and tartar buildup on and between your teeth.  Daily brushing and flossing remove most of it, but dental cleanings get it all.

Still not convinced? Here are 3 reasons to visit your dentist:

1. It removes surface stains

Hygienists use professional toothpastes—ones that remove 35% more stains than at-home brushing.

2. It improves your breath

Like plaque, bacteria hide in your mouth’s hard-to-reach crannies. A cleaning removes deposits on teeth near the gum line.

3. It helps prevent serious problems

During a dental exam, your dentist checks for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancer.

Though a single dental cleaning isn’t an instant fix, one appointment can make a big difference. Schedule your next visit today!

Find an in-network dentist near you with MySmile®. Register now.

* Delta Dental of Washington, 2018

10 Nutrition and Diet Apps for 2018

The smartphone in your pocket is a miracle of modern science. Its processing power is millions of times greater than that of the machines NASA used for the Moon landings, and it connects you to a worldwide network of over 3 billion people.

Today’s best diet apps leverage the power of your smartphone to help you take control of your nutrition and health through better eating. Kaiser Permanente tested 10 of the most popular weight loss app choices for Android and iPhone (iOS).

Here’s a breakdown of those choices, and a look at their pros and cons.

Photo by Luke Porter on Unsplash

Eat well. Sleep well. Live well.

Lifestyle diseases are preventable illnesses linked to a person’s habits. They include serious conditions such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • Many cancers

Practice these habits to help you enjoy a healthy life:

  • Eat a healthy diet: Put colorful fruits and veggies on the menu. Nutritional counseling is part of every Premera health plan. For information, call the customer service number on the back of your card.
  • Stay active: Choose an activity you enjoy and you’ll be more likely to stick with it.
  • Get enough sleep: Over time, good sleep can benefit your weight, heart, and mood. It may even help you live longer.

Personalized help
Premera has Personal Health Support clinicians who can help you get on track. For information, call 888-742-1479, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Online resources
Sign in at premera.com for additional health information, support, and educational resources.

Tip: Another important habit of healthy living is to see your doctor annually. A preventive visit is included in your Premera health plan.

Feeling low? You’re Not Alone.

Nearly 1 in 5 people are dealing with mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety. In fact, depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide.

Common symptoms of depression include:
• Fatigue
• Feelings of hopelessness
• Trouble concentrating
• Loss of interest in hobbies
• Change in appetite
• Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much

If something feels off, be sure to talk to your doctor. Depression is highly treatable.

Personalized help
Premera has Personal Health Support clinicians who can help you get on track. For information, call 888-742-1479, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Pacific Time, Monday through Friday, or 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pacific Time on Saturday.

Online resources
Sign in at premera.com for additional health information, support, and educational resources.

Tip: Mental healthcare is part of every Premera health plan. Go to premera.com or call the customer service number on the back of your Premera ID card.

 

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