diabetes

Tom Hanks Reveals He Has Diabetes. Did Fluctuating Weight Play a Role?

Posted on 10/8/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthIn a surprise announcement, Tom Hanks, 57, revealed on the Late Show with David Letterman that he has diabetes. While on the show to promote his new film Captain Phillips, he told Letterman that he learned at age 36 that he had high blood sugar. Recently his doctor told him: “You’ve graduated. You’ve got type 2 diabetes, young man.” Hanks said the doctor also told him that if he could return to his high school weight, he’d be “completely healthy” and …

FDA Warns of Massive Recall of Diabetes Test Strips

Posted on 08/1/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIf you have diabetes and use glucose test strips to check your blood sugar levels, you need to check the brand name of those strips. A massive recall of up to 62 million strips made by Nova Diabetes Care has just been announced by the company and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA’s warning says the strips can show incorrect, abnormally high readings and patients need to discontinue their use immediately. The agency said the strips are …

To Reduce Diabetes Risk: Eat. Stroll. Repeat.

Posted on 07/25/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThere used to be a tradition of taking a little walk after dinner to aid digestion. Turns out, a short walk after eating can do even more: It can help reduce the risk of diabetes in older adults by lowering blood sugar levels for hours after a meal, a new study finds. The research from George Washington University’s School of Public Health and Health Services looked at whether a 15-minute walk after each meal was better for blood sugar levels …

If You’re Fat, Does It Mean You’re Ill? (Yes, Says AMA)

Posted on 06/21/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthOne in three American adults is obese, and the American Medical Association (AMA) believes the medical community needs to do more to help fight this problem. Th AMA’s solution is to declare obesity a disease. The nation’s largest physician organization said this week that “recognizing obesity as a disease will help change the way the medical community tackles this complex issue.” It could have a greater impact on how insurance companies deal with the problem and what additional treatments they …

How to Cut $200 Billion in Health Care Costs

Posted on 06/19/2013 by |Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsBy Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News The U.S. spends $200 billion each year — about 8 percent of the nation’s health care tab — on medical care stemming from improper or unnecessary use of prescription drugs, a new report out Wednesday says. Much of those costs result from unneeded hospitalizations or doctor visits, according to the study by the IMS Health’s Institute for Healthcare Informatics, which provides data and other consulting services to the health care industry. Medical costs are driven …

Get Ready for Medicare Price Cuts on Medical Supplies

Posted on 06/17/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthStarting Monday, July 1, a new Medicare competitive-bidding program will mean lower costs for the more than 15 million beneficiaries who order diabetes supplies and other medical equipment, such as wheelchairs, hospital beds and walkers. This will especially affect those who receive their diabetic testing strips and lancets by mail — about 50 to 60 percent of diabetic patients, according to the New York Times. The competitive-bidding program — the official mouthful is Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies …