Friday, March 9, 2012

How to prevent diabetes?

With the kind of lifestyle we have right now, we neglect what we eat and sometimes forget to take good care of ourselves. For sure, we do not want to get sick especially with chronic diseases such as diabetes. When a person is diagnosed with it, medications and certain diet must be maintained. Thus, one is deprived of the meals and activities that he or she wants to do. It is best to prevent this illness.

Since it is a chronic disease, prevention of it must be at high priority most especially for those who those are at risk to be inflicted. They are the people who have history of diabetes in the family. Overweight and obese  people are also on the verge of acquiring the illness.

The most common way for it to be prevented is to expose oneself in exercise such as brisk walking, jogging and any form of physical activity. According to a research, resistance training as well as aerobics can put off against the illness.

Another way is to increase fiber intake. It can also help in controlling diabetes as foods rich in fiber prop up weight loss because it increases metabolism. Seeds, beans, vegetable, fruits and whole grains are examples of foods with high fiber content.

Lastly, see your doctor regularly for diabetes testing. As we age and grow old, we become more prone to this kind of sickness because our immune system is not as solid as before. Health consultation with the experts is highly recommended in order to monitor the right food and vitamins to take.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

T1s and T2s will now be getting health insurance

Do you have a medication condition which hinders you from getting a health insurance? Let’s say, you have diabetes? Good News! Now, there’s a temporary federal program which allows those who are hit by an illness to buy an individual insurance for at least, the next few years.

For many years, type 1 diabetes has been referred to as an automatic denial condition by the health insurance industry.  It was impossible for T1s to but individual health insurance in many states even for any amount of money. In some states where you could, the insurance company providing you this would legally include a rider denying coverage on anything which relates to your diabetes. Yes! You can get health insurance except for diabetes. And worse, they can legally charge you for more. 

For those who have type 2s which require insulin, they also had difficulty in finding an individual insurance which was either too expensive or simply unavailable. This also goes to those who have cancer, AIDS, and asthma. It’s ironic how these companies wouldn’t sell insurance just when you need it the most.

Hopefully, by 2014, this institutionalized prejudice will be outlawed as the 974-page Affordable Care Act will fully roll out. Assuming that the health insurance reform law surpasses legal challenges and repeal threats, everyone will be required to buy health insurance for their own. Insurance companies will also not be allowed to deny coverage.

But since 2014 will still come after two years, the on-process Affordable Care Act has created a program called the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP). The program will allow people who were locked out from the market to get coverage NOW rather than on 2014.