April 2019 Newsletter

HCCUA NEWSLETTER April 2019 

Dear HCCUA Members:  

Diabetes has been cited as the most challenging health problem in the 21st century. Over 25 million people in the United States have diabetes. Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes speed up the aging of our bodies and accelerate the development of atherosclerosis, or cardiovascular disease. In fact, diabetes doubles the risk of heart attack and stroke. 

The heavier you are, the greater the risk you will develop type 2 diabetes. Whereas type 1 diabetes is a disease of insulin deficiency, type 2 diabetes typically develops because the body is insulin resistant and requires more insulin than normal. Our body’s cells are fueled by glucose, and insulin acts as a key that allows glucose from the blood to enter our cells. If the pancreas does not produce insulin, or the body’s cells no longer respond to insulin, glucose remains in the blood instead of being used by the cells, resulting in abnormally high blood glucose which is harmful to the body. 

Education and self-care practices are important aspects of glucose management that help people with diabetes stay healthy. There probably is no one way to eat that works for everyone. For some, all but nixing carbs is the ideal way to normalize blood glucose levels. For others, eating a higher-carb diet and covering the carbs with insulin or oral medications wins. This is why meal plans should be geared to fit each person’s individual lifestyle. 

Keep in mind that what works for someone else may not necessarily work for you and vice versa. You may need to experiment a bit to see how different methods affect your blood glucose levels. Consider making an appointment with a registered dietitian who can review your individual needs and circumstances and help you tailor a nutrition plan that is right for you. In the end, the best meal plan is a healthy one that you are able to follow. 

For diabetics physical activity is essential in helping maintain normal glucose levels. You should become familiar with how your blood glucose responds to exercise. Checking your blood glucose level frequently before and after exercise can help you see the benefits of activity. You can also use the results of your blood glucose checks to see how your body reacts to different activities. Understanding these patterns can help you prevent your blood glucose from going too high or too low. 

For those of you that may be insulin dependent or constantly checking your glucose blood levels, you might want to take some interest in our Prescription Assistance Services if you have not already. Included as part of your HCCUA e-Newsletter we better explain how these services can help you get medications for a lower cost and at times at no additional charge to you. 

We also like to find healthy recipes for our members, such as recipes from Deelish.com that that have wonderful flavors and are good for you. Sometimes substituting certain ingredients for others is all we need to do to make a recipe better for your health. Many of these recipes also include nutritional value which can help you keep on track as well. Try Green Goddess Bowl with Chicken and Quinoa which is high in protein and full of flavors. We would enjoy for members to send us healthy recipes that you enjoy and help you maintain a healthy lifestyle. 

Sincerely, 

Kristine Eckardt, Director of Member Communications 

HCCUA 


March 2019 Monthly Newsletter

Dear HCCUA Members:

Have you ever wondered what causes childhood stress? As an adult it can be hard to imagine a child suffering from stress. Unfortunately, studies show that 10 – 20 % of school aged children experience anxiety which could potentially lead to chronic stress.

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February 2019 Monthly Newsletter

Dear HCCUA Members:

Love is the answer! Research suggests that people who experience being loved are more likely to have stronger immune systems, lower blood pressure, have a greater resistance to the common cold, recover faster after illness and injury, and decreased anxiety and depression.

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January 2019 Monthly Newsletter

Dear HCCUA Members:

Heart disease and stroke are an epidemic in the United States. Becoming aware of the major risk factors for these conditions can help prevent and control more people from suffering from these ailments. The first steps to reduce your risk are to talk with your health care professional about your heart health, get your blood pressure and cholesterol checked and make the effort to live a healthy lifestyle. High blood pressure and cholesterol are the leading causes of heart disease and stroke. Lifestyle choices include eating healthy, exercising regularly, and following your health care professional’s instructions about your medications all can help reduce heart disease and the risk of a stroke.

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September 2018 Monthly Newsletter

Dear HCCUA Members:

Taking care of yourself is essential to living a healthy life. So, what a better time to benefit from your Annual Comprehensive Wellness Profile (CWP) as part of your HCCUA membership? This test is offered to you after a continuous active membership in good standing for at least 180 days at no additional cost.  The Profile contains a blood test and a thorough bio-chemical assessment of most major organ systems. Continue reading “September 2018 Monthly Newsletter”


August 2018 Monthly Newsletter

Dear HCCUA Members:

We hope you are all enjoying your summer! It is almost time for back to school. For many parents this means your To-Do list gets longer. There are a few key factors you should start implementing into your schedules before the first day of school to prepare your child for the new school year. Continue reading “August 2018 Monthly Newsletter”


July 2018 Monthly Newsletter

Throughout life we have moments when we are up and down. It is important to cherish the good times and not allow ourselves to fall into a depression when we are down. Depression is a common but serious illness caused by a combination of genetic, biological, environmental and psychological factors.
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June 2018 Monthly Newsletter

Have you heard the recent news on stem cell research and therapies? Various companies have been conducting studies for decades, but not until recently did the science behind it move one step closer to exciting new possibilities. These stem cell treatments are a type of cell therapy that bring together new cells into the adult bodies for possible treatments of cancer, diabetes, neurological disorders and other medical conditions.
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May 2018 Monthly Newsletter

Being an active person has shown to contribute immensely to your health. Exercise can energize your mood, relieve stress, help you manage symptoms of illness and pain, and improve your overall sense of well-being. No matter your age or current physical condition, you can benefit from exercise!

Regular physical activity lowers your risk for a variety of conditions, including Alzheimer’s and dementia, heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, high blood pressure, and obesity. Inactivity often can cause adults to lose the ability to do things on their own and can lead to more hospitalizations, doctor visits, and use of medicine for illnesses.
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