Americans Prioritize Their Home’s Health Over Personal Health

Americans Prioritize Their Home’s Health Over Personal Health

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By Jake Mason

According to a new poll, homeowners are more likely to look after their home’s health than their own, and they look to the fall as a time to get back to routine and readjust their priorities. 


The survey of 2,000 Americans 25-54 found that of those who own a home, their home’s health scored priority over their own personal health during fall (71% vs. 57%). 

Moreover, most Americans see fall as a time to get back into routine (73%), needing to fulfill priorities like “getting my schedule organized,” “getting the kids settled in school again” or “winterizing my home or cars.” 

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Yet only 20% reported they are on top of routine doctor visits. 

.“With increasing inflation risk and falling COVID concerns, people are turning their attention towards maintaining the health of their things over the health of themselves”, said Dr. Vontrelle Roundtree, interim chief medical officer at MDLIVE. 

“However, routine maintenance to prevent a breakdown in your health is just as important as preventive maintenance on your car or your home, and virtual care is one convenient way to stay on schedule with preventive maintenance checks for your health, added Dr. Roundtree.

When they do prioritize health, respondents generally spend more time caring for their kids’ health and their partner’s health over their own, but 56% know that putting off their personal wellness affects how well they can care for other aspects of their life. 

People are more likely to give into taking care of their health because of their anxiety (39%) and fear (31%) while being more likely to develop habits/regular care for their car (25%) or home (27%). 

Similarly, many respondents would be concerned about their health only if they notice sudden symptoms (35%) or gradual changes (30%), compared to 24% of homeowners who preemptively maintain their homes. 

Only 15% of respondents said they would check up on their health without a concern popping up. Money may also be a factor since half of respondents shared that they’ve skipped going to a doctor because they couldn’t afford the visit, and 39% said that putting their health care first would be too much of an expense. 

A doctor inoculating people against Covid-19 beckons a patient at a vaccination center run by the Arbeiter Samariter Bund charity at the Ring-Center shopping mall during the fourth wave of the novel coronavirus pandemic on November 29, 2021 in Berlin, Germany. . (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

In fact, results also showed that respondents’ health may be falling to the back burner, expressing more concern about their finances (72% vs. 59%) than their own well-being. 

“The cost of preventive maintenance is typically far less than the cost of a repair due to breakdown, and typically takes less time; for your health, preventive care is often covered by your health insurance, and easy to access”, said Dr. Roundtree. 

“With fall season routines, it’s important for consumers to think of their health with a maintenance mindset just like they do the other things that require routine upkeep.” 
 

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Loneliness Can Double Risk Of Diabetes: Study

Loneliness Can Double Risk Of Diabetes: Study

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By Alice Clifford

Loneliness can double the risk of developing diabetes, according to new research from Norway. Scientists say that being lonely creates short-term and even long-lasting distress, which sometimes can activate the body’s physiological stress response. 


They believe the reaction plays a “key role” in the development of type two diabetes.

The body’s stress response elevates levels of stress hormones such as cortisol, leading to temporary insulin resistance.

Country doctor Dieter Baermann measures the blood sugar level of an elderly patient in the patient’s home on August 8, 2011 in Sachsendorf near Seelow, Germany. (Photo by Carsten Koall/Getty Images)

By resisting insulin, the body’s blood sugar levels increase, which is what causes type two diabetes.

Previous studies have also found an association between loneliness and unhealthy eating, as those who are lonely are more likely to drink sugary drinks and eat foods rich in sugars and fats, as they have fewer social ties and minimal positive influences.

The researchers from Western Norway University of Applied Science used data from the HUNT study.

This is a collaboration between the HUNT Research Centre, Trøndelag County Council, the Central Norway Regional Health Authority and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

The data contains responses to health questionnaires, medical examinations and blood samples of more than 230,000 people. It was data was collected four times between 1984-2019.

The researchers took the information from 24,024 people who participated in the tests between 1995-1997. They chose the people who did not already have type one or two diabetes and whose blood data was available.

Out of the 24,024 people, 13 percent said they had feelings of loneliness. 1,179 participants then went on to develop type two diabetes from 1995-2019.

The study, published in the journal Diabetologia found that 59 percent of these people were men.

The study also looked at whether depression and insomnia play a role in the development of type two diabetes, but they found that the relationship between loneliness and type two diabetes wasn’t altered by either of these things.

Lorry driver Bob Evans, 68, who suffers from type 2 diabetes, checks his blood sugar levels as he waits to board a ferry at the port of Dover on March 5, 2018 in Dover, England. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

Dr. Roger Henriksen, an associate professor in the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, and the lead author of the study, said: “It is important that healthcare providers are open to dialogue about an individual’s concerns during clinical consultations, including with regard to loneliness and social interaction.”

He added: “Questions to be answered are the extent to which loneliness leads to the activation of stress responses, the extent to which loneliness affects health-related behavior and, importantly, how these two pathways interact in terms of contributing to an increased risk of type two diabetes.”

The researchers note that social support, influence and engagement, such as advice and support from friends, may lead to more healthy behaviors and lower the risk of developing type two diabetes.
 

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Frozen Embryos For IVF Increases Risk Of High Blood Pressure In Pregnancy

Frozen Embryos For IVF Increases Risk Of High Blood Pressure In Pregnancy

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By Pol Allingham

Using frozen embryos for IVF could dramatically increase the risk of dangerously high blood pressure disorders during pregnancy, according to new research.


The findings from the American Heart Association (AHA) come as doctors are increasingly deciding to freeze embryos in IVF before fresh embryo transfers, otherwise known as the “freeze-all approach.”

Researchers said women who had frozen embryo IVF conceptions were 74% more likely to develop hypertensive disorders than those who conceived naturally.

Moreover, the study found that fresh embryo pregnancies run the same lower risk of hypertensive disorder as natural conception.

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The AHA investigation was the largest of its kind to include a sibling comparison – where a mother who has conceived with IVF and natural conception is studied.

It revealed that the sibling comparison parents were twice as likely to have a hypertensive disorder if they had conceived via frozen IVF versus natural conception.

For frozen IVF, an egg is fertilized by sperm in the lab, frozen using a cryopreservation process and further down the line, it is thawed and transferred into the uterus.

In regular embryo transfers, the egg is transferred to the uterus immediately after it is fertilized in vitro.

People are turning to frozen IVF more and more because the freezing technology is significantly improving, and patients often want or need to freeze their embryos and save them for a later date.

Despite the improvements in egg freezing since the treatment’s inception in the late 2000s, frozen embryo transfer is still known to carry higher risks of hypertensive disorders than natural conception and fresh embryo transfers.

However, until now it was unknown whether this disparity was due to the freezing process or parents’ own risk factors.

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Study lead author Dr. Sindre Petersen, a Ph.D. fellow at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, said: “Frozen embryo transfers are now increasingly common all over the world, and in the last few years, some doctors have begun skipping fresh embryo transfers to routinely freeze all embryos in their clinical practice, the so-called ‘freeze-all’ approach.”

High blood pressure during pregnancy is a common sign of preeclampsia, a childbirth complication where persistent high blood pressure can jeopardize the health and life of the mother and fetus.

It is estimated that preeclampsia affects about 3.4% of pregnancies in the United States, according to the Department of Health and Human Services

The AHA team included in their hypertensive disorder remit, Gestational hypertension, eclampsia (where those with preeclampsia experience seizures), chronic hypertension and superimposed preeclampsia.

For the study published in AHA’s journal Hypertension, researchers studied data from medical birth registries in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden of almost 2.4 million women aged 20 to 44.

Each woman had single deliveries and gave birth during the period of the study, which ran from 1988 to 2015.

The population-based study included comparable data from women who had both an IVF pregnancy and a naturally conceived pregnancy, otherwise known as a sibling comparison.

Future research should investigate which parts of the frozen embryo transfer process may impact the risk of hypertension. (SWNS)

Sibling comparison was employed to isolate whether the hypertensive disorder was caused by parental factors or by IVF treatment.

A total of 4.5 million pregnancies were included in the study: 4.4 million of them were natural conceptions; 78,000 were fresh embryo transfers; and over 18,000 were frozen embryo transfers.

Over 33,000 of the total pregnancies were grouped for the sibling comparison among the mothers who had conceived using two different methods.

Children were also slightly more likely to be born prematurely if they were conceived by IVF: seven percent of the frozen IVF babies were, eight percent of the fresh embryo babies, and just five percent of naturally conceived babies.

Dr. Petersen said: “In summary, most IVF pregnancies are healthy and uncomplicated.”

“This analysis found that the risk of high blood pressure in pregnancy was substantially higher after frozen embryo transfer compared to pregnancies from fresh embryo transfer or natural conception.”

“Our sibling comparisons indicate that the higher risk is not caused by factors related to the parents, rather, however, some IVF treatment factors may be involved.”

“Future research should investigate which parts of the frozen embryo transfer process may impact the risk of hypertension during pregnancy.”

“Our results highlight that careful consideration of all benefits and potential risks is needed before freezing all embryos as a routine in clinical practice.”

“A comprehensive, individualized conversation between physicians and patients about the benefits and risks of a fresh vs. frozen embryo transfer is key.”

 

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A New Pill Can Replace Injections For Diabetics

A New Pill Can Replace Injections For Diabetics

Syringes with different medicines in yellow, red, orange and transparent colors lie on a blue background. Published on January 27, 2021 (Unknown/Via Unsplash)



By Mark Waghorn

A robotic pill that delivers insulin directly to the gut could replace multiple painful injections for people with diabetes. It can also deliver antibiotics, offering hope of battling superbugs with oral medications.


But the drugs often cannot withstand stomach acids before unleashing their payloads for the intended effects. The degradation makes them less effective.

The new capsule, called RoboCap, could revolutionize therapy. In a swine model, it increased permeability for insulin more than tenfold.

A woman hands an insulin pen to Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) during a town hall meeting on February 23, 2017 in Thibodaux, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

Similar results were seen for vancomycin – an antibiotic that is usually delivered intravenously.

Lead author Dr. Giovanni Traverso, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), said: “Peptides and proteins are important drugs. But the degradative environment of the gastrointestinal tract and poor absorption has limited the ability to deliver these drugs orally.”

Dr. Traverso added: “RoboCap’s mucus-clearing and churning movements are designed to overcome these barriers and help deliver drugs to where they are needed.”

About the size of a blueberry, the inexpensive device is made from a biodegradable polymer and stainless steel components. It makes it through the harsh environment of the stomach, resisting attacks from enzymes and penetrating the small intestine’s mucus barrier and other obstacles.

Dr. Traverso said: “When ingested, RoboCap’s gelatinous coating is dissolved in the stomach.”

“Our motivation is to make it easier for patients to take medication, particularly medications that require an injection. The classic one is insulin – but there are many others”, he added.

Many diabetics require several doses of insulin to manage their condition daily. The standard delivery method is via injections with small needles many times a day. It can be especially uncomfortable, and unwieldy and is harder than just taking a pill.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 37 million Americans – or more than one-in-ten suffer from diabetes. It is the eighth leading cause of death in America, responsible for just over 100,00 fatalities each year.

Insulin is naturally produced in the pancreas, then travels to the liver where it helps process blood sugar.

A person suffering from type 1 diabetes does not produce enough insulin to manage blood sugar – if at all. All patients require some sort of dosage to manage the condition.

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Those with type 2 diabetes, the form linked to obesity, may also need insulin medication to boost levels of the hormone and manage their blood sugar.

The standard injection of insulin is 100 international units (iu) per shot. A vast majority is lost during oral delivery.

Previous attempts to develop an insulin pill have had to carry around 500iu to properly function.

RoboCap is described in the journal Science Robotics.
 

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How Do Different Generations Treat Their Health As An Investment?

How Do Different Generations Treat Their Health As An Investment?

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By Josh Brady

Seven in 10 Americans (72%) treat their health as an “investment” that will gain value over time. 


A recent survey of 2,000 U.S. adults found the average person would spend $827 more on fitness apparel and equipment this year if they knew they would be in the best shape of their life 20 years from now.

Nutrition, including healthy groceries, topped the list of recent health-related spending (48%), followed by health and wellness tech such as apps and fitness wearables (45%).  The survey, commissioned by Paceline, a fitness app and credit card that provides rewards for working out, and conducted by OnePoll, found that among millennials, more than two in five recently invested in their financial wellness (45%) and in wellness experiences (41%), including wellness-focused travel.

Meanwhile, investing in personal growth, including a career adviser or life coach, was most popular among Gen Z respondents (46%).  The pandemic also shifted how different generations are spending their time and money on health and wellness. 

Compared to boomers, more millennials plan to increase spending on their financial health in the next year (39% vs. 23%). Gen Z is ramping up spending on recovery services such as massages, physical therapy and acupuncture, with 44% placing this on their radar for the next year compared to 36% before 2019. 

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The average person expects to see results in about three months to feel that their investment in fitness equipment, health tech, or groceries has paid for itself. While seeing physical results (48%) and earning financial rewards (39%) topped the list to incentivize people to invest more in their health and wellness, people would also invest more in their health if it increased their earning potential (31%), decreased their hospital bills (31%), greatly increased their social media following (30%) or spiced up their love life (26%). 

“Our research found that 46% of American adults are spending money on wellness apps or platforms, but many may still see their pursuit of fitness as very separate from their finances,”  says Joel Lieginger, Founder and CEO, Paceline.  “We want everyone who invests in their physical health to fully realize its financial value as well,” says Lieginger. 

Results also revealed how different generations are defining preventive health, as part of their overall health and wellness.

Boomers were more likely than other age groups to connect preventive health with check-ups (82%), while millennials linked the term with health or life insurance (57%), and Gen Z defined it as taking care of one’s mental or emotional health (68%). Other ways Gen Z defined preventive health include fitness (67%) and nutrition (54%).

“Younger generations are expanding how they think about preventive health is a powerful signal of change to come because today’s healthcare is – in many ways – sick care,” Lieginger concluded.

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“It’s important for people to get moving and be proactive about their health. Science shows incentivizing good health behaviors improves health outcomes, which is good for individuals and good for the world,” explained Lieginger. 

Among all respondents, more than two-thirds (67%) believe it’s cheaper to pay for health and wellness products or services today than to have hospital bills in the future.   And three-fourths (75%) believe any health or wellness product should be tax-free. 
 

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Prescribed Pills Turn A Man’s Skin Grey

Prescribed Pills Turn A Man’s Skin Grey

Anti-depressant pills named Fluoxetine are shown March 23, 2004 photographed in Miami, Florida. (Photo Illustration by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)



By Jessica Hehir-Smith

A man encountered a ‘mystery’ reaction to a commonly prescribed drug – they changed his skin color from white to dark grey.


Tyler Monk, 34, was prescribed an anti-depressant last year after consulting a doctor for his mental health. The treatment failed to help his mental health, but did change the color of his skin.

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Tyler was given Fluoxetine, a type of antidepressant known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), that is commonly prescribed to treat depression. He started taking the drug in May 2021, but within a week, Tyler’s wife Emily, 28, noticed that his skin color was changing.

Tyler, a pest control field inspector, stopped the medication after only a few weeks as it wasn’t helping his mental health, but his skin continued to darken.

First, his ears started to change color before it rapidly spread to his neck and his face – before effecting his arms and hands. He also experienced other symptoms such as extremely red, irritated eyes and his skin is now very sensitive to the sun, and it feels like it has been burned.

Tyler has visited several specialists near the couple’s home in Kinder, Louisiana since the discoloration, but they have all been stumped. Doctors have ruled out any serious diseases, poisoning and autoimmune conditions – but they still can’t tell the Monks what is causing the problems.

Tyler’s dermatologist has now referred him for an appointment with a team of eight skin specialists.

“First they thought it was photosensitivity, so I’m having a reaction to light, but I’ve been covering up, and I’m still getting darker”, Tyller said.

“I can’t get any answers from the specialists, so we decided to post on TikTok. We thought that it couldn’t hurt to share online”Tyler added. “It’s mainly been supportive! People have made lots of jokes. But we joke a lot, so we just laugh along with them!”.

A bottle of antidepressant pills is shown March 23, 2004 photographed in Miami, Florida. (Photo Illustration by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Tyler and Emily have two children, they wish to keep anonymous.

“For me and the children, we just worry about his health,” Emily said adding that “we really don’t mind the color change as long as he’s healthy and okay with it. We support whatever he chooses to do about it”.

So far the couple has spent around $500 on Tyler’s medical care.

They are now facing a potentially huge hospital bill, as they don’t have insurance or know how many tests will be needed to determine what is happening.

Emily has organized a GoFundMe page in the hopes of raising some money to cover medical costs, travel and any other expenses while they prioritize getting Tyler back to his old self.

 

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