December 2, 2022
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Health Benefits Of Turmeric For Diabetes; Delays Cataract, Cures Erectile Dysfunction In Men

health benefits of turmeric for diabetes; delays cataract, cures erectile dysfunction in men
Health Benefits

New Delhi: Turmeric is one of the most favorite spices which not only enhances the flavor in food but is known for its immense health benefits as well.

Being antiseptic, anti-oxidant, and anti-bacteria, turmeric is also a wonder drug when it comes to regulating blood sugar levels and decreasing the risk of diabetes, a global health worry.

According to Healthline, diabetes is related to disruptions in your blood sugar level that plays an important role in how your body metabolizes food and uses energy. Diabetes occurs when your body cannot produce or use insulin and affects nearly 12 percent of people ages 20 and older.

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Turmeric is a common spice belonging to the ginger family plant. It is native to Southeast Asia and is grown commercially in India. Its rhizome or underground stem is used as a culinary spice and traditional medicine, according to Ayurveda.

Turmeric is used extensively to treat infections, skin issues, digestive issues, kidney problems, burns, respiratory infections, allergies, liver diseases, etc.

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Curcumin is effective in reducing hyperlipidemia or increased cholesterol. Curcumin has anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties that are immensely beneficial for diabetics. Other benefits of turmeric include:

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness program or making any changes to your diet.

‘Calm Before The Storm: Health Insurance Costs Set To Spike After They Stayed Mostly Flat In 2022, Survey Finds

The cost of family health insurance plans increased just 1% this year even as inflation reached a four-decade high, with higher prices for gas, groceries, rent, and other living expenses.

The average cost for an employer-provided family health plan is $22,463 this year, up $242 from a year ago, according to Kaiser Family Foundation’s employer health benefits survey released this week. Employers cover most of the health insurance tab for nearly 159 million Americans who get coverage through the workplace; workers this year will pay $6,106 for a family plan, typically through paycheck deductions.

Officials warn significant price hikes might surface in 2023 as inflation reaches the health sector and hospitals, doctors and drug companies demand more lucrative payments from health insurers and employers.

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Kaiser Family Foundation President and CEO Drew Altman said current prices could be the “calm before the storm, as recent inflation suggests that larger increases are imminent.”

Everything else costs more. Why are health insurance prices flat?

This year’s health insurance premiums were set a year ago before inflation began to take off, according to Gary Claxton, Kaiser senior vice president, and director of the health care marketplace project.

Claxton said the healthcare industry also is dealing with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. People delayed doctor and hospital visits in 2020 when COVID-19 emerged, so insurers spent less money on routine care and non-emergency operations. Insurer profits doubled that year.

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“Insurers are still making money,” Claxton said. “It’s not like they were struggling and really needed to raise premiums.”

The Kaiser report warned with inflation this year at 8% – the highest rate since the early 1980s – employers and consumers could see higher-than-average health insurance premium hikes next year. Other analysts agree. Benefits consultant Segal projects health insurance costs will jump 7.4% next year as employers and consumers absorb bills from doctors, hospitals, and drug companies.

In a tight job market, employers are reluctant to make workers pay more

Most large companies are self-funded and directly pay their workers’ medical claims, even if a private health insurer administers the plan.  And some companies have been reluctant to make their workers pay a larger share for health insurance or pass along costs through higher deductibles.

Kaiser reported the average deductible for an individual is $1,763, up slightly from  $1,669 last year. People must pay this amount with their own money before coverage kicks in.

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“Going into this year, we were still in a tight job market,” Claxton said. “Recruiting employees is expensive (and) upsetting your existing employees is not a good idea.”

But as employers absorb higher medical costs and the job market softens, companies might be more willing to raise premiums and deductibles, Claxton said.

Employees at companies with fewer than 200 workers already must pay a larger share of their medical costs. The typical deductible at a small company is more than $2,500, or about $1,000 more than at a large company.

Nearly half of Americans have medical debt

Other polls show Americans are struggling to pay for medical care as daily living expenses increase. About 46% of people said a medical bill has put them in debt, according to a poll released this week by the telehealth company Babylon.

About 1 in 3 people have trouble paying for routine or emergency care and private health insurance coverage. Those aged 25 to 34 had the toughest time paying for medical care; more than half of young adults struggled to afford private health insurance, the poll of 5,000 adults conducted in August found.

A Commonwealth Fund survey last month found that 42% of Americans with health insurance had trouble paying a medical bill or past medical debt. And 46% of working-age adults skipped or delayed care in the last year due to cost.

The Commonwealth Fund report, however, said those with employer health insurance had more robust coverage compared to those who directly purchased their own health insurance.

Mental health networks fall short

Employers also are focusing more on the mental health needs of their workers following the coronavirus pandemic.

The Kaiser survey said nearly half of large employers reported more workers are using mental health care services. Nearly 1 in 3 reports more workers are requesting family leave to address mental health care.

But the survey also showed a longstanding shortage of mental health providers is making it difficult for workers to see a counselor or other specialist. About 30% of large employers say their networks do not have enough behavioral health doctors or counselors to get workers timely care. Those shortages persist even though more than 1 in 4 large companies expanded their network of in-person and remote telehealth mental-health providers.

Ken Alltucker is on Twitter at @kalltucker or can be emailed at alltuck@usatoday.Com

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: ‘Calm before the storm: Health insurance costs set to spike after they stayed mostly flat in 2022, survey finds

People Who Walk Faster Are Reaping Health Benefits, Experts Find

Going for a short “brisk” walk every day is more likely to reduce the risk of heart disease than going for longer, leisurely strolls, according to a new study.

Those who walk at a faster pace for seven minutes per day cut their risk by a greater percentage than those who walk slower for 14 minutes.

This is because exercise does not stave off cardiovascular conditions if it is not of moderate intensity, experts said.

The study analyzed data from 88,000 people who wore an activity tracker on their dominant wrist for one week.

Experts collected data on the amount of physical activity they did and how much of this was moderate or vigorous.

The number of cardiovascular events, including coronary artery disease and stroke, was then recorded among participants, who were followed up for 6.8 years on average.

Analysis showed that when participants did more exercise overall but the amount of moderate to vigorous exercise remained the same, they saw little improvement in their heart health.

When their activity levels doubled but the amount of vigorous activity stayed the same, heart health also remained the same.

However, when the level of vigorous activity rose by 20 percent, the risk of heart disease fell by 23 percent.

Furthermore, when the level of vigorous activity rose by 40 percent, the risk to heart health also fell by 40 percent.

The findings, published in the European Heart Journal, mean that activities such as washing the car or doing laundry, which was previously considered as exercise, may not have any benefit in preventing cardiovascular diseases.

Researchers said the rates of heart disease were 14 percent lower when moderate-to-physical activity accounted for 20 percent of overall physical activity, even in those who do not exercise regularly.

This difference is the equivalent of going for a seven-minute brisk walk instead of a 14-minute stroll.

Professor Tom Yates of Leicester University, a senior author of the study, commented: “Our analysis confirms that increasing the total amount of physical activity can lower the risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke, but we also found that achieving the same overall amount of physical activity through higher intensity activity has a substantial additional benefit.

“Our findings support simple behavior-change messages that ‘every move counts‘ to encourage people to increase their overall physical activity, and if possible to do so by incorporating more moderately intense activities.”

“This could be as simple as converting a leisurely stroll into a brisk walk, but a variety of approaches should encourage and help individuals to find whatever is most practical or enjoyable for them.”

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