Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Trying to snack less? Change how you store food

Whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, less mindless snacking is a good thing.  For someone who is type 1, mindless snacking means you might not know how much insulin to give yourself, in addition to the potential of eating too much and gaining weight.  For someone who is type 2, you're probably needing to watch your caloric intake and hopefully lose weight.

New studies show that snacking can be influenced by how you store food.

How We Store Food At Home Could Be Linked To How Much We Eat

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Knowing when to go to the doctor

This interesting article was on NPR the other day:

For Headaches, A Lifestyle Change May Be Better Than A Doctor Visit

They have a point when they say that patients are better informed than ever, and often go into the doctor with an idea of what is wrong with them and what they want to do about it.  That's what this article is about, how often -- with headaches -- what people really need is to exercise more, eat better, sleep better, or something of the like, rather than going through lots of potentially harmful tests and taking potentially harmful medication.

Of course, as someone on Facebook commented, if they hadn't gone to the doctor for their headaches, they'd be dead of cancer.  Sometimes going to the doctor IS the right decision.

So how do you know which one?

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The fight against overtreatment

I've read a lot of stuff about the overtreatment that runs rampant in the American medical industry: tests being ordered that aren't needed, drugs being prescribed when they shouldn't, etc.  Sometimes it's because doctors are told that's what they're supposed to do, but there was an article on NPR the other day about how sometimes it's in spite of the recommended procedures.

Why Many Doctors Don't Follow 'Best Practices'

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Is your health insurer following the rules?

There was an article the other day about how health insurers are finding loopholes and getting away with not providing required services, such as birth control with no co-pay.

Health Insurance Companies are Illegally Charging for Birth Control

My insurer is guilty of that, as the brand name birth control pill I take is free, but the generic is not.  So of course the doctor tends to want to write prescriptions for generics, because people usually want those, and if she doesn't the pharmacy substitutes, and then I have to have them all change it back because otherwise I get charged for something I'm supposed to be getting for free.