Beware of Crooks Capitalizing on Health Law Confusion

Beware of Crooks Capitalizing on Health Law Confusion

Posted on 03/18/2014 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Curt Buckley Confusion is a funny thing. It can lead to anger, doubt or misunderstanding. But in all instances, confusion impairs judgment. And cloudy judgment is where scammers and swindlers thrive. With the calendar winding down on the March 31 deadline to get insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace, crooks are jumping at the opportunity to fool Texans who are unsure about what’s really required of them. Swindlers take advantage of misconceptions regarding the new health care law to …

It’s a Man’s Disease… Or Is It?

It’s a Man’s Disease… Or Is It?

Posted on 02/28/2014 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Curt Buckley For the last post of the series on the last day of American Heart Month, let’s take a look at some of the popular misconceptions associated with heart disease. When asked to describe a heart attack victim, how many of us would picture an older, slightly-larger-than-average man keeled over gripping his left shoulder intensely? That’s the stereotypical image most of us have come to associate with heart problems. But if life has taught us anything, it’s that …

Eat Your Way to Heart Health

Eat Your Way to Heart Health

Posted on 02/28/2014 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Curt Buckley Eating well is another paramount component to staying heart-healthy. There are three dietary suggestions that should greatly improve your heart health. Focus on adding more fruits and vegetables, increasing your grain and fiber intake, and reducing the amount of saturated fat and trans fats you consume. Eating more fruits and vegetables will increase your bodies’ amounts of vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. In addition, having additional fruits and veggies in your diet will leave less room for …

Movin' and Shakin' Your Way to Health

Movin’ and Shakin’ Your Way to Health

Posted on 02/26/2014 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Curt Buckley Whether you have high blood pressure or another heart health-related risk factor, you can decrease your chances of cardiovascular disease by becoming more active. It doesn’t take much. Experts say that just 30 minutes of physical activity a day can greatly improve heart health. If that’s not enough to motivate you, regular exercise also increases brain function and reduces feelings of depression and stress. I know exercise gets a bad rap, but that’s just folks being a …

Are You Risky With Your Heart?

Are You Risky With Your Heart?

Posted on 02/25/2014 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Curt Buckley The easiest thing to do in terms of avoiding preventable deaths from cardiovascular disease is to keep up with the indicators and risk factors that affect your heart health. Scheduling (and keeping) appointments with your doctor will help you monitor important risk factors like blood pressure and cholesterol. This step is especially important if you smoke, have diabetes, or have a family history of heart disease, as these things make you significantly more likely to develop a …

What's the Leading Cause of Death?

What’s the Leading Cause of Death?

Posted on 02/24/2014 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Curt Buckley If I asked you when National Breast Cancer Awareness Month was, most of you would probably know that it’s October. A lot of you would even know that different types of cancer, like breast and prostate, are the second leading cause of death among American men and women. But would you be able to tell me what month promotes awareness of the number one cause of death in the United States? I imagine some of you could, …