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Seniors and Type 2 Diabetes, Part One

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One of the most common health issues that seniors may encounter is diabetes. While there are many factors that can cause the development of diabetes, there are many things that you can do to prevent yourself from developing it as well. Because of the commonality of diabetes, we’ve decided to dedicate a series of blogs to it. In part one of this blog series, we will give you an overview of the disease as well as some of the causes of it.

What is Diabetes?

There are two types of diabetes, most commonly referred to as simply Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes usually develops in people before adulthood. This type of diabetes is caused by your body failing to produce sufficient amounts of insulin, which causes your blood sugar and energy levels to be low. Type 1 diabetes is the less common variant of the two, and for seniors, it’s type 2 diabetes that is of a higher level of concern. A majority of people who are diabetic have type 2 diabetes, which is caused by excess blood sugar as well as low levels of insulin. While type 1 diabetes can be chronic, type 2 diabetes can be brought on by a variety of factors, some of which we will look at in the next section.

What Causes Type 2 Diabetes?

While diabetes can be hereditary or genetic, type 2 diabetes can develop because of a person’s lifestyle. One of the causes of type 2 diabetes in seniors is a lack of physical activity. We’ve discussed the importance of staying active in previous blog posts, and fighting off the risk of diabetes is just one of the many advantages that you can enjoy by exercising more frequently. While some people are more susceptible to developing type 2 diabetes than others, staying active will help ensure that your risk is lower than it already was.

Another cause of type 2 diabetes has to do with weight and diet. If you’re overweight or obese, you are at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes than someone who is at a healthier weight. Even the slightest bit of weight loss can be of great benefit for someone who is overweight, helping reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Additionally, your diet also plays a role in your risk of developing the disease. Eating foods that are high in sugar and fats can not only contribute to being overweight, but it can also put you at greater risk of developing diabetes. Taking control of both of these factors are a great way to lower your risk.We will take a deeper look at this in part two of our blog series.

We hope you found this information on type 2 diabetes, as well as some of its causes, useful. We will continue this discussion in part two of our blog series, but until then, for all of your Harrisonburg Medicare, Medicaid, or Medigap insurance needs, Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates is here for you. We work hard to help you find the perfect healthcare plan that best suits your needs and lifestyle, and we want nothing more than for our customers to be happy and in the best of health. Contact us today to learn more about our Harrisonburg senior medical insurance agency.

Winter Health Tips : Staying Hydrated

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With colder winter temperatures come a wide variety of unique health related problems. While there are a wide variety of winter-related health issues, from lowered immunity to sore joints to an increased risk of slipping and falling, winter is a time where we should certainly take extra care of ourselves. While no problem is foolproof, surprisingly, one of the best ways to deal with all the woes of winter is simple – increasing your water intake.

We’ve all heard the common statistic of doctors telling us to drink eight to 10 glasses of water a day. While we’ve certainly discussed the importance of drinking water in previous blogs, the power of water is truly something magical. In this blog, we will look at a wide variety of benefits that you will experience in increasing your water intake during the cold winter months.

Keep Your Winter Weight Gain To a Minimum

With winter comes less activity, and although we’ve advised in previous blogs to stay active during the winter, sometimes it’s just not always that easy to make that trek to the gym in the harsh cold. Along with a decrease in activity comes an increase of rich foods. The holidays bring delicious foods with them, and while these are arguably some of the best parts of the end of the year, they can definitely contribute to our winter weight gain.

With that in mind, when we aren’t keeping ourselves hydrated and drinking adequate amounts of water, our bodies don’t have enough energy needed to process fatty foods. By drinking adequate water during the winter, we are actually helping our bodies stay energized and flush out toxins, break down fats and maintain a healthy metabolism.

Avoid Dehydration

While this one may seem a little bit on the obvious side, dehydration in winter comes with its own specific set of problems. Being dehydrated doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re thirsty or your throat is dry. Specifically in winter, many signs of dehydration come to the surface, ranging from acne, dry skin, chapped lips, headaches, nosebleeds and more. By increasing your water intake, you will greatly reduce the instances of these symptoms, amongst many others.

Help With Digestion

While this is something that drinking adequate amounts of water will aid with, regardless of season, we have a tendency to eat more in the winter. From the increase of foods during the holidays to the general increase of eating as a result of staying indoors, staying hydrated will help us with digestion. With a healthy digestive system, you also can experience a decreased level of susceptibility to various winter time illnesses.

Those are just a few ways that staying hydrated can help you out this winter. At Marketplace Agency, we are here to help you stay healthy during all seasons, not just winter. Our Professional Agents work hard to help you find a healthcare plan that perfectly suits the needs of you and your family. For more information about our Medicare, Medicaid, Medigap Insurance plans, elder care services and more, contact Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates today!

Winter Health Tips: Dry Skin Treatment

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With winter comes a wide variety of positives and negatives. WIth the many positives of winter like the holidays and being able to spend time with friends and family also come negatives, most notably all the health related issues that winter brings. In this blog we will look at one of many negative health related issues that happen during the winter, as well as giving you insight into how you can remedy the situation.

Dry Skin

While not so much a full on “health problem,” dry skin in winter is incredibly common and a huge inconvenience for all who experience it. The cold and dry winter air has a tendency to leave our skin itchy, chapped, dry, and largely irritated. If not treated, it can lead to cracking, bleeding, and an overall high level of discomfort and irritation. While there are many ways to avoid our skin drying up in the winter, a few simple changes to our daily routine can greatly improve this.

Turn Down Your Shower

For starters, as comforting as it can be, taking long, hot showers in the winter will actually make our skin dry up even more. One of the best ways to remedy this is to take shorter showers as well as turning down the temperature significantly. A warm shower will feel almost as good as a hot one, and your skin will feel much better. Plus, you will be conserving water, which is always a good thing.

Humidifiers Are Key

Running a humidifier in your bedroom as you sleep will also help provide your skin with the necessary moisture it needs to prevent dryness. Even just a few nights of running a humidifier as you sleep will make a difference, and you’ll notice almost an immediate improvement in your skin’s moisture. Be sure to only use either distilled or purified water in your humidifier. Also, make sure that you’re keeping it clean and replacing the filters frequently to ensure that the humid air it’s providing you with is also clean and free of mold and mildew.

Moisturize Often

One of the easiest ways to combat the dryness of winter is to keep your skin moisturized. This is sometimes difficult to get into the habit of, but keeping a travel-sized tube of hand moisturizer in your car or purse will give you easy access to keeping your hands nice and smooth. Moisturizing before you go to bed as well as after taking a shower will also help improve your skin’s dryness as well.

Never Forget Your Lip Balm

Chapped lips are one of the first signs of winter weather, and as the months become colder and drier, our lips just become that much more chapped and cracked. Keeping a tube or tin of your favorite lip balm on your person as often as possible will ensure that your lips continue to be soft and smooth.

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Benefits of Getting Your Flu Vaccine

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We want nothing more than for our clients to be happy and healthy, and with flu season in full swing, getting your flu shot is of the utmost importance. While there are certainly two schools of thought on the topic — whether to get vaccinated or not — for this blog, we have decided to provide you with a helpful resource of reasons why you should get your flu vaccination this season. Read on to discover the importance of why you should get your flu vaccine!

Times Have Changed, Shots Aren’t Painful

While many people have a wide variety of reasons for avoiding getting a flu shot, one of the most common concerns has to do with the painful nature of getting a vaccine. Sure, there was a time when needles were large, invasive and painful, but times have changed and medical technology has progressed. Today, needles are much smaller and much less invasive than they once were, resulting in an injection that will feel like little more than a slight prick in your arm. For those of you who completely avoid needles and injections altogether, you’re in luck — seasonal flu shots are now also available as a nasal mist, meaning you don’t have to deal with needles of any kind!

The Flu Isn’t Worth It

The short amount of time that it takes for you to get vaccinated certainly outweighs the days or in some cases weeks of struggle, missed work and discomfort that getting the flu can bring. The amount of contact we make with people on a daily basis, as well as facilities like restrooms, gyms and public transportation all increase our chances of contracting the flu. The amount of scenarios in which we could feasibly contract the virus are numerous; don’t risk your chances and get vaccinated.

Getting Vaccinated is Now Easier Than Ever

There once was a time when getting a flu shot meant making an appointment with your doctor and planning far in advance to do so. Because of the commonality of the flu virus and the public’s desire to protect themselves from it, the ease of getting vaccinated is as high as it’s ever been. No longer relegated solely to doctor’s offices, you can now get vaccinated at many major pharmacies, including CVS, Target and Rite Aid. Many of these places make getting your flu shot even more convenient by offering walk-in vaccinations, meaning you can run errands and get vaccinated all in the same day. Convenient and painless!

Those are just a few reasons as to why you should get your flu vaccination this season. At Marketplace Agency, we want our clients to be in the best of health, but for those times when you inevitably do fall ill, we are here for you, providing the greater Harrisonburg area with high quality and affordable healthcare insurance options. For more information about our Medicare, Medigap, Medicaid Insurance plans, as well as others, contact Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates today!

Drinking Water : The Key To Staying Healthy

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We’ve all heard it before— “doctors say you should drink eight glasses of water a day.” In fact, we’ve heard it so many times that we’ve probably started to question its validity. “Oh, that’s just something my mother would say” or “That’s an exaggeration.” The truth is that the statement is indeed 100 percent true. Our bodies and brains are made up of roughly 70% water, and throughout the day we are losing plenty of it. Needless to say, staying hydrated throughout the day is incredibly important. But besides from the general consensus that drinking plenty of water is beneficial, how specifically does drinking water benefit our health? In this blog we will look at a handful of health benefits that you can experience simply by drinking water on a regular basis. Read on and discover the many benefits that staying hydrated can provide you with.

Promotes Healthy Digestion and Regularity

One of the most common causes of irregularity and constipation is mild to moderate dehydration-when your body hasn’t taken in enough water. Water is key to healthy digestion as it ensures that the food you take in is constantly moving through your intestines, keeping the digestion process moving along as it should. Not drinking enough water can provide you with much discomfort of the opposite variety, making it difficult for you to go to the bathroom. If this is something you find yourself experiencing on a semi regular basis, there’s a fair chance that you aren’t drinking enough water throughout the day.

Drinking Water Aids in Weight Loss

For those of you trying to maintain a healthy weight or lose excess weight, drinking water can certainly be of assistance to you in this process. Drinking water before meals increases your metabolism for roughly the duration of a meal, making you consume less calories as a result. This practice works especially well in older individuals, and when combined with a healthy diet and adequate exercise, you are sure to reach or maintain a healthy weight.

Keep Your Kidneys Working

Our kidneys are very important to our health overall, helping in the overall cleansing process of what we choose to put into our bodies. In order for them to do this, however, we have to be consuming an adequate amount of fluids, and most specifically, an adequate amount of water. A good way to tell if we are adequately hydrated is to simply pay attention to our urine. If it’s light or clear in color, then we are, at least at that time, properly hydrated. Drinking plenty of water also puts us at a lower risk of developing kidney stones, while drinking too many sugary beverages like soda and fruit juices can do just the opposite of that. Keep your kidneys healthy and sip water throughout the day.

Stay Hydrated and Stay Healthy

It almost seems too simple to be true, but when our bodies get sick with a cold, flu or similar sort of virus, the two best things to help it pass are adequate sleep and adequate hydration. What our bodies need when trying to fight off a virus is plenty of rest (as our body is working harder than usual to combat the sickness) and adequate hydration. But why hydration? Quite simply, adequate hydration ensures that our system is being flushed out throughout the day, and in doing so, we are helping to essentially flush the sickness out of our body. It’s also believed that drinking plenty of water helps to prevent certain types of cancer, cardiovascular issues and other ailments. Aside from increasing your water intake while sick, those who drink water regularly are less likely to get sick in the first place.

Decreases Instances of Headaches

While headaches can be caused by a wide variety of things including extreme hunger, pressure changes and inadequate sleep, one of the more common causes of headache is simply dehydration. Some may believe that dehydration is something that is obvious to a person when experiencing it, but there are varying levels of this, and while many can function seemingly well while mildly dehydrated, it’s best to avoid it altogether and stay hydrated consistently throughout the day.

Feed Your Muscles

If you’ve been paying attention to our previous blogs and have started to incorporate regular exercise into your routine, congratulations! One thing to keep in mind, though, is that staying hydrated during any sort of exercise is incredibly important, as we are losing a significant amount of water through sweating. While exercising, it’s certainly beneficial to stay hydrated, as your muscles lose water while exercising, causing them to get tired. If you stay hydrated while exercising, your muscles will be stronger, which means you will be more energized than if you didn’t. That increase in your energy level will allow you to exercise for longer, and that’s always a good thing. Drink water while exercising as well as after doing so; you’ll feel less tired and better overall.

We hope that this blog has provided you with a bit more insight as to the benefits of regularly drinking water. The best part— if you want to experience all or any of these benefits, you can start right now! Go get a cool glass of water and feel instantly refreshed. At Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates, we want nothing but the best for our clients. When you need healthcare, though, we are here for you. Contact us today for more information on Medicare, Medicaid and marketplace insurance policies.

Helpful Ways to Fight Depression

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As we grow older, all of us experience varying levels of sadness at some point in time. As we start to reflect on our lives, this sadness can sometimes stick with us and in some cases lead to more serious issues like depression or depression-like symptoms. As easy as it is to sometimes get stuck in a negative mindset, there are many ways to fight off these feelings. In this blog, we will examine just a few ways to help keep you and your mind happy and healthy.

Be Active

In previous blogs, we’ve discussed the many benefits of being active and exercising. While physical activity has been proven to provide us with many benefits to our physical health, physical activity has also been proven to provide us with benefits to our mental health as well. Some studies have shown that exercise can be an effective combatant of depression as antidepressants. As we grow older, being able to do strenuous or rigorous exercises may not always be as easy as they once were, but don’t worry — incorporating any amount of physical activity and movement into your daily routine has been proven to have positive effects on your mental state. Whether it’s taking a short walk around the block, taking the stairs instead of the elevator or finding other ways to incorporate extra steps into your day, it all helps.

Laugher is the Best Medicine

While this one comes off as a little obvious, think about it: the exact opposite of sadness and depression is happiness and laughter! Studies have shown that a healthy dosage of laughter can decrease stress, increase relaxation, and increase the release of endorphins. Endorphins are the chemicals in our brains that bring us feelings of positivity, so more than just the temporary relief of laughing at something funny, laughter can bring us a noticeable shift in our moods overall.

Be Social!

One of the many causes of depression in people, both young and old, is general loneliness. Not socializing with people can not only make us feel lonely, but once we feel alone, not being able to socialize with others can leave us to sit and get stuck with our negative thoughts. Being able to talk to friends can do wonders for our mood. Whether it’s going to see a movie (and laughing!), going out for a walk or enjoying a cup of coffee, socialization has been proven to help fight off depression. While you may not always feel like being around people, isolation can make depression worse. Being social is an easy and powerful way to ward off depression.

Get Some Rest!

One thing that can actually make depression worse is a lack of adequate rest. That magic number of eight hours sleep per night rings true, and many have suggested that inadequate rest can make depression worse. Sleeping well provides you with much needed energy for the day, and that energy can give you a boost of positivity and vitality that can help you combat the negative feelings of depression.

There you have it — a few ways to help fight sadness and depression. At Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates, we want our customers to be happy and healthy, and we work hard to provide them with affordable Medicare, Medicaid, and Medigap plans that perfectly fit their needs. For more information or to speak with a professional agent, contact Marketplace Agency today.

The Many Benefits of Yoga

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As we grow older, taking better care of ourselves becomes more and more important. Eating right and exercising is key, especially as we grow older, and one of the most beneficial forms of exercise is yoga. With that in mind, here are five huge benefits to practicing yoga.

Practicing Yoga Reduces Blood Pressure

Do you suffer from high blood pressure and/or have to take medication to keep it under control? Yoga may be the workout of choice for you. Because of its generally more relaxed demeanor, practicing yoga puts your body in a generally more relaxed state. Relaxation is more beneficial than we may think. Relaxing your mind and body can help reduce hypertension, one of the leading causes of high blood pressure. For those of you on high blood pressure medication, this may not be an apt replacement, but it will certainly help reduce your blood pressure levels and contribute to improved health overall.

Practicing Yoga Promotes Happiness and Positivity

Growing older comes with its fair share of challenges, and sometimes just facing the fact that we are aging can sometimes make a negative impact on our mood overall. Many things can combat sadness and depression, and yoga is certainly one of them. Consistent yoga practice has been proven to lead to an increase in overall serotonin levels, which aid in the promotion of overall positive feelings.

Practicing Yoga Reduces Blood Sugar

Diabetics, we haven’t forgotten about you! For people living with diabetes, practicing yoga has been found to reduce blood sugar levels by decreasing cortisol levels which encourages weight loss. Overall increased mobility is never a bad thing, especially for diabetics, and although yoga doesn’t appear to be a fast-paced form of exercises, the stretching required to do yoga poses is an incredibly beneficial workout.

Practicing Yoga Increases and Promotes Blood Flow

This one may come off as a bit obvious, but there’s more to it than you think. Surely, there are yoga poses that require us to stretch into some rather awkward positions, and in some cases stand upside down, but there are many benefits to this. Because practicing yoga promotes blood flow, this is beneficial for circulation in our extremities. Even those somewhat difficult headstand poses have their benefits, as they allow blood to flow from the lower halves of our bodies to the heart, where it can recirculate to the rest of the body. Increased blood flow can also thin our blood, which is beneficial for those of us who suffer from blood clots.

There you have it, just a few benefits to practicing yoga in honor of National Yoga Awareness Month. At Marketplace Agency, we care for our clients and want nothing more than for them to be in good health. We are here to help, for more information about your existing plan, or to purchase a new plan, contact us today!

Tips To Help Promote Brain Health

 

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Our brains are the most important part of our bodies, even more important than our hearts, because without our brains, our hearts cannot function. As we grow older, one of the things that tends to be affected are our brains, and not taking caring of our brains is something that can lead to serious conditions like Alzheimer’s disease. While there are no sure-fire ways to prevent Alzheimer’s, taking care of your brain is incredibly beneficial and can certainly help you in more ways than one. In this blog, we’ll look at a small handful of ways that we can take care of our most precious asset, our brains.

Get Some Much Needed Rest

As we grow older, days can take a bigger toll on our bodies and minds than when we were younger. While adequate sleep is something that will help us feel better and rejuvenated in a physical sense, adequate rest is also integral for our brains to operate at maximum capacity. Not getting adequate rest because of things like insomnia can actually affect our ability to function during the day, but this has more to do with mental exhaustion than physical exhaustion. Think about it, if our brain’s haven’t been given an adequate amount of rest, then just like us when we don’t get enough sleep, our brains are unable to function at a regular or above average level. Not getting enough sleep can result in an overall decrease in memory function as well as thinking overall. Rest your body, rest your mind, and see results in the morning.

Exercise Often

We don’t mean to sound like a broken record here, as exercise is something we’ve brought up in many other blogs in the past, but physical activity and exercise have been proven to also be beneficial for your brain in addition to your overall physical health. This has to do with the fact that exercise promotes blood flow throughout the body, which means increased blood flow to brain. Multiple studies have also found various correlations between increased physical activity and a reduced risk of overall cognitive deterioration.

Exercise Your Brain, Too!

physical exercise can have positive effects on your brain, but you can also exercise your brain by itself. Things like jigsaw puzzles and brain teasers exercise your brain in the same way that running or lifting weights exercise your body. If you’re not the puzzle-minded type, fear not, as there are many other ways to exercise your brain in general. Artistic activities like music and painting are just as beneficial as they stimulate your brain. Also, card games and board games can be beneficial as well. Essentially, anything strategic that requires a certain level of thinking and mental processing are all beneficial to keeping your brain healthy and happy.

Be a Student

Given, you don’t have to actually be graded, but taking a course at a community college or community center can provide your brain with the same sort of exercise that doing games or puzzles does. The difference here, is that when you take a course, you in theory are acquiring new information that you didn’t possess prior to taking the course. Using your brain for things like reading comprehension, studying for an exam and writing a paper can be incredibly stimulating and beneficial to your brain. Become an auditor, you’ll be surprised at how enjoyable it will be!

Sorry Smokers

Much like how we’ve mentioned in previous blogs how exercise can be beneficial to your overall health, quitting smoking is very much the same. If you’re a smoker, it’s never too soon to quit smoking, and one can notice a change in their health almost instantaneously. In the case of brain power, studies have shown that smoking increases a person’s overall susceptibility to cognitive diseases. With that in mind, quitting smoking can reduce that risk. Then again, in the general sense, quitting smoking has numerous health benefits, both brain-related and otherwise, so if not for its brain-related benefits, quitting smoking is a good thing to do regardless.

Get Out and Be Social!

While growing older sometimes has a tendency to make us feel alone or alienated from our friends and family, being social can improve overall brain health. Whether it’s spending time with your family, meeting up with friends or going out to make new ones, spending time with others can make both us, and our brains happy. Best part of all, you can pursue many of the activities listed above with your friends, old and new. Go out and try new types of food that promote a healthier diet. Take a course at community college with a study buddy. Join a gym with a new pal. Quit smoking with a friend to make the process easier, as you’ll be doing it together. Whatever the case may be, spending time with others is not only beneficial to our brains, it’s beneficial to our health and happiness overall.

So there you have it, just a few ways that you can feed your brain and continue to stay healthy throughout the years. As stated earlier, there is no sure fire way to prevent Alzheimer’s Disease, but we can do things that have been proven to reduce our risk of being susceptible to it and other diseases like it. At Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates, we want our clients to be healthy and happy, and we are here to provide you with top notch affordable Medicare, Medicaid and Medigap insurance plans. At Marketplace Agency, we do what’s right all the time, every time, and take pride in knowing that we’ve provided our clients with the best healthcare plans that perfectly fit their needs. Contact us today!

5 Foods That Can Help Prevent Cancer

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While there are many things that we can do to help fight off cancer, adequate exercise, for example, what we eat can play a rather significant role in cancer prevention. In this blog, we will look at a small handful of foods that can help reduce the risk.

Broccoli

Maybe you hated it as a child, maybe you forced your children to eat it even though they didn’t care for it, whatever the case may be, broccoli has, at times, gotten a bad wrap. Like many green vegetables, broccoli contains high levels of sulforaphane, a nutrient known for its protective qualities and ability to expel cancer-causing chemicals. Best eaten raw or steamed, some studies have shown that microwaving broccoli can destroy a majority of these benefits. Steam it and eat it with your favorite spices and starches.

Garlic

While this spice is no doubt a strong one, both in flavor and in scent, it’s also strong in its ability to help fight cancer. Garlic has the ability to boost one’s immune system, and in some cases may even potentially reduce tumor growth. Certain studies have also shown that garlic can aid in the prevention of stomach cancer. While you don’t have to eat an extreme amount of the spice, add it to things where the strength won’t be as noticeable. Add a little bit of garlic and red pepper to that bowl of steamed broccoli — you’ll be surprised by how tasty it is!

Blueberries

Antioxidants are key, and blueberries are incredibly high in them. Antioxidants help protect your body from the damage caused by free radicals, most notably cell damage. Cell damage can lead to the development of diseases like cancer. Blueberries are incredibly tasty and can serve as a great addition to your oatmeal, yogurt or fruit salad.

Increase Your Fiber Intake

This is a broad one, but studies have shown that diets high in fiber can help aid in the prevention of colon cancer. Fiber can come from many different places — apples, avocados, peas, lentils, bran cereals, and quinoa are all examples of foods with high fiber content, all of which can help you in the long run.

Salmon

Recent studies have shown that people who eat regular servings of salmon are considerably less likely to develop specific types of blood cancer like leukemia. Not a fish fan? Pair it with some of the other items on this list, like garlic, broccoli, and quinoa. Right there you’ve got a meal that’s not only delicious, but very beneficial to your overall health.

Those are just five foods that can aid in the prevention of cancer. At Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates, we want our customers to be in the best of health, and aim to provide them with the best possible Medicare, Medicaid and Medigap insurance. For more information about our services or to speak with an agent, contact us today.

Do I Need Vision Correction? 5 Quick and Easy Ways to See How

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Having perfect vision, while not entirely uncommon, is certainly not something that you encounter every day. According to the Vision Council of America, it is estimated that roughly ¾ of the American adult population need some sort of corrective eyewear, be it glasses or contact lenses. That being said, needing vision correction is probably more common than you think, but how do you know if you need vision correction? We’ve put together this handy guide to help you figure out whether or not you may need glasses, contacts or corrective surgery.

Generally Blurry Vision

This one is pretty obvious, though some may dismiss this as a natural byproduct of aging. Don’t fret, there is hope, and lots of it! If you find your vision generally being blurry from time to time, this may just mean that you are developing either farsightedness or nearsightedness. If you are experiencing blurry vision at any distance in any capacity, it’s certainly worth having it checked out, as it’s certainly something that can be corrected, and quite easily.

Frequent Squinting

This one is also a bit obvious, but again, some tend to dismiss this and give it little thought. If you find yourself squinting a lot, think about this — you’re squinting because you’re finding it hard to see. When viewed that way, it probably seems a bit obvious. Quite simply, if you notice that your vision improves significantly when squinting, or that you can only see clearly when squinting, you may be in need of vision correction.

Fatigue and Headaches

If you find yourself feeling more tired than usual or experiencing frequent headaches during the day, these could both be signs that you may need vision correction of some sort. In a way, these are tied to squinting, in that squinting puts additional stress on your eyes in order for you to see clearly, and that constant stress can lead to headaches or added tiredness. Regardless of the correlation, if you find yourself experiencing a higher than average level of fatigue or headaches, glasses or contacts may be worth looking into.

Computer Related Difficulties

Given, using a computer in and of itself can be tricky, but do you find yourself having trouble reading on your computer or tablet? Struggling to read the text on a computer screen may actually be a symptom of farsightedness, something that could require vision correction. Try and distance or position yourself closer or further away from your screen to see if it either improves or worsens your ability to read. Based off of this basic test, you may need glasses or contacts.

Most importantly, however, you should consult an eye doctor before making any decisions, as they will be able to properly test you to see if you do indeed need vision correction. Finding an eye doctor that works for best for you can sometimes be difficult, but thankfully you don’t have to go through entire health insurance process alone. At Marketplace Agency and Elder Care associates, we are here to help you find a vision plan that accurately suits your needs, be it through Medicare, the healthcare marketplace, or otherwise. Contact us today to find the best plan for you.

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