Two Numbers You Should Know

Posted on Jul 11th 2017 by Florida Blue

Do you know your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose numbers? Ask your doctor to check them at your next visit. Here’s what you should aim for with blood pressure and cholesterol. Blood Pressure If you’re over 60, your blood pressure should be no higher than 150/90. However, if you have diabetes, your blood pressure should stay under 140/90. People und [...]

Avoid a return trip to the hospital by following these tips. If you have been in the hospital recently, chances are you probably don’t want to go back anytime soon. But unfortunately, this happens all too often. According to a report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, about one in eight Medicare patients [...]

Florida Blue’s Dr. Cynthia Griffin answers some common questions about prescription drug coverage, mail order and how to manage your medications more effectively. What should I do if my medication is not covered or is too expensive? Each year, your health plan provides a formulary, which is a list of drugs covered under your pharmacy ben [...]

Nothing says summer quite like a backyard barbecue. You can cook tons of delicious, healthy meals—everything from chicken breast to roasted veggies—right on your grill! But have you ever tried grilled fruit? Put your peaches and watermelon to good use, and try this sweet grilled dish at your next barbecue. [...]

Yelling for help. Splashing violently. Gasping loudly. These are all signs of drowning we’ve seen played out in movies and on TV. But we all know that real life isn’t always how it appears on the big screen. And in reality, drowning looks very different from this. When someone thinks they might be in danger, they might call out for help. But if they actually begin to drown, their body b [...]

Our lives are full of important numbers that tell people who we are. We’ve committed many of them to memory: phone numbers, social security numbers, PIN numbers. There some other numbers you should be aware of – your health numbers. Knowing your numbers makes you informed and aware of lifestyle changes you may need to make to improve your health. Here are the important numbers: [...]

Just how important is oral health? We all want a nice smile, and fresh breath is definitely a plus, but is it really that important to brush twice and floss daily to achieve this? The answer is YES!  In 2014, the CDC reported that about half of American adults aged 30 and over have some form of gum disease (Perio.org, 2012). Additionally, the 65 and older population reported having a 70 pe [...]

June is Men’s Health Month. If you or a man in your life hasn’t had his wellness exam, now is the perfect time to get it scheduled. Even if you feel great, it’s important to get your annual checkup and find out how you’re doing on these health measurements from WebMD and [...]

On June 12, 2016, the City of Orlando experienced the unthinkable when an armed man stormed into a downtown nightclub killing 49 people and wounding at least 50 others. One year later, we continue to mourn their loss and our thoughts still go out to the victims of this senseless act of violence and their families and loved ones.  The City of Orlando and Orange County, in collaborat [...]

Google “men’s health” and you’ll likely find ways to get those six-pack abs you’ve always wanted. But there’s more to good health than having a ripped core and bulging biceps. June is national Men’s Health Month, so we’ve put together a list of some of the most common men’s health issues … and what you can do to prevent or manage them. [...]

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