A diabetic retinal eye exam is when a doctor looks at changes in the blood vessels of your retina. Your retina is the part of your eye that senses light and works with your brain to let you see. By getting a diabetic retinal eye exam, it allows doctors to detect early signs of vision loss linked to diabetes. Why You Need One If you have diabetes, you are at risk [...]

There’s a reason why Florida’s called the sunshine state, especially in the summer.  Even though the temps are soaring, you can still enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you want to take a dip in the pool or a walk in the park, here are some ideas we think you might enjoy for a little fun in the sun. However, if you’re looking to take a break from the outdoors and head inside we also [...]

It’s no secret that Florida is known for its sunshine, warm temperatures and outdoor living. But when the sun becomes too much, sometimes you have to head indoors. As you age, it gets harder for your body to produce sweat and can cause you to overheat. Whether you’re looking for places to go with friends or fun ways to entertain visiting grandchildren, look no further. Museums a [...]

Have you ever squinted at the road in front of you and wondered, “Maybe I should stop driving…”? Getting older doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have to stop driving one day. You could still be cruising down the road, windows rolled down and blasting Led Zeppelin, well into your 80s and 90s. But for many of us, the time may come when you have to decide whether it’s safe for you to be in t [...]

How To Be a Healthy Vegan

Posted on Apr 27th 2018 by Florida Blue

Have you thought about trying a plant-based diet? Being a vegan means you abstain from all animal products (including meat, fish, poultry, dairy, eggs and even honey). Studies have linked vegan diets to lower rates of heart disease and stress. The key to eating healthy on a vegan diet is planning. Planning is crucial so you don’t miss out on essential nutrients or end up eating too many [...]

There are more reasons you need your Annual Wellness Visit than you think. You’re healthy, in good shape and the type who never gets sick. You don’t need to see the doctor every year then, right? Not so fast. Checking in with your doctor regularly is important, even if you’re healthy. Here are a few reasons you don’t want to skip your Annual Wellness Visit. To set a base [...]

When was the last time you logged into your member account, searched for a doctor online or Googled a disease? Today? A week ago? Or maybe, never? If you’re a tech novice who prefers pen and paper to emails and texts, this article has tips and tricks to help you use your member account and get the most out of your Medicare health plan. And if you are a pro who eats, sleeps and breathes [...]

Your blood pressure is high. Your cholesterol is through the roof. Concerned, your family doctor refers you to a cardiologist. You’re worried, so you call the office to make an appointment as soon as you get home. Their next open appointment is in two months. You call your doctor back and get another name to try—only to learn that office has a three-month wait. This is a problem [...]

Think you know everything about your medications? You may not. From when to take your medications to where you keep them, there’s a lot to know about your drugs. Your medications can interact with each other and even with your vitamins and supplements. And where you store your prescriptions can sometimes make them less effective. We’ve gathered some advice from pharmacists here to help you get [...]

Pop quiz: When you think about using your new Medicare health plan, how does it make you feel? A. Prepared to tackle any health challenge that comes my way! B. Ready, but if I'm honest, a little intimidated by the stack of papers I got in the mail. C. I'm not even sure where to start. No matter whether you answered A, B or C, we're here to help. We want to make s [...]

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