Prediabetes: Why You Shouldn’t Ignore It

If you’ve been diagnosed with prediabetes, it means you have a blood glucose (sugar) level that is creeping up. Your level isn’t high enough yet to be called type 2 diabetes, but it is abnormally high. The condition is basically a warning that screams, “Pay attention! Danger ahead!” That’s because your risk of developing full-blown diabetes is increased with prediabetes. And once you have diabetes, it never goes away.

But here’s the good news: If you act now, you can slow this trip toward diabetes. You may even be able to stop it altogether.

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Estate Planning: Why it’s Important

Many of us spend nearly all of our lives working, saving and accumulating—yet we may spend hardly any time planning what should happen to those hard-earned assets after we die. In fact, we probably spend more time deciding what color to paint the house than who should inherit it once we’re gone.

Estate planning is important, however. And it’s not just for the rich. It’s for everybody.

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Health Net in the Palm of Your Hand

On the go with the Health Net Mobile App


Designed for members on the go, Health Net Mobile is a convenient way to connect to a HealthNet.com online account.

You lead a busy life and keeping track of the details – even the important details of your and your family’s health care – can be daunting. If you’ve got an iPhone*, Android* or other web-enabled mobile device, you’ve got everything you need to track your health plan details – no matter where you are or how busy.

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Nighttime Overhaul: Sleep For Your Health

What happens at night when you’re asleep?

Your body’s getting a tune-up, your temperature and blood pressure drop; your muscles relax and more blood reaches them.  When you’re in deep sleep, tissue grows and is repaired, energy is restored in both the brain and the body. Also your body releases hormones – some of them control how hungry you feel before you eat and how full you feel afterwards, while others make you alert in the morning.

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Caught in the Middle: Caring for Kids AND Parents

Should you take your dad to the doctor or pick up your daughter at school? Do you check on your mom who isn’t feeling well or watch your son’s soccer game?

These are the kinds of challenges you face when you care for aging parents and your kids too. If you’re trying to do both things, you’re part of what’s called the sandwich generation. And along with caring for everybody else, you’ve got to take care of yourself. If you don’t, you’ll wear yourself out. You might even get sick.

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Six Foods That Add up to Lower Cholesterol

You probably already know this equation: Too much LDL (the bad cholesterol) + not enough HDL (the good cholesterol) + high triglycerides (another blood fat) = potential trouble for your heart.  Check out the following chart for what’s good, why it’s heart-healthy, and how to slip these six foods into your diet.

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Vision Check: Why Regular Eye Exams Matter

A dazzling sunset. A stunning bouquet. A baby’s heart-melting smile.

These are some of life’s special joys. And one thing holds true for all of them: To enjoy each to its fullest, you have to have good vision.

That’s why eye exams are crucial. An eye doctor can help to ensure that your eyes are healthy and that you’re seeing well. He or she can also catch vision problems early, when they may be easier to treat.

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Is it a Match? Find The Right Family Doctor

You want a doctor who knows you well—and one who can keep you well too.

A family doctor may be a great match for you. A family doctor will listen to you and really get to know you. He or she can even treat your entire family. That helps everyone in your family make the right choices to stay healthy.

But how can you find the best family doctor for you?  Here are a few tips.

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Personal Health: Protect Your Back

Strategies to help safeguard your spine

 

How’s your back? If it’s fine, that’s great news. But if you’re like many people, you’re all too familiar with back pain. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), nearly everyone gets a sore back at some time in life. In fact, maybe your back hurts right now.

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