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Report: Don’t entrust healthcare savings to patients older than 40

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — Those older than 40 years may be making a negative impact on the future of the U.S. economy with the way they eat, live and keep track of their health, according to a white paper released Wednesday by the MetLife Mature Market Institute and co-authored by the Center for Healthy Aging. 

According to the "On the Critical List?: A MetLife Report on the Health Status of the 40+ Population," Gen Xers are treating diseases as they emerge as opposed to focusing on health and wellness. Overall, as many as 27.1% of American adults between the ages of 50 years and 64 years are sedentary, defined as not doing any physical activity outside of work for 30 days. 

Across the total population, the number of Americans considered obese reaches as high as 66 million. And it’s that prevalence of obesity that has a direct correlation to rising healthcare costs.

The authors estimated that expenditures associated with obesity increased by about $1,723 per year per capita. "Those dollars, for the most part, go to treating all of the chronic diseases that obesity is associated with and not just direct treatment for obesity," the authors wrote. "This estimate means that the annual medical burden of obesity is nearly 8.5% of total annual Medicare expenditures." 

Of the chronic diseases associated with obesity, approximately 9% of the population has diabetes and 30.8% has high blood pressure, a primary risk for cardiovascular disease.

And while it has been reported that the prevalence of disability has decreased for those older than 65 years, that’s not the case for those oolder than 40 years. "Data from the National Health Interview Survey found that between 2000 and 2010, the percentage of adults ages 45 years to 64 years with two or more of nine selected chronic conditions increased for men and women, all racial and ethnic groups examined and most income groups," the authors noted. "The percentage of these chronically ill adults who did not receive or delayed medical care due to cost increased from 17% to 23%, and the percentage who did not receive needed prescription drugs due to cost increased from 14% to 22%. 

“A lifetime perspective is essential to preserving the health of generations of Americans,” stated Sandra Timmermann, director of the MetLife Mature Market Institute. “For example, a decline in chronic disease would reduce the prevalence of disability and lead to declines in associated medical expenditures per year. In the workplace, employers can play an important role by promoting good health behaviors through wellness programs.”

Employers with worksite wellness programs were better capable of becoming that change agent, the report noted. Forming partnerships between consumers, employers, health plans and healthcare organizations will stimulate improved quality, lower costs and increase productivity in the workplace," the authors concluded.

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Chattem launches Cortizone 10 Poison Ivy Relief Pads featuring trademarked Snapplicator

BY Michael Johnsen

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Chattem on Tuesday introduced Cortizone 10 Poison Ivy Relief Pads featuring a new anti-itch format trademarked the Snapplicator. 

"The innovative packaging is the first of its kind for poison ivy relief," stated Liz Roques, assistant brand manager at Chattem. "The individual Snapplicators include a single treatment so consumers don’t have to touch the affected area."

Cortizone 10 Poison Ivy Relief Pads  will retail $8.99 for 10 Snapplicators and are formulated to provide fast relief from exposure to poison ivy, oak and sumac with a combination of aloe, botanicals and oat extract.


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Nordic Naturals launches Nordic CoQ10 Ubiquinol

BY Michael Johnsen

WATSONVILLE, Calif. — Nordic Naturals on Tuesday launched Nordic CoQ10 Ubiquinol, formulated with 100 mg of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ-10) ubiquinol in a soft gel delivery format. Shown to support cardiovascular health and the transformation of food into energy, ubiquinol is the active antioxidant form of CoQ-10, a fat-soluble molecule found in nearly every cell, tissue, and organ in the body, the supplier stated.

“While it is not an essential fatty acid, CoQ-10 is similar to omega-3 essential fatty acids in that it affects health on the cellular level,” stated Keri Marshall, Nordic Naturals chief medical officer. “Ubiquinol is the active form of CoQ-10 and is more bioavailable than conventional CoQ-10 supplements, which must be converted to ubiquinol in order to be utilized by the body. Because the body’s ability to convert CoQ-10 into the ubiquinol form diminishes with age, Nordic CoQ10 Ubiquinol is ideal for anyone over the age of 40 looking for extra antioxidant support.”

Nordic CoQ10 Ubiquinol is also suitable for people who may be deficient in CoQ-10, for individuals with cardiovascular conditions, or those taking statin drugs, which is known to deplete CoQ-10 levels.


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