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Recent Health Headlines

As medical professionals who care about our community, we enjoy sharing the latest news and information on adult health trends and other important topics pertaining to our patients and our practice. We understand that knowledge is power for our patients – because, the more you know, the more engaged you can be in your own plan of care. With this in mind, below are a few recent items of interest that we’ve come across online; click on the links to view the full articles at their source. And feel free to give us a call if we can be of assistance to you or a loved one in need of primary medical care. Our number is 727.786.1673, or you can fill out an online appointment request form if you so choose.

Key Measures of Seniors Health Improve, But Inactivity a Rising Problem

When the United Health Foundation (UHF) came out with its latest rankings of America’s healthiest states for seniors, Florida fell squarely in the middle of the pack, at No. 27 – a bit surprising, given our state’s many advantages in terms of climate, air quality and retiree health care services. The good news was that, for the country as a whole, seniors’ health prospects have improved, with fewer preventable hospitalizations, more people receiving seasonal flu vaccinations and a general increase in overall “wellness.” The bad news is that the latest data shows a considerable drop in the number of people who are keeping active in their golden years, a key factor for avoiding preventable illness. Details and links to more information are in UHF’s press release, here.

Seniors Susceptible to Speech, Hearing, Language and Swallowing Disorders

Metabolic syndrome is the name of a dangerous disorder in which the patient has a variety of concerning health conditions including diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and/or other interrelated challenges.  A concerning new study now reveals that nearly half of all Americans aged 60 or older have this syndrome, and that those of Hispanic descent have a particularly elevated risk. Read about it in NYC Today.