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.
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.