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Wellness Trends - June 2019

Posted By NWI, Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Updated: Thursday, June 20, 2019

Social & Emotional Wellness Are Critical Factors to Success

Social Determinants of Health Definitions 

We hear a lot more these days about social determinants of health (SDOH), but what are they? The World Health Organization provides a definition of SDOH.  

Further, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides additional definitions that should be considered in addition to SDOH. 


Transamerica Health Care Studies

Special thanks to Hector De La Torre of the Transamerica Center for Health Studies for providing this insightful data 

Wellness TrendsTransamerica Center for Health Studies® (TCHS) – a division of the Transamerica Institute® – is focused on empowering consumers and employers to achieve the best value and protection from their health coverage. TCHS engages with the American public through national surveys, its website, research findings and consumer guidance. 


Grocery Store Bills Can Determine Diabetes Rates by Neighborhood

Dietary habits are notoriously difficult to monitor. Now data scientists have analyzed sales figures from London’s biggest grocer to link eating patterns with local rates of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high blood sugar.  Read more at MIT Technology Review

Tags:  Diabetes  Emotional Wellness  Health Care  Healthcare  SDOH  Social Determinants of Health  Social Wellness  Trends  Wellness Trends 

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Want to Avoid Diabetes? Eat at Home.

Posted By NWI, Monday, July 11, 2016

New materials made available by the Public Libraries of Science (PLOS) indicate that eating food prepared at home significantly reduces your risk of developing diabetes.


Research by Qi Sun, from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, indicates that a diet of food prepared outside the home, specifically fast food, is high in energy but low in nutrients. This type of diet has a tendency to cause weight gain, which in turn correlates with increased risk of type-2 diabetes.


Sun and colleagues’ findings indicate that people who eat 5-7 evening meals at home have an average of 15% lower chance of developing type-2 Diabetes as compared to people who eat 2 or less evening meals at home.


Sun’s research also indicated that the tendency to eat more meals at home is itself a trait of people who tend to have lifestyles that trend toward better diets and more exercise – both mitigating factors in the risk of type-2 diabetes.


To read the full article from PLOS, click here.

Tags:  Diabetes  Diet  Health  Health Care  Nutrition  Wellness 

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Breast Cancer Rates Rise Among African American Women

Posted By NWI, Tuesday, November 3, 2015

For the first time, breast cancer rates among black women have reached the same level as among white women.

Black women historically have had a lower rate of breast cancer than the rate among white women. This new benchmark is especially troublesome because black women have had a higher mortality rate from breast cancer than women of other races. The higher mortality rate can be attributed to a variety of factors, including accessibility of care, cultural distrust of doctors, or lack of insurance coverage.

Black women are also more susceptible to a form of breast cancer called “Triple Negative Breast cancer.” This type of cancer is more deadly in part because there is no specific treatment for it. Triple Negative Breast Cancer shows up in 22 percent of black breast cancer patients, while it only appears in 11 percent of white breast cancer patients.

These facts about the rising rate of breast cancer among black women should be cause for alarm, with the intent of calling for more education among black communities for women to receive regular breast cancer screenings, and a call for the medical community to focus on Triple Negative Breast Cancer.

To read the full study, released by the American Cancer Society, click here.

Tags:  Breast Cancer  Cancer  Diversity  Health  Health Care 

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