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New research: Cranberry concentrate reduces risk of urinary tract infections in elderly

January 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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New research [1] published in the American Journal of Geriatrics shows that over 25% of bladder infections (cystitis) can be reduced with the regular use of cranberry concentrate supplements in vulnerable older people in nursing homes at high risk of urinary tract infections. Over 20% of these high-risk elderly did not develop any UTI’s at all when taking the cranberry capsule. The Public Health and Primary Care (PHEG) department of the Leiden University Medical Center conducted the one-year study in 21 Dutch nursing homes in cooperation with the supplier of cranberry concentrate Springfield Nutraceuticals.

It’s estimated that half of all women in the UK will have a UTI at least once in their life [2] with nearly 50% of vulnerable elderly people regularly suffering from UTI’s [1]. As many as 30% of all infections occurring in nursing homes in the UK are urinary tract infections [1]. The importance of preventing infections in nursing homes is paramount, many residents have fragile health and for them, an infection can have serious consequences. Furthermore, resistance of bacteria commonly found to cause urinary tract infections is becoming more frequent so antibiotic therapy is not always a solution.

Effect of Cranberries

In the one-year study, 928 people with an average age of 85 years participated [1]. During the study, cranberry capsules with a specific composition were used and compared with a placebo. The preventative effect of cranberries on urinary tract infection has been known for many years. “The Indians already knew the medicinal properties of these berries”, says Monique Caljouw PhD (PHEG). “Among other particles, these berries contain the so-called PAC-particles that prevent the adhesion of infection-causing bacteria in the bladder wall,” Prof. Dr. Jacobijn Gussekloo (PHEG) explains.

The benefits of taking other types of cranberry products is often disputed. Many people drink cranberry juice when they have cystitis. Cranberry juice has a sour taste and patients – especially the elderly – often fail to drink a glass twice a day, for an extended period. Using sweetened juice for a long period of time is not desirable because of the high levels of sugar used in most cranberry juices to mask the sour taste. Caljouw and Gussekloo found the use of the cranberry supplement an effective method to prevent urinary tract infections. Other prevention methods are less appropriate. “Vitamin C does not seem to work and cranberry juice has its disadvantages. The administration of a low dose of antibiotics causes resistance.” “Cranberry capsules are therefore appropriate,” says PhD Caljouw.

In this study the cranberry supplement used contains the whole cranberry: skin, seeds, pulp, juice and fiber which previous research has shown is preferable to those which do not contain the whole fruit. It also has a patented manufacturing process that provides a bioactive protection to all parts of the cranberry avoiding destruction by gastric acid.

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Health Insurance – Boon For Senior Citizens by Mike James Soni

May 11, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Water, Water everywhere but not a drop to drink! That was how Senior Citizens  felt some years ago when the Health Insurance companies were selective to cater  to them. With better medical conditions, people are able to live longer and  healthier. However, age does bring some health related issues that needs to be  taken care of.

There was a time when people after 50 years of age were generally not  considered Insurable or were considered high risk. So, if anyone wanted to get  health Insurance, the policy was either denied or was issued with various  exclusions on Pre-existing diseases.

With the emergence of various Insurance companies, the Insurance segment for  Senior citizens has also opened up. It is a boon for them to be able to plan and  take their health in their own hands. The Insurance companies have started  considering senior citizens as a potential market and address their need for a  Health Insurance product. Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA)  has also taken various steps to boost the inclusion of senior citizens in the  health insurance sector.

There are some health insurers which cover the senior citizens with no cap on  the entry age, though IRDA’s directive is to keep at least 65 years as the  maximum entry age.

The Health Insurance segment is at nascent stage and hence arbitrary at  present/dichotomous in nature. Every individual has to undergo medical tests so  as to be considered for health insurance. The reimbursement for the medical  tests varies from insurer to insurer. Now, all insurers would reimburse 50% of  the cost of the tests if they issue a health policy to the customer. However,  there still are some companies in the market that cover a senior citizen without  medical tests up to a certain age and covers pre-existing ailments from first  year itself.

The Insurance companies would have to include all these clauses in the offer  document and explain to the customer what it means to them. With IRDA bringing  more transparency, consistency and accountability in the sector, the customers  would have more options to choose from and a better product to meet their  needs.

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Senior Citizen Health Insurance – How to Make it Affordable? by Reina Raine

April 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Senior citizen health insurance becomes a necessity as Medicare alone might  be insufficient unless you have a good savings plan or 401K during working  years. Retirement is a time when you get away from the daily grind and do things  that you love to do. However, when you consider the cost of a senior citizen  health insurance plan and added medications versus the fixed income of the  retirees, the picture looks quite bleak. Why is senior citizen health insurance  so expensive to secure? Is there anything that can be done to help the situation?

Getting an insurance policy is paying against a calculated risk. People get  hurt or sick, and the insurance company takes this risk into consideration when  calculating the premium. The greater the risks, the higher the premium.

With increasing age, people are more susceptible to illness and injury.  Illnesses such as hypertension and diabetes require long term care and  medication, hence increasing the overall cost. Age is seen as a high risk factor  to the profitability of the insurance company. This results in the premiums for  senior citizen health insurance being higher.

However, there are some ways to help you prepare for this. When setting up  your 401K savings plan, make sure that you take into consideration both the cost  of living after retirement and the cost of health care. Include the projected  costs for the premium payments for the senior citizen health insurance.

Sign up for the plan prior to retirement as the plan will be less expensive  if you are younger at the beginning of the policy. Check the details to verify  that the plan covers everything that you want and is compatible with Medicare.  Your chosen plan should be supplemental to government provisions and is not  intended to replace them. Always read the policy carefully before signing the  acceptance of the policy.

While this may seem like an extreme expense, the additional coverage provided  by these policies is worth paying for considering the kind of expenses that  might be incurred.

When purchasing the senior citizen health insurance cover, shop around to get  the best possible rates and coverage for your needs.

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