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" Portion Control "

Whether you are Diabetic or just wanting to drop that weight or maintain your goal weight, give this a read. ..... by Deborah Richter, RD, CDN, CDE, CERTIFIED DIABETES EDUCATOR, Sisters of Charity Hospital, St. Joseph Campus, Cheektowaga, NY.

Portion control is always a challenge, especially when you have diabetes. Using a smaller plate is a great way to jump-start control. The recommended portions make a 9-or 10- inch plate look only half full, so you're more likely to overeat. but the 8-inch plate looks overloaded -- with the right portion size. Since following a consistent carbohydrate meal plan is essential in controlling blood sugar and weight, a smaller plate makes it easy. Once the plate is full, no more! By eating less food and therefore, fewer carbs, your blood sugar levels and weight will decrease, reducing your risk of potential complications of poorly controlled diabetes and frustration in dropping that weight.

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emoticon Weeks Schedule for week of March 4th 2013

The Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing on "Unaffordable: Impact of Obamacare on Americans' Health Insurance Premiums" ( Thursday, March 7th, st 10:00a.m. )

There are no other meetings pertaining to Obamacare scheduled this week in the House. Nor are any listed on the Budget Cuts that went into effect last night at Midnight.

Senate schedule I have not received as yet.

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emoticon Part 5;


In today's world, insurers can simply turn down a smoker. Under Obama's overhaul, would they actually charge the full 50%? After all, worlkplace anti-smoking programs that use penalties usually charge less for less, Maybe $75 or $100 a month.

Robert Laszewski, a consultant who previously worked in the insurance industry, says there's a good reason to charge the maximum.

"If you don't charge the 50%, your competitor is going to do it, and you are going to get a disproportionate share of the less-healthy older smokers," said Laszewski. "They are going to have tp play defense."

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emoticon Part 4

Here's how the math works,

Take a hypothetical 60 year-old smoker making $35,000 a year. Estimated premiums for coverage in the new private health insurance markets under Obama's law would total $10,172, that person would be eligible for a tax credit that brings the cost down to $3,325.

But the smoking penalty could add $5,066 to the cost. And since federal tax credits can't be used to offset the penalty, the smoker's total cost for health insurance would be $8,411 or 24% of income. That's considered unaffordable under the federal tax law. The numbers were estimated using the online Kaiser Health Reform Subsidy Calculator.

"The effect of the smoking (penalty) allowed under the law would be that lower-income smokers could not afford health insurance," said Richard Curtis, president of the Institute for Health Policy Solutions a nonpartisan research group that called attention to the issue with a study about the potential impact in California.

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"If you are an insurer and there is a group of smokers you don't want in your pool, the ones you really don't want are the ones who have been smoking for 20 or 30 years," said Karen Pollitz, an expert on individual health insurance markets with the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation. "You would have the flexibility to discourage them."

Several provisions in the federal health care law work together to leave older smokers with a bleak set of financial options and Pollitz, formerly deputy director of the Office of Consumer Support in the federal Health and Human Services Department.

* First, the law allows insurers to charge adults up to three times as much as their younger customers.

* Second, the law allows insurers to levy the full 50 percent on older smokers while charging less to younger ones.

* And finally, government tax credits that will be available to help pay premiums cannot be used to offset the cost of penalties for smokers.

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emoticon Part 2

Insurers won't be allowed to charge more under the overhaul for people who are overweight, or have a health condition like a bad back or a heart that skips beats - but they can charge more if a person smokes.

Starting next Jan. 1. The federal health care law will make it possible for people who can't get coverage now to buy private policies, providing tax credits to keep the premiums affordable. Although the law prohibits insurance companies from turning away the sick, the penalties for smokers could have the same effect in many cases, keeping out potentially costly patients.

"We don't want to create barriers for people to get health care coverage," said California state Assemblyman Richard Pan, who is working on a law in his state that would limit insurers' ability to charge smokers more. The federal law allows states to limit or charge the smoking penalty.

"We want people who are smoking to get smoking cessation treatment." added Pan, a pediatrician who represents the Sacramento Area.

Obama administration officials declined to be interviewed for this article, but a former consumer protection regulator for the government is raising questions.

Part 3 .... to be continued.

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emoticon Article by Alonso-Zaldvar ... Washington (AP)

Penalty could keep smokers out of health overhaul

* Millions of smokers could be priced out of health insurance because of tobacco penalties in President Barack Obama's health care law according to experts who are just now leasing out the potential impact of a litted-noted provision in the massive legislation.

* The Affordable Care Act - "Obamacare" to his detractors = allow health insurers to charge smokers buying individual policies up to 50 percent higher premiums starting Jan. 1.

* For a 55 year old smoker, the penalty could reach nearly $4,250 a year. A 60 year old could wind up paying nearly $5,100 on top of premiums.

Younger smokers could be charged lower penalties under rules proposed last fall by the Obama administration. But older smokers could face a heavy hit on their household budgets at a time in life when smoking-related illness tend to emerge.

Workers covered on the job would be able to avoid tobacco penalties by joining smoking cessation programs, because employer plans operate under different rules. But experts say that option is not guaranteed to smokers trying to purchase coverage individually.

Nearly one out of every five U.S. Adults smokes. That share is higher among lower-income people, who also are more likely to work in jobs that don't come with health insurance and would therefore depend on the new federal health care law. Smoking increases the risk of developing heart disease, lung problems and cancer, contributing to nearly 450,000 deaths a year.

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That's good to know, since I drink at least 3 cups a day!

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GOOD NEW FOR COFFEE LOVERS: It May Prevent Cancer

In the war against cancer, caffeine may turn out to be one the most beneficial, surprising weapons you never suspected. And with at least one type of cancer, even decaf coffee may be just as powerful as the caffeinated stuff. Drinking coffee can help keep your mind young, too.

In some research, coffee -- often lots of it -- has been linked to lower rates of four kinds of cancer, including breast cancer. We've checked the list twice. In these studies, coffee seems to be anathema to:

~~ Endometrial cancer. Research indicates that women who drink lots of coffee are 25% less likely to develop endometrial cancer than women who don't finish even 1 cup. (Dr. Mike doesn't know how someone can't,) Dose:at least 4 cups a day.

~~ Prostate cancer. There's increasing evidence that prostate cancer detests coffee. Just weeks ago, new data came in showing that both high test and decaf coffee are particularly effective at shooting off the most dangerous kind of prostate cancer. Dose: 1 to 6 cups a day, with or without caffeine. Skip those caramel coffee drinks with whipped cream.

~~ The most common skin cancer. If basal cell carcinoma has quietly gotten a toehold, coffee acts to shut it down, researchers say. Dose: more than 3 cups a day.

~~ Breast cancer. Women who drink lots of coffee also run a lower risk of certain types of breast cancer after menopause -- 20-25% lower versus women who have less than 1 cup a day. Dose at least 5 cups a day of regular. Decaf coffee doesn't do it.

Medical Disclaimer: All information on this site is of general nature and is furnished for your knowledge and understanding only. This information is not to be taken as medical or other health advice pertaining to your specific health and medical condition.

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emoticon Thank you!

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3 -- Things That Make Quitting Easier


Nicotine's as powerful as a heaveyweight fighter, defending his title -- which means nicotine is in this match to win. But remember, so are you.

Here are three stop-smoking aids that help ease the physical effects of withdrawal so you can focus your mental might on breaking the cigarette habit.

1. Walking: Yes, you can walk away from cravings.
2. Nicotine replacement therapy ( NRT ); From patches to inhalers, these supply your brain
so stopping smoking doesn't cause withdrawal symptoms.
3. Prescription antismoking drugs:

Bupropion: is a long standing prescription antidepressant that also reduces the urge to
smoke.
Varenicine: is a relatively new drug designed to take away the pleasurable sensation that
nicotine releases in smokers. It may also reduce withdrawal symptoms.
Clonidine: (a high-blood-pressure drug) and nortiptyline ( an antidepresent) are back-ups
that help some smokers.

Check out the range of options, above, and work with your own physician to choose the best treatment for you. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or considering becoming pregnant, let your healthcare provider know, because it will affect which, if any, drugs you can use.

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