Feed Your Brain These Six Things

Healthy salad with arugula,spinach,smoked salmon and berries

Certain foods may help maintain mental sharpness and prevent Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. Try eating these nutrient-packed foods, which contain compounds that are beneficial for the aging brain*:

  • Arugula- A recent study found that people who ate one or two servings of leafy greens daily had the cognitive abilities of someone 11 years younger than people who ate none. Arugula, which helps lower blood pressure, and is very high in nitrates and compounds that increase blood flow to the brain by dilating blood vessels.
  • Blueberries- Some research has shown berries may lower Alzheimer’s risk by up to 53 percent. Blueberries are especially rich in flavonoids, antioxidants that may protect the brain from oxidative stress and strengthen brain cell communication.
  • Egg yolks- They are a rich source of choline, a B-complex vitamin that boosts brain health. Studies show that increased choline intake is linked to improved cognitive function, including memory.
  • Olive oil- A little olive oil on your food may protect against age-related loss of brain tissue. According to a study, researchers discovered that consuming extra virgin olive oil may safeguard memory and learning ability, as well as reduce the formation of two Alzheimer’s markers.
  • Salmon- This seafood is rich in omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPE, which are essential for brain health. Omega-3s help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress in the brain that may play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease, according to Jennifer McDaniel, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • Walnuts- Plants with healthy fats, such as walnuts which are high in alpha-linolenic acid, a plant-based omega-3 fatty acid. In a study of adults ages 65 to 75 with higher levels of ALA and other plant-based omega-3s in their blood performed better on test of fluid intelligence, which helps with solving new problems.

Are you interested in learning more about nutrient-rich food that may be beneficial for health and well-being? Read this Prevention article: 30 Days of Superfoods.

*Prevention. The 6 Best Brain Foods To Eat As You Age. Jessica Brown. 12.18.17.

October 5, 2018 at 3:47 pm Leave a comment

Seeking a Second Opinion?

I know this is difficult newsIf you or a family member is facing cancer treatment or another complex medical condition, you may be looking into what other treatment options are available or what another doctor may suggest. According to the American Cancer Society, there are many reasons for getting a second opinion, including*:

  • You want to be sure you have explored all options
  • You think your doctor is underestimating how serious your cancer is
  • You doctor is not sure what is wrong with you
  • You have a rare or unusual cancer
  • You think another treatment might be available
  • Your doctor is not a specialist in your type of cancer
  • Your doctor tells you there is uncertainty about the type or extent of cancer you have
  • Your doctor gives you a few different treatment options
  • You’re having trouble understanding and communicating with your doctor, or you want your options explained by someone else
  • You want peace of mind that you are making the right choice

If you are considering a second medical opinion, click here to learn about Grand Rounds®. You may also view a list of other key conditions for which you may want to obtain a second opinion. Members of major medical employer-sponsored, self-funded health benefit plans administered by Starmark have access to Grand Rounds, which provides medical second opinions from expert physicians specializing in the area of need. A second opinion is available from Grand Rounds at no additional cost to members and doesn’t require travel. For more information, visit grandrounds.com/starmark.

Grand Rounds is not an affiliate of Star Marketing & Administration, Inc. (Starmark) or Trustmark Life Insurance Company.

*Seeking a Second Opinion. American Cancer Society. www.cancer.org

 

October 5, 2018 at 3:44 pm Leave a comment

Get Your Healthcare Benefit Information Conveniently Online

Social media is on fire today!The Starmark website provides convenient 24/7 access to important healthcare benefit information online from your desktop/laptop, tablet or mobile device. Register and log in today at www.starmarkinc.com for access to:

  • A personalized page that includes educational resources to help you better understand your health benefit plan and ways to maximize cost savings.
  • Benefits and Claims information including an online summary of benefits, including prior- and current-year claims, and the status of claims.
  • The Document Center, which includes access to important health benefit plan information including your Plan Document and Summary of Benefits and Coverage.
  • Health and wellness resources such as an interactive online tool to access personalized health resources, complete health risk assessments and MyNurse 24/7SM, a nurse line providing around the clock access to a registered nurse.

October 5, 2018 at 3:43 pm Leave a comment

Flu Season Is Upon Us

Doctor's prescription note with flu shot reminder for fallOctober is the start of flu season. Last year, flu hospitalizations were the highest they’ve ever been. Be prepared this year with these tips:

  • Get a flu shot. The CDC recommends everyone six months of age and older get vaccinated every year as a first line of defense against the flu. Also, it is suggested to get vaccinated by the end of October to allow an immune response to the vaccine prior to the start of peak flu season.
  • Know the symptoms. Flu symptoms can come suddenly, and vary depending on the person. Symptoms may include cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, body aches, headaches and fatigue. The flu may seem similar to the common cold, but colds are usually slower to develop and less likely to result in a fever.
    • Severe symptoms like difficulty breathing and confusion, children who develop bluish skin or aren’t waking up or eating are cause for concern and might require immediate medical attention to treat them. Additionally, in all cases if a person’s symptoms suddenly worsen after appear to initially improve, visit a clinician.
  • Stay home or get medical care. If symptoms are mild, staying home and leaving only to get medical care is the best course of action. If you must leave home, wear a face mask, wash your hands, and cover coughs and sneezes with your elbow.

When you need care, you have 24/7/365 access to a U.S. board-certified Teladoc doctor.* Visit their website at teladoc.com or call 1.800.Teladoc (835.2362). Click here for more information about Teladoc.

*The consult fee is the lesser of $45 or the office visit copay, if selected. The consult fee is subject to change during the plan year. When registering, members should use their Starmark medical ID number (found on their medical ID card) and reference Starmark (Trustmark) when prompted by Teledoc for their insurance provider. Star Marketing & Administration, Inc. Teladoc is included with self-funded health benefit plan designs administered by Star Marketing & Administration, Inc. (Starmark). Teladoc, Inc. is not an affiliate of Starmark or Trustmark Life Insurance Company.

Source: ABC News. Flu season is here: What you need to know about the flu vaccine. Dr. Jonathan Steinman. 10.1.18. https://abcnews.go.com/Health/flu-season-flu-vaccine/story?id=58156433

October 5, 2018 at 3:41 pm Leave a comment

Breast Cancer Awareness Month- How to Spot Breast Cancer Symptoms

Breast Cancer Awareness. Schedule MammogramOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Many organizations help educate about the importance of regular breast self-exams and mammogram screenings to help with the early detection of breast cancer and increase survival rates.

According to Prevention, “Early Signs of Breast Cancer Perfectly Illustrated in Photo of Lemons”, the one thing to learn this month is what cancer looks and feels like with the help of a photo of a dozen lemons. The photo, created by nonprofit Worldwide Breast Cancer, shows some of the physically lesser-known signs of breast cancer, such as bumps, skin erosions and dimpling, as well as details the symptoms, which include heat, invisible lumps, and thick masses. The following are a few examples from the Worldwide Breast Cancer Know Your Lemons article.

  • Thick area- skin feels thickened and or there is an obvious lump in the breast.
  • Unexpected fluid- discharge from the nipple is common and is mostly harmless. However, if fluid is leaking from the breast outside of certain changes like developing breasts, infections, cysts, pregnancy or breastfeeding, it should be checked out.
  • Growing vein- A rare symptom, newly appearing blood vessels or veins are not a cause for concern, but if veins become more pronounced on the skin outside of certain changes, like weight gain, breastfeeding, it should be checked out.
  • Dimple- if a dimple of the breast doesn’t go away it can be a sign of breast cancer. An easy way to check is putting your arms up above your head to see if the whole breast skin moves with you or not.

Are you considering an upcoming medical test or procedure? Members of major medical health benefit plans administered by Starmark with an effective date of 12/1/16, and later, have access to Healthcare Bluebook™, an online quality and cost transparency tool. Members can access Healthcare Bluebook by registering and logging into www.starmarkinc.com > Health and Wellness > Healthcare Bluebook.

*Healthcare Bluebook is included with Starmark major medical plan designs; however, it is not available to Washington groups. Plan provisions apply. Starmark is a registered trademark of Trustmark Insurance Company. Healthcare Bluebook is not an affiliate of Starmark or Trustmark Life Insurance Company. Before receiving care, always ask the provider for his or her price. Additionally if your health plan uses a PPO network, call the provider network at the toll-free number on your medical ID card to verify that the hospital and/or healthcare provider participates in the network.

Sources: Prevention: Early Signs of Breast Cancer Perfectly Illustrated in Photo of Lemons. Leah Groth. 10/1/18.

Worldwidebreastcancer.org. 12 Signs of Breast Cancer Explained. 10/2018.

 

 

 

October 5, 2018 at 3:40 pm Leave a comment

Do You Want Quality Healthcare at an Affordable Price?

iStock_000079107555_MediumHealthcare BluebookTM can help you control healthcare costs!*

Use Healthcare Bluebook, an online tool providing Fair PriceTM transparency for medical tests and procedures, as well as transparent quality metrics.

With Healthcare Bluebook, you can:

  • See price ranges to avoid overpaying for healthcare
  • Compare providers based on quality data
  • Be a better shopper to help you find the best providers at the best price

Click here to learn how to find a Fair Price on your next medical test or procedure, which may help you save big bucks.

*Healthcare Bluebook is included with Starmark® major medical plan designs; however, it is not available to Washington groups. Plan provisions apply. Starmark is a registered trademark of Trustmark Insurance Company. Healthcare Bluebook is not an affiliate of Starmark or Trustmark Life Insurance Company. Before receiving care, always ask the provider for his or her price. Additionally if your health plan uses a PPO network, call the provider network at the toll-free number on your medical ID card to verify that the hospital and/or healthcare provider participates in the network.

June 29, 2018 at 9:06 pm Leave a comment

What Level of Care to Use

Feeling uncertain about?Knowing where to go for medical care can save you time and money. Use the following tips to help determine what level of care is needed:

  • Reserve the ER for serious or life-threatening conditions or injuries.
  • For non-urgent matters, contact your primary care physician or use in-store or immediate care clinics.
  • For cold and flu symptoms, allergies, sinus problems, skin problems and more, use Teladoc® to speak with a U.S. board-certified physician via phone call or video chat. Click here to learn more about when to use Teladoc.
  • MyNurse 24/7SM offers around-the-clock access to a registered nurse via telephone or online chat.

When you need care, you have 24/7/365 access to a U.S. board-certified Teladoc doctor.* Visit their website at teladoc.com or call 1.800.Teladoc (835.2362). Click here for more information about Teladoc.

*The consult fee is the lesser of $45 or the office visit copay, if selected. The consult fee is subject to change during the plan year. When registering, members should use their Starmark medical ID number (found on their medical ID card) and reference Starmark (Trustmark) when prompted by Teledoc for their insurance provider. Star Marketing & Administration, Inc. (Starmark) administers your employer-sponsored, self-funded health benefit plan. Starmark® is a registered trademark of Trustmark Insurance Company. Teledoc, Inc. is not an affiliate of Starmark or Trustmark Life Insurance Company.

June 29, 2018 at 8:30 pm Leave a comment

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