bone & joint health
Young and Undone: More Young Adults Are Having Joint Surgery
A decade ago, hip and knee replacements were mainly for the senior set. But in recent years, a growing number of younger adults are having replacement surgeries. What can you do to protect yourself?
Member Profile: Rainy Days and RA Never Get Me Down
Blue Cross and Blue Shield member Camille Mason has lived with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) since her teens. Learn how she has managed to stay active and enjoy life.
Arthritis: No Funny Bones About It
It’s no laughing matter that arthritis is the leading cause of disability in our country. Read tips from our members on how they manage their arthritis.View bone & joint health Articles
Early Detection Helps Prevent Deaths from Breast Cancer
Getting regular screening tests is the best way to find breast cancer early, when it’s most likely to be successfully treated. Find out when you need to start getting screenings.
That's No Excuse: It's Time to Get a Mammogram
Excuses, fear and denial don’t cut it when it comes to taking care of your health. If you’re due for a mammogram, it’s time to schedule an appointment.
Growing Cancer Risk for Younger Adults: What You Should Know
While colorectal cancer was once most often diagnosed among those ages 50 and older, now younger people also need to be on the alert.View cancer Articles
Diabetes and Your Eyes: Why You Need Regular Eye Exams
People with diabetes are at a greater risk for eye problems, but early detection can help avoid vision loss. Eye exams can also catch changes in your eyes that can indicate serious health problems like high blood pressure, autoimmune diseases and cancer.
You Have Diabetes. Now What?
If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, you probably have a lot of questions. Learn the steps to take to manage your condition and stay healthy. Diabetes can be a scary diagnosis, but with some planning and dedication, you can get — and keep — the disease under control.
Review How to Inject Insulin with Your Doctor
It’s important to make sure you’re injecting your insulin correctly. Even if you have been using insulin for a while, it’s a good idea to regularly review the steps for doing it safely and effectively.View diabetes Articles
Too Cold for Outdoor Activities? Add Layers and Keep Going
No matter the weather, find a way to get in a workout. Beat the midwinter blahs by taking a walk or enjoying a fun, outdoor family activity. Exercise can help your body, mind and mood. So don’t take the winter off.
Open Wide and Say 'Healthy'! Oral Care Is Part of Good Health
Keeping your teeth and gums healthy is an important part of your overall health. Studies link poor oral health with a whole list of health problems, from diabetes and heart disease to pregnancy complications and stroke. Brushing, flossing and regular exams may help prevent serious problems later.
Simple Strategies for Healthier Holidays
Change your focus this holiday season. Make it about friends and family, and take the spotlight off the food. You’ll want to have tasty goodies and meals, but you can have healthier options and enjoy yourself without over indulging.View general health Articles
Heart Disease: The Equal Opportunity Killer
Many people think of heart disease as mostly affecting men, but it is the No. 1 cause of death for women and men. And women face risks and other issues that men don’t. Learn how women and men can protect themselves.
Don't Let This Silent Killer Get You
There are usually no outward signs that blood pressure is high. And untreated high blood pressure is dangerous. Get it checked regularly, and find out what lifestyle changes you can make to lower it.
Embrace a Healthy Heart: Commit to Preventing Heart Attacks and Strokes
February is Heart Month. It’s a good time to be proactive about your heart health. Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths in the U.S. each year. Many of these deaths could be prevented.View heart health Articles
Achoo! What to Do if Allergies Are New to You
Maybe you sailed through childhood with rarely a sneeze or itch. But allergies can crop up in your 20s, 30s and beyond. The three Ps of pets, pollution and pollen may be to blame, but researchers aren’t certain why the sniffles sideline some adults and others escape sneeze-free.
Trash the Ash
Smoking leads to serious health problems. Get some tips from members on the many ways they quit smoking, and get other helpful resources.
Summer Air Quality Can Increase Risk for Asthma Sufferers
Summer can be a tough time for kids and adults with asthma. But with a little planning, you can still enjoy a day at the beach or a night by the campfire.View lung health Articles