Health Alert 5-8-12

By: Gina Pitisci Email
By: Gina Pitisci Email

May 8, 2012 - How much fat you have on your body could determine your risk of heart disease. A high "body mass index" or BMI has long been associated with heart disease, but until now, doctors didn't know exactly how much . Researchers have found that gaining just a few pounds a year could increase your BMI and double your risk of heart disease. According to a study published in PLoS Medicine, obesity linked to diabetes is the only major cardiovascular risk factor on the rise in North America and Europe, while smoking, cholesterol levels and hypertension have been decreasing.

Also, millions of people could get a 127 dollar check in the mail from their health insurance company. It's part of the health care reform law. The law says insurance companies have to spend 80 to 85 percent of premium payments on actual patient care or on things like discounted gym memberships. If they spend more on things like marketing or administrative costs, then they have to refund the customer. If your employer pays for all or part of your insurance premium, you may not get a refund.


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