Category Archives: Health Issues

Understanding Gluten vs. Carbohydrates in the World of Dieting

With so much information out there regarding healthy eating and dieting, what to eat and what to avoid, it is no wonder people get confused.  Over the years we’ve seen low-fat diets and low-carbohydrate diets, grapefruit diets, paleo diets, all meat diets and so on. Today we hear a lot about gluten and its role in a healthy diet.  We also hear a lot about low-carb diets. But what’s the real story with carbohydrates and gluten? Is going gluten-free just another “diet” on the long list of “diets?” Continue reading

Keeping Your Bones Strong and Healthy

Chances are, you think a lot about what you eat and how you exercise to maintain a healthy lifestyle. But, do you ever actually think about your bones? If not, you should, because your bones are alive and teeming with cells that breakdown and rebuild bone throughout your life. Continue reading

How do you stay warm this winter? Hit the gym!

To help our members stay healthy and happy one of Viva’s awesome membership perks is help paying for gym costs.

A Viva Medicare membership includes $20 per month toward a fitness center membership! Take advantage of this fantastic opportunity. There is no better or easier way to enjoy a more active and healthy lifestyle than joining a local fitness center. You’ll be able to enjoy the company of others while you improve your health. No matter what your fitness level is, you can get started today! (Always check with your physician before beginning any exercise program.)

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers, and about 12% of women will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. In 2015, the American Cancer Society estimated that about 1,658,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women and that about 589,430 women will die from breast cancer in the US. Continue reading

Battling Depression

Depression is one of the largest health concerns facing the medical community today. It affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide and the number of diagnosed patients is increasing twenty percent each year. Depression takes its toll not only on the mind but on the body as well. Sadly, only a small fraction of those who show signs of clinical depression are receiving treatment for the disease. This is an increasing concern because depression is most prevalent in people ages 45-68. Continue reading

How stress impacts your life

In psychology, stress is the feeling of strain or pressure. In biology, stress is the body’s method of reacting to a challenge. In everyday life, however, stress is simply anything that saps you of your energy, mood or just plain makes life hard. Stress is linked to a myriad of health concerns and causes everyone, at one point or another, to feel some sort of inner struggle. Stress is natural and manageable, but needs to be properly understood in order to deal with. So how does stress affect your life?
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Be Sure to Meet Your Nutritional Needs As You Get Older

It should come as no surprise as that as we get older, some of the foods we eat don’t digest the same way they used to when we were younger. Not only that, but we need to be more conscious about the foods we put in our body. A healthy diet and lifestyle can reduce your risk of heart disease, heart attacks, and stroke. Continue reading