Learn How Oxidative Stress Impacts Senior Care Choices

Does Blood Oxidative Stress (BLOS) Impact Senior Care Choices?

Mick Jagger taught Baby Boomers an important lesson this week.  Fitness activity is not enough to prevent Heart Disease.  Of all of the Stones, Mick was the last one that anyone would predict heart surgery.  Mick’s father was a Physical Education instructor and Mick learned his fitness lessons well.  According to news reports, he maintained a healthy lifestyle for decades. Yet, he still went under the knife to replace a heart valve.

Was it genetics, poor diet at an early age, or something else?  Of course, we will never know if he stuck to a healthy diet.  I suspect that Mr. Jagger suffered from long-term elevated blood oxidative stress (BLOS), which promotes atherosclerosis and heart disease.  Over time, BLOS results in multiple chronic conditions including heart disease, which leads to expensive medical and Senior care.

Demographics and Multiple Chronic Health Conditions

A 2010 survey revealed that 80% of adults over age 65 have multiple chronic health conditions.  The top 4 chronic health conditions for Seniors are Hypertension (58%), High Cholesterol (45%), Ischemic Heart Disease (31%) and Diabetes (28%).  Many of these chronic health conditions may be due to long-term blood oxidative stress (BLOS) from a poor diet.  As expected, the cost of Medical Care for Seniors with multiple chronic health conditions increases with more physician visits and prescriptions.  A recent report suggests that the number of adults with Alzheimer’s Disease may be double.  These chronic health conditions also limit lifestyle, which results in more expensive Senior Care Choices.  A lifetime of poor lifestyle choices will deplete savings for Seniors and their loved ones.  Let’s review the cost of the current options for Senior Care.

Senior Care Choices

The choices available for Senior Care are a function of Senior Health State.  As expected, healthier Seniors have more affordable Senior Care.  Living at home with local family support is the ideal Senior Care option with both lowest expense and highest quality of life.

Next, Independent Senior Communities offer limited services for active Seniors with minor health conditions for an additional monthly cost of $400-$2,000.  For most Seniors, this option would be ideal for their remaining years.  However, as Seniors develop multiple chronic health conditions, this option will not be available.  Friends and family are replaced by trained Senior caregivers and on-site nurses  and physicians.  As expected, the cost of medical care and Senior Care rise with the remaining options.

Assisted Senior Living Communities provide regulated assistance to Seniors and range in cost from $2,500-$6,000 per month. This assistance increases the monthly costs by $2,000-$4,000 compared to Independent Senior Communities.

Nursing Homes provide intense assistance with a hefty price tag of $4,500-$12,000 per month.  24/7 care for your Senior has a high cost.

Continuing Care Retirement Communities are the most expensive Senior Care option due to the first-rate care.  No cost estimate was available, but you should expect costs in the range of Nursing Homes.

Memory Care Communities are a more recent Senior Care option that provides assistance for Seniors with Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia have an average monthly cost of $5,000.

How Will You Pay for Your Senior Care?

These expensive Senior Care Options do not include the high cost of prescription medications.  Do you have enough savings to pay for your Senior years?  As a Senior, your best strategy for extending your limited savings and retirement funds is to delay or prevent the onset of multiple chronic health conditions.  Are there lifestyle choices that you can make today that could help you and your family in planning your Senior Care?

Family Plan for Sustainable Senior Care

The Senior’s family needs to prepare a sustainable plan for Senior Care.  Although it is an uncomfortable topic, it is in everyone’s best interest to have that conversation earlier.  First, review the financial status.  Second, review health status.  Third, review lifestyle choices.  Fourth, prepare a plan for Sustainable Senior Care.  You will not complete this 4-step process in one afternoon.  It may take several conversations with your Senior to get the complete truth about finances and health.  Be patient and take careful notes.

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Oxidative Stress is Blind Spot for Health Care

Is Blood Oxidative Stress (BLOS) the Blind Spot for American Health Care?

For drivers, the Blind Spot is the most dangerous unknown.  For Americans and others that consume the Western Diet, Oxidative Stress is the Blind Spot for Health Care.  Oxidative Stress is thought to be the cause of multiple health problems with many remaining asymptomatic for years.  The list of diseases attributed to Oxidative Stress include heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and more.  If you ask Americans about their health state and compare it to their actual health state, then you will see their Blind Spot, too.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Who is the Healthiest of Them All?

The figure below compares the results of a 2015 Self Survey of Adult Americans for Health State and BMI.  In the third column, the corresponding Diabetic State or Blood Oxidative Stress (BLOS) level are shown.  About 1/3 of Adult Americans report Excellent Health with BMI and BLOS (most likely) in agreement.  About 10% are honest about their Poor (and Fair) Health with Type 2 Diabetes being difficult to ignore.  Here is the Blind Spot:  About 60% of Adult Americans think they are in Good or Very Good Health, but BMI and corresponding BLOS level tell a different story.  Why?

BLOS Blind Spot Adult American Health Survey 2015
Comparison of the 2015 Self Survey of Adult American’s Health Status, BMI, and estimated Diabetic State (BLOS).

BLOS is a Long-Term Health Problem

Being Overweight or Obese is the primary target of public health professionals, but it should be a secondary target.  Extra weight does not cause health problems beyond leg and joint problems.  The evidence that fat causes chronic health problems is scant.  Elevated BMI is only a Risk Factor.  However, oxidative stress is thought to cause several health problems, due to reactive oxygen species (ROS).  Continuous production of ROS by BLOS impacts tissue throughout your body.  Long-term, elevated Blood Oxidative Stress or BLOS should be the primary target, since it is an asymptomatic disease.  Reduction and management of BLOS may prevent the development of multiple health problems.

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Wellness Industry Should Focus on Oxidative Stress

Should the Wellness Industry Focus on Blood Oxidative Stress for Better Results?

The future of the Wellness Industry should focus on Oxidative Stress, since it affects more than 2/3 of adult Americans and many more around the World.  The primary source of Oxidative Stress is the blood.  Long-term, elevated levels of Blood Oxidative Stress or BLOS is thought to be an Asymptomatic Disease responsible for multiple health problems including Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, Atherosclerosis, and a greater risk of Cancers.  In the United States, Oxidative Stress is responsible for an estimated $800B in annual health care costs.  The current Wellness Industry programs fail at delivering a return on investment (ROI), since they do not focus on the root cause of many modern health problems.

Wellness Industry Should Focus on Oxidative Stress

The Rand Corporation evaluated Wellness programs and identified two distinct offerings with different ROI.

1st Type: Make the Employee Feel Good

The traditional Wellness program offers employees a number of benefits that focus on improving morale with little if any ROI.  Encouraging employees to make healthier choices with respect to diet and exercise is great, but the financial gain is difficult to measure.  Does the employee’s Lifestyle Choices prevent major health care problems in the future?  This is a difficult question to answer, since weight or BMI are risk factors and not causes of health care problems.

2nd Type: Avoid the Emergency Room!

The second type of Wellness program focuses on identifying employees at risk of a major health problem.  For these employees, this wellness program is a disease management program that reduces the cost of intensive medical care (that means Emergency Room visit).  These plans don’t manage a disease.  Instead, they provide a strategy to avoid the high cost of a catastrophic event.  Periodic testing may reveal a significant change in the employee’s physiological state, which may lead to a major medical event (e.g., heart attack).  Immediate medical attention for this employee may prevent the medical event and reduce the overall health care costs.

Are There Only 2 Types of Wellness Programs?

Is this the best that we can do?  Should we wait for the cumulative effect of long-term poor Lifestyle Choices for an Asymptomatic Disease like Cardiovascular Disease to manifest as a major medical event?  Is there a better way to structure Wellness Programs?  Could there first type of Wellness Program that focuses on Life Style Choices be better with a ROI?  (of course, read on!)

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New EBook Describes Health Hack for Life

New EBook Describes Health Hack for Life

Does Oxidative Stress confuse and worry you?  Which foods should I avoid?  What are antioxidants?  Will exercise help?  Do I have Oxidative Stress?   What is Oxidative StressHow does Oxidative Stress impact my health?  Is there a health hack for life that reduces Oxidative Stress?

Health Hack for Life

The answers to these questions and more are in my new eBook, “Let’s Hack Oxidative Stress.”  In my eBook, I provide a simple strategy for using three lifestyle choices to reduce your Oxidative Stress and improve your health.  You need to measure your Oxidative Stress with a Urine Test Kit to monitor the progress of your Hack.  The rest of the items needed for your Hack should be available at local stores, but there is a simpler way to gather up all of the products for  your Hack: Buy an Oxidative Stress Hack Kit from my Store!

Find All of Your BLOS Hack Kit Products Here

In addition to my eBook, I identified several high quality products for your Hack.  I have already done the shopping for you!  There are Oxidative Stress Hack Kits for either gender in both Deluxe and Basic formats.  The Lite Oxidative Stress Hack Kit is for the health-conscious person that already has most of the items needed for the Hack.  Get your life back on track by getting a handle on Oxidative Stress.

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What Are The Signs Of Oxidative Stress From Blood?

Is BLOS an Asymptomatic Disease?

The signs of oxidative stress from blood take years to fully develop, but early diagnosis may prevent many health problems.  The traditional approach to disease diagnosis is through the observation of one or more symptoms.  Rapid, accurate diagnosis is the key to treating symptomatic diseases.  Diseases that take years or decades to manifest as symptoms are Asymptomatic and rely on the underlying pathology for diagnosis.  Two examples of Asymptomatic Diseases are Alzheimer’s and Cardiovascular Diseases.  A recent news article describes how the Research Community redefined Alzheimer’s Disease as an Asymptomatic Disease.  In turn, this new definition will lead the development of new drugs for treating the underlying pathology before symptoms develop.  Blood Oxidative Stress or BLOS is another Asymptomatic Disease that demands more attention from the medical research community and public health officials.

Blood Oxidative Stress (BLOS)

Oxidative Stress receives lots of attention from medical researchers with new theories suggesting it causes multiple health problems including an increased risk of cancer.  There at least two sources of Oxidative Stress and Blood Oxidative Stress or BLOS may be the dominant source.  BLOS may be the true underlying cause of several diseases.  In fact, the underlying cause of Cardiovascular Disease may be BLOS, since it provides a mechanistic model for atherosclerosis that does not depend on a genetic mutation.

Learning about Signs of Oxidative Stress from Blood may prevent long-term development of serious health problems.
BLOS is another Asymptomatic Disease like Alzheimer’s and Cardiovascular Diseases. Learn about the signs of oxidative stress from blood in order to prevent long term health problems from developing.

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