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Healthy Lifestyles Can Prevent 90% of Strokes

07/26/16

  10:42:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 220 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Heart, Research, Diabetes, Hypertension, Preventive care

Healthy Lifestyles Can Prevent 90% of Strokes

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It should come as little surprise that a proven wellness program like MedBen WellLiving can help to reduce the risk of serious health conditions. But a new study shows just how much of an impact regular preventive care can make.

According to HealthDay News, researchers determined that 90% of all strokes worldwide are preventable — and the biggest risk factor is hypertension. Eliminating high blood pressure was estimated to reduce risk by nearly 48%, the findings showed.

Other risk factors include: physical inactivity (36% potential stroke reduction if eliminated): bad cholesterol (27%); poor diet (23%); obesity (19%); smoking (12%); heart causes (9%); and diabetes (4%).

Early detection of hypertension and other chronic conditions can mean the difference between a treatable health issue and a major (and costly) problem. Toward that goal, MedBen WellLiving performs an electronic claims data analysis of the employer's total employee population, using company claims history to identify individual health patterns that would benefit from specialized nurse coaching.

Plan members with better health records benefit from WellLiving, too. Our focus on primary prevention puts the physician first, promoting an ongoing doctor-patient relationship that spots potential conditions before they have a chance to worsen.

Wellness works best by reducing risk that leads to preventable diseases. Learn more about how MedBen WellLiving can work for your group by contacting Vice President of Sales & marketing Brian Fargus at bfargus@medben.com.

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