Health Education Articles

Your Health

In keeping with our belief in preventative medicine, the Health Education Articles page is devoted to providing you with the information necessary to foster optimum health. On this, and preceding pages, you will find publications that will contribute to your understanding of good health practices and other information the medical consumer needs to know.

Preventive Health Guidelines

The Preventive Health guidelines were established by the United States Preventive Services Task Force. They provide health consumers and professionals with standards for health screening measures according to patient age and risk factors. Take a look and see if you are due for a test.

Arthritis Publications

Back Pain Publications

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, back pain is the second most common form of neurological disorder, second only to headache. Americans spend at least $50 billion per year on low back pain. See what you can learn about back pain.

Blood and Lymphatic Publications

Bursitis Publications

You have more than 150 bursa in your body. These small fluid-filled sacks surround your joints and lubricate the pressure points between bones, tendons and muscles near your joints. If you overuse or repeatedly stress your joints you may develop this painful condition.

Cholesterol Publications

According to the American Heart Association, cholesterol can be both good and bad, so it's important to learn what cholesterol is, how it affects your health and how to manage your blood cholesterol levels. These publications will help you to do that.

Diabetes Publications

According to the American Diabetes Association, there are 18.2 million people in the United States, or 6.3% of the population, who have diabetes. While an estimated 13 million have been diagnosed with diabetes, unfortunately, 5.2 million people (or nearly one-third) are unaware that they have the disease. Following are some excellent publications on the subject.

Dieting Publications

According to the Food and Drug Administration, poor diet and physical inactivity account for more than 400,000 premature deaths each year in the United States, second only to deaths related to smoking, says the CDC. People who are overweight or obese are more likely to develop heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, gallbladder disease, and joint pain caused by excess uric acid (gout). Excess weight can also cause interrupted breathing during sleep (sleep apnea) and wearing away of the joints (osteoarthritis). Carrying extra weight means carrying an extra risk for certain types of cancer, including endometrial, breast, prostate, and colon cancer. QHP considers this issue to be of prime importance to our members.

Digestive Disorder Publications

Researchers have only recently begun to understand the many, often complex diseases that affect the digestive system. Accordingly, people are gradually replacing folklore, old wives' tales, and rumors about the causes and treatments of digestive diseases with accurate, up-to-date information. But misunderstandings still exist, and while some folklore is harmless, some can be dangerous if it keeps a person from correctly preventing or treating an illness. Following is the latest on digestive disorders.

Hip Injury and Disorder Publications

According to the American Physical Therapy Association, the tightly constructed hip joint is exceptionally stable. While a handful of overuse and sports injuries are associated with the hip, the majority of hip problems are associated with aging, disease, and fractures in the elderly. For this reason we submit these publications for your consideration.

Osteoporosis Publications

Millions of Americans have osteoporosis. They are mostly women, but more than 2 million men also have this disease. White and Asian women are most likely to have osteoporosis.

The risk of osteoporosis grows as you get older. At the time of menopause women may lose bone quickly for several years. After that, the loss slows down, but continues. In men the loss of bone mass is slower. But, by age 65 or 70 men and women are losing bone at the same rate.

Heart and Circulation Publications

Lung and Breathing Publications

Breathing is such a vital function your body does it automatically. Your lungs provide an essential step in a system that provides life-giving oxygen to your body. Your lungs also eliminate carbon dioxide, a waste product. If you are experiencing difficulty breathing, you should see your primary care physician for evaluation.

Skin Disorder Publications

Your skin is the body's largest organ. It protects you from infection and disease and helps regulate your body temperature. Learn more about this vital organ.