19th Ave New York, NY 95822, USA

Health News Round-Up: Even With a Cart, Golf Is Serious Exercise

Cart-Aided Golf Still Packs a Workout

HNRU-GolfIsExercise-BAN-600x460-062015Ample fresh air and a moderate walking pace make golf feel like leisure, but this recent NPR piece reinforces that even with modifications like motorized carts, golf is indeed a sport. The number of steps a player takes when golfing with a cart can still equate to about two miles over the course of 18 holes, not to mention energy burn over 1,000 calories. Golf also works out a player’s core muscles and balance.

Courses and clubs like golf carts because they earn revenue and speed up players’ games, allowing for more tee times. For players with advanced age or health challenges, using a cart can make it possible to continue playing for longer. And with such a rarefied combination of enjoyment and exercise, hitting the links by any means necessary is a good thing.

(Take A Swing At This: Golf Is Exercise, Cart Or No Cart; NPR)

Safe Ramadan Observance, Even with Type 2 Diabetes

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan is underway, which is observed in part by fasting during daylight hours. Although Islamic law makes allowances for individuals with diabetes, some patients with type 2 diabetes still prefer to fast. This raises risks of unregulated blood sugar during the day, as well as weight gain from overindulging after the fast is broken. Recent findings suggest that for adults with type 2 diabetes, educational clinics about safe fasting practices and individualized treatment plans can help keep blood glucose and weight under control, and also avoid severe episodes of hypoglycemia. (The study’s authors caution that their findings are for type 2 diabetes only — individuals with type 1 diabetes, children, and pregnant women with diabetes should not fast during Ramadan.)

(Education can make Ramadan fast safer for type 2 diabetics; Reuters)

Medicare Incentives Reward Home Health Successes

As part of the Affordable Care Act’s aim to reduce health care expenditures, a program called Independence at Home was established. The program theorized that coordinated care and home visits could help providers manage patients’ chronic conditions and avoid expensive emergency department visits and hospital stays. Providers who demonstrated successful cost savings would receive incentive payments as a reward. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently announced that the theory was borne out in the first year of the program: savings averaged about $3,000 per beneficiary, and quality goals were also met (and, in many cases, improved). They will award incentives of more then $11 million nationwide to providers for demonstrating that home health care promotes safer aging in place and reduces the cost of long-term care.

(Home-Based Care Program is a $25 Million Success for Medicare; Home Health Care News)

Other News