An estimated 440,000 Americans die each year from diseases caused by smoking. Smoking is responsible for an estimated on in five U.S. deaths, and costs the U.S. over $250 billion each year in health care costs and lost productivity. About 48 million Americans smoke cigarettes, but most smokers are either actively trying to quit or want to quit. Since 1965, more than 40 percent of all adults who have eve smoked have quit.
The Surgeon General’s Report includes these findings:
- After one year off of cigarettes, the risk of heart disease caused by smoking, is reduced by half. After 15 years of abstinence, the risk is similar to that for people who’ve never smoked.
- In 5 to 15 years, the risk of stroke for ex-smokers returns to the level of those who’ve never smoked.
- Male smokers who quit between ages 35 to 39 add an average of 5 years to their lives. Female quitters in this age group add 3 years. Men and women who quit at ages 65 to 69 increase their life expectancy by 1 year.
DFD Russell Medical Center offers counseling and resources to assist patients with their efforts to quit smoking. DFD assesses readiness to quit, help establish a target date, provides follow-up support via care management calls, and supply individuals whose insurance does not cover nicotine replacement with vouchers for replacement therapy.
Are you prediabetic? Prediabetes is when your blood glucose (sugar) is higher than normal, but has not yet evolved into diabetes. One out of three American adults has prediabetes. Diabetes is a serious condition that can lead to heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, and even the loss of feet or legs. The good news is that Type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented through an effective lifestyle program. DFD Russell Medical Center can help you get the training and skills you need to lead a healthier lifestyle.
Central Maine Healthcare Diabetes Prevention Program is offering classes free of charge to eligible patients. You will gain skills to help you lose weight and be more physically active, receive a trained lifestyle coach and gain support from other participants with the same goals as you. Classes will be held at Central Maine Medical Center. Talk to your DFD provider today to fill out a Patient Recommendation Form.More Information on Prediabetes and the Diabetes Prevention Program Central Maine Healthcare Diabetes Prevention Program Patient Recommendation Form