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March 2021 Member Newsletter

Colon Health Awareness Is Important! Here’s How You Can Stay Healthy

March is National Cancer Colorectal Awareness Month, a great time for learning about the importance of regular screening and taking other steps to keep your colon healthy. Colorectal cancer is cancer that starts in the colon or the rectum. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. That’s why everyone should start getting regular screenings.

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Celebrating Women’s History Month: 5 Influential Women in Medicine

Throughout history, women were largely excluded from the science and medicine fields. The mid-1850s are seen as a turning point in history where society’s view towards women working in these fields shifted. Although, it would still take them hundreds of years to get past the barriers that were put before them. In celebration of Women’s History Month, we want to recognize the influential women in medicine that would pave the way for those that came after them.

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Your Guide to Getting the Sleep You Need

How important is sleep really? According to a study done by the National Sleep Foundation, sufficient sleep duration requirements vary across the lifespan from person to person. They found that individuals who habitually sleep outside the normal range may be exhibiting signs or symptoms of serious health problems or, if done purposefully, may be compromising their health and well-being. Sleep is an important part of our everyday lives. It can have a profound effect on our health if we aren’t getting enough sleep.

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What You Need to Know About Diabetes

Knowing signs and symptoms of diabetes can help you spot this disease which affects more than 400 million people throughout the world, letting you know when you or someone in your life should seek medical treatment. Diabetes is a serious condition that causes higher than normal blood sugar levels. It occurs when your body cannot make or effectively use its own insulin. Insulin is a hormone made by special cells in the pancreas called islets. According to the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, more than 30 million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes.

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Launching Soon: Enhanced Disease Management Program for Diabetes

Ascension’s national care management team will offer an enhanced disease management (EDM) program for diabetes. The new program is designed to help you better self-manage your diabetes, while giving you the confidence you need to make informed choices regarding your health. The EDM program works in partnership with your doctor to offer you personalized and integrated care from a team of specialists, including registered nurses and certified diabetes educators.

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IMPORTANT: Medical and Pharmacy ID Card Access

Medical and pharmacy ID cards may not arrive until after January 1, 2021. Access your ID cards digitally with the ABS member portal and app.