• Syndrome X: Are You at Risk for Metabolic Syndrome?

    August 2, 2021
    Metabolic syndrome, also known as Syndrome X (sounds like a spy movie villain, right?), refers to a collection of risk factors for life-threatening disease. “Metabolic" refers to the natural processes involved in the body's normal functioning. ....
  • Don’t Miss A Shot: Get Your Kids Vaccinated

    July 30, 2021
    Your baby has an appointment for her latest round of shots. The wind is howling, the temperature is dropping, and you’d really rather just stay home. What’s the harm in skipping this round of shots? Actually, that decision could lead to a...
  • How to Live Well with Chronic Health Problems

    July 29, 2021
    Dealing with being sick when there is a quick fix is one thing. But what if you can’t just take a pill? You may face a health problem that lasts a long time. Or a serious one you’ll live with for the rest of your life. Tackling thos...
  • High Cholesterol Doubles Your Risk for Heart Disease

    July 28, 2021
    Nearly 1 in every 3 Americans has high cholesterol, which can clog blood vessels and lead to heart disease. In fact, people with high total cholesterol have about twice the risk for heart disease as people with healthy levels. Along with family...
  • Fight the Flu — One Shot at a Time

    July 28, 2021
    Many people don’t know that they can get influenza — the respiratory disease we often call the flu — any time of the year. Flu viruses usually peak between December and February . But cases of flu usually start to increas...
  • Safe Food, Safe You

    July 28, 2021
    Millions of Americans suffer through food poisoning each year. And with major recalls hitting the news, you may be hearing more about food-linked sickness. Food poisoning, or foodborne diseases, includes any kind of illness brought on by eating conta...
  • Help Your Child Avoid the Health Risks of Obesity

    July 28, 2021
    Helping kids stay active can be hard. Making sure they eat healthy foods isn’t easy either. But it’s more important than ever. About 1 in 7 young people ages 10 to 17 in the U.S. are obese, according to a 2020 report from the Robert Wood ...
  • Creating an Asthma-Friendly School

    July 27, 2021
    More than six million children under the age of 18 suffer from asthma in the United States. An asthma attack can happen anywhere – even at school. What can parents and schools do to ensure these students are safe and ready to learn? The Americ...
  • How Preventive Exams Are Used to Detect Cervical Cancer in Women

    July 26, 2021
    We’ve all heard the old proverb: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Translated, it simply means catching health issues early is best. Many preventive services covered under your health plan help you do just that. Three&...
  • Your Child’s Asthma Care: Build a Team

    July 23, 2021
    They say it takes a village to raise a child. When the child has asthma, it takes a “village” of health experts. This health team will help your child manage their symptoms and live a normal, active life. Good communication with your chil...
  • Seven Facts About Hepatitis C

    July 22, 2021
    You’ve probably heard about Hepatitis C in the news. It’s the most common bloodborne infection in the United States. Because it can be easily spread, it has sparked fear and worry in some people. We’re here to help people understand...
  • Good Gum Care May Help Manage Diabetes

    July 21, 2021
    If you have diabetes, it affects your whole body – including your mouth. Don’t skip regular dental checkups. Along with managing your blood sugar levels, dental care helps you keep both your body and mouth healthy. Gum Disease and Blood S...
  • How Serious is Cirrhosis?

    July 20, 2021
    Over the years, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) has worked closely with Loyola University School of Medicine to support research about cirrhosis of the liver. By doing so, we can help doctors anticipate and treat the growing number...
  • Prevent Gum Disease for a Healthy Heart

    July 19, 2021
    What do your gums and your heart have in common? Studies show people with gum disease are almost twice as likely to have heart disease. With gum disease, inflammation not only puts the mouth at risk, but can be a danger to the heart. Links have also...
  • Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes

    July 16, 2021
    Over the last decade, new cases of Type 2 diabetes have decreased – except in one important age group. Among people younger than 20 years old, Type 2 diabetes has risen significantly. All told, more than 34 million Americans – just over o...