HHS report includes ACA enrollee income info

An HHS report on insurance enrollment through the Affordable Care Act exchanges for 2015 shows higher enrollment for men, people younger than 35 and self-identified Latinos than for 2014, and lower figures for self-identified African-Americans than for 2014. Eight out of 10 households had incomes at or below 250% of the federal poverty level and 65% had incomes at 200% or lower. Eighty-seven percent of people who enrolled in a plan through HealthCare.gov received financial assistance, and nearly three-quarters of those subscribers enrolled in a silver-tier plan. Health Affairs Blog (3/11)

Daily multivitamins don’t cut heart risks in men

An analysis of data from the Physicians’ Health Study II involving nearly 15,000 men found that taking multivitamins regularly for about 11 years did not significantly reduce the odds of heart attack, stroke or death from heart conditions. The findings were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and presented at the American Heart Association meeting. The Wall Street Journal (11/5), WebMD (11/5), InternalMedicineNews.com (11/5)

Diabetes linked to increased risk of death due to pulmonary edema

Men with diabetes were nearly three times as likely to die of pulmonary edema, while women with diabetes faced a nearly fivefold risk of dying from the condition compared with control groups without diabetes, according to a study presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes meeting. The research tracked data on a number of noncardiac causes of death including pneumonia, pancreatitis and other causes. MedPage Today (free registration) (10/3)

Study: De-alcoholized red wine may benefit men with hypertension

Drinking nonalcoholic red wine may help alleviate hypertension in men at high risk for heart disease, according to a small study published online in Circulation Research. Spanish researchers who followed 67 men 55 and older found that those who drank de-alcoholized red wine daily for four weeks experienced a significant drop in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure levels compared with those who drank red wine or gin. HealthDay News (9/6)

Eating chocolate may lower stroke risk in men, study says

Men who reported eating the most chocolate were 17% less likely to suffer from a stroke over 10 years than were those who consumed the least, according to a study of 37,103 Swedish men on the website of the journal Neurology. “The beneficial effect of chocolate consumption on stroke may be related to the flavonoids in chocolate,” lead researcher Susanna Larsson said. Medscape (free registration) (8/29), Google/The Press Association (U.K.) (8/29)

Study explains lower fruit and vegetable intake among men

A study in the journal Appetite found that men are less likely than women to think that fruit and vegetable intake is vital for health maintenance. Men are also less confident that they can eat healthier, particularly when at work or in front of the television. Researchers found that men are subject to greater peer pressure to eat fruits and vegetables compared with women, but they still consume less. MyHealthNewsDaily.com (8/24)

Men need to pay attention to preventive health, expert says

Many men don’t have a regular doctor and often neglect preventive health care, said Jeff Cain, president-elect of the American Academy of Family Physicians. “It’s just like taking your car to a regular mechanic: The same doctor who takes care of you when you’re sick can take care of you when you’re well, and hopefully prevent problems down the road,” he said. This checklist looks at what men should be doing for their health as they age. USA TODAY (8/26)

Middle-aged men at slightly higher risk for renal failure

The lifetime risk of developing end-stage renal disease was a little higher among middle-aged men than women, researchers in Canada found. They also noted increased odds of ESRD among people with reduced kidney function. The findings were published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. MedPage Today (free registration) (8/18)

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