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Health Essentials - AARP Everywhere

Health Essentials brings together AARP's health experts and columnists to keep you up to date on the latest wellness trends, brain health, Medicare and hearing news.

Patricia Barry

Elizabeth Agnvall

Katherine Bouton

Patricia Barry - AARP Everywhere

Patricia Barry

An authority on Medicare and Prescription Part B, she is the writer of Ask Ms. Medicare and author of 'Medicare for Dummies'.

A Must Read

'Medicare for Dummies' conveys the basics and where to find assistance to help you get the most out of Medicare

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Healthy Tools - AARP Everywhere

Health Tools

Use our health tools to check symptoms, control weight and identify pills

BMI Calculator - AARP Everywhere

BMI Calculator

How healthy is your weight? Find out now by calculating your body mass index

Quick Healthy Meals - AARP Everywhere

Quick, Healthy Meals

Check out these creative approaches to preparing great food

7 Things We've All Learned About Vaccines

The pandemic has proven quite a teacher when it comes to understanding the science of our shots

    

What Your Poop Can Tell You About Your Health

The No. 1 reason to pay attention to your No. 2? It offers clues to potentially serious conditions

8 Things to Know About COVID-19 Booster Shots

Extra vaccine doses could be on the way for millions more Americans

Lost Your COVID-19 Vaccine Card? How to Get It Back

Keeping immunization records handy is becoming increasingly important

Need Help? Discover AARP Community Connections

This website links volunteers with those in need in their communities

Know the Warning Signs of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

This sleep disorder can affect everything from your blood pressure to your sex life

LGBT Adults Face Chronic Illness, Health Challenges

New report highlights health disparities and the impact of the pandemic

Cancer and Alcohol: 3 Things You Need to Know

Alcohol caused more than 741,000 cancer cases in 2020 — but few people are aware of the link

4 Things to Know About the Mu Variant

Delta still dominates, but researchers are keeping a close eye on another coronavirus strain  

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Diabetes

Should You Take Metformin Despite the Recalls?

Experts explain the back-and-forth on this popular diabetes drug

Desserts for People With Diabetes

From chocolate to chia pudding, which treats to try if you’re watching your blood sugar

Can COVID-19 Cause Diabetes in Patients?

Researchers are working to understand surprising diagnoses in some hospitalized patients

How to Get Started With Telemedicine

We take you through setting up an appointment

Medicare Telehealth Use Soars During COVID-19 Pandemic

1 in 4 beneficiaries 'saw' medical provider remotely

How to Connect With Your Doctor Virtually

Tips for using a smartphone, tablet or computer

How to Take Your Fitness Routine Up a Notch

3 things to try to get more out of your workout — whatever your starting point

7 Superfoods You Should Be Eating After 50

These standouts can keep you healthy as nutritional needs change with age


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