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Ask a Health Care Professional – High Blood Pressure

Ask a Health Care Professional – High Blood Pressure

By Diana Weber, M.D., Medical Director, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico How prevalent is high blood pressure? Nearly half of American adults have high blood pressure. Unfortunately, many people are unaware that they have high blood pressure because it is...

Ask a Health Care Professional – National Diabetes Month

Ask a Health Care Professional – National Diabetes Month

By Diana Weber, M.D., Medical Director, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico November brings Thanksgiving celebrations, but it is also National Diabetes Month, with World Diabetes Day occurring on November 14. This year, the American Diabetes Association...

Ask a Health Care Professional – Breast Cancer

Ask a Health Care Professional – Breast Cancer

By Diana Weber, M.D., Medical Director, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is a good time to make sure you’re up to date on recommended screenings for this disease. Breast cancer awareness is particularly relevant...

Ask a Health Care Professional – Hepatitis C

Ask a Health Care Professional – Hepatitis C

By Diana Weber, M.D., Medical Director, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico Hepatitis C is one of the most common infectious diseases in the world. New Mexico has a high rate of this infection, with approximately 2.8 percent of the population experiencing chronic...

Ask a Health Care Professional – Falls

Ask a Health Care Professional – Falls

By Latha Raja Shankar, M.D., MBA, Chief Medical Officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico Why do falls matter? Falls are a threat to the health of older adults and can reduce the ability to remain independent. Falls are dangerous and costly. According to the...

Ask a Health Care Professional – Sun Exposure

Ask a Health Care Professional – Sun Exposure

By Diana Weber, M.D., Medical Director, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico Summer in New Mexico means spending time outside enjoying activities that make the state such a wonderful place to live. In moderation, sun exposure can be beneficial by enhancing bone...

Ask a Health Care Professional – Kidney Disease

Ask a Health Care Professional – Kidney Disease

By Latha Raja Shankar, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 37 million people in the United States have chronic kidney disease — that’s more than one in...

Ask a Health Care Professional – Mental Illness

Ask a Health Care Professional – Mental Illness

By Diana Weber, M.D., Medical Director, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico May is Mental Health Awareness Month, an opportunity to stay informed about mental health, advocate for mental well-being and support those with mental illness. Mental health problems are...

Ask a Health Care Professional – National Minority Health Month

Ask a Health Care Professional – National Minority Health Month

By Diana Weber, M.D., Medical Director, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico April is National Minority Health Month, an opportunity to raise awareness about disparities in health care that disproportionately affect minorities. This year’s theme for National...

Ask a Health Care Professional – Colon Cancer

Ask a Health Care Professional – Colon Cancer

By Diana Weber, M.D., Medical Director, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico The American Cancer Society estimates there will be 890 new cases of colon and rectal cancer in New Mexico in 2022 and 330 New Mexicans will die of colorectal cancer this year. The...

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