Most Baby Boomers Never Tested for Hepatitis C

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May 14, 2012, 9:00 a.m. EDT
Most Baby Boomers Never Tested for Hepatitis C, Despite Being Most at Risk
Survey of Baby Boomers Reveals Dangerous “It’s Not Me” Mentality About Hepatitis C -The American Gastroenterological Association Launches New Campaign to Address Threat

BETHESDA, Md., May 14, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Almost three-quarters (74 percent) of baby boomers (those born between 1945 and 1965) have never been tested or are unsure if they have been tested for hepatitis C, and 80 percent do not consider themselves at any risk for having the disease, according to a new survey by the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA). This lack of knowledge has significant implications — nearly 5 million Americans are infected with hepatitis C[1] of which 82 percent[2] are baby boomers, but three in four people infected don’t know they have it.[3] Hepatitis C is the leading cause of liver failure, liver cancer or the need for a liver transplant in the U.S.[4]

In addition to a lack of knowledge, the survey showed a lack of action: 83 percent of the baby boomers surveyed have never discussed hepatitis C with their health-care provider, even though it is diagnosed with a simple blood test and for many people, can be cured.[5] Findings were released today by the AGA in advance of National Hepatitis Testing Day (May 19) to encourage baby boomers to talk to their health-care providers about getting tested–discussions that could potentially save lives. The survey of more than 1,000 baby boomers not previously diagnosed with hepatitis C was conducted online by Harris Interactive* on behalf of the AGA as part of a new educational campaign called I.D. Hep C.

“Many baby boomers have a potentially dangerous ‘it’s not me’ mentality about hepatitis C, and this survey underscores how poorly most people in that generation understand that risk factors do apply to them,” said Ira M. Jacobson, MD, AGAF, chief, division of gastroenterology and hepatology and professor of medicine, The Joan Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University, and physician co-advisor to AGA’s I.D. Hep C campaign. “Given the potentially deadly consequences of allowing hepatitis C to go undiagnosed, the AGA urges all baby boomers to talk to their doctors about getting tested.”

To help combat the looming hepatitis C public health issue and address this knowledge gap, the AGA has launched I.D. Hep C, a new campaign to educate people, especially baby boomers, about hepatitis C and encourage them to speak up and get tested. By visiting , people can learn more about hepatitis C and testing and get information on where to get tested — including free or low-cost screening events in some regions in the days surrounding National Hepatitis Testing Day (May 19). At , the AGA is also encouraging people to show their commitment to stopping this silent killer by taking a virtual pledge to get tested and spread the word.

Hepatitis C is a serious liver disease that is spread through infected blood.[6] Hepatitis C is responsible for about 15,000 deaths annually in the U.S., more than HIV.[7] Liver damage from hepatitis C gets worse over time, and because many boomers have been infected for decades, the number of people who die from hepatitis C-related liver problems is expected to increase by 207 percent from 2000 to 2030.[8]

Survey Findings

The survey also revealed baby boomers are largely unaware of other important facts about hepatitis C:

Eighty-three percent of baby boomers don’t realize their generation is most likely to have hepatitis C. Instead, half (52 percent) believe all age groups have a similar risk and nearly one quarter (24 percent) think those in Generation X (ages 31 to 46) are more likely to have the disease.

Fifty-five percent of baby boomers think every ethnic group has the same likelihood of having hepatitis C, even though African Americans and Hispanics are affected by hepatitis C at a significantly higher rate than the general population.[9],[10]

Fewer than one in five (18 percent) baby boomers know that for many people, hepatitis C can be cured.

“The disease can’t be treated if people don’t know they are infected. With treatment, the chance of a cure is greater than ever,” said Michael Ryan, MD, clinical professor of medicine, Eastern Virginia Medical School, practicing gastroenterologist with Digestive and Liver Disease Specialists of Norfolk, VA, and physician co-advisor to AGA’s I.D. Hep C campaign. “I see every day the devastation hepatitis C can cause, especially to those who have lived with the disease for years without knowing it. Baby boomers shouldn’t wait – they should talk to their doctors today about getting this simple test.”

About the Survey Methodology*

This survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Interactive on behalf of the AGA and Vertex from April 9-13, 2012, among 1,006 baby boomers (born between 1945 and 1965) not previously diagnosed with hepatitis C.

Additional survey findings are available at .

About the Campaign

I.D. Hep C is a new campaign to educate people, especially baby boomers, about hepatitis C and encourage them to speak up and get tested to learn their status. By visiting , people can take a virtual pledge to learn more and educate others about hepatitis C and testing and get information on where to get tested — including free or low-cost screening events in some regions in the days leading up to and following National Hepatitis Testing Day (May 19). At , the AGA is also encouraging people to show their commitment to stopping this silent killer by taking a virtual pledge to get tested and spread the word. This campaign is funded by Vertex.

About Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a serious liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus, which is spread through direct contact with the blood of infected people and ultimately affects the liver. Chronic hepatitis C can lead to serious and life-threatening liver problems, including liver damage, cirrhosis, liver failure or liver cancer. Though many people with hepatitis C may not experience symptoms, others may have symptoms such as fatigue, fever, jaundice and abdominal pain. [6]

People who are at risk for hepatitis C include:

People born between born between 1945 and 1965.

People who had blood transfusions or organ transplants before 1992.

People with tattoos or body piercings.

People who used intravenous drugs, even once.

People who work in a healthcare setting.

People with HIV.[4]

Unlike HIV and hepatitis B virus, for many people, chronic hepatitis C can be cured.[5] More than 170 million people worldwide are chronically infected with hepatitis C.[11] In the U.S., up to 5 million people have chronic hepatitis C[1] and 75 percent of them are unaware of their infection.[3] Hepatitis C is five times more prevalent in the U.S. compared to HIV.[12] The majority of people with hepatitis C in the U.S. were born between 1945 and 1965, accounting for 82 percent of all people with the disease.[2] In the U.S., hepatitis C is the leading cause of liver transplantations[4] and is reported to contribute to 15,000 deaths annually.[7]

About the AGA Institute

The American Gastroenterological Association is the trusted voice of the GI community. Founded in 1897, the AGA has grown to include 17,000 members from around the globe who are involved in all aspects of the science, practice and advancement of gastroenterology. The AGA Institute administers the practice, research and educational programs of the organization. .

Baby Boomers Profiting In New Economy

Baby Boomers Starting Over After 50 And Making A Profit

Dear Direct Response Reader; Bob Bly here for Hal Hoadley.
Think you’re too old to start a business? read on…

At what age are you too old to start an Internet marketing
business – or other new career or business?

I have thought at various times in my life (I am now 54) that
the cut-off age was 50 … 60 … or even 70.

There were two reasons I believed you’d reach a point where
starting over just wasn’t practical anymore.

The first, and lesser, was sheer age and lifespan: the idea that
when there are many more years behind you than ahead of you,
your time to enjoy the fruits of whatever labors you pursue is
too limited.

The second reason I believed there was a cut-off date for
starting a new career, learning a new trade, or launching a new
small business was lack of experience.

For instance, one of the many careers I considered in my youth
was the law. But years ago, I decided pursuing that was
impractical (not that I was really interested anyway; it was
more of a theoretical consideration).

Reason: say hypothetically you were to graduate law school at
age 45.

You compete against two groups.

The first is other 45-year-old lawyers who are the same age as
you – but have 20 years of law experience vs. your zero years.

The other group you compete against is your classmates. Like
you, they are new to the law.

But being in their 20s and single, instead of 45 and having a
mortgage and 3 kids in college, they can afford to work for
starting salaries too small to meet your needs.

However, actor Abe Vigoda has changed my mind about all this …
and my opinion today is that it is never too late to learn new
things, start a new business, switch careers, or go into a
different industry.

Abe Vigoda, if the name does not ring a bell, is the dour-faced
actor famous for playing the character Fish on the TV show
“Barney Miller.”

A few years ago, I read a short interview with Vigoda, who was,
at the time, still a working actor at age 87.

In it, I was reminded that Abe Vigoda’s big break was his first
movie, “The Godfather,” in which he played Sal Tessio.

Well, “The Godfather” was released in 1972. So if you do the
math, Abe Vigoda didn’t begin his movie acting career until he
was over 50.

More impressive is that, at age 87, Abe Vigoda – who, pardon me,
has a slightly cadaverous appearance that makes him look ready
for the Old Folks Home – was still a competitive handball player.

If Abe Vigoda can get his first movie role at over 50 – beating
out actors his age who had decades more credentials and
experience – then I am convinced that you and I can start a new
career or business at any age.

Yes, you may have some disadvantages over your younger
colleagues, peers, and competitors – including (possibly) less
energy, less flexibility, and less adaptability to new
technologies and methods.

Then again, maybe not. It depends on your personality – and your
circumstances. If you are a retired empty-nester, you may
actually have more time, freedom, and flexibility, not less.

On the other hand, if you are still working for a paycheck
because you have to and not because you want to, it may take a
greater degree of courage and fortitude to make any major
business, career, or life change.

As an older entrepreneur or career changer, you will likely have
some advantages over your competitors – such as greater life
experience and wisdom to draw upon when making decisions.

But I know from first-hand experience that 50 is not too old to
make a major change, and from that, I am guessing that your age
won’t stop you, either.

For example, I started a small online information marketing
business as I was closing in on my 50th birthday.

Today I earn a six-figure passive income selling information
products on the Internet, “working” less than an hour a day.

In my case, I kept my day job as a freelance copywriter and
still put in long hours on that.

But entering a new field – Internet marketing – has energized
and renewed me in a way I never thought possible.

If your gut tells you that you are ready for a change, you
probably are.

I close with this piece of wisdom from Milton Hershey, founder
of Hershey Chocolate:

“I have often been asked – What is the best age for producing? I
know only one answer, the age you are now.”


Bob Bly
Copywriter / Consultant
590 Delcina Drive
River Vale, NJ 07675
Phone 201-505-9451
Fax 201-573-4094

Healthy Diet

Health is very important and we all know that. There is no point justifying the significance of health in our life. But yet we all are unable to get an ideal and cheap fix of a proper healthy diet. This is very important to find a fix of a good diet as we end eating a monotonous diet everyday. Someday it is all about fat and the other day is about protein. Some of us a so involved in our professional lives that they don’t have a time to schedule themselves with idyllic routine. Routine is that podium which surfaces the nutrients which we consume. A healthy diet is composed of different elements and usually a good mix of nutrients and vitamins. So, try to include every essence of nature which you can grasp and this article will help you get that happen for you.
Try to eat as much food as possible
Fruits are the only organic ingredient of our diet. Organic means pure and richest form of natural constituent. Fruits hold an imperative place in our biological system. Every fruit has the power to revitalize body cells and provides a lot of energy to our body. All the fruits have a lot of antioxidants and calorie and fat content is very low. A healthy diet must comprise of seasonal fruit rather than a single fruit. A good mix of fruit will provide every vital antioxidant which will improve the vitamins and mineral quotient of our body. This is first point because foods are organic and contains every core of nature. Fruit plays a good complementary role to a high protein diet.
Importance of nutrients
Protein is very important it cuts off excessive fat from our muscles and enriches our body with energized muscles and boost our stamina. It helps us to build muscle tissue and stimulates proper hormone release. A controlled diet with stabilize amount of protein helps in generation of red blood cells. Fat and carbohydrate is the main supplier of energy. It plays significant part in our diet and we should have it in controlled quantity daily so that it can complement protein and provide us the energy required for calisthenics.
Follow the same routine for a long time
Obesity and excessive weight causes a lot of problem. It damages everything from strength, stamina, to working of cardiovascular system. Usually, when we loose weight a certain pace through workout and after that when we stop the workout most of gain weight at double pace. So, this is really a big pain especially the workout labor which is a sheer agony. This is a bit ironical for those who work hard for three to four months but doesn’t get the result for it. Do not leave your regime; follow it for a long time to carve your body. When a person follows a regime for a long time then he or she doesn’t face such issues of rapid gain in weight. Secondly, don’t get greedy to get yourself muscles within days of work out. Give your body the time it requires otherwise it will loosen up if left for a month.
Yoga is the mantra if you don’t want to follow the tiring calisthenics. Yoga for weight loss is one of the primal forms of energy amassing methods. It helps us psychologically, physically and offers new enthusiasm in our lives.

The author is renowned for his work on Stress Relief Games and it was one of the premium articles that pioneered the internet for a long time.