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thank you for your assistance in signing me up for insurance through
the Affordable Health Care Act. As a 62-year-old woman with no
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October 21st, 2014
Get the best results on a life insurance medical exam
Many of us have questions relating to the
life insurance underwriting process. One of the most common has to do
with why people come back at a different rate class than applied for. We
find that one of the major reasons that people applying for life
insurance come back at a different rate class or are declined for life
insurance is simply due to a lack of understanding of what the life
insurance exam entails. Let's take a moment and look at of some various
tips on how to get the best results on a life insurance medical exam.
Watch your diet closely in the days leading up to the medical
exam for life insurance.
Focus on eating things that improve your blood work. Leafy greens - such
as spinach, broccoli, and kale - help to lower your blood pressure and
cholesterol levels. How important are low cholesterol and blood pressure
numbers? Elevated blood pressure and cholesterol levels are the number
one reason life insurance applicants come back at a different rate class
than originally quoted. Underwriters are looking at two cholesterol
numbers. One is your total cholesterol and the other is your HDL ratio.
You can have a high total cholesterol number but your HDL ratio needs to
be excellent. The more good cholesterol you have, the better. That is
why focusing on foods that improve your HDL before you take your exam
can lead to a lower rate by qualifying for a higher rate class.
Diet Do's to help increase HDL levels:
Apples & oranges
Small glass of wine with dinner (but avoid liquor & beer)
Fast foods or processed foods high in salt & sugar
Alcohol (liquor and beer should be avoided, while a small glass of
wine is acceptable)
Drink lots of water.
Drink a lot of water in the days leading up to your life insurance
physical exam. This will flush out your system and make it easier for
your examiner to draw blood. Limit coffee, which acts as a diuretic and
causes you to urinate more. And completely avoid coffee the morning of
your medical exam for life insurance as it can cause elevated blood
Refrain from exercise and alcohol 24-48 hours before your exam.
Exercise can elevate your blood pressure and may also cause elevated
proteins in your urine. Also, consider laying off of the supplements
(whey and casein protein powders, creatine, etc.) for a day or two
before your life insurance physical exam. No hard alcohol for at least
48 hours before your medical exam for life insurance. Alcohol is high in
calories and sugar and has a direct effect on triglycerides. Plus, it
does not look good to have blood work or a urine sample high in alcohol
Fast for at least 8 hours prior to your exam.
When preparing for your medical exam it is important to fast. If you do
not fast you risk elevated blood sugar and blood pressure levels. The
last thing you want is a false positive on your life insurance physical
exam. If you are concerned about fasting for 8 hours, consider taking
your life insurance exam first thing in the morning. No breakfast or
coffee until after the examiner has taken your labs, although water is
Wait to take your blood pressure if you feel overly stimulated.
Sometimes the idea of a health exam for life insurance can cause
people's heart to race. If you find your heart racing, wait to have the
examiner check your blood pressure until you have calmed down. If you
have an EKG scheduled, make sure you have a couch to lay down on.
Dress in light clothing and stand up straight.
Sometimes the difference between one rate class and another is one
measly pound. Don't take any risks on your medical exam for life
insurance. Wear shorts and a t-shirt if possible. A sweater can weigh as
much as two pounds. Deal with the cold and ditch the sweater, at least
for the exam. Make sure your pockets are empty of such things as keys
and phones. Finally, when the examiner measures you, stand up nice and
tall. Life insurance carriers use a build chart to determine what rate
class you qualify for. The taller you are, the more weight you can
carry. Stretching your neck out for one more inch could make a
If you follow this easy advice when taking their life insurance physical
exam, you should have no problem qualifying for your best rate class.
September 2nd, 2014
Does Your Homeowners Policy Include Contents Insurance?
Your homeowners insurance policy comes with
contents coverage based on the overall value of your personal property
and up to approximately 50 to 70 percent of the amount of coverage on
your homes structure. For example, if you have coverage on a $200,000
house, your policy may include approximately $100,000 in personal
However, if you have lived in the house for a few years and are a
collector or have acquired valuables (such as diamond jewelry or a work
of art), your basic homeowners insurance policy may not cover the
replacement value of these items if they are destroyed or stolen. In
this case, you may need to purchase a rider on your homeowners policy to
cover these special items. We can help go over these items and the
contents insurance needed to cover them.
Be sure to discuss coverage for all possessions of value, such as your
new iPhone, furs, golf clubs and carts, computers, fine art, china,
musical instruments or expensive sporting equipment. You may even want
special coverage for that elks head above the fireplace or other