Diabetes Awareness: Discussion & Testing
Next Saturday, Nov. 23 St. Vincent Hospital is sponsoring a free blood glucose test, free breakfast, and discussion on diabetes prevention and management. If you or someone you know is concerned about diabetes, has high blood sugar, or have been diagnosed with prediabetes or diabetes, you may find this event of interest.
November 23 Schedule:
8 – 8:30 a.m. arrive at the hospital conference room and have your finger stick blood test.
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. breakfast
9 – 10 a.m. discussion and breakfast, next steps.
Arrive at the hospital having fasted since dinner the night before. If you want to be tested, the glucose test will be a simple finger stick blood test. You do not need to be tested to attend the event.
Jackie Duba, MPH, PA, of SVH Leadville Medical Clinic, will discuss your results with you privately before a group discussion about prevention and meal planning over breakfast.
There is no cost for this session. For questions about the event contact Karen Rinehart at 719-486-7135.
For many, it is hard to imagine the daily care required to control diabetes. For those with the disease, a normal day consists of constantly monitoring blood sugar levels, coordinating meals, exercising and insulin injections.
“Diabetes is rapidly growing and a leading cause of death in the U.S.– impacting nearly 26 million people in the U.S. alone,” says Pat Cooper, vice president for clinical operations at Quorum Health Resources (QHR). “What’s more, an estimated 7 million Americans have the condition but remain undiagnosed.” High blood sugar symptoms are easy to dismiss. Excessive hunger, increased thirst, frequent urination, blurry vision, numbness in hands/feet or a waistline that exceeds 40 inches in men and 35 inches in women–are all causes for concern.
The cause of diabetes varies, but obesity, inactivity and genetics are generally responsible. The various types of the disease include: type 1, which is diagnosed in children under 17-years-old; type 2 in patients over 20 years-old and gestational diabetes, which occurs in pregnant women. Most women with gestational diabetes do not remain diabetic after the baby is born.
When diabetes is left untreated it can lead to serious complications such as:
- Kidney failure
- Heart disease
- Nerve damage
- Non-traumatic lower-limb amputations
“Diabetes affects major organs including your heart, blood vessels, nerves, eyes and kidneys,” explains Dr. Gary Petry of SVH Leadville Medical Clinic, “It is important to take a diabetes or pre-diabetes diagnosis seriously to avoid life-threatening complications. Lifestyle changes can potentially reverse the disease in type 2 diabetes patients.”
Researchers are hopeful that one day diabetes patients will only require insulin injections once a week or less. The Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) recently discovered a hormone that naturally regulates insulin. When tested in mice, the hormone triggered the pancreasto produce insulin up to 30 times more than the normal rate. While the hormone has not yet been approved for humans, the research is welcome news to the millions who administer insulin each day.
While there is no cure for diabetes, treatment options usually consist of insulin injections, glucose pills, exercise and a diabetic diet. Consult your healthcare professional to understand your risk for diabetes, or to determine the best treatment options that will help you manage the disease.
To curb symptoms patients are encouraged to follow the suggestions below:
- Visit your local healthcare provider regularly for screenings and treatments
- Eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables, lean protein and foods containing omega-3 fatty acid
- After seeking medical evaluation, engage in physical activity 30 minutes, 5 days a week
- Do not smoke
- Limit refined sugars and grains
- Maintain a healthy body mass index (BMI)
For more information on diabetes and diabetes awareness, please visit the American Diabetes Association’s website at http://www.diabetes.org.
This article provided courtesy of St. Vincent Hospital Leadville Medical Clinic and Quorum Health Resources, LLC (“QHR”).