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Diabetes Stops Here
All About Diabetes
Diabetes Type 2 is a disease of unknown cause. One in three persons born today will develop Diabetes during their lifetime and it is known that some individuals are more inclined than others to develop the disease. The Diabetes epidemic is a major Public Health concern worldwide and is now the 7th leading cause of death in the United States. Historically, Diabetes Type 2 has been a disease of later life. The prevalence, however, is increasing and the age of onset is now including young adults and even children. Anyone who notices symptoms of Diabetes, or who has risk factors for a Diabetes diagnosis would be wise to visit their doctor for baseline labs.
Risk factors for Diabetes include:
• Lack of Physical Activity
• Over the age of 40
• History of High Blood Pressure
• Having had a baby weighing over 9 pounds
• Having had Gestational Diabetes during a pregnancy
Symptoms of diabetes include:
• Excessive hunger and/or thirst
• Frequent urination
• Blurred vision
• Mood changes
• Unintended weight loss
• Sores which do not heal
Diabetes in the Past
In past decades, Diabetes was often left undiagnosed until severe symptoms developed. Only then did individuals bring their complications to the attention of their physician. By this time, a patient’s insulin production may have ceased resulting in compromised kidney function, heart vessel/nerve function, extremity circulation, eyesight and dental health. Damage from prolonged glucose elevation can be extensive and irreversible. It is estimated that the average diabetic patient today has had Diabetes for 5 years prior to diagnosis.
Self Management Education Programs
The goal of Certified Diabetes Self Management Education programs, such as Pomerene’s, is to increase awareness, encourage early diagnosis, and implement early interventions; in an effort to statistically lessen complications of the disease. According to the landmark study conducted by the National Institute of Diabetes, and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, (Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT) 1983-1993) showed that keeping blood sugar levels close to normal range drastically slowed onset and/or progression of diabetic nerve damage. Therefore our goal is to see patients in our clinic at the onset of their diagnosis.
There are three lab ranges which tell us where a patient is on the Diabetes continuum:
||<100 mg/dl fasting|
||100-126 mg/dl fasting|
||> or = 126 mg/dl fasting|
Studies are now finding that Diabetic nerve damage can actually begin in the Pre- Diabetic range. Once a patient is diagnosed with Diabetes, it is vitally important they obtain useful self-management skills. Self management skills include a combination of diet, exercise, proper medication, and glucose self-monitoring. Self management is the key to controlling Diabetes and maintaining good health.
How Pomerene Can Help You
Pomerene Hospital offers a self-management course in Diabetes Care. A physician referral is needed for class registration. The course is accredited through the American Association of Diabetes Educators, and is taught by an RN Diabetes Educator, and a Registered Dietitian.
Please call our office if you have any questions regarding our program-330-674-1015, extension 1023. To learn more about diabetes, please visit our website.