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From the Physician’s Desk….Weekly Blog!

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Greetings! We have covered Diabetes in a few blogs in the past. In honor of American Diabetes Association “ALERT Day” this week, let’s see how much you recall about the basics of Diabetes!

The organ that is “insuffiecient/affected” that lead to the diagnosis of Diabetes is;

  1. Kidneys
  2. Pancreas
  3. Liver
  4. Heart

The “normal” blood sugar level, first thing in the morning, should be?

  1.  70 – 92 mg/dL
  2. 130 mg/dL
  3. Greater than 150 mg/dL
  4. Over 200 mg/dL

What is Heamglobin A1c (Hgb A1c)?

  1. Basically, the amount of sugar on the white blood cells, that reveals what your “average” blood sugar reading was over the past month or so
  2. Basically, the amount of sugar on the blood strip test before you take your medication
  3. Basically, the amount of sugar on the red blood cells, that reveals what your “average” blood sugar reading was over the past month or so.
  4. Basically, the amount of sugar you ate in your last meal

What should be your “goal” Hgb A1c?

  1. ~3
  2. ~6
  3. ~9
  4. ~17

How did you do? Answers are below

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diabetes-01-3-2013To be given a diagnosis of diabetes, the following criteria must be met:

  1. Have symptoms of diabetes (increased thirst, increased urination, and unexplained weight loss) and a blood sugar level equal to or greater than 200 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL). The blood sugar test is done at any time, without regard for when you last ate (random plasma glucose test or random blood sugar test).
  2. Have a fasting blood sugar level that is equal to or greater than 126 mg/dL. A fasting blood sugar test (fasting plasma glucose) is done after not eating or drinking anything but water for 8 hours.
  3. Have a 2-hour oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) result that is equal to or greater than 200 mg/dL. An OGTT is most commonly done to check for diabetes that occurs with pregnancy (gestational diabetes).
  4. Have a hemoglobin A1c that is 6.5% or higher.

The diagnosis of diabetes needs to be confirmed by repeating the same blood sugar test or doing a different test on another day.

Pre-Diabetes: your blood sugar is above normal but not high enough to be diabetes.

  1. If the results of your fasting blood sugar test are between 100 mg/dL and 125 mg/dL,
  2. Your OGTT result is between 140 to 199 mg/dL (2 hours after the beginning of the test), or your hemoglobin A1c is 5.7% to 6.4%.

ANSWERS: 2, 1, 3, 2

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

 

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From the Physician’s Desk … weekly blog!

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Last week, we reviewed the basic function of the kidneys and disease processes that may affect them.  End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) or stage 5 Kidney disease develops when the kidneys are no longer able to function regularly for day-to-day living. You may read more HERE 

The two leading causes of Kidney failures are Diabetes (sugar) and High Blood pressure. If you or someone you know, was diagnosed with either Diabetes or High Blood pressure….please take heed and try to control these disease processes. Talk with your healthcare professional on what lifestyle changes you can make and how to take your medications properly. I know you can make life style changes … your life may depend on it!

A Dialysis procedure typically last about 3-6 hours and must be completed 3 days per week or every other day.  Please see 3 videos below.

  1. Basic information on dialysis
  2. Day in the life of a young (12yo) going through dialysis
  3. Day in the life of an adult during the dialysis procedure

Educational for anyone with or around children!

Please NOTE: Graphic needle insertion

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

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From the Physician’s Desk – Weekly Blog!  

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kidney1While at the Hair Salon recently, we had a general conversation of just how appreciative we are of our parents. One patron mentioned that her mother’s 70th birthday was this week and she would fly out to surprise her (how sweet!). She further spoke of her mother’s overall health condition noting that her mother was diagnosed with High blood pressure for many years, but for various reasons did not take the given medications.  She attributes to the reason why her mother is currently on Dialysis. She was saddened by the fact that her mother would not consider a transplant…and how difficult and time consuming dialysis can be (3 days per week or every other day, each session lasting up to 6 hours).

{Dialysis is a process for removing waste and excess water from the blood, and is used as a replacement/substitute for lost kidney function. The kidneys maintain the body’s balance of water and minerals and also plays a role in red blood cells and bone formation through two hormones:  erythropoietin and calcitriol.}  Have you ever consider what would happen if you could not urinate?

Let’s review the basics and learn about High Blood pressure, they organs they affect and how the kidneys work.  For my kind followers/readers diagnosed with high blood pressure (hypertension), this will also explain the importance of maintaining a normal blood pressure…please take your medications!

The importance of maintaining a normal blood pressure – click below to watch

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Click below to watch Basic Function of the Kidneys

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

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From the Physician’s Desk…weekly Blog!

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Colon Cancer CardRecently I met a young lady … in her early-40’s who told me she is now a “survivor” of Colon Cancer.  Another lady was diagnosed in her early 30’s.  It is not very often that we discuss Colon Cancer in young adults. Actually, the age for “Screening” for colon cancer is publicized to begin at age 50. This may be different for you

So what symptoms or signs would prompt a young adult to discuss earlier screening for colon cancer with his/her doctor?

Have a pen and paper handy, then press play below for answers…

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and a leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people ages 50 and older.

The best way to prevent colorectal cancer is to get screened regularly starting at age 50, earlier if you are at higher risk.  You may be at higher risk if you are African American, smoke, or have a family history of colorectal cancer. Also … listen to your body! No one knows and notes changes, like you can. If you notice persistent changes, as listed in above video, please speak with your doctor.

Press Play below to watch video

To increase awareness about the importance of colorectal cancer screening, Legacy Health Educators is proudly participating in Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.  You may visit our website, www.LegacyEducators.org and read more in the “CANCER INFORMATION” section.

Everyone can take these healthy steps to help prevent colorectal cancer:

  • Get screened starting at age 50.
  • Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
  • Get active and eat healthy.

For more information, visit http://www.LegacyEducators.org

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

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