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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

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November is Diabetes Awareness Month

Diabetes is a very common diagnosis in our community…and also in my family. My mother has diabetes, my maternal grandmother had diabetes, my father is teetering close to a diagnosis and my paternal grandmother has diabetes, with a foot ulcer (sore) that is very, very slow to heal. The buck stops with that generation…type 2 diabetes can be prevented! Why are healthcare providers so concern about diabetes?

  • Diabetes is the # 1 cause of blindness in adults 20-74yo
  • Diabetes is the #1 cause of chronic kidney disease, that may lead to Dialysis
  • Diabetes is the #1 cause of foot amputation
  • Neuropathy (numbness in fingers & toes) and much more…
Common locations of Diabetic foot ulcers

Common locations of Diabetic foot ulcers

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. One in 11 Americans have diabetes — that’s more than 29 million people! And, another 86 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes: Pre-diabetes3Diabetes statistics is 1 in 3. Are you pre-diabetic?

  • If you are overweight,
  • If you have high blood pressure, or
  • If you are age 45 or older, you are at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The good news is that making healthy changes can greatly lower your risk. To help prevent type 2 diabetes:

  • Watch your weight
  • Eat healthy
  • Get more physical activity

Read more HERE – Soo, I’m Diabetic, what’s the big deal about my feet?

Read more HERE – sugar, the bitter side of sweet

10 Ways to Prevent Diabetes

Pre-Diabetes stats

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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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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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