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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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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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