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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!

It is STILL time to wish all a Happy New Year and all the best for 2014!

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I recently blogged about STRESS and some of its many physical side effects and symptoms.   Well, last year I too fell prey to “high stress” which resulted in a break out of shingles on my forehead/eye lid (if you had chicken pox as a child, you will always be at risk for Shingles). This break out prompted a visit to the Ophthalmologist with extensive evaluation of my eyes given proximity of the Shingles…when it was discovered I had early signs of open angle glaucoma. (read about previous blog about the basic function of the eyes HERE Ok, no problem. As a cancer Doc, I tend to have a “non-chalant” approach to other diagnosis…that is neither here nor there…just sort of is.

So, I started my research on Glaucoma. The medical books were straight forward. This is the cause, this is the treatment, and these are the possible outcomes should you opt for treatment, non-compliant with treatment, or have no treatment. Good got it!

{JANUARY is GLAUCOMA AWARENESS MONTH}

Then I browsed the internet and was amazed on just how scary the information was presented! If I were a lay person, I would be depressed and expect to be blinded in few weeks. Not that it is not serious, but sometimes the delivery could be a bit more tactful … straightforward, but sprinkled with some compassion.

Have you had a full comprehensive eye exam …recently … or ever? Not just visual acuity, but more in-depth requiring dilatation. Talk to your Primary Care doctor … especially if you have never had one and if you are having any changes in vision!  This diagnosis can also go undetected for a while … and though treatment does not cause reversal, it can stabilize symptoms and prevent possible blindness. You should care, because you can prevent blindness.

Press arrow below to watch brief videos on Glaucoma.

En Espanol

You can find more information below

National Glaucoma Awareness Month
Prevent Blindness
211 West Wacker Drive, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60606
(800) 331-2020
(312) 363-6001
(312) 363-6052 Fax
http://www.preventblindness.org
Materials available
Contact: PBA Vision Health Resource Center
info@preventblindness.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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