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President's Prescription: Curbing Diabetes

It has been estimated that 7% of the population has type-one or type-two diabetes.  As with other medical conditions, people usually start receiving
treatment for diabetes once they learn that they have it. The problem
with this is that by the time the diagnosis is made, someone already may
have been affected by long-term consequences of the illness, including
heart and kidney damage.

Wouldn't it be great if we could identify much sooner those folks who are
likely to develop diabetes?  The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is
trying to do just that. It recently published updated guidelines for
doctors to help them recognize and treat people who are at risk of
developing type-two diabetes.

The guidelines include helpful information
such as the following:

  • Who should be screened?  All adults who are overweight (with a body mass
    index of 25 or higher) and have at least one additional diabetes risk
    factor, such as a family history of diabetes or high blood pressure,
    should be screened for type 2 diabetes. Some doctors believe that
    screening should be extended to teens because of the increasing prevalence
    of type 2 diabetes in this group, especially among minorities.

  • What about dietary guidelines? Dietary suggestions to help prevent
    diabetes have been revised somewhat. Traditionally, low-fat diets have
    been recommended for weight loss. The new guidelines offer the option of
    following a low-carob diet.

  • What about treatment? The new guidelines call for more stringent control
    of blood sugar. This means more aggressive therapy to control blood sugar
    not only in many people with diabetes but also in those with pre-diabetes.
    What about other risks factors? The recommendations also call for greater
    use of medications to treat other risk factors, like elevated
    cholesterol, among people at risk for diabetes and those who have the
    disease but are not taking such medications. This is an effort to improve
    their overall health.

The new ADA guidelines reflect growing concern about the increase of diabetes in our population. By reviewing your risk factors with your doctor, you might be able to alter your health future if you make some changes now.

3rd Annual Diabetes and Healthy
Living Expo

Join us at an educational activity that could change your life!

Saturday, March 31 - 8:00 am-12:30 pm
BODYWORKS - 4th & Slide
Special speakers include:
Dr. Tedd Mitchell-President of TTUHSC
Dr. Kelly Fallin, OD
Dr. Kelly Robinson, DDS

FREE for the whole family!

Activities include: exercise and fitness, recipes and cooking
demonstration, eye and dental care, vendors and much more!
For more information, call 806.794.0691, ext. 6139

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