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Diabetes Forum Review

by Autumn Pappas, Contributing Writer
VOICE, March 2013, p.17

In case you missed it, here is a review of what was discussed during the Diabetes Forum on February 28. Three knowledgeable presenters, Amber Benner, Irene Marble and Wes Schott, all from Jefferson Healthcare, provided brief summaries of their presentations for this article.

Type 1 diabetes is a disorder of the immune system in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin. Insulin allows our body to convert sugar from food into nutrients for cells. Type 2 diabetes is a condition in which the body resists insulin or doesn’t make enough insulin to maintain a normal glucose level. Prediabetes is a condition in which a person’s blood sugar levels are higher than normal; it is not high enough to be considered type 2 diabetes.

Go to www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention/factsheet.htm to take the online screening test available through the CDC Diabetes Prevention Program to find out if you are at risk for diabetes. Early detection can prevent serious problems caused by diabetes such as loss of eyesight, strokes and kidney damage. Untreated, type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes can be life threatening. If the test shows you could have prediabetes, make an appointment with your health care provider as soon as possible.

All residents, especially those over 45, should know their numbers for the fasting glucose test and the hemoglobin A1c test. The fasting glucose test measures blood glucose in people who haven’t eaten in at least eight hours. Anyone with levels of 100-125 mg/dl indicates prediabetes. They are also at a high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The hemoglobin A1c test measures the amount of glucose in red blood cells. An A1c value of 5.7-6.4% indicates prediabetes.

Consistent daily low to moderate intensity exercise is our best “insurance” against developing prediabetes and diabetes. High intensity exercise is beneficial also, but don’t overexert yourself. Our bodies are more fragile as we age. Stick to a healthy diet. Diet affects weight, blood sugar and hour-to-hour glucose levels. Consume more fruits and veggies and stay away from junk food and sugared beverages. Studies prove that type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by prediabetic patients who lose 5-7% of their weight, eat healthy and increase physical activity.

Doctors learn more about how our bodies regulate blood sugar each year. Exercise and food choices will always be crucial, but we can expect to see new medications and more sophisticated diabetes treatments in the future. Technology will also improve, providing a more convenient and comfortable way of testing blood glucose.


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There are an astonishing 25.8 million people who have diabetes in the United States. Another 79 million have prediabetes. Diabetes is the number one cause of kidney failure in the world. It is the number one cause of blindness in people ages 20-74 in the U.S. With these ever growing numbers, it is important to learn as much as we can about this disease.

Please join us on Thursday, February 28th, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at the Beach Club for our Wellness Forum on how to prevent and control prediabetes and diabetes. Our three knowledgeable presenters will be Amber Benner, Irene Marble and Wes Schott, all from Jefferson Healthcare.

Amber Benner, RN, BSN, has been with Jefferson Healthcare for the last 21 years. She has worked in several inpatient nursing departments and as a cardiac rehabilitation case manager in outpatient wellness. As a Certified Diabetes Educator, she has been educating clients with diabetes since 2003.

Irene Marble is a Registered Dietician and Certified Diabetes Educator. She has taught many patients the nutritional value of food and assisted them in making healthier choices. Irene often speaks at healthcare forums and stresses how diet and nutrition affect the quality of life.

Wes Schott, ARNP, practices at the Port Ludlow Clinic and has a MS in Nursing. Wes has worked in a variety of healthcare settings for more than 20 years. He provides high quality primary care and sub-specializes in endocrine disease management and diabetes using available advanced therapies.

Bring a friend and your questions! For more information please refer to www.plhealth.org/forums.

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