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Latinos Targeted In Diabetes Education Efforts

Latinos targeted in diabetes education efforts

Latinos targeted in diabetes education efforts


Latinos targeted in diabetes education efforts
BELTON Adjusting times and locations may not be enough to attract those in the Hispanic community to diabetes education classes.
Latinos make up the fastest-growing demographic of the U.S. population. They also are experiencing the fastest increase in the rates of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
According to an American Diabetes Association analysis of diabetes health data, 52.5 percent of Hispanic women and 45.4 percent of Hispanic men will have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes in their lifetimes.
Reaching out with education opportunities was the discussion at the most recent meeting of the Bell County Diabetes Coalition.
Baylor Scott & White has offered a diabetes education classes Power Over Diabetes, but none of the participants have been Hispanic and the majority of patients hospitalized for complications related to diabetes have been Hispanic, said Becky Calhoun, Baylor Scott & White nurse and an instructor for the class. A translator is available for each class.
Do Well, Be Well, a diabetes class offered by AgriLife Extension was held at Churches Touching Lives For Christ was well attended, but not by Hispanics, said Martha Williams, Williams, retired nurse and diabetes educator. Williams and Anna Morrow, community worker with Central Texas Food Bank, taught the classes.
Williams moved to Temple from the Valley, where she taught diabetes education classes in the colonias.
Morrow brought the Diabetes Box Program, a partnership between the food bank and Baylor Scott & White, to the food pantry. The program included on Continue reading

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Diabetes is a non-communicable disease and it has become rampant in our society.It can now be likened to a plague. It is characterised by the absolute or reduced production of insulin, a hormone responsible for regulating blood sugar, or a relative insensitivity of the bodys cells to this hormone, leading to persistently elevated blood sugar levels.
Blood sugar must be strictly regulated within a range and any changes out of this range can be debilitating to ones health. If its too low, the body cannot function properly and when its toon high it can lead to death.
Also, if too high (hyperglycemia), many body functions are compromised, the body becomes a nidus for an unpleasant micro-organism to flourish, metabolic processes are altered, many organ systems like the heart, kidneys, brain are affected and they can shut down, if blood sugar is not controlled.
This processes can lead to elevated blood sugar and a disease called diabetes mellitus.
Diabetes can either be type one, in which the bodys own natural defences see the pancreatic beta islet cells (where insulin the blood sugar reducing hormone is produced) as enemies and destroy them; a process known as autoimmune disease.
Or type two, which consists of an array of dysfunctions characterised by hyperglycemia and resulting from the combination of resistance to insulin action, inadequate insulin secretion, and excessive or inappropriate glucagon secretion (glucagon is the hormone that causes processes that increase blood sugar, has the opposite effect of insulin).
There are genetic factors engineering the susceptib Continue reading

Juicing for Diabetes: Is It a Good Idea?

Juicing for Diabetes: Is It a Good Idea?


Juicing can be a good way to get in some extra fruits and vegetables. But youll miss out on important nutrients, and for people with diabetes, the health trend may have other drawbacks.
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Not all juices are created equal, and using vegetables, like celery, kale, broccoli, and cucumber, can help reduce the spike in your blood sugar.
When Lori Chong bought a juicer, she hoped she would be able to create low-carb concoctions that wouldn't spike her blood sugar too much. As a person with diabetes herself, Chong understands the importance of tracking carb intake.
But within weeks, Chong, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, had set aside her juicer and returned to eating full fruits and vegetables instead. Now, she hardly uses the device at all.
Juicing for People With Diabetes: Is It Safe?
I dont think juicing is the best idea for people with diabetes, says Chong, who has type 1 diabetes. She explains that people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes need to control their blood sugar not only throughout the day, but at any individual point in the day as well. While juicing can be safe if you focus on nonstarchy, or low-carbohydrate, vegetables and limit diabetes-friendly fruits , the overall carbs in juices can add up quickly, Chong says. Consuming too many carbs can be dangerous for people with diabetes, as theyre broken dow Continue reading

Just Read: Alzheimers Disease Is Type 3 DiabetesEvidence Reviewed

Just Read: Alzheimers Disease Is Type 3 DiabetesEvidence Reviewed


Ted Eytan, MD ( @tedeytan ) December 29, 2017
At Low Carb San Diego, I first heard the term Type III Diabetes, which, it turns out is new to the 21st Century, but not to this decade, as this paper was published in 2008 and references use of the term as early as 2005. The term is intriguing and opens the mind to a potential mechanism for dementia progression, and maybe prevention.
The dementia review, which appears very complete (and with a very respected team of experts, some of whom I have the pleasure to know), covers the determinants of dementia using the best data available.
It also introduces (to me) the concept of cognitive reserve, because it has been shown that people who do not have dementia while they are alive have damaged brains when they are examined in death.
Interestingly to me, this single concept is similar to insulin resistance, because its known that a person can have normal glucose control (or glucose control reserve) at the same time their insulin system is struggling.
In the review, diet/nutrition approaches for prevention treatment are briefly discussed, as well as the potential relationship to insulin resistance in the brain, but Diabetes Type III is not mentioned specifically & this paper isnt referenced.
With that in mind, and after asking Georgia and the study author on Twitter for comment on this, I decided to review this paper, written by a team at Brown University, to get grounded:
Cognitive impairment is associated with disorders in brain glucose metabolism
People with diabetes or related metabolic syndromes are at much higher risk Continue reading

Diabetes monitors are getting closer to their iPhone moment

Diabetes monitors are getting closer to their iPhone moment


Diabetes monitors are getting closer to their iPhone moment
As regulators approve glucose-monitoring systems, the market potential is huge
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Diabetes devices may be having their iPhone moment.
For decades, the daily routine of diabetics involved painful needles, finger-pricking lancets and imprecise glucose meters. Now, manufacturers have begun incorporating the slick and consumer-friendly designs of Silicon Valley, linking to phones and other tech devices.
This is a crossroads for diabetes technology, said Raj Denhoy, an analyst at Jefferies in New York.
September marked a breakthrough in the US, as regulators approved the first glucose-monitoring system that doesnt need a blood sample, Abbott Laboratories FreeStyle Libre. The new devices do away with fingerpricks, changing an unpleasant, several-times-a-day routine into quiet monitoring in the background through a sensor worn on the back of the upper arm.
Other companies have been left behind. Johnson & Johnson is closing its insulin-pump unit after failing to keep up with Medtronic Plc. DexCom, the current leader in glucose-monitoring systems, lost a third of its market value on Sept. 28 after Abbotts Libre got approval.
On DexComs earnings conference call Wednesday executives, peppered with questions about the Libre, said the company hopes to introduce its own fingerprick-free device before the end of 2018. The comments about next-generation monitors helped assuage investors concerns about DexComs prospects, sending the s Continue reading

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