Take Control of Diabetes
One in ten US adults currently has diabetes. However, as the population ages, obesity increases and minority groups, who are more prone to the condition, expand, we could see numbers as high as one in three individuals by 2050. To call this trend alarming is an understatement. Everyone should know and understand their personal risk factors.
When we talk about diabetes, it is important to know that there are several types, including type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is typically diagnosed in early childhood or adolescence though it can be seen in adults as well. The condition occurs when the body does not make insulin. About 10 percent of those with diabetes are diagnosed with type 1. In addition, we are seeing an increase in the number of individuals who are considered pre-diabetic, on the cusp of developing the disease. There are millions who do not even know they fall into this category and need intervention
Treatment of all aspects of diabetes should focus on careful management in order to prevent or delay complications. Those at an increased risk should have a yearly screening. If you or a loved one experiences any of the following symptoms: frequent thirst, constant urination, unusual hunger, rapid weight loss and/or obvious weakness or fatigue, it is important to consult with a physician.
Come join us at the next Red Hot Mamas seminar on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. Our topic is “Take Control of Diabetes: Don’t Let It Control You.” We will talk about the types of diabetes, symptoms, diagnosis, and management. I will share 10 key dietary recommendations, tips to create a meal plan, beneficial physical activities and other tips to diabetes care.
The Red Hot Mamas seminars are free and all women are invited to attend. Grab a girlfriend or two and come find out more about this unique time in a woman’s life. The seminar is in the Pebble Creek Room at Portneuf. Doors open at 6pm; the presentation begins at 6:30. Light refreshments will be served. To reserve a seat, visit portneuf.org/event/rhm or call 208-239-1048. To learn more about PMC’s upcoming seminars, including Red Hot Mamas, be sure to like Portneuf Medical Center on Facebook.
Communication is an important part of any transition. Expert medical advice, resources and strategies are available to help you on this personal journey. I am available; to reach my office, call Intermountain Medical Clinic.