Diabetes Statistics

Updated statistics on diabetes The world of diabetes is constantly changing. Newer medications, monitoring devices, and dietary guidelines are showing up in the news on an almost daily basis. Earlier detection and treatment are successfully giving the person with diabetes the ability to take control of their health and well-being. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Diabetes Statistics Report of 2017 paints a quite different picture of diabetes than previous years. There are now approximately 30.3 million people with diabetes, roughly 9.4 % of the United States population. 23.1 million are diagnosed, leaving 7.2 million people unknowingly living with a c

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month!

The following information is a brief overview of glaucoma. For more detailed information, including risk factors, symptoms, and treatment options, please check with your medical provider. You may also check with the Glaucoma Research Foundation (www.glaucoma.org). Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that gradually steal sight without warning. Although the most common forms primarily affect the middle-aged and the elderly, glaucoma can affect people of all ages. Vision loss is caused by damage to the optic nerve. There is no cure for glaucoma—yet. However, medication or surgery can slow or prevent further vision loss. The appropriate treatment depends upon the type of glaucoma among other fa

2018 Diabetes Standards of Care

Welcome, 2018! I hope this month’s column finds you embracing the year ahead, with all its opportunities. From a healthcare standpoint, I can’t emphasize enough the importance of good health and how it impacts every other aspect of your life. As a healthcare educator, I encourage everyone to take advantage of their health insurances’ coverage of preventative care: diabetes screenings, flu vaccines, depression screenings and basic blood work. Prevention is key to a healthy lifestyle. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), the number of persons with diabetes continues to climb. As of 2015, there were approximately 30.3 million Americans with diabetes. In addition, there were an

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