Defining Diabetes

Posted by | Posted in Diabetes, Memorial Medical Center | Posted on 09-04-2014

DiabetesAbout 26 million Americans — 8.3 percent of the population — have diabetes. Of that group, 7 million are undiagnosed. Diabetes is a serious health concern. It is the seventh leading cause of death and is a major cause for blindness, amputation and renal (kidney) failure.

In addition, approximately 33 percent of Americans have prediabetes – but only 10 percent know they do.

“With diabetes touching such a large segment of the population, it’s no wonder many people have heard of diabetes but may not understand there are several types of the disease,” said Kathy Levin, registered dietitian and diabetes program coordinator with Memorial Diabetes Services. “However, it’s important to recognize the symptoms of diabetes in order to get the condition under control with appropriate treatment options.”

Diabetes occurs when blood glucose (sugar) levels rise because the body either is not producing enough insulin and/or is unable to use it correctly. Diabetes mellitus occurs as Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.  Read the rest of this entry »

Are You Among the Millions Who Unknowingly Have Prediabetes?

Posted by | Posted in Diabetes, Events, Expert Tips, Memorial Medical Center, Screenings | Posted on 04-11-2013

World Diabetes DayNearly 26 million Americans have diabetes and another 79 million have prediabetes — and many of them don’t know it.

People with prediabetes have blood glucose levels that are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetics. They’re at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association, but they can take steps to reverse it

While there are no clear symptoms for prediabetes, you can look for some warning signs, says Kathy Levin, registered dietitian and diabetes program coordinator with Memorial Diabetes Services. These may include symptoms of diabetes like fatigue or symptoms of low blood glucose like shakiness caused by elevated insulin levels as glucose levels start to rise in prediabetes.

According to the American Diabetes Association, people with prediabetes can take the following actions to prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes: Read the rest of this entry »

8 Nutrition and Fitness Apps to Put You on the Road to Better Health

Posted by | Posted in Bariatrics, Diabetes, Exercise, Nutrition, Resources | Posted on 10-01-2013

We use our cellphones for a lot more than making phone calls. Many of us have smartphones with apps to help us manage our schedules, check the weather, find show times for the latest movie and wake us up in the morning.

So why not use apps to help you better manage your diet?

We surveyed our registered dietitians at Memorial Medical Center. Here are some of the nutrition and fitness apps they recommended: Read the rest of this entry »

10 Tips for Living with Diabetes during the Holiday Season

Posted by | Posted in Diabetes, Nutrition | Posted on 13-11-2012

Written by Kathy Levin, RD, CDE Outpatient Dietitian/Certified Diabetes Instructor at Memorial Medical Center

The holiday season is swiftly approaching and keeping your glucose under control during this time of year can be an extra challenge when you have diabetes.

1. Keep your meal times consistent.

Keeping things consistent is the key. Try to eat about the same time each day. Have at least 4 hours between meals to give your glucose time to return to normal before consuming the next meal.

2. Eat a consistent amount of carbohydrates.

By keeping carbohydrate amounts consistent, you can keep your blood glucose levels consistent. As a general guideline, women should aim for 45-55 grams of carbohydrate per meal and men should aim for 60-70 grams per meal. A small snack between meals of about 100 calories and 10-20 carbohydrates may help prevent overeating at meals. Read the rest of this entry »

Bariatric Surgery Testimonial: Michael

Posted by | Posted in Bariatric Patient Stories, Bariatrics, Diabetes | Posted on 27-09-2012

For many people who struggle with obesity, dieting and exercise alone are not enough to lose and maintain substantial weight loss to improve their health. For some, bariatric surgery, in addition to lifestyle changes, may be the holistic approach to achieving and maintaining great health.

About 800 central Illinoisans have undergone bariatric surgery through Memorial Medical Center’s Bariatric Services program, all with the intended goal of living a more fulfilling, active life after shedding the weight.

One such success story is Michael, who lost more than 135 pounds and has seen many health benefits after her surgery. Read her story in her own words:

Michael before December 2009
After surgery | Michael now

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Bariatric Patient’s Diabetes Disappears the Day After Procedure

Posted by | Posted in Bariatric Patient Stories, Bariatrics, Diabetes | Posted on 12-07-2012

Margarita before surgery

Margarita Martin had struggled with weight since she was 14 years old. She would gain weight, take some of it off and then put it back on – again and again.

But she reached a point where she no longer cared about her weight. At just under 5-foot-10, the Charleston mother of three had reached 300 pounds, but “I was a healthy girl.” She wasn’t diabetic; her cholesterol numbers were fine. She only had obstructive sleep apnea and wore a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) device while she slept.

But then she had her wake-up call.

Margarita is a registered nurse at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, where she serves as the patient care leader in the labor and delivery unit. In 2007, she decided to participate in the hospital’s wellness program.

Her fasting blood sugar was nearly double what it should have been, and her cholesterol was off. Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t Let a Medical Condition Sideline Your Desires to be Active

Posted by | Posted in Diabetes, Events, Exercise, SportsCare | Posted on 25-04-2012

Exercise can help reduce the risk of certain cancers, lower blood pressure and risk of heart disease, slow down mental decline, boost your emotional well-being and energy level, fight obesity and much more.

So why NOT exercise? Excuses can be plentiful, but even if you have health concerns, you shouldn’t live a sedentary lifestyle.

“Healthy living is still an important goal, even if you have health concerns,” said John Gee, a physical therapist at Memorial SportsCare. “Exercise is an important goal for many medical conditions, from low back pain, sciatica, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, osteoarthritis or following a stroke. With all of these, exercise usually helps with pain management and strengthening that helps lead to continued independence.” Read the rest of this entry »

A Closer Look at Type 2 Diabetes

Posted by | Posted in Bariatrics, Diabetes, Expert Tips, News, Nutrition | Posted on 26-01-2012

Food Network host Paula Deen, known for her high-calorie Southern comfort food, confirmed last week that she was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes three years ago. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, affecting nearly 17 million Americans. Seven million people have diabetes and don’t know it, and 79 million people are considered pre-diabetic, meaning their blood gluclose levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

Kathy Levin, registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator with Memorial Medical Center’s Food & Nutrition Services team, sheds some light on the nature of this prevalent condition. Read the rest of this entry »

Diabetes: Know the Basics

Posted by | Posted in Bariatrics, Diabetes, Expert Tips, Nutrition | Posted on 14-11-2011

world diabetes dayToday is World Diabetes Day, a national initiative aimed to increase awareness of the disease, its symptoms and potential complications if not properly controlled. Dr. John Lee, a family medicine physician at South Sixth Medical Associates, provides insight on some of the more common questions people have about this condition.

How serious is diabetes?

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