Diabetes Awareness

More than 30 billion people in the world have diabetes. In observance of Diabetes Awareness Month, Meghan Beasy from the American Diabetes Association joined us on a recent episode of Community Healthy Matters to discuss what you need to know about this growing epidemic. View her segment here.

Diabetes is a condition in which the body doesn’t properly process food. When you have diabetes, your body either doesn’t make enough of a hormone called insulin, or can’t use it as well as it should. This causes sugars to build up in your blood.

There are two types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults. It was once referred to as juvenile diabetes, but adults can be diagnosed as well. Only five percent of people with diabetes have Type 1. The more common form is Type 2, in which your body does not use insulin properly.

A few common symptoms of diabetes include urinating often, a constant feeling of thirst, extreme fatigue, blurry vision, weight loss and slow-healing cuts or bruises. If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s important to consult your physician. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. and can cause serious health complications including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure and lower-extremity amputations if not treated properly.

Treatment for the most common form of diabetes (Type 2) typically includes diet control, exercise, home glucose testing and, in some cases, oral medication or insulin. While there is no cure, diabetes is preventable by a maintaining a healthy weight, eating well and staying active.

Every diabetic individual needs unique care, so it’s important to work closely with your health care provider. Learning as much as possible about your disease and making good lifestyle choices can help you feel in control if you’re living with diabetes. For more information, visit diabetes.org or call 1-800-DIABETES.

March’s topics include overweight children, building young families and neonatal abstinence syndrome.

Dr. Michelle Fiscus, president of the Tennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, talks about addressing the issue of overweight and obesity in children.

Representatives from March of Dimes discuss an innovative program called Tied Together, a dynamic parent education program designed to build on the strengths of young families.

Substance abuse during pregnancy can result in agonizing drug withdrawal for the newborn. Karen D’Apolito, director of the neonatal nurse practitioner program at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and March of Dimes volunteer, talks about this growing concern and the steps being taken in Tennessee to help prevent it.

Did you know that diabetes affects nearly 10 percent of all Americans?

According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 29 million Americans had diabetes in 2012. In Tennessee, nearly 12 percent of adults are diabetic, according to data from United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings. You can lower your risk of developing this deadly disease by maintaining a healthy weight, eating healthy foods like fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and getting plenty of physical activity.

January’s topics include full term delivery and waiting for health babies, managing diabetes in adults and children and fighting hunger in Tennessee.

Dr. Michael Warren from the Tennessee Department of Health talks about the importance of carrying your baby to full-term, and why healthy babies are worth the wait.

Pediatric endocrinologist Dr. Deanna Aftab Guy joins us to talk about diabetes, its prevalence in Tennessee, and tips for identifying and managing the disease in adults and children

Jaynee Day of Second Harvest Food Bank talks about the problem of hunger impacting the lives of 1 in 4 children in Tennessee everyday and how Second Harvest is working to solve hunger issues in this state.

Did you know that proper diabetes management can help prevent or delay complications from the disease?

Studies show that keeping blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels close to normal can help prevent or delay problems. Like damage to the eyes, heart, blood vessels, nervous system, teeth and gums, feet and skin, or kidneys. To learn more about living with diabetes, talk with your doctor, or visit www.diabetes.org.

Diabetes is a growing epidemic in America and Tennessee alike, and a healthy lifestyle is the first step in combating this disease. Diabetes Educator Sarah Neil Pilkinton from Williamson Medical Center shares some nutrition guidelines and lifestyle choices.

While making the choice to live healthier can be difficult, “Healthier Tennessee” is dedicated to encouraging Tennesseans to live healthier lives. Rick Johnson from The Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness talks about Healthier Tennessee and the small steps you can take that add up to a healthier life.