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Friday, November 3, 2017

New Statistics and Technology Highlight National Diabetes Month

Diabetes artNovember is National Diabetes Month, and with it comes a wealth of statistics and news about cutting-edge technology for monitoring and treating the disease.

According to the American Diabetes Association, of the 30.3 million adults with diabetes, 23.1 million are diagnosed and 7.2 million are undiagnosed. The prevalence of diabetes in seniors age 65 and older remains high at 25.2 percent, or 12 million diagnosed and undiagnosed. And there are approximately 84.1 million adult Americans with pre-diabetes.

The risk of developing Type II (adult onset) diabetes increases with age. Today we know that lifestyle plays an important role in Type II diabetes. Exercise, diet and weight control are very important factors in maintaining or eliminating pre-diabetic conditions.

Here are some facts to give you a better understanding of diabetes and its contributing risk factors. Glucose, a form of sugar, comes from two major sources: food and your liver. Once sugar is absorbed into the bloodstream, it enters the cells with the help of insulin. Our liver not only stores glucose but also produces glucose. If you haven’t eaten in a while, glucose levels can become low and the liver will break down stored glycogen to produce glucose. A diabetic’s body either doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use its own insulin as well as it should.
You should be screened for diabetes if you:

  • are habitually physically inactive
  • have previously been identified as having impaired fasting glucose or an impaired glucose tolerance test
  • have a family history of diabetes
  • are of a certain ethnicity, including Asian American, African-American, Hispanic American and Native American
  • have had gestational diabetes or given birth to a child weighing more than 9 pounds
  • have elevated blood pressure
  • have low levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) or high levels of triglycerides
  • have polycystic ovary syndrome
  • have a history of vascular disease
MiniMed 670 Guardian System insulin pumpDiabetes can cause many health complications. It is the leading cause of kidney failure, retinopathy, foot and skin problems, cardiovascular disease and nerve damage. The rate of amputation for people with diabetes is 10 times higher than for people without diabetes.

New Technology for Diabetics

The MiniMed 670 Guardian System insulin pump, pictured at left, is new in the field of diabetes monitoring and testing. This device was developed for Type I diabetics and is the world's first closed-loop system, automatically testing blood sugar every five minutes and self-adjusting to keep blood sugar in range with glucose sugar sensors. These features enable the pump to perform like a normal pancreas. Diabetics must continue to have their blood tested, but this automatic pump can be life-changing for Type I diabetics and ease the burden of living with this condition.  

Help is a Golf Cart Ride Away

If you suspect you may be pre-diabetic, you can see one of our physicians at the Medical Center. A simple blood test and exam can determine if you are at risk. If you are managing diabetes, Dr. Robert Aden, an endocrinologist who is a visiting specialist at the Medical Center, will be seeing patients on Dec. 1, 2017. Click here to learn more about Dr. Aden or call 305-367-6702 to make an appointment.

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