| Posted On Sep 16, 2014 | By:

5 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Diabetes

According to the most recent estimates from the CDC, 29 million American adults and children have Type 2 Diabetes, the most common form of diabetes, and that number has been steadily increasing over the past years.   In addition, an alarming 79 million more individuals have prediabetes, which is diagnosed when your a1c is between 5.7 and 6.4 percent, and your fasting glucose is between 100 and 125 mg/dl. Unfortunately, prediabetes often progresses to diabetes,

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| Posted On Sep 04, 2014 | By:

Better Care for a Better Life: Nancy

Being told you have a medical condition isn’t always easy. Patients can experience doubt, shock, and disbelief before coming to accept a diagnosis. That was the case with Nancy.

Nancy, like many 50-something women, wanted to lose a little weight.  She had a history of high blood pressure, but on the whole thought her overall health was good…until a routine doctor appointment surfaced a new set of concerns.

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| Posted On Aug 14, 2014 | By:

Better Care for a Better Life: Laura

When she was pregnant with her first and only child in 1996, Laura developed gestational diabetes. With the help of a special diet prescribed by her doctor, her diabetes went away after her daughter was born. But almost four years to the day after she had her daughter, Laura’s diabetes returned. With a healthy diet, good lifestyle habits, and Metformin, she was able to keep her blood sugar under control. She didn’t need to take insulin regularly.

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| Posted On Jul 23, 2014 | By:

Better Care for a Better Life: Erick

While at Disney World for his brother’s wedding in December 2012, Erick noticed that the rides’ seat belts fit snugly around his waist.

With a family history of diabetes and obesity, this was the final push Erick needed. He realized that it was time to take control of his health or face a myriad of health problems later in life.

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| Posted On Jun 25, 2013 | By:

Asking the Right Questions When You Have Chronic Kidney Disease

In the United States, 26 million adults have chronic kidney disease (CKD), which makes it harder for the kidneys to filter waste from the blood. CKD is an important health issue that can be under-recognized by patients and doctors, as it often progresses gradually with no obvious signs or symptoms until it has advanced to a late stage.  It is often linked to diabetes or hypertension, and symptoms include decreased energy, muscle cramps, and swollen feet and ankles. 

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| Posted On Aug 29, 2012 | By:

Diabulimia: a Dangerous Eating Disorder

The promise of quick weight loss is appealing to many, especially young women who are concerned with their appearance.  Often, the quest for a thin body and an obsession with food can lead to eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia.  When an individual with insulin-dependent (type 1) diabetes develops an eating disorder, the result can be downright deadly.

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| Posted On Jul 19, 2011 | By:

Answers to some Common Questions about Health Screening Tests

I’m healthy and scheduled a checkup.  What “routine” blood tests do I need?

Surprisingly, few blood tests are recommended on a “routine” or screening basis.  Everyone should have their cholesterol levels (a “lipid profile”) checked at least every five years, even if it’s normal.  Your doctor or nurse will request that you do this fasting, meaning nothing to eat or drink for about 8-12 hours beforehand  (water, black coffee,

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