Pomerene Hospital Blog
All About Diabetes
Diabetes Type 2 is a disease of unknown cause. One in three persons born today will develop Diabetes during their lifetime and it is known that some individuals are more inclined than others to develop the disease. The Diabetes epidemic is a major Public Health concern worldwide and is now the 7th leading cause of death in the United States. Historically, Diabetes Type 2 has been a disease of later life. The prevalence, however, is increasing and the age of onset is now including young adults and even children. Anyone who notices symptoms of Diabetes, or who has risk factors for a Diabetes diagnosis would be wise to visit their doctor for baseline labs.
Risk factors for Diabetes include:
• Lack of Physical Activity
• Over the age of 40
• History of High Blood Pressure
• Having had a baby weighing over 9 pounds
• Having had Gestational Diabetes during a pregnancy
Symptoms of diabetes include:
• Excessive hunger and/or thirst
• Frequent urination
• Blurred vision
• Mood changes
• Unintended weight loss
• Sores which do not heal
Diabetes in the Past
In past decades, Diabetes was often left undiagnosed until severe symptoms developed. Only then did individuals bring their complications to the attention of their physician. By this time, a patient’s insulin production may have ceased resulting in compromised kidney function, heart vessel/nerve function, extremity circulation, eyesight and dental health. Damage from prolonged glucose elevation can be extensive and irreversible. It is estimated that the average diabetic patient today has had Diabetes for 5 years prior to diagnosis.
Self Management Education Programs
The goal of Certified Diabetes Self Management Education programs, such as Pomerene’s, is to increase awareness, encourage early diagnosis, and implement early interventions; in an effort to statistically lessen complications of the disease. According to the landmark study conducted by the National Institute of Diabetes, and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, (Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT) 1983-1993) showed that keeping blood sugar levels close to normal range drastically slowed onset and/or progression of diabetic nerve damage. Therefore our goal is to see patients in our clinic at the onset of their diagnosis.
There are three lab ranges which tell us where a patient is on the Diabetes continuum:
||<100 mg/dl fasting|
||100-126 mg/dl fasting|
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Studies are now finding that Diabetic nerve damage can actually begin in the Pre- Diabetic range. Once a patient is diagnosed with Diabetes, it is vitally important they obtain useful self-management skills. Self management skills include a combination of diet, exercise, proper medication, and glucose self-monitoring. Self management is the key to controlling Diabetes and maintaining good health.
How Pomerene Can Help You
Pomerene Hospital offers a self-management course in Diabetes Care. A physician referral is needed for class registration. The course is accredited through the American Association of Diabetes Educators, and is taught by an RN Diabetes Educator, and a Registered Dietitian.
Please call our office if you have any questions regarding our program-330-674-1015, extension 1023. To learn more about diabetes, please visit our website.
Are You Ready to “Fall Back” This Weekend?
Daylight Saving Time will end at 2:00 am on Sunday, November 2nd and we all know what that means: It’s time to set your clocks back an hour. Thanks to the extra hour, “falling back” is not as nearly as disruptive to our bodies as “springing forward.” Our bodies’ circadian rhythms, or natural biologic clocks, can usually adjust quickly to the additional hour. Because the biologic clock is slightly longer than 24 hours, it is usually much easier to sleep an hour later than to get up an hour earlier. Let’s admit it, we love our sleep!
There are millions of Americans who report trouble getting a good night’s sleep. Think about all the factors that can interfere with a good night’s sleep – from pressure at work and family responsibilities to unexpected challenges, such as layoffs, relationship issues, or illnesses. It is no wonder that the quality of sleep is sometimes elusive. Although you may not be able to control all of the factors that interfere with your sleeping pattern, there are habits that you can adopt to encourage better sleep.
Start with these simple sleep tips offered by the National Sleep Foundation:1. Stick to the same bedtime and wake up time, even on the weekends! This helps to regulate your body’s biologic clock, as we spoke about earlier, and could help you fall asleep and stay asleep for the night.
2. Practice a relaxing bedtime ritual. Take this time to wind down. Have a relaxing routine before bedtime, such as soaking in a hot bath, reading or listening to soothing music. It is best to avoid electronics before bedtime.
3. Avoid naps, especially in the afternoon. We are ALL guilty of napping. Every once in a while, nothing sounds more soothing than a nice, relaxing nap allowing us to simmer down after a productive day. Power napping may help you get through the day by keeping your nap between 20-30 minutes. Whatever you do, try not to avoid afternoon naps.
4. Exercise daily. Vigorous exercise is best, but even light exercise is better than no activity. Get those running shoes on!
5. Evaluate your room. Design your sleep environment to establish the conditions you need to sleep. It should be dark, cool, quiet, and most of all comfortable.
6. Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and heavy meals in the evening. Alcohol, cigarettes and caffeine can disrupt sleep. Eating big or spicy meals can cause discomfort from indigestion that can make it hard to go to sleep. It is good to finish eating at lease 2-3 hours before bedtime.
7. If you can’t sleep, go into another room and do something relaxing until you feel tired. It is best to take work materials, computers and television out of the sleeping environment. Use your bed only for what it is made for.
Healthy sleep habits can make a big difference in your quality of life. Follow these healthy sleeping tips to encourage good sleep hygiene!
If you regularly experience daytime drowsiness, fatigue or disturbed sleep, speak to your doctor or consult with a sleep medicine specialist. You may do this by visiting Pomerene Hospital’s Sleep Lab Service.
What is there to know about breast cancer?
Has breast cancer affected your life? With almost 3 million women
that have been diagnosed with breast cancer today, chances are your
mother, daughter, sister, or friend has or will have breast cancer
sometime in their life. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), 1
out of every 8 women will develop breast cancer (12%). Approximately 1
out of 36 (3%) women will die from breast cancer, making it the second
most deadly cancer among women.
The risk of dying from breast cancer can be greatly decreased by having an annual mammogram and performing self breast exams. Cancers are easier to treat when found at an early stage. The best tool for finding breast cancer at these earlier stages is having an annual screening mammogram.
Recommendations for women without breast symptoms are listed below:
• Clinical breast exams by a health professional should begin at age 20, and is recommended at least every 3 years.
• At age 40, women should begin having clinical breast exams yearly, along with an annual mammogram, and continue having them every year while in good health.
• Women at high risk, such as family history, prior radiation therapy to the chest, or known genetic mutations, should consider additional imaging with the recommendation of a health professional.
Prevention of breast cancer includes:
• Healthy diets
• Increased Vitamin D and fiber
• Moderate exercise
• Decreased alcohol consumption
Pomerene Can Help You!
We at Pomerene, would like to encourage you, your friends and family, to take a stand against breast cancer and have an annual mammogram. Our digital technology gives us great imaging detail for the radiologist to interpret, which includes CAD (computer-aided detection) that assist the radiologist during mammography interpretation. Our mammography services also include screening and diagnostic imaging, ultrasound, breast MRI, and biopsy techniques.
The staff at Pomerene is part of the “Go-Soft Campaign”, which means we make the exam as comfortable as possible by using a soft pad on the mammography unit. During the month of October, Pomerene offers a $20 savings on mammogram testing when you schedule a mammogram. There’s no better time to have a mammogram than during Breast Cancer Awareness Month!
Set Up Your Mammogram Today
For more information about out mammography services please call Pomerene Hospital Radiology at 330-674-1584 extension 4124 or visit our Mammography Services page.