Previniendo La Diabetes Tipo 2, Te Regalas Salud

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On Wednesday, Aug. 26th at 5:00pm CST we will conduct a Spanish-language video chat about Type 2 Diabetes Prevention. The video chat will feature Dr. Enrique Caballero from our Latino Health Disparities National Committee and a patient testimonial. This is a link to the event’s page (in Spanish):http://bit.ly/1TVYfSV

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Houston Expo 2015

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The American Diabetes Association’s Houston EXPO is FREE and has everything you need for healthy living. Get the latest information on all types of diabetes, preventing type 2 diabetes and its deadly complications as well as managing diabetes to help keep you and your family healthy. For one day only receive FREE screenings, personalized expert advice, healthy cooking demos and ground breaking tools and products for living well. Also, attend sessions with informative discussions from doctors and other health care providers specializing in diabetes from around the world.

Register for this FREE event and be entered to win a $25 HEB Gift Card!

NRG Park • Saturday, October 17th • 9 a.m. to 4 p. m.

  • Meet Dominique Wilkins and other NBA Legends
  • Cedric the Entertainer shares his story as a diabetes caregiver
  • Living with type 1? Come and meet, Miss Idaho Sierra Sandison
  • Free Health Screenings: A1C, cholesterol, kidney, foot, vision, glucose, blood pressure, BMI, hearing, dental, bone density, and depression, while supplies last
  • Free cooking demonstrations by world renoun expert, Chef Leticia Moreinos Schwartz

Look for more updates in the coming weeks because EXPO Houston will be here before you know it! For questions about the EXPO, contact Mary Baumann at mbaumann@diabetes.org or (713) 977-7706 ext. 6093.

Visit www.diabetes.org/houstonexpo to register today!

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Take the Ride of Your Life

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Join in a nationwide campaign to raise money to help fund diabetes research, education and advocacy and support the 29 million children and adults living with diabetes.

WHAT: Ride to Stop Diabetes in our 7th Annual Tour de Cure starting and finishing at our new venue – Waller Stadium. The Houston Tour de Cure is one of the top ten events in the nation and largest in Texas. Whether you’re a novice or an avid cyclist, we have the distance that’s right  for you. Each route offers SAG, mechanical support, and full service rest stops to keep your body fueled. Afterwards, join us at the Rider Village for live music, massages, family friendly activities and much more!

 

Route Distances:

Family 10 Mile* 35 Mile55 Mile75 Mile100 Mile and SPIN BIKES

*Team Costume Contest

WHEN: Saturday, September 26, 2015

WHERE:  Waller ISD Stadium  (15min away from Premium Outlets)

Reg Fee:  $25 ($35 after July 31st) 

Fundraising Minimum:  $200

Children 12 & Under: $50   

HOW: Visit for more information: www.houstontourdecure.com

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Research Gives New Hope to Diabetic Patients

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Patients with diabetes mellitus often combat several side effects of the disease throughout their lives. As a patient, you are probably familiar with its potential complications. But have you taken the time to think about your vision? One of the more severe conditions that diabetes can cause is Diabetic Retinopathy, a potentially blinding retinal problem.

Affecting both type I and type II patients, the symptoms can include impaired color vision, spotty or blurred vision, and even sudden vision loss, but many experience no symptoms at all in the early stages. If left untreated, permanent vision loss can occur through multiple complications. In fact, diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness among all Americans aged 20 to 74 years, and most patients with diabetes will eventually develop this condition. So what’s the good news? While retinopathy may not be preventable, vision loss in many situations certainly is, and treatment, through research, is becoming easier.

Along with keeping blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, and weight at optimal levels, Dr. Charles C. Wykoff, MD, PhD, and ten other retina specialists at Retina Consultants of Houston are offering new hope and state-of-the-art treatments to patients dealing with retinopathy and bringing world class care to nearly every Houston area neighborhood.

“We’re fighting this on all fronts including surgery, laser treatments, and injectable pharmaceuticals, but our practice has taken it a step further. We’re using what we’ve learned through our research to create treatment options that are more convenient. We’re now improving not only vision, but quality of life “ Dr. Wykoff said.

But how do you know if you’ve developed retinopathy? Where does treatment begin?

“Prevention is the very best treatment for retinopathy,” says Dr. Wykoff. “Getting a yearly dilated eye exam with a doctor who will work with your primary physician to keep your disease under control substantially decreases your chances of visual problems.”

Diabetes can be a difficult disease to live with, but with cutting-edge research right here in Houston, there is new hope and improved outcomes for patients. And when it comes to vision care, diabetics have more than ever to look forward to.

To learn more about our 10 convenient locations in the Houston area visit our website or call (713) 524-3434  www.houstonretina.com

 

 

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Gestational Diabetes vs. Prediabetes

Risk factors for developing gestational diabetes and prediabetes can often overlap, causing confusion, but the primary difference is the condition of pregnancy in gestational diabetes and the unique insulin needs that accompany it.  Sometimes- particularly if you’re pregnant or could possibly be pregnant and have a prior medical history of either condition- it can be difficult to tell the difference between the two, as having gestational diabetes can increase one’s risk for developing type 2 diabetes later in life.

To clear up all the misconceptions out there, our latest infographic explains everything you need to know about the distinctions between gestational diabetes and prediabetes!

 

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Easy and Healthy Eating with Diabetes

Having Diabetes Doesn’t Mean You Must Eat Rabbit Food


After being diagnosed with diabetes, many questions arise about the lifestyle changes needed to successfully manage the disease.  This is especially true regarding diagnoses of type 2 diabetes and diet suggestions. But, there is a lot of information out there on what to eat, what to avoid like the plague, and what you can sneak in every now and then as an indulgent treat, so it’s completely understandable to become so perplexed that you either wing it or give up and just eat whatever you want.

To be frank, those are the worst possible things diabetics can do, since regular and properly managed meals are key to maintaining glycemic control and reducing the risk for complications for those with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Regular visits with a physician, medication, exercise are all significant ways to reign in blood glucose levels, and a proportioned vigilant diet is crucial, with some meals having more of an impact than others on health.

Preparation doesn’t have to be complicated or completely nix the flavor either.  If you are not sure where to begin your new journey with healthy meal planning for diabetes, we’ve broken it down for you in this handy infographic below!


 

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Eating healthy with diabetes doesn’t have to be hard if you remember these tips.

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The Trick to Keeping Diabetes Under Control

As research uncovers insights into the disease of diabetes, there will be new drugs and more treatments… new trends (and even quackery) to try. Some may seem promising or possibly even able to deliver some improvement, but none offer as many direct and immediate benefits as exercise.

Check out the infographic below for all the details on physical activity to get your blood sugar under control!

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Physical activity is a crucial part of sucessfully managing all types of diabetes.

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3 Diabetes Support Resources You Already Have

Run errands. Visit friends. Clean the house. Finish that report. Entertain the family. Fix the car. Stay late at work… There are incessant obligations in life. Some of them are urgent, some not so much.

But, even if you don’t want to admit it, your needs come first.

We all get only one body. One. If you neglect your body while having a serious health concern like diabetes, and you could soon feel the consequences, (some of which could prevent you from accomplishing any of that really important stuff you chose over your body in the first place, forcing you to pay attention to your needs).

It’s not selfish; it’s not weak to take care of your health before anything else. If you don’t do it, who will? How will anything else get done if you cannot muster up the strength and energy to complete your other tasks and goals? Being continuously wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of a fast-paced life can also cause us to make poor choices about our health, which isn’t a faux pas you can afford if you have to manage your blood sugar.

You know what they say: the hardest part is getting started. This where many diabetics get dazed and confused, uncertain of where to begin, but it is also the best time to get involved with others so you can stay responsible and accountable for your diabetes while having an actual life. The following three resources can help you get on track in no time, mostly because they are either very simple to incorporate into your life, or they are already present!

  1. Health Care Professionals

You likely already know that regular checkups with your primary care physician are necessary when you have diabetes (type 1, type 2, or gestational). Making sure everything is running smoothly with your blood sugar is a given, and your regular doctor can certainly do that, but visiting specialists is just as important- if not more. Due to the fact that diabetes can affect the nervous system and various organs, making appointments with an ophthalmologist/optometrist, dentist, and podiatrist can uncover any eye problems, dental ailments, and foot or toe concerns which affect diabetics at disproportionately higher rates due to the nature of the disease.

Neurologists, endocrinologists, dermatologists, and other specialists can help identify, prevent, and determine the best course of treatments for any issues related to nerve damage, hormonal imbalances, and skin diseases related to diabetes.

Don’t have a designated specialist who you can call in a hurry? Primary care physicians will provide patients with referrals to specialists upon request, and your local hospital should have a diabetes support group or education sessions led by health care pros who also double as diabetes educators. The worst possible thing you can do is wait for the feeling ‘to pass’ or make excuses that you don’t actually need to see a doctor because the pain suddenly disappeared… Many diabetics suffer from neuropathy, nerve damage which can either abnormally impair or increase the sensation of pain. Just because you don’t feel pain anymore, does not mean it was insignificant and simply disappeared. If you feel something is amiss within your body, please make an appointment right away.

  1. Community

Communities are often an underused resource. Believe it or not, there are plenty of others- possibly even neighbors- who have diabetes and want to learn how to connect with other diabetics, better coping strategies, advice, and to just enjoy some time among people dealing with the exact same concerns.

From organized walks, cycling events, meetup groups, school fundraisers, you name it, it exists. If you live in a more rural area and cannot find a group of the sort, consider partnering up with a trusted supporter or courageously going solo and spearheading your own support group. Discussing how to deal, recipe swaps, fitness activities, personal stories and is very psychologically healthy, inspiring and empowering to those who may feel too shy, isolated, or discouraged to initiate things on their own.

You might be thinking, “I don’t know anyone [else] with diabetes! Who would want to learn about something that doesn’t affect them? Well, consider this: Over 1 in 3 people have prediabetes- a key indicator of future diabetes diagnosis if left untreated and unmanaged- with 90% of those also unaware of their condition. 1 out of 11 people have diabetes, with 25% of those not even knowing they are diabetic. Chances are, you do know someone who either has diabetes, or a high chance to develop it. Either way, getting the word out is important to managing or stopping this disease in its tracks.

So, when we say, “you’re not alone”, this is not a cliché, we really mean it!

  1. Friends & Family

Whether you come home to relax and discuss your day with any family members, your home is where you rest and unpack most of your burdens. Not everyone likes to divulge all their feelings, aches and pains to their friends and family, and that’s ok, but for many, they are still valuable resources of support and acceptance.

Getting into a routine will require some mutual understandings or maybe even assistance from your friends and family. Perhaps it’s asking your daughter to remind you to check your blood sugar daily, suggesting adding salad into your weekly grocery list, asking the kids for a certain hour of quiet time so you can rest, telling your friends you’ll be the designated driver since you are cutting back on alcohol anyway, or meeting your best friend for an early Saturday morning workout. There are countless simplistic ways to get your family and friends on board and more engaged with helping you manage your diabetes. They care for you, and nothing done in the name of love is an inconvenience.

    Points to Remember…

These resources are for support- not substitution of good self-care habits. Eating healthy, exercising, checking glucose levels, sleeping properly, receiving health examinations, and, most importantly, remembering to take some ‘me-time’ are vital to reining in diabetes to avoid any complications later. It is hard work, and it can take time to develop a routine that works for your lifestyle, but it’s entirely attainable! Use these three resources and you’ll be on your way to a better diabetes routine in no time.

Want to learn more about these resource types or wish to expand your options for support? Join us at our 2015 Diabetes Expo in Houston on October 17th! Live cooking demonstrations, free health screenings, celebrity guests, child-friendly activities, and more await you, so please sign up today! If you have more immediate questions you would like answered, please visit the American Diabetes Association’s Center for Information here.

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Can You Have a Life With Diabetes?

The doctor just broke the news. It’s official, you have diabetes.
Your thoughts are racing…

How did I get this?
Is this serious?
Oh no, I will never be able to enjoy my life again.

At this point, it’s normal to be confused, fearful, upset, anxious, or even angry. No matter the type of diabetes, some of the most-reported concerns by people with such a diagnosis include feeling powerless to control it, or becoming overwhelmed at the seemingly monumental lifestyle changes they must now adopt.

The more you learn about the disease, the more you’ll realize it doesn’t have to resign you to a life of eating rabbit food everyday and never going anywhere fun. Yes, you can actually have a life with diabetes!

Diabetes is serious and shouldn’t be taken lightly, however, it most certainly is not a death sentence. Having a full and pleasurable life with diabetes is totally possible, and you can enjoy many of your favorite activities and meals. Keep in mind that it is a disease which requires everyday management and even emergency planning. Don’t get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life so intensely that you forget to care for your body first and foremost. Here at the American Diabetes Association of Houston, we are well aware just how fast-paced life can be here in the South’s largest city If you’re not sure where or how to start incorporating diabetes care into your life (whether at home or traveling), we’ve got just the advice you need to get started!

 

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Managing type 1 or type 2 diabetes doesn’t have to drive you crazy. Here are some surefire ways to streamline and organize the process of caring for diabetes whether you’re at home or on the go!

 

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Emotions and Diabetes: A Cycle of Influence.

Diabetics are at double the risk for developing depression, and an emotional phenomena called diabetes distress is unique among type 1 and type 2 diabetics of all ages and racial/ethnic backgrounds.

Worries over risk factors, diet changes, health care costs, complications, and high or low blood glucose levels can all be loaded sources of stress and sadness for patients and their families. These anxieties can make stress and complications worse, while the complications themselves can increase depression or distress.

For these reasons, it is critical to seek help with how you’re feeling by reaching out to your doctor or local hospital. Physicians and hospitals often have connections to or even host diabetic support resources you can take advantage of to help manage the emotions that can coincide with a diagnosis or simply dealing with diabetes every day.

If you or someone you know feel this way and think you’re alone, or don’t think depression and stress is that serious a problem for diabetics, here are some things to keep in mind.

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A glance at emotional costs of diabetes, such as depression, and its cycle of influence within the disease

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