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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