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Are you at Risk for Diabetes?

Posted by | Posted in Diabetes, Expert Tips, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 10-11-2015

Woman-Walking-in-the-FallDuring National Diabetes Awareness Month in November, take a moment to learn if you are at risk. Nearly 29.1 million Americans have diabetes, a serious disease where blood glucose (blood sugar) levels are above normal. Prevention, early diagnosis and treatment are key to avoiding serious problems caused by high blood glucose such as heart disease, stroke, vision loss, kidney disease and nerve damage. Read the rest of this entry »

Down 60 Pounds and Medication Free after Three-Year Battle with Diabetes

Posted by | Posted in Diabetes, Men, Weight Loss & Wellness Center Patient Stories, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 18-06-2015

A healthier Greg Mayes

A healthier Greg Mayes

The week leading up to Father’s Day—this year, June 15-21—is known as National Men’s Health Week. It’s a chance to encourage guys to seek regular medical advice and raise awareness for prevention and early detection of preventable health problems. Greg Mayes, a former patient at Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center, experienced firsthand how much life can change by simply asking for help.

At 31, Greg was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Three years later, he was still having trouble regulating his blood sugar, and he was beginning to notice increasing health complications due to his diabetes.  Both of his parents are diabetic, and at 5 feet 10 inches and 275 pounds, the 34-year-old knew something had to give.

“My body was handing me a pink slip,” Greg said. Read the rest of this entry »

Your Guide to Traveling with Diabetes

Posted by | Posted in Diabetes, Expert Tips, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 31-03-2015

Traveling-With-DiabetesIt’s Spring Break season! Whether you are heading for warmer climates or road-tripping somewhere nearby, it can be difficult to maintain your healthy routine while on vacation. For people with diabetes, this may seem even more challenging.

“It’s all about consistency and preparation,” says Lori Iocca, RN, CDE, a nurse navigator at the Memorial Weight Loss and Wellness Center. “A person with diabetes may need to do a little more work ahead of time, but there’s no reason he or she can’t have a fun vacation and stay healthy.”

We chose a few travel situations that can throw off anyone’s diet, exercise or rest routines, and created a few tips for people with diabetes who are traveling. Read the rest of this entry »

Diabetes Awareness Month: How To Tell If You’re at Risk for Gestational Diabetes

Posted by | Posted in Diabetes, Physician Services, Women | Posted on 25-11-2014

Pregnant-WomanOf all the hallmarks of prenatal appointments – the weigh-ins, urine tests and blood draws – the glucose screening is among the least popular with expectant moms.

Draining a cup of the super-sweet drink is a requirement at the 4- to 5-month mark to help obstetricians determine if the patient is at risk for gestational diabetes. A positive glucose screening can lead to a three-hour glucose tolerance test, which involves returning at a later date, fasting ahead of the appointment and drinking even more of the sugary sweet liquids.

While the screening and test may be a hassle, the condition they are designed to detect is a potentially harmful one. Gestational diabetes affects between 2 percent and 10 percent of expectant mothers and indicates an elevated (and abnormal) level of sugar in the blood. Read the rest of this entry »

Defining Diabetes

Posted by | Posted in Diabetes, Memorial Medical Center | Posted on 09-04-2014

DiabetesAbout 26 million Americans — 8.3 percent of the population — have diabetes. Of that group, 7 million are undiagnosed. Diabetes is a serious health concern. It is the seventh leading cause of death and is a major cause for blindness, amputation and renal (kidney) failure.

In addition, approximately 33 percent of Americans have prediabetes – but only 10 percent know they do.

“With diabetes touching such a large segment of the population, it’s no wonder many people have heard of diabetes but may not understand there are several types of the disease,” said Kathy Levin, registered dietitian and diabetes program coordinator with Memorial Diabetes Services. “However, it’s important to recognize the symptoms of diabetes in order to get the condition under control with appropriate treatment options.”

Diabetes occurs when blood glucose (sugar) levels rise because the body either is not producing enough insulin and/or is unable to use it correctly. Diabetes mellitus occurs as Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.  Read the rest of this entry »

Are You Among the Millions Who Unknowingly Have Prediabetes?

Posted by | Posted in Diabetes, Events, Expert Tips, Memorial Medical Center, Screenings | Posted on 04-11-2013

World Diabetes DayNearly 26 million Americans have diabetes and another 79 million have prediabetes — and many of them don’t know it.

People with prediabetes have blood glucose levels that are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetics. They’re at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association, but they can take steps to reverse it

While there are no clear symptoms for prediabetes, you can look for some warning signs, says Kathy Levin, registered dietitian and diabetes program coordinator with Memorial Diabetes Services. These may include symptoms of diabetes like fatigue or symptoms of low blood glucose like shakiness caused by elevated insulin levels as glucose levels start to rise in prediabetes.

According to the American Diabetes Association, people with prediabetes can take the following actions to prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes: Read the rest of this entry »

8 Nutrition and Fitness Apps to Put You on the Road to Better Health

Posted by | Posted in Bariatrics, Diabetes, Exercise, Nutrition, Resources | Posted on 10-01-2013

We use our cellphones for a lot more than making phone calls. Many of us have smartphones with apps to help us manage our schedules, check the weather, find show times for the latest movie and wake us up in the morning.

So why not use apps to help you better manage your diet?

We surveyed our registered dietitians at Memorial Medical Center. Here are some of the nutrition and fitness apps they recommended: Read the rest of this entry »

10 Tips for Living with Diabetes during the Holiday Season

Posted by | Posted in Diabetes, Nutrition | Posted on 13-11-2012

Written by Kathy Levin, RD, CDE Outpatient Dietitian/Certified Diabetes Instructor at Memorial Medical Center

The holiday season is swiftly approaching and keeping your glucose under control during this time of year can be an extra challenge when you have diabetes.

1. Keep your meal times consistent.

Keeping things consistent is the key. Try to eat about the same time each day. Have at least 4 hours between meals to give your glucose time to return to normal before consuming the next meal.

2. Eat a consistent amount of carbohydrates.

By keeping carbohydrate amounts consistent, you can keep your blood glucose levels consistent. As a general guideline, women should aim for 45-55 grams of carbohydrate per meal and men should aim for 60-70 grams per meal. A small snack between meals of about 100 calories and 10-20 carbohydrates may help prevent overeating at meals. Read the rest of this entry »

Bariatric Surgery Testimonial: Michael

Posted by | Posted in Bariatric Patient Stories, Bariatrics, Diabetes | Posted on 27-09-2012

For many people who struggle with obesity, dieting and exercise alone are not enough to lose and maintain substantial weight loss to improve their health. For some, bariatric surgery, in addition to lifestyle changes, may be the holistic approach to achieving and maintaining great health.

About 800 central Illinoisans have undergone bariatric surgery through Memorial Medical Center’s Bariatric Services program, all with the intended goal of living a more fulfilling, active life after shedding the weight.

One such success story is Michael, who lost more than 135 pounds and has seen many health benefits after her surgery. Read her story in her own words:

Michael before December 2009
After surgery | Michael now

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Bariatric Patient’s Diabetes Disappears the Day After Procedure

Posted by | Posted in Bariatric Patient Stories, Bariatrics, Diabetes | Posted on 12-07-2012

Margarita before surgery

Margarita Martin had struggled with weight since she was 14 years old. She would gain weight, take some of it off and then put it back on – again and again.

But she reached a point where she no longer cared about her weight. At just under 5-foot-10, the Charleston mother of three had reached 300 pounds, but “I was a healthy girl.” She wasn’t diabetic; her cholesterol numbers were fine. She only had obstructive sleep apnea and wore a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) device while she slept.

But then she had her wake-up call.

Margarita is a registered nurse at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, where she serves as the patient care leader in the labor and delivery unit. In 2007, she decided to participate in the hospital’s wellness program.

Her fasting blood sugar was nearly double what it should have been, and her cholesterol was off. Read the rest of this entry »