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Five Steps to a Lower Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

06/18/2014 | Treatments & ServicesDiabetes & Endocrinology

Type 2 Diabetes continues to affect more and more Americans every year. You can reduce your risk for Type 2 diabetes by making simple changes to your lifestyle. You don’t have to make all these changes at once; after you’ve successfully made one change, pick another healthy habit to add your life. A great place to start is by downloading our free My Healthy Habits app on your smartphone. According to the American Diabetes Association, these five changes can have a huge impact…

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Type 1 Diabetes

06/10/2014 | Treatments & ServicesDiabetes & Endocrinology

How to stay active & balance your insulin If you have Type 1 diabetes, then you know how important it is to keep your blood sugar in check. Another important balance involves your body’s response to exercise. Get to know your typical blood glucose levels and which types of food and activity cause changes. Plan ahead so you can make sure your levels don’t get too high or too low when you exercise. Below are some tricks for staying active and keeping insulin levels in check. 1. Check…

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Diabetes in the Hispanic Population: Prevention is Key

03/23/2014 | IU Health PhysiciansDiabetes & Endocrinology

Diabetes: Many people believe that it is a hereditary disease, but it can actually affect any one of us. In the United States, there are about 25.6 million people with diabetes and it’s the fifth leading cause of death among Hispanics. This condition is a major cause of heart disease, kidney disease, stroke, blindness and amputations. What is diabetes? Diabetes is a disease that occurs when sugar levels in the blood are above normal. In our bodies, the hormone insulin is responsible for the…

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Proper Care of Chronic Wounds

08/01/2013 | Diabetes & Endocrinology

What is wound healing? Wound healing begins following an injury.  The process is complex and requires treatments to ensure proper healing.   At Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital 97 percent of sores treated are healed in 12 to 16 weeks. What are causes of chronic wounds? Diabetes, immobilization, chronic swelling and circulatory problems are the most common causes of chronic, non-healing wounds.  2 ½ million patients with chronic wounds have pressure ulcers,…

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The Growing Concern of Diabetes Among Asian Americans

07/24/2013 | IU Health PhysiciansDiabetes & Endocrinology

The medical community is seeing a worldwide epidemic of adult onset diabetes, but we have also found that Asians (living in their native countries as well as America) are particularly vulnerable to the disease. In fact, Asian Americans are three times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than Caucasian Americans. Why are Asian Americans at greater risk? While we may not fully understand all of the factors, we have determined certain indicators of genetic predisposition. When any population experiences…

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Team Up for Diabetes

06/05/2013 | Diabetes & EndocrinologyEvents

Cycle at the Indiana Motor Speedway for a Great Cause This year, for the first time, IU Health has fielded a team for the Tour de Cure, a cycling event to benefit the American Diabetes Association. IU Health employees can join up to ride with their co-workers while helping to raise critical funds for research, education and advocacy to stop diabetes. Tour de Cure takes place on June 8, 2013 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway track. It’s not a race, so all ability levels are welcome.  Matt…

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

07/20/2012 | Treatments & ServicesDiabetes & Endocrinology

Wound patients can experience the healing process in a superior facility here at the Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Wound Healing Services. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a treatment that increases the amount of oxygen in the blood, allowing oxygen to pass more easily from the blood stream and into the wound to heal them. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy chambers provide patients with one hundred percent oxygen at higher than normal atmospheric pressure. Wounds that haven’t healed in four weeks…

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Diabetes and You: Know the Facts

07/17/2012 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health PhysiciansTreatments & ServicesDiabetes & Endocrinology

Diabetes is a serious condition affecting 26 million Americans. Another 79 million people have pre-diabetes and are at risk for developing the disease. Diabetes occurs when there is a shortage of insulin in the body or when the body loses its ability to use insulin or both. Insulin lowers blood sugar and converts glucose (sugar) to energy. Too much sugar in the blood causes damage to organs. People with diabetes have a higher incidence of heart attack, stroke, kidney failure and a higher risk for…

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Steps To Managing Diabetes: 7 - Healthy Coping

03/31/2012 | Diabetes & Endocrinology

Our full and active lives can sometimes be stressful. When you’re managing a chronic disease, such as diabetes your stress level can increase. Learning how to manage stress is an important step to taking control of diabetes. Try the following suggestions to help prevent and manage stress: Meditation—Taking the time for reflection and relaxation has positive affects that can help you deal with the challenges you face. Journaling—Sometimes the very act of putting our thoughts to pen…

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Steps To Managing Diabetes: 6 - Move More

03/27/2012 | Diabetes & Endocrinology

Move more. This phrase sounds so simple, yet is so difficult for many people to make a regular part of their lifestyle. Regular physical activity is very important for diabetes control and weight management. Recommended Physical Activity So, what are some ways you can move more? Here are some simple recommendations: Thirty minutes of walking, five days a week. Resistant bands or weight training 2 days a week. Always talk with your doctor before starting any new physical activity. More specifically,…

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