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Diabetes and Foot Management

04/27/2016 | Pain ManagementDiabetes & Endocrinology

Diabetes and Foot Management: Knowing the Signs of Unhealthy Feet. Nearly 29.1 million people in the United States are patients with diabetes. Unfortunately, an average of 180 amputations are done a day in the United States on patients with diabetes. According to the Centers for Disease Control, diabetes is the seventh highest cause of death in the United States. Why is an amputation sometimes necessary? An amputation is necessary when a foot ulcer develops into a non-healing wound. A foot ulcer…

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6 Tips for Living With Diabetes

11/17/2015 | Diabetes & Endocrinology

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 29 million people in the United States have diabetes. In diabetes, blood sugar levels are too high, resulting in long-term problems. There are two types of diabetes: Type 1 diabetes, an immune-disorder, and Type 2, a metabolic disorder.  Type 1 diabetes is strongly influenced by genetics and usually manifests during childhood, although sometimes also in adult years. Type 2 diabetes tends to develop in mid-life or later and often results from being…

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08/06/2015 | Healthy EatingDiabetes & Endocrinology

Over 29 million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with diabetes. This common disease can lead to serious and life-threatening complications if blood glucose is not controlled. What is diabetes? Diabetes is the condition in which the body does not properly process food for use as energy. When you eat, your body turns foods into sugars or glucose. At that point, your pancreas is supposed to release insulin. Insulin serves to open your cells to allow the glucose to enter, which provides us energy.…

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How to Tell if You Are at Risk for Diabetes (And What to Do About It)

05/07/2015 | Treatments & ServicesDiabetes & Endocrinology

Are you at risk for diabetes?

In 2012, 9.3% of all Americans had diabetes. That’s 29.1 million people total. Of those, 27.85 million have type II, or Adult Onset Diabetes. Diabetes is a disease that prevents the body from creating enough insulin, a hormone that regulates sugars in the blood. This causes significant health problems including eye complications, kidney problems, and increased risk of heart disease. While it’s possible to live a full and healthy life with diabetes, it is a very serious disease that kills…

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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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