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Now is the time to prevent diabetes-know your risk


Mon, Mar 22nd, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

St. Paul, MN-On American Diabetes Alert Day, Tuesday, March 23, the Minnesota Diabetes and Heart Health Collaborative has good news about diabetes. People who keep their blood glucose (sugar) as close to normal as possible in the early years following diagnosis have fewer problems with their eyes, nerves, and kidneys and have fewer heart attacks later in life.

Almost 1.6 million Minnesotans have pre-diabetes or diabetes. That's more than one in three adults and one in six youth. If current trends continue, one out of every three children born today will face a future with diabetes. However, with interventions, individuals with diabetes and pre-diabetes (blood sugar that is higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as diabetes) can delay or even halt the disease.

The bad news is that people with type 2 diabetes can live for years without realizing that they have this serious disease. While people with type 1 diabetes can exhibit noticeable symptoms, such as frequent urination, blurred vision and excessive thirst, most people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes do not show these warning signs at the time they develop the disease. Often, type 2 diabetes only becomes evident when people develop one or more of its serious complications, such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, eye damage or nerve damage that can lead to amputations.

KNOW YOUR RISK FACTORS

If you have a blood relative with type 2 diabetes, such as a parent, brother or sister, you are much more likely to develop diabetes yourself unless you do something to reduce your risk. Other risk factors include people who are overweight, physically inactive, and over the age of 45 years. African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders and women who have had babies weighing more than nine pounds at birth are at an increased risk.

TAKE THE DIABETES RISK TEST

The diabetes risk test is available in English and Spanish from the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-342-2383 or at www.stopdiabetes.com. It asks simple questions about your weight, age, family history and other risk factors and will show if you are at low, moderate, or high risk for diabetes. Knowing your risk can empower you to make changes to prevent diabetes. Talk to your health care provider about ways to lower your risk.

TAKE STEPS TO PREVENT DIABETES

Studies show the risk of diabetes can be cut in half by taking a few simple steps:
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H1N1 flu immunizations still available

Fri, Mar 19th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Fillmore County Public Health (FCPH) will be offering H1N1influenza immunizations via appointment and community vaccination clinics during March 2010. According to health educator, Brenda Leigh Pohlman, FCPH has provided over 2,800 H1N1 immunization ..... 
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Feel good about giving back by donating blood

Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL, Minn. (March 9, 2010) - Looking for a way to give back to your community, but don't have a lot of time to volunteer? The American Red Cross reminds eligible individuals that in about an hour you can help save a life by donating blood, and ..... 
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New study finds increase in number of Minnesotans without health insurance

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

The percentage of Minnesotans without health insurance rose from 7.2 percent to 9.1 percent between 2007 and 2009, according to the results of a new survey by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the University of Minnesota School of Public ..... 
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Smoking by the Numbers

Mon, Mar 1st, 2010
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Every day I hear the stories of people who want to quit smoking and help people who they love quit smoking. They want to feel better, live longer, protect their children, and save money - reasons we can all relate to, whether we are smokers o ..... 
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Heart disease: not just a man's problem

Mon, Feb 15th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Many women are unaware that cardiovascular disease is not just the number one killer of men, it's also the number one killer of women. According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease claims the lives of about 500,000 women a year ..... 
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A life-long athlete trains for Boston

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Training for a marathon is a challenging endeavor attempted by few. The 26.2 mile race requires a training schedule that can be difficult to accomplish, especially during a Minnesota winter. Combine that with the factors of a busy household, three y ..... 
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A life-long athlete trains for Boston

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Training for a marathon is a challenging endeavor attempted by few. The 26.2 mile race requires a training schedule that can be difficult to accomplish, especially during a Minnesota winter. Combine that with the factors of a busy household, three y ..... 
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Health officials stress importance of careful hand washing, food preparation in battling norovirus

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Winter in Minnesota is the peak time of year for norovirus, an illness that should be as easy to prevent as one, two, three, say health officials: wash your hands properly, prepare and handle food properly, and if you are ill, stay home and don't pr ..... 
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