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May 2013

Diabetes: The Cold Hard Facts

• 25.8 million: Number of Americans with diabetes.

• 7 million: Number of Americans with diabetes who have not been diagnosed.

• 79 million: Number of Americans with prediabetes.

• 1.9 million: New cases of diabetes (people 20 and older) reported each year in U.S.

• $176 billion: Annual direct medical costs of treating diabetes in the United States.

• 26.9%…

All The Ways We Care

The Comprehensive Diabetes Care Program At Main Street Hospital

Should you be concerned about having diabetes? The answer is a definite “Yes” when you consider this startling fact: An estimated 105 million Americans have either diabetes or prediabetes, which is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes and its serious complications.

With diabetes being such a common health condition, Main…

Back To School Checklist

Is Your Child Ready For School?

Here’s your medical checklist

Summer is winding down, and families are gearing up for the start of a new school year. Buying new notebooks and school clothes is part of this yearly ritual. But don’t forget that going back-to-school is also a good time to check on your child’s health. Here are five important questions to consider.

Does My Child Need…

Prostate Cancer

Gambling Your Life Away?

When It Comes To Prostate Cancer, Consider The Odds

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among men. One in six men will be diagnosed with the disease. Yet many men are too embarrassed, ignorant or indifferent to be checked for prostate cancer, a decision that could cost them their lives.

Think about it. If you knew the odds of being…

Cholesterol By The Numbers

Keeping up with your cholesterol numbers can be confusing. There’s your total cholesterol, your good cholesterol (HDL), your bad cholesterol (LDL), lipids, triglycerides. . . .

It’s enough to make your head spin.

So let’s make it easy. Here’s the key information for understanding your cholesterol numbers, which help measure your risk for heart attack and stroke. But remember, thes…

Live What You Learn

Diabetes is a chronic illness that occurs when too much glucose (sugar) stays in the blood. Symptoms of diabetes include unusual thirst, frequent urination, blurred vision, extreme fatigue and frequent infections.

Over time, high blood sugar levels can cause a number of serious health complications, including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure and amputation. Anyone who is overweight…

Are You At Risk?

Almost 26 million Americans suffer from diabetes. Even more disturbing is the fact that seven million people have the disease but have not been diagnosed. Type 1 diabetes usually occurs in childhood or adolescence. Type 2 diabetes, which accounts for more than 90 percent of all cases, usually occurs in people 45 and older.

Other risk factors for Type 2 diabetes include:

• Being obese or…

Celebrity Spotlight: Joe Gibbs

Coach Defiance: Three-Time Super Bowl Champion Joe Gibbs Is Helping Others Defy Diabetes

Joe Gibbs knows how to win. As an NFL head coach, he led the Washington Redskins to four NFC titles and three Super Bowl championships. And since becoming a NASCAR team owner and launching Joe Gibbs Racing, he’s won three NASCAR Cup Series Championships, one with driver Bobby Labonte and two more wit…

A Message From The CEO

America is facing two health epidemics. First, we’re overweight. The rate of obesity among adults has doubled in the U.S. since 1980 and tripled among children. And being overweight is one of the main risk factors contributing to the second epidemic: diabetes. Almost 26 million Americans already have the disease, and recent studies indicate that more than 50 percent of Americans could be at…

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