By Kelly Taylor, PA
Diabetes, Medical Genetics
Find out your risk for diabetes with a free screening from 10 a.m. to 2
p.m. Nov. 16 in the university hospital by Starbucks.
Certified educators will be available to answer questions and provide
educational materials, log books, diet information and menus for the
Diabetes affects more than one in 10 adults in the nation and
approximately 30 percent of the population has pre-diabetes. Those who
are at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes include: a person
with a family history of diabetes; a diagnosis of impaired fasting
glucose or pre-diabetes (fasting blood sugar between 100-125); someone
who is overweight, especially carrying excess abdominal fat;
being sedentary; having high blood pressure; having high cholesterol;
having a prior history of gestational diabetes or large-for-gestational
age baby; and being of a certain ethnic background - Native American,
African American, Hispanic, Asian-American and Pacific Islanders.
Lifestyle changes are the first line for prevention and treatment of
diabetes. Maintaining a healthy body weight and ensuring a waist
circumference of less than 35 cm in women and less than 40 cm in men
can help prevent the onset of diabetes and associated conditions, such
as heart disease. Studies have shown that lifestyle changes can lower
the incidence of diabetes up to 60 percent and are more effective than
medication at increasing lifespan in patients with diabetes.
Steps to making healthier food choice
- Eat at regular
intervals. Eating smaller portions four to five times a day keeps our
blood sugars more stable throughout the day.
- Don’t drink your
- Eat foods that
encourage satiety. High fiber, high protein foods and those with
increased water volume, such as fruits and vegetables, provide a sense
of fullness and will help reduce your total caloric intake.
Health 1st events
- Plan ahead. It’s
hard to make good choices if you don’t have the right food readily
Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org to become involved in employee wellness at
MUSC. Events, speakers, classes or any other ideas are welcome.
- Massages: Free
massages are offered to employees on Tuesday nights and midday
Wednesdays. Look for broadcast messages for locations and times.
- Flu shot clinic:
Nov. 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the university hospital.
screening: A screening will be held Nov. 18. Visit http://www.musc.edu/medcenter/health1st
- Healthy holiday
cooking demonstration: Join executive chef Fred Bennett as he prepares
a healthy entrée featuring produce available from local farmers——Nov.
19, 12:30 p.m. at the farmer’s market in front of the library.
Friday, Nov. 12, 2010