November is National Diabetes Month. West Virginian’s have struggled with this disease. In 2010 according to the WV Diabetes Prevention and Control Program the national prevalence of diabetes in the United States was 9.2% but in West Virginia the prevalence was 11.7%. 229,000 people in West Virginia have diabetes with over 62,000 under diagnosed.
In southern West Virginia Logan County’s prevalence of diabetes is 14.8% – the highest in the nation.
For all West Virginian’s knowledge of the disease is one of the best ways to combat it. This includes knowledge of exercise- diet – medications and potential complications.
In Hampshire County there are several agencies working together to offer education and programs to local residents, On the 4th Wednesday of each month at 1 pm at the Romney Senior Center the Hampshire County Diabetes Support Group meets. It is free of charge and offers the latest information in diabetic education.
The Hampshire County Wellness Center offers a next Step for Diabetes program featuring 8 weeks of exercise with a trainer. Contact the Center at 304-822-7255 for more information.
The Wellness Center will offer a Diabetes Awareness information with educators on Tuesday November 18th from 9 am to 11 a.m. A Registered Dietitian will be available at 11 am for questions about meals/ food.
Hampshire Memorial Hospital offers Diabetic Education classes with Valerie Starcher RN.
Contact Valerie at 304-822-4561.
The Hampshire County Diabetes Coalition is the sponsoring organization behind the Walk For Diabetes Awareness in May and the Diabetes Kids Camp in July as well as other events throughout the year.
The Hampshire County Committee on Aging has Diabetic supplies for a minimal donation. For more information contact Sandy at 304-822-2465.
A DIABETIC CONTACT? Swiss drug manufacturer Novartis has struck a deal with Google to make smart contact lenses that would help diabetics track their blood sugar levels or restore the eye’s ability to focus.
The device would measure glucose levels in tear fluid and send the data wirelessly to a mobile device. The second purpose of the contact lens would be to correct nearsightedness much like a camera lens focusing. It is not known how long it will take to develop this technology nor were financial details revealed.
AN INSULIN PATCH PUMP FOR TYPE 2’S. – In a recent article in Diabetes Self Management Magazine CDE Jennifer Goldman- Levine explores one of the newest ways for insulin administration- the insulin pump that is disposable – has no tubing and adheres directly to the skin. Known as the V-GO this pump is designed for adults with Type 2 Diabetes who require insulin. The device holds fast acting Novolog or Humalog insulin.
DIABETES and HEPATITIS B: The CDC recommends vaccination for Hepatitis B because Diabetes may increase the chance of developing the disease. The CDC now recommends that the Hep B Vaccine should be given to adults with Diabetes who are between the ages of 19-59.
HOW MANY CARBS PER MEAL? A frequently asked question is how many carbs should be eaten at each meal? In general the target should be 45-60 per meal for women and 70-75 per meal for men. Snacks should contain 15-30 grams of carbohydrate.
One carb choice = 15 grams of carbohydrate. This is the amount of carbohydrate found in a small Apple – a glass of milk- 5 crackers or a small cookie.
IT’S BACK! Inhaled insulin that is. The FDA has cleared AFREZZA an inhaled rapid acting insulin for Type 1’s and Type 2’s. It is not recommended for smokers or those with lung disease. It seems to work faster than injected rapid acting insulin. The manufacturer is hopeful that it will succeed where the original and more expensive inhaled insulin Exurbera. It is smaller than the Exurbera and is expected to cost about as much as an insulin pen. However this is just for short acting insulin- long acting insulin will have to be injected.
BYDUREON – a once weekly injection is now available as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve glycemic control in adults with Type 2 Diabetes.
For more information about Diabetes or for speaking engagements contact Pam Francis RN at 304-813-6588.