Diabetes News – September 2021

September is Healthy Aging Month

 

Here are 10 Tips For Healthy Aging

 

1. Be realistic

If you feel overwhelmed by some activities (yours and/or your family’s), learn to say NO! Eliminate an activity that is not absolutely necessary. You may be taking on more responsibility than you can or should handle. If you meet resistance, give reasons why you’re making the changes. Be willing to listen to other’s suggestions and be ready to compromise.

2. Shed the “superhero” urge

No one is perfect, so don’t expect perfection from yourself or others. Ask yourself, “What really needs to be done?” How much can I do? Is the deadline realistic? What adjustments can I make?” Don’t hesitate to ask for help if you need it.

3. Take one thing at a time

For people under tension or stress, an ordinary workload can sometimes seem unbearable. The best way to cope with this feeling of being overwhelmed is to take one task at a time. Pick one urgent task and work on it. Once you accomplish that task, choose the next one. The positive feeling of “checking off” tasks is very satisfying. It will motivate you to keep going.

4. Move more, sit less

The first key guideline for adults is to move more and sit less. This recommendation from health.gov is based on new evidence that shows a strong positive relationship between increased sedentary behavior and increased risk of all-cause mortality, heart disease, and high blood pressure. All physical activity, especially moderate-to-vigorous activity, can help offset these risks. Even for inactive adults, replacing sedentary behavior with light-intensity physical activity is likely to produce some health benefits.

5. Aerobic exercise

For substantial health benefits, adults should do at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) to 300 minutes (5 hours) a week of moderate-intensity, or 75 minutes (1 hour and 15 minutes) to 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity, or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity. Preferably, it would be best if you spread aerobic exercise throughout the week.

6. Muscle strengthening

Adults should also do muscle-strengthening activities of moderate or greater intensity, involving all major muscle groups on two or more days a week, as these activities provide additional health benefits.

7. Review your daily diet and make necessary changes

Choose a diet that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products; includes a variety of protein foods such as seafood, lean meats, and poultry, eggs, legumes (beans and peas), soy products, nuts, and seeds. Chose a diet low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars and stay within your daily calorie needs

8. Volunteer

Change the world by volunteering. Become a United Nations Volunteer. The UN Volunteers website currently lists over 150 ideas from around the world. Here are a few examples: volunteer to make a field hockey website for kids in Sierra Leone, Africa; write up UN volunteer stories from the Asia Pacific; teach elementary students via Skype in southern India once a week. Or you can volunteer to translate, proofread and develop websites.

9. Dream and then get to it

Visit the U.S. National Parks in Google Earth which brings the national parks to you in a Google Earth guided tour through 31 different parks around the country.

The producers of the National Parks program hope that “Once you’ve virtually explored the national parks in Google Earth, we encourage you to put down your phone, put on some sunscreen and get outside to explore the wonders that our parks system has to offer. Start by finding the park closest to you.

10. Launch your next career

Capitalize on your career experience and start a new one. Yes, enjoy a brief “retirement.” Travel, spend more time with family and friends. Develop new hobbies. And, then become an entrepreneur. Statistics show people who retire and do nothing are more likely to die within 3 years.

Source: https://healthyaging.net/healthy-aging-month/10-tips-for-september-is-healthy-aging-month-2021/


The Diet-Betus – our version of recipe of the month just as tasty but with a healthy tweak here and there.

Raspberry-Lemon Chiffon Icebox Cake

Makes 10 servings (10 slices)

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of raspberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 2¼ teaspoons fat-free, sugar-free, reduced-calorie lemon instant pudding mix
  • ½ cup nonfat milk
  • 1¼ teaspoons unflavored gelatin
  • 8 oz. container of frozen light whipped topping (thawed)
  • 4 finely crushed graham crackers
  • 2 Tablespoons of melted butter or butter substitute
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar (substitutes not recommended for this recipe)
  • ½ cup water

Instructions

  1. Coat an 8×4-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.  Line with a double layer of plastic wrap, letting it overhang 2 inches on the sides.
  2. Combine the berries and ¼ cup water in a saucepan.  Mash the berries then bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.  Press the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve and discard the seeds.  Return to the saucepan and stir in the sugar.  Return to a simmer and cook for another 10 minutes until reduced to ½ cup. Let it cool slightly.
  3. Add the remaining ¼ cup water to a small saucepan and sprinkle gelatin on top (do not stir).  Let stand 5 minutes.  On medium heat, stir until the gelatin is dissolved.  Combine the gelatin mixture, berry mixture and ½ cup whipped topping and mix it all together.  Add another ½ cup whipped topping until there are no streaks.  Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan, cover and refrigerate until set (about 1 hour).
  4. Whisk milk and pudding mix in bowl until thick. Add ⅓ of the remaining whipped topping until combined, then fold in the remaining whipped topping until no streaks remain and spread it over the raspberry layer.
  5. Combine the graham cracker crumbs and melted butter in a bowl.  Gently press the mixture onto the pudding layer.  Cover and refrigerate for 1 to 8 hours.
  6. Use the overhanging plastic wrap to remove the cake from the pan.  Invert onto your serving plate.  Garnish with additional berries if you choose.

 

Source:  Diabetic Living Magazine & EatingWell.com


Community offerings:

Many community offerings have been postponed or canceled as a result of the coronavirus/COVID 19.

Please call the number listed for the event to verify availability, dates, and times. If you have questions regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19 please call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634) or visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html or https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/.

 

Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP)

COST: Free

CONTACT: Tina Elmlinger 419-624-1856

The Diabetes Empowerment Education Program [DEEP] is offered every Wednesday for six weeks. Good attendance is important. This free program is for diabetics, pre-diabetics, and spouses or caregivers of a diabetic.  Residents of Erie County, aged 60 or older, please call 419-624-1856 to register.

 

Diabetes Support Group – Firelands Regional Medical Center

The Diabetes Support Group presented by Jean Feick CNP, CDE, meets the third Wednesday of each month Sept–November and January-May from 12:00pm –1:00pm.  This meeting is free to the public and no registration is required. Attendees are welcome to purchase lunch in the hospital cafeteria and come to the adjacent Cafeteria Meeting #1.  A different topic will be reviewed each month. If you have questions, please contact the Diabetes Education Department at 419-557-6992.

 

HEALTH & WELLNESS SCREENING – offered by Firelands Regional Medical Center

You must Pre-register for all Lab Work at 419-557-7840.

 

Sandusky Health & Wellness

Firelands Regional Medical Center South Campus

1912 Hayes Avenue Sandusky, OH

Saturday, September 11

7:00 am -9:30 am

 

Sandusky Health & Wellness

Firelands Regional Medical Center South Campus

1912 Hayes Avenue Sandusky, OH

Saturday, October 9

7:00 am -9:30 am

 

Sandusky Health & Wellness

Firelands Regional Medical Center South Campus

1912 Hayes Avenue Sandusky, OH

Saturday, November 6

7:00 am -9:30 am

 

Sandusky Health & Wellness

Firelands Regional Medical Center South Campus

1912 Hayes Avenue Sandusky, OH

Saturday, December 4

7:00 am -9:30 am

Health & Wellness Screenings include:

  • Complete Blood Count with Metabolic & Lipid Panel (No Eating or Drinking for 12 Hours – Water Allowed – includes liver and kidney function studies, fasting blood sugar, thyroid, cholesterol, HDL/LDL, and triglyceride levels along with a complete blood count.) – $45;
  • Hemoglobin A1C (A three-month report card on how well your blood sugars have been running. A test used to diagnose diabetes and/or to evaluate how well your treatment plan is working.) – $25;
  • PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen)- $30;
  • Vitamin D – $35;
  • TSH – $25

Diet and exercise are an essential part of diabetes management, so is routine testing.

The A1C test—also known as the hemoglobin A1C or HbA1c test—is a simple blood test that measures your average blood sugar levels over the past 3 months. It’s one of the commonly used tests to diagnose prediabetes and diabetes, and is also the main test to help you and your health care team manage your diabetes. Higher A1C levels are linked to diabetes complications, so reaching and maintaining your individual A1C goal is important if you have diabetes.

Last quarter, 70% of our diabetic patients had an A1C of less than 9%. Talk with your provider to discuss the right options for you.

 

Diabetes News – August 2021

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Immunizations are an important part of yearly checkups and not just for kids. Each year thousands of adults in the United States get sick from diseases that could be prevented by vaccines — some people are hospitalized, and some even die. People with diabetes (both type 1 and type 2) are at higher risk for serious problems from certain vaccine-preventable diseases. Getting vaccinated is an important step in staying healthyIf you have diabetes, talk with your doctor about getting your vaccinations up to date.

Why Vaccines are Important for You:

Diabetes, even if well managed, can make it harder for your immune system to fight infections, so you may be at risk for more serious complications from an illness compared to people without diabetes.

    • Some illnesses, like influenza, can raise your blood glucose to dangerously high levels.
    • People with diabetes have higher rates of hepatitis B than the rest of the population. Outbreaks of hepatitis B associated with blood glucose monitoring procedures have happened among people with diabetes.
    • People with diabetes are at increased risk for death from pneumonia (lung infection), bacteremia (blood infection) and meningitis (infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord).
    • Immunization provides the best protection against vaccine-preventable diseases.
    • Vaccines are one of the safest ways for you to protect your health, even if you are taking prescription medications. Vaccine side effects are usually mild and go away on their own. Severe side effects are very rare.

Frequently recommended adult vaccines may include: Influenza, Pneumococcal, Hep B, Zoster and Tdap. We provide several vaccines at our facility, including COVID-19 vaccine. Call us for more information or to schedule your vaccine today!

Content source: National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases – https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/adults/rec-vac/health-conditions/diabetes.html


The Diet-Betus – our version of recipe of the month just as tasty but with a healthy tweak here and there. August is here, school and fall are just around the corner. Make the most of your grill while you can. Now is the perfect time to head out to the local farmer’s market and grab some fresh corn for this recipe.

Mexican-Style Corn on the Cob

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min & Grill: 5 -10 min

YIELD: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lime peel
  • 4 ears corn, shucked
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

Prepare grill for direct cooking. Combine mayonnaise, chili powder, and lime peel in small bowl; set aside.

Grill corn over medium-high heat, uncovered, 4 to 6 minutes or until lightly charred, turning 3 times. Immediately spread mayonnaise mixture over corn. Sprinkle with cheese.

Source: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes


Community offerings: *

* Many community offerings have been postponed or canceled as a result of the coronavirus/COVID 19.  Please call the number listed for the event to verify availability, dates, and times.

If you have questions regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19 please call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634)

Or, go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html or https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/.

 

Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP)

COST: Free / CONTACT:  Tina Elmlinger 419-624-1856

The Diabetes Empowerment Education Program [DEEP] is offered every Wednesday for six weeks. Good attendance is important. This free program is for diabetics, pre-diabetics, and spouses or caregivers of a diabetic.  Residents of Erie County, aged 60 or older, please call 419-624-1856 to register.

 

Diabetes Support Group – Firelands Regional Medical Center

The Diabetes Support Group presented by Jean Feick CNP, CDE, meets the third Wednesday of each month Sept–November and January-May from 12:00pm –1:00pm.  This meeting is free to the public and no registration is required. Attendees are welcome to purchase lunch in the hospital cafeteria and come to the adjacent Cafeteria Meeting #1.  A different topic will be reviewed each month. If you have questions, please contact the Diabetes Education Department at 419-557-6992.

 

HEALTH & WELLNESS SCREENING – offered by Firelands Regional Medical Center

You must Pre-register for all Lab Work at 419-557-7840.

 

Sandusky Health & Wellness

Firelands Regional Medical Center South Campus

1912 Hayes Avenue Sandusky, OH

Saturday, August 14

7:00 am -9:30 am

 

Sandusky Health & Wellness

Firelands Regional Medical Center South Campus

1912 Hayes Avenue Sandusky, OH

Saturday, September 11

7:00 am -9:30 am

 

Sandusky Health & Wellness

Firelands Regional Medical Center South Campus

1912 Hayes Avenue Sandusky, OH

Saturday, October 9

7:00 am -9:30 am

 

Sandusky Health & Wellness

Firelands Regional Medical Center South Campus

1912 Hayes Avenue Sandusky, OH

Saturday, November 6

7:00 am -9:30 am

 

Sandusky Health & Wellness

Firelands Regional Medical Center South Campus

1912 Hayes Avenue Sandusky, OH

Saturday, December 4

7:00 am -9:30 am

 

Health & Wellness Screenings include:

  • Complete Blood Count with Metabolic & Lipid Panel (No Eating or Drinking for 12 Hours – Water Allowed – includes liver and kidney function studies, fasting blood sugar, thyroid, cholesterol, HDL/LDL, and triglyceride levels along with a complete blood count.) – $45;
  • Hemoglobin A1C (A three-month report card on how well your blood sugars have been running. A test used to diagnose diabetes and/or to evaluate how well your treatment plan is working.) – $25;
  • PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen)- $30;
  • Vitamin D – $35;
  • TSH – $25

Diet and exercise are an essential part of diabetes management, so is routine testing.

The A1C test—also known as the hemoglobin A1C or HbA1c test—is a simple blood test that measures your average blood sugar levels over the past 3 months. It’s one of the commonly used tests to diagnose prediabetes and diabetes, and is also the main test to help you and your health care team manage your diabetes. Higher A1C levels are linked to diabetes complications, so reaching and maintaining your individual A1C goal is important if you have diabetes.

Last quarter, 70% of our diabetic patients had an A1C of less than 9%. Talk with your provider to discuss the right options for you.

 

Diabetes News – July 2021

July is Healthy Vision Month

Diabetic retinopathy is an eye condition that can cause vision loss and blindness in people who have diabetes. It affects blood vessels in the retina (the light-sensitive layer of tissue in the back of your eye). If you have diabetes, it’s important for you to get a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year. Diabetic retinopathy may not have any symptoms at first — but finding it early can help you take steps to protect your vision. Managing your diabetes — by staying physically active, eating healthy, and taking your medicine — can also help you prevent or delay vision loss.  Other types of diabetic eye disease

Diabetic retinopathy can lead to other serious eye conditions:

  • Diabetic macular edema (DME). Over time, about half of people with diabetic retinopathy will develop DME. DME happens when blood vessels in the retina leak fluid, causing swelling in the macula (a part of the retina). If you have DME, your vision will become blurry because of the extra fluid in your macula.
  • Neovascular glaucoma. Diabetic retinopathy can cause abnormal blood vessels to grow out of the retina and block fluid from draining out of the eye. This causes a type of glaucoma.
  • Retinal detachment. Diabetic retinopathy can cause scars to form in the back of your eye. When the scars pull your retina away from the back of your eye, it’s called tractional retinal detachment.

Diabetic retinopathy is the most common cause of vision loss for people with diabetes. But diabetes can also make you more likely to develop several other eye conditions:

  • Cataracts. Having diabetes makes you 2 to 5 times more likely to develop cataracts. It also makes you more likely to get them at a younger age.
  • Open-angle glaucoma. Having diabetes nearly doubles your risk of developing a type of glaucoma called open-angle glaucoma.

What can I do to prevent diabetic retinopathy?

  • Managing your diabetes is the best way to lower your risk of diabetic retinopathy. That means keeping your blood sugar levels as close to normal as possible. You can do this by getting regular physical activity, eating healthy, and carefully following your doctor’s instructions for your insulin or other diabetes medicines.
  • To help control your blood sugar, you’ll need a special test called an A1c test. This test shows your average blood sugar level over a 3-month period. Talk with your doctor about lowering your A1c level to help prevent or manage diabetic retinopathy.
  • Having high blood pressure or high cholesterol along with diabetes increases your risk for diabetic retinopathy. So controlling your blood pressure and cholesterol can also help lower your risk for vision loss

The Diet-Betus – our version of recipe of the month just as tasty but with a healthy tweak here and there. July is also National Grilling Month, so set up the BBQ and try this tasty treat.

Grilled Basil Chicken and Tomatoes

Prep Time: 15 minutes + marinating

Grill Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup tightly packed fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 plum tomatoes
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)

Directions

  1. For marinade, place first five ingredients in a blender. Cut 4 tomatoes into quarters and add to blender; cover and process until blended. Halve remaining tomatoes for grilling.
  2. In a bowl, combine chicken and 2/3 cup marinade; refrigerate, covered, 1 hour, turning occasionally. Reserve remaining marinade for serving.
  3. Drain chicken, discarding marinade. Place chicken on an oiled grill rack over medium heat. Grill chicken, covered, until a thermometer reads 165°, 4-6 minutes per side. Grill tomatoes, covered, over medium heat until lightly browned, 2-4 minutes per side. Serve chicken and tomatoes with reserved marinade.

Source: Taste of Home


Community offerings: *

* Many community offerings have been postponed or canceled as a result of the coronavirus/COVID 19.  Please call the number listed for the event to verify availability, dates, and times.

If you have questions regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19 please call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634)

Or, go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html or https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/.

 

Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP)

COST: Free

CONTACT:  Tina Elmlinger 419-624-1856

The Diabetes Empowerment Education Program [DEEP] is offered every Wednesday for six weeks. Good attendance is important. This free program is for diabetics, pre-diabetics, and spouses or caregivers of a diabetic.  Residents of Erie County, aged 60 or older, please call 419-624-1856 to register.

 

Diabetes Support Group – Firelands Regional Medical Center

The Diabetes Support Group presented by Jean Feick CNP,CDE, meets the third Wednesday of each month Sept–November and January-May from 12:00pm –1:00pm.  This meeting is free to the public and no registration is required. Attendees are welcome to purchase lunch in the hospital cafeteria and come to the adjacent Cafeteria Meeting #1.  A different topic will be reviewed each month. If you have questions, please contact the Diabetes Education Department at 419-557-6992.

 

HEALTH & WELLNESS SCREENING – offered by Firelands Regional Medical Center

You must Pre-register for all Lab Work at 419-557-7840.

 

Sandusky Health & Wellness

Firelands Regional Medical Center South Campus

1912 Hayes Avenue Sandusky, OH

Saturday, July 17

7:00 am -9:30 am

 

Sandusky Health & Wellness

Firelands Regional Medical Center South Campus

1912 Hayes Avenue Sandusky, OH

Saturday, August 14

7:00 am -9:30 am

 

Sandusky Health & Wellness

Firelands Regional Medical Center South Campus

1912 Hayes Avenue Sandusky, OH

Saturday, September 11

7:00 am -9:30 am

 

Sandusky Health & Wellness

Firelands Regional Medical Center South Campus

1912 Hayes Avenue Sandusky, OH

Saturday, October 9

7:00 am -9:30 am

 

Sandusky Health & Wellness

Firelands Regional Medical Center South Campus

1912 Hayes Avenue Sandusky, OH

Saturday, November 6

7:00 am -9:30 am

 

Sandusky Health & Wellness

Firelands Regional Medical Center South Campus

1912 Hayes Avenue Sandusky, OH

Saturday, December 4

7:00 am -9:30 am

Health & Wellness Screenings include:

  • Complete Blood Count with Metabolic & Lipid Panel (No Eating or Drinking for 12 Hours – Water Allowed – includes liver and kidney function studies, fasting blood sugar, thyroid, cholesterol, HDL/LDL and triglyceride levels along with a complete blood count.) – $45;
  • Hemoglobin A1C (A three-month report card on how well your blood sugars have been running. A test used to diagnose diabetes and/or to evaluate how well your treatment plan is working.) – $25;
  • PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen)- $30;
  • Vitamin D – $35;
  • TSH – $25

Diet and exercise are an essential part of diabetes management, so is routine testing.

The A1C test—also known as the hemoglobin A1C or HbA1c test—is a simple blood test that measures your average blood sugar levels over the past 3 months. It’s one of the commonly used tests to diagnose pre-diabetes and diabetes, and is also the main test to help you and your health care team manage your diabetes. Higher A1C levels are linked to diabetes complications, so reaching and maintaining your individual A1C goal is important if you have diabetes.

Last quarter, 70% of our diabetic patients had an A1C of less than 9%. Talk with your provider to discuss the right options for you.

Diabetes News – June 2021

June is National Men’s Health Month

Out of the 15 leading causes of death, men lead women in all of them except Alzheimer’s disease, which many men don’t live long enough to develop. On average, men die five years earlier than women.

The Men’s Health Network (MHN) reports that men die at higher rates than women from the these 10 causes of death – heart disease, cancer, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, accidents, pneumonia and influenza, diabetes, suicide, kidney disease, and chronic liver disease and cirrhosis.

Many of the top 10 causes of death are preventable, and can be treated, if found early. You can start by following these steps.

  • Visit your primary care provider every year
  • Get your cholesterol checked, beginning at age 25 and every five years.
  • Control your blood pressure and cholesterol
  • If you smoke, stop.
  • Increase your physical activity level to 30 minutes per day, most days of the week.
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables and less saturated or trans fats.

The Diet-Betus – our version of recipe of the month just with a healthier tweak

To hot to cook? Try this recipe for a light, refreshing meal.

Low Carb Turkey Roll-Up

  • Prep Time5 mins
  • Total Time5 mins Servings: 6
  • Calories: 242kcal each

Ingredients

  • 6low carb tortilla wrap (try a veggie flavored tortilla or lettuce leaf)
  • 6Tablespoon low carb honey mustard or garden veggie cream cheese
  • 12oz roasted turkey or other meat
  • 6 slicescheese
  • diced tomatoes
  • lettuce

Instructions

  1. Divide ingredients for 6 roll ups.
  2. Place wrap or lettuce leaf on wax paper or foil sheet and spread with honey mustard, cream cheese.
  3. Layer remaining ingredients on wrap and roll up.
  4. Cut wrap in half if desired.
  5. Note: Carb count will be much lower if using lettuce leaf instead of tortilla.

Tips

  • Prepare roll up on wax paper to help make rolling easier.
  • Use toothpicks if needed to secure tortilla into place.
  • If slicing into rounds for appetizers, make these ahead of time. Place uncut roll up into refrigerator for several hours to help it keep rolled up shape. Slice when ready to serve.
  • Dice tortilla and shred lettuce if desired.

 Nutrition

Calories: 242kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 323mg | Potassium: 90mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 280IU | Calcium: 202mg | Iron: 0.5mg

Author: Easyhealth Living


Community offerings: *

* Many community offering have been postponed, changed or canceled as a result of the coronavirus/COVID 19.  Please call the number listed for the event to verify availability, dates and times. If you have questions regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19 please call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634) Or, go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html or https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/.

 

Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP) –Erie County Senior Center

COST: Free

CONTACT:  Tina Elmlinger at 419-624-1856

The Diabetes Empowerment Education Program [DEEP] is offered every Wednesday for six weeks. Good attendance is important. This free program is for diabetics, pre-diabetics, and spouses or caregivers of a diabetic.  Residents of Erie County, aged 60 or older, please call 419-624-1856 to register.

 

Diabetes Support Group – Firelands Regional Medical Center

The Diabetes Support Group presented by Jean Feick CNP,CDE, meets the third Wednesday of each month Sept–November and January-May from 12:00pm –1:00pm.  This meeting is free to the public and no registration is required. Attendees are welcome to purchase lunch in the hospital cafeteria and come to the adjacent Cafeteria Meeting #1.  A different topic will be reviewed each month. If you have questions, please contact the Diabetes Education Department at 419-557-6992.

 

HEALTH & WELLNESS SCREENING – offered by Firelands Regional Medical Center

You must Pre-register for all Lab Work at 419-557-7840.

 

Sandusky Health & Wellness – Firelands Regional Medical Center South Campus

1912 Hayes Avenue Sandusky, OH

Saturday, June 12

7:00 am -9:30 am

 

Sandusky Health & Wellness – Firelands Regional Medical Center South Campus

1912 Hayes Avenue Sandusky, OH

Saturday, July 17

7:00 am -9:30 am

Health & Wellness Screenings include:

  • Complete Blood Count with Metabolic & Lipid Panel (No Eating or Drinking for 12 Hours – Water Allowed – includes liver and kidney function studies, fasting blood sugar, thyroid, cholesterol, HDL/LDL and triglyceride levels along with a complete blood count.) – $45;
  • Hemoglobin A1C (A three month report card on how well your blood sugars have been running. A test used to diagnose diabetes and/or to evaluate how well your treatment plan is working.) – $25;
  • PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen)- $30;
  • Vitamin D – $35;
  • TSH – $25

Diet and exercise are an essential part of diabetes management, so is routine testing.

The A1C test—also known as the hemoglobin A1C or HbA1c test—is a simple blood test that measures your average blood sugar levels over the past 3 months. It’s one of the commonly used tests to diagnose prediabetes and diabetes, and is also the main test to help you and your health care team manage your diabetes. Higher A1C levels are linked to diabetes complications, so reaching and maintaining your individual A1C goal is really important if you have diabetes.

Last quarter, 70% of our diabetic patients had an A1C of less than 9%. Talk with your provider to discuss the right options for you.

Diabetes News – May 2021

May is Stroke Awareness Month

A stroke happens when the blood supply to part of your brain is suddenly interrupted. Then brain tissue is damaged. Most strokes happen because a blood clot blocks a blood vessel in the brain or neck. A stroke can cause movement problems, pain, numbness and problems with thinking, remembering or speaking. Some people also have emotional problems, such as depression, after a stroke.

If you have diabetes, your chances of having a stroke are 1.5 times higher than in people who don’t have diabetes. But your risk is even greater if:

  • you’re over age 55
  • your family background is African American
  • you’ve already had a stroke or a transient ischemic (ih-SKEE-mik) attack (also called a TIA or a mini-stroke)
  • you have a family history of stroke or TIAs
  • you have heart disease
  • you have high blood pressure
  • you’re overweight
  • you have high LDL (bad) cholesterol and low HDL (good) cholesterol levels
  • you are not physically active
  • you smoke

You can’t change some of these risk factors. But you can lower your chances of having a stroke by taking care of your diabetes and tackling some of the other risk factors, such as losing weight if you’re overweight.

Typical warning signs of a stroke develop suddenly and can include:

  • weakness or numbness on one side of the body
  • sudden confusion or trouble understanding
  • trouble talking
  • dizziness, loss of balance, or trouble walking
  • trouble seeing out of one or both eyes
  • double vision
  • severe headache

If you have warning signs of a stroke, call 9-1-1 right away. Getting treatment as soon as possible after a stroke can help prevent permanent damage to your brain.

For more information on Strokes: https://www.stroke.org/


 

The Diet-Betus – our version of recipe of the month just with a healthy tweak

Eat smart by using heart-healthy recipes, reviewed and approved by Heart and Stroke Foundation dietitians.

Grilled shrimp and corn casserole

4-6 servings Total time: 38 min

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lb (750 g) mini potatoes, halved
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) sodium reduced vegetable broth or water
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) chopped fresh parsley, divided
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) pepper
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) canola oil
  • 2 cobs of corn, husked, each cut into 4 pieces
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) chili powder
  • 1 lb (500 g) large (21/25) peeled shrimp, thawed
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) cayenne

Directions

  1. In a foil or grill safe baking dish, toss potatoes with broth, 2 tbsp (25 mL) of the parsley and pepper. Place on preheated medium-high grill; close lid and grill for 10 minutes, stirring once.
  2. In a bowl, toss corn with oil and chili powder. Open lid and stir corn into potatoes. Close lid and grill for 5 minutes.
  3. In same bowl, toss shrimp with tomato, garlic and cayenne. Open lid and stir vegetables. Stir in shrimp mixture; close lid and grill for about 8 minutes or until shrimp are firm and pink and potatoes are tender. Sprinkle with remaining parsley to serve.

Nutritional info per serving (1 of 4)

  • Calories 300
  • Protein 23 g
  • Total fat 5 g
  • Saturated fat .5 g
  • Cholesterol 160 mg
  • Carbohydrates 41 g
  • Fiber 6 g
  • Sugars 6 g
  • Added sugars 0 g
  • Sodium 260 mg
  • Potassium 1150 mg

 


Community offerings: *

* Many community offerings have been postponed or canceled as a result of the coronavirus/COVID 19.

Please call the number listed for the event to verify availability, dates, and times.

If you have questions regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19 please call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634)

Or, go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html or https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/.

 

Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP)

COST: Free

CONTACT:  Tina Elmlinger at 419-624-1856

The Diabetes Empowerment Education Program [DEEP] is offered every Wednesday for six weeks. Good attendance is important. This free program is for diabetics, pre-diabetics, and spouses or caregivers of a diabetic.  Residents of Erie County, aged 60 or older, please call 419-624-1856 to register.

 

Diabetes Support Group – Firelands Regional Medical Center

The Diabetes Support Group presented by Jean Feick CNP,CDE, meets the third Wednesday of each month Sept–November and January-May from 12:00pm –1:00pm.  This meeting is free to the public and no registration is required. Attendees are welcome to purchase lunch in the hospital cafeteria and come to the adjacent Cafeteria Meeting #1.  A different topic will be reviewed each month. If you have questions, please contact the Diabetes Education Department at 419-557-6992.

 

HEALTH & WELLNESS SCREENING – offered by Firelands Regional Medical Center

You must Pre-register for all Lab Work at 419-557-7840.

 

Sandusky Health & Wellness

Firelands Regional Medical Center South Campus

1912 Hayes Avenue Sandusky, OH

Saturday, May 15

7:00 am -9:30 am

 

Sandusky Health & Wellness

Firelands Regional Medical Center South Campus

1912 Hayes Avenue Sandusky, OH

Saturday, June 12

7:00 am -9:30 am

 

Sandusky Health & Wellness

Firelands Regional Medical Center South Campus

1912 Hayes Avenue Sandusky, OH

Saturday, July 17

7:00 am -9:30 am

 

Health & Wellness Screenings include:

  • Complete Blood Count with Metabolic & Lipid Panel (No Eating or Drinking for 12 Hours – Water Allowed – includes liver and kidney function studies, fasting blood sugar, thyroid, cholesterol, HDL/LDL and triglyceride levels along with a complete blood count.) – $45;
  • Hemoglobin A1C (A three-month report card on how well your blood sugars have been running. A test used to diagnose diabetes and/or to evaluate how well your treatment plan is working.) – $25;
  • PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen)- $30;
  • Vitamin D – $35;
  • TSH – $25

Diet and exercise are an essential part of diabetes management, so is routine testing.

The A1C test—also known as the hemoglobin A1C or HbA1c test—is a simple blood test that measures your average blood sugar levels over the past 3 months. It’s one of the commonly used tests to diagnose prediabetes and diabetes, and is also the main test to help you and your health care team manage your diabetes. Higher A1C levels are linked to diabetes complications, so reaching and maintaining your individual A1C goal is important if you have diabetes.

Last quarter, 70% of our diabetic patients had an A1C of less than 9%. Talk with your provider to discuss the right options for you.

 

Diabetes News – April 2021

APRIL IS NATIONAL STRESS AWARENESS MONTH

And who isn’t a little bit stressed right now?

Diabetes management is a lifelong process. This can add stress to your daily life. Stress can be a major barrier to effective glucose control. Stress hormones in your body may directly affect glucose levels. If you’re experiencing stress or feeling threatened, your body reacts. This is called the fight-or-flight response. This response elevates your hormone levels and causes your nerve cells to fire.

During this response, your body releases adrenaline and cortisol into your bloodstream and your respiratory rates increase. Your body directs blood to the muscles and limbs, allowing you to fight the situation. Your body may not be able to process the glucose released by your firing nerve cells if you have diabetes. If you can’t convert the glucose into energy, it builds up in the bloodstream. This causes your blood glucose levels to rise.

Constant stress from long-term problems with blood glucose can also wear you down mentally and physically. This may make managing your diabetes difficult. There are many healthy ways to decrease your stress.

If you’re feeling stressed about your condition, know that you aren’t alone. You can connect with people online or in your community for solidarity and support.

Online support groups

You can often find online support groups that offers helpful tips and a strong community to help you cope. Diabetic Connect is an online resource dedicated to improving your quality of life. It provides articles, recipes, and informative videos.

In-person support groups

For women with diabetes, Diabetes Sisters offers nationwide meetups. The group started in North Carolina and expanded due to popularity. They now offer in-person groups throughout the country. These informal meetings are held on weeknights and typically last for one or two hours.

Defeat Diabetes Foundation provides a listing of peer support groups in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. You even search the directory and submit a listing of your own. The American Diabetes Association also offers local offices focused on education and community outreach.

Therapy

You may feel more comfortable talking with a professional about your stress. A therapist can provide coping mechanisms tailored to your individual situation and give you a safe environment to talk. They may also provide medical advice that online or in-person support groups can’t offer. We offer in-house, quality behavioral health treatment at FHS. If you would like to make an appointment, call 419-502-2803, or fill out our new patient form today.

Purdie, Jennifer. Medically reviewed by Debra Sullivan, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE, COI on April 29, 2016”Stress: How it Affects Diabetes and How to Decrease it”

https://www.healthline.com/health/diabetes-and-stress. Accessed 03/20/2020

When we are stressed, it is easy to turn to foods. The good news is not all foods need to be bad for you to find comfort in them. Try this cheesy bowl of yummies to lift your mood, not your blood sugars.

 

Pork Paprikash with Cauliflower “Rice”

Ingredients:

  • 1 (1 pound) natural pork tenderloin
  • 6 cups chopped cauliflower (1 1/2 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt plus 1/4 teaspoon, divided
  • 1 medium onion, cut into thin wedges
  • 1 ½ tablespoons paprika plus more for optional garnish
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano, undrained
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • ¼ cup bottled mild banana peppers, finely chopped
  • ⅓ cup light sour cream (Optional)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 8 teaspoons light sour cream (Optional)

Directions

  • Step 1

Trim fat from meat. Cut meat into bite-size pieces; set aside.

  • Step 2

Place cauliflower in a food processor. Cover and process with several on/off pulses until cauliflower is evenly chopped into rice-size pieces.

  • Step 3

Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a very large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add cauliflower and 1/8 teaspoon of the salt. Cook 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown flecks appear throughout, stirring occasionally.

  • Step 4

Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add meat and onion; cook about 3 minutes or until meat is starting to brown, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with 1 1/2 tablespoons paprika, ground pepper, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook and stir 1 minute more.

  • Step 5

Add tomatoes, broth, and banana peppers. Bring to boiling; reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, covered, 5 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high. Cook, uncovered, 4 to 6 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring frequently. Stir together 1/3 cup sour cream and flour in a small bowl; stir into meat mixture. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly.

  • Step 6

Serve meat mixture over cauliflower “rice.” If desired, top each serving with 2 teaspoons sour cream and a sprinkle of paprika.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 1/4 Cups Meat Mixture And 1 Cup Cauliflower “Rice” 

Per Serving:

319 calories; protein 30.6g; carbohydrates 23.8g; dietary fiber 10.9g; sugars 10.7g; fat 11.6g; saturated fat 2.9g; cholesterol 79.2mg; vitamin a iu 1300.3IU; vitamin c 78.8mg; folate 106.8mcg; calcium 76.8mg; iron 2.8mg; magnesium 63mg; potassium 1180.2mg; sodium 593.2mg.

Exchanges: 3 1/2 Vegetable, 3 Lean Protein, 1 1/2 Fat, 1/2 Starch

Source: eatingwell.com


Community offerings: *

* Many community offerings have been postponed, changed, or canceled because of the coronavirus/COVID 19.  Please call the number listed for the event to verify availability, dates, and times.

If you have questions regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19 please call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634)

Or, go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html or https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/.

 

Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP) –Erie County Senior Center

 COST: Free

CONTACT:  Tina Elmlinger  419-624-1856

The Diabetes Empowerment Education Program [DEEP] is offered every Wednesday for six weeks. Good attendance is important. This free program is for diabetics, pre-diabetics, and spouses or caregivers of a diabetic.  Residents of Erie County, aged 60 or older, please call 419-624-1856 to register.

 

Diabetes Support Group – Firelands Regional Medical Center

The Diabetes Support Group presented by Jean Feick CNP,CDE, meets the third Wednesday of each month Sept–November and January-May from 12:00pm –1:00pm.  This meeting is free to the public and no registration is required. Attendees are welcome to purchase lunch in the hospital cafeteria and come to the adjacent Cafeteria Meeting #1.  A different topic will be reviewed each month. If you have questions, please contact the Diabetes Education Department at 419-557-6992.

 

HEALTH & WELLNESS SCREENING – offered by Firelands Regional Medical Center

You must Pre-register for all Lab Work at 419-557-7840.

 

Firelands Regional Medical Center South Campus

1912 Hayes Avenue Sandusky, OH

Saturday, May 15

7:00 am -9:30 am

 

Firelands Regional Medical Center South Campus

1912 Hayes Avenue Sandusky, OH

Saturday, June 12

7:00 am -9:30 am

 

Health & Wellness Screenings include:

  • Complete Blood Count with Metabolic & Lipid Panel (No Eating or Drinking for 12 Hours – Water Allowed – includes liver and kidney function studies, fasting blood sugar, thyroid, cholesterol, HDL/LDL and triglyceride levels along with a complete blood count.) – $45;
  • Hemoglobin A1C (A three month report card on how well your blood sugars have been running. A test used to diagnose diabetes and/or to evaluate how well your treatment plan is working.) – $25;
  • PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen)- $30;
  • Vitamin D – $35;
  • TSH – $25

Diet and exercise are an essential part of diabetes management, so is routine testing.

The A1C test—also known as the hemoglobin A1C or HbA1c test—is a simple blood test that measures your average blood sugar levels over the past 3 months. It’s one of the commonly used tests to diagnose prediabetes and diabetes, and is also the main test to help you and your health care team manage your diabetes. Higher A1C levels are linked to diabetes complications, so reaching and maintaining your individual A1C goal is important if you have diabetes.

Last quarter, 70% of our diabetic patients had an A1C of less than 9%. Talk with your provider to discuss the right options for you.

 

Diabetes News – March 2021

MARCH IS NATIONAL KIDNEY MONTH

Diabetic kidney disease is a type of kidney disease caused by diabetes. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney disease. About 1 out of 4 adults with diabetes has kidney disease.

The main job of the kidneys is to filter wastes and extra water out of your blood to make urine. Your kidneys also help control blood pressure and make hormones that your body needs to stay healthy.

With diabetes, the small blood vessels in the body are injured. When the blood vessels in the kidneys are injured, your kidneys cannot clean your blood properly. Your body will retain more water and salt than it should, which can result in weight gain and ankle swelling. You may have protein in your urine. Also, waste materials will build up in your blood.

Diabetes also may cause damage to nerves in your body. This can cause difficulty in emptying your bladder. The pressure resulting from your full bladder can back up and injure the kidneys. Also, if urine remains in your bladder for a long time, you can develop an infection from the rapid growth of bacteria in urine that has a high sugar level.

Kidney damage from diabetes can get worse over time. However, you can take steps to keep your kidneys healthy and help slow kidney damage to prevent or delay kidney failure. Kidney failure means that your kidneys have lost most of their ability to function—less than 15 percent of normal kidney function. However, most people with diabetes and kidney disease don’t end up with kidney failure.

Healthy lifestyle habits can help you reach your blood glucose and blood pressure goals. Following the steps below will also help you keep your kidneys healthy:
• Stop smoking.
• Make physical activity part of your routine.
• Stay at or get to a healthy weight.
• Get enough sleep. Aim for 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night.
• Take medicines as prescribed

Work with a dietitian to develop a diabetes meal plan and limit salt and sodium.


The Diet-Betus – our version of recipe of the month just with a healthier tweak
Bring some Luck of the Irish into your home with this tasty recipe.

CORNED BEEF STUFFED CABBAGE ROLLS

Ingredients

• 1 large head cabbage
• 1 small onion, chopped
• 2 stalks celery, chopped
• 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
• 1 can (15 ounces) corned beef hash
• 1 cup canned spaghetti sauce, divided
• 1/4 cup dry breadcrumbs
• 1/3 cup chopped parsley

Directions

1. Separate 12 large outer leaves from the cabbage head; set aside the remaining cabbage head. Remove the center vein from each leaf so it becomes more pliable. Soften the cabbage leaves in boiling water for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from water with a slotted spoon; set aside until cool enough to handle.
2. Chop 1 cup of cabbage from the remaining cabbage head. Save any leftover cabbage to use in a salad, soup or stir-fry dish. Cook and stir the chopped cabbage, onion and celery in oil over medium heat in a medium, non-stick skillet until onion is translucent, about 10 minutes. Add corned beef hash, breaking it up with a spoon; mix gently. Heat over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Add 1/4 cup spaghetti sauce and breadcrumbs, mix well. Cool slightly.
3. Spoon about 1/4 cup of the corned-beef mixture onto each cabbage leaf. Roll, tucking the ends in. Arrange cabbage rolls, seam side down, in a shallow baking dish. Pour remaining spaghetti sauce over cabbage rolls. Bake at 350F covered for about 25 minutes, until heated through. To serve, spoon spaghetti sauce over cabbage rolls; sprinkle with parsley.

NOTES:
Wrap up the flavors of the Emerald Isle in these delicious corned beef and cabbage rolls. For convenience, stuff the cabbage leaves the night before, then just cook them in the oven for an easy St. Patrick’s Day dinner. Cooked in nutrient-rich spaghetti sauce, this main dish is an easy way to fit in more veggies! Nutrition information, based on using 1/3 head of cabbage in this recipe.

Recipe Yield: Servings: 6


Community offerings:

*Many community offering have been postponed, changed or canceled as a result of the coronavirus/COVID 19. Please call the number listed for the event to verify availability, dates and times.

If you have questions regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19 please call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634)
Or, go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html or https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/.

Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP) –Erie County Senior Center

COST:  Free
CONTACT:  Tina Elmlinger  419-624-1856

The Diabetes Empowerment Education Program [DEEP] is offered every Wednesday for six weeks. Good attendance is important. This free program is for diabetics, pre-diabetics, and spouses or caregivers of a diabetic. Residents of Erie County, aged 60 or older, please call 419-624-1856 to register.

Diabetes Support Group – Firelands Regional Medical Center

The Diabetes Support Group presented by Jean Feick CNP,CDE, meets the third Wednesday of each month Sept–November and January-May from 12:00pm –1:00pm. This meeting is free to the public and no registration is required. Attendees are welcome to purchase lunch in the hospital cafeteria and come to the adjacent Cafeteria Meeting #1. A different topic will be reviewed each month. If you have questions, please contact the Diabetes Education Department at 419-557-6992.

HEALTH & WELLNESS SCREENING – offered by Firelands Regional Medical Center

You must Pre-register for all Lab Work at 419-557-7840.

Sandusky Health & Wellness – Firelands Regional Medical Center South Campus

1912 Hayes Avenue Sandusky, OH
Saturday, April 3
7:00 am -9:30 am

Sandusky Health & Wellness – Firelands Regional Medical Center South Campus

1912 Hayes Avenue Sandusky, OH
Saturday, May 15
7:00 am -9:30 am

Health & Wellness Screenings include:

• Complete Blood Count with Metabolic & Lipid Panel (No Eating or Drinking for 12 Hours – Water Allowed – includes liver and kidney function studies, fasting blood sugar, thyroid, cholesterol, HDL/LDL and triglyceride levels along with a complete blood count.) – $45
• Hemoglobin A1C (A three month report card on how well your blood sugars have been running. A test used to diagnose diabetes and/or to evaluate how well your treatment plan is working.) – $25
• PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen)- $30
• Vitamin D – $35
• TSH – $25

Diet and exercise are an essential part of diabetes management, so is routine testing.

The A1C test—also known as the hemoglobin A1C or HbA1c test—is a simple blood test that measures your average blood sugar levels over the past 3 months. It’s one of the commonly used tests to diagnose prediabetes and diabetes, and is also the main test to help you and your health care team manage your diabetes. Higher A1C levels are linked to diabetes complications, so reaching and maintaining your individual A1C goal is really important if you have diabetes.

Last quarter, 70% of our diabetic patients had an A1C of less than 9%. Talk with your provider to discuss the right options for you.

Diabetes News – February 2021

February is National American Heart Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. 28,291 Erie County adults had been diagnosed with high blood pressure. Locally, Heart Disease was the leading cause of death* To help prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its effects, Family Health Services is proudly participating in American Heart Month.

(Source: Ohio Public Health Data Warehouse, 2015-2017)

What is the link between diabetes, heart disease, and stroke?

Over time, high blood glucose from diabetes can damage your blood vessels and the nerves that control your heart and blood vessels. The longer you have diabetes, the higher the chances that you will develop heart disease.

People with diabetes tend to develop heart disease at a younger age than people without diabetes. In adults with diabetes, the most common causes of death are heart disease and stroke. Adults with diabetes are nearly twice as likely to die from heart disease or stroke as people without diabetes.

The good news is that the steps you take to manage your diabetes also help to lower your chances of having heart disease or stroke. To lower your risk:

Manage your diabetes ABCs

Knowing your diabetes ABCs will help you manage your blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol. Stopping smoking and maintaining a healthy weight if you have diabetes is also important to lower your chances for heart disease.

A is for the A1C test. The A1C test shows your average blood glucose level over the past 3 months. This is different from the blood glucose checks that you do every day. The higher your A1C number, the higher your blood glucose levels have been during the past 3 months. High levels of blood glucose can harm your heart, blood vessels, kidneys, feet, and eyes.

The A1C goal for many people with diabetes is below 7 percent. Some people may do better with a slightly higher A1C goal. Ask your health care team what your goal should be.

B is for blood pressure. Blood pressure is the force of your blood against the wall of your blood vessels. If your blood pressure gets too high, it makes your heart work too hard. High blood pressure can cause a heart attack or stroke and damage your kidneys and eyes.

The blood pressure goal for most people with diabetes is below 140/90 mm Hg. Ask what your goal should be.

C is for cholesterol. You have two kinds of cholesterol in your blood: LDL and HDL. LDL or “bad” cholesterol can build up and clog your blood vessels. Too much bad cholesterol can cause a heart attack or stroke. HDL or “good” cholesterol helps remove the “bad” cholesterol from your blood vessels.

Ask your health care team what your cholesterol numbers should be. If you are over 40 years of age, you may need to take medicine such as a statin to lower your cholesterol and protect your heart. Some people with very high LDL (“bad”) cholesterol may need to take medicine at a younger age.

S is for stop smoking. Not smoking is especially important for people with diabetes because both smoking and diabetes narrow blood vessels, so your heart has to work harder.

Since this month is all about the heart, let’s talk about something you are going to love (and it’s good for you).


The Diet-Betus – our version of recipe of the month just with a healthier tweak

STRAWBERRY PANNA COTTAS

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
  • 1-1/2 pints strawberries, halved
  • 2 tablespoons Splenda No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pint strawberries, sliced

Directions

  1. Sprinkle gelatin over milk in a small saucepan; let stand 1 minute. Cook over low heat, stirring until gelatin dissolves (do not boil). Set aside to cool.
  2. Process 1-1/2 pints strawberries in a food processor, or until pureed, stopping to scrape down sides. Press strawberries through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a bowl, discarding solids. Stir cooled milk mixture into strawberry puree. Add Splenda Granulated Sweetener and vanilla, stirring until Splenda Granulated Sweetener dissolves.
  3. Coat 4 (6-ounce) ramekins with cooking spray. Divide strawberry mixture evenly among ramekins. If you don’t have ramekins, you can use 6 ounce clear plastic cups and serve the dessert in these or use coffee mugs and continue with the following directions.  Cover each ramekin with plastic wrap; refrigerate 4 hours or overnight until panna cottas are set.
  4. Run a knife around the edge of each panna cotta and unmold onto serving plates. Serve with sliced strawberries. Top with fresh berries, mint leaves or chocolate curls.

Recipe and image appear courtesy of Splenda.


*Community offerings*

* Many community offering have been postponed, changed or canceled as a result of the coronavirus/COVID 19. Please call the number listed for the event to verify availability, dates, and times.

If you have questions regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19 please call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634) or, go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html or https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/.

 

Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP) – Erie County Senior Center

COST: Free

CONTACT:  Tina Elmlinger, 419-624-1856

The Diabetes Empowerment Education Program [DEEP] is offered every Wednesday for six weeks. Good attendance is important. This free program is for diabetics, pre-diabetics, and spouses or caregivers of a diabetic.  Residents of Erie County, aged 60 or older, please call 419-624-1856 to register.

 

Diabetes Support Group – Firelands Regional Medical Center

The Diabetes Support Group presented by Jean Feick CNP,CDE, meets the third Wednesday of each month Sept–November and January-May from 12:00pm –1:00pm.  This meeting is free to the public and no registration is required. Attendees are welcome to purchase lunch in the hospital cafeteria and come to the adjacent Cafeteria Meeting #1.  A different topic will be reviewed each month. If you have questions, please contact the Diabetes Education Department at 419-557-6992.

 

HEALTH & WELLNESS SCREENING – Firelands Regional Medical Center

You must Pre-register for all Lab Work at 419-557-7840.

Sandusky Health & Wellness Screening

Firelands South Campus

1912 Hayes Ave. Sandusky, OH

Saturday, February 20

7:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Health & Wellness Screenings include:

  • Complete Blood Count with Metabolic & Lipid Panel (No Eating or Drinking for 12 Hours – Water Allowed – includes liver and kidney function studies, fasting blood sugar, thyroid, cholesterol, HDL/LDL and triglyceride levels along with a complete blood count.) – $45;
  • Hemoglobin A1C (A three month report card on how well your blood sugars have been running. A test used to diagnose diabetes and/or to evaluate how well your treatment plan is working.) – $25;
  • PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen)- $30;
  • Vitamin D – $35;
  • TSH – $25

Diet and exercise are an essential part of diabetes management. So is routine testing.

The A1C test—also known as the hemoglobin A1C or HbA1c test—is a simple blood test that measures your average blood sugar levels over the past 3 months. It’s one of the commonly used tests to diagnose prediabetes and diabetes, and is also the main test to help you and your health care team manage your diabetes. Higher A1C levels are linked to diabetes complications, so reaching and maintaining your individual A1C goal is really important if you have diabetes.

Last quarter, 68% of our diabetic patients had an A1C of less than 9%. Talk with your provider to discuss the right options for you.

 

Diabetes News – January 2021

NATIONAL BLOOD DONOR MONTH

January is the beginning of a new year and the perfect time to start the year celebrating National Blood Donor Month.

Due to increased seasonal illnesses during the winter months and inclement weather conditions, donations of blood and platelets decline and demand increases. The American Red Ross and Blood Banks of America encourage everyone can donate to continue their donations. Those who have never donated, to make an appointment. Blood donation is safer than ever before and saves lives. Millions of people including cancer patients, organ recipients, and victims of accidents; rely on blood donations from people like you and I.

Don’t stop giving just because the holidays are over. You can find your local donations sites and date/time here.

 


The Diet-Betus – our version of recipe of the month just with a healthier tweak

Start this recipe before you head out to make that blood donation and that evening you can snuggle in with a nice warm bowl of pure yumminess and the self satisfaction of knowing you helped to save a life.

Mediterranean Lentil Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp canola oil
  • 1 onion(s) (diced)
  • 2 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1 lb Italian turkey sausage((meat squeezed out of casing), sliced)
  • 32 oz low sodium chicken broth (reduced-sodium, fat-free)
  • 14-ounce, diced tomatoes
  • 3 cup water
  • 1 cup dried lentils
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaves

Directions:

  1. Heat the oil in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté for 3 minutes or until clear. Add the garlic and sauté for 30 seconds.
  2. Add the turkey Italian sausage and cook about 8 minutes until brown. Add the remaining ingredients.
  3. Bring the soup to a boil; reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

Community offerings*

* Many community offering have been postponed, changed or canceled as a result of the coronavirus/COVID 19. Please call the number listed for the event to verify its availability, dates and times.

If you have questions regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19 please call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634), or go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html or https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/.

 

Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP) – Erie County Senior Center

COST: Free

CONTACT:  Tina Elmlinger, 419-624-1856

The Diabetes Empowerment Education Program [DEEP] is offered every Wednesday for six weeks. Good attendance is important. This free program is for diabetics, pre-diabetics, and spouses or caregivers of a diabetic.  Residents of Erie County, aged 60 or older, please call 419-624-1856 to register.

 

Diabetes Support Group – Firelands Regional Medical Center

The Diabetes Support Group presented by Jean Feick CNP,CDE, meets the third Wednesday of each month Sept–November and January-May from 12:00pm –1:00pm.  This meeting is free to the public and no registration is required. Attendees are welcome to purchase lunch in the hospital cafeteria and come to the adjacent Cafeteria Meeting #1.  A different topic will be reviewed each month. If you have questions, please contact the Diabetes Education Department at 419-557-6992.

 

HEALTH & WELLNESS SCREENING – offered by Firelands Regional Medical Center

You must Pre-register for all Lab Work at 419-557-7840. New 2021 schedule pending.

Health & Wellness Screenings include:

  • Complete Blood Count with Metabolic & Lipid Panel (No Eating or Drinking for 12 Hours – Water Allowed – includes liver and kidney function studies, fasting blood sugar, thyroid, cholesterol, HDL/LDL and triglyceride levels along with a complete blood count.) – $45;
  • Hemoglobin A1C (A three month report card on how well your blood sugars have been running. A test used to diagnose diabetes and/or to evaluate how well your treatment plan is working.) – $25;
  • PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen)- $30;
  • Vitamin D – $35;
  • TSH – $25

Diet and exercise are an essential part of diabetes management, so is routine testing.

The A1C test—also known as the hemoglobin A1C or HbA1c test—is a simple blood test that measures your average blood sugar levels over the past 3 months. It’s one of the commonly used tests to diagnose prediabetes and diabetes, and is also the main test to help you and your health care team manage your diabetes. Higher A1C levels are linked to diabetes complications, so reaching and maintaining your individual A1C goal is really important if you have diabetes.

Last quarter, 70% of our diabetic patients had an A1C of less than 9%. Talk with your provider to discuss the right options for you.

Diabetes News – December 2020

December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month

Almost everybody loves holiday parties, but drinking and driving can make that festive time deadly for drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. December’s National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month has a high fatality rate due to people driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or both. According to the National Safety Council, over 40,000 people died in alcohol-related traffic accidents last year, so this year, stay safe during the holidays. If you are a diabetic, there are some additional things you should know about alcohol use.

 

Diabetes, Alcohol, and Social Drinking

People with diabetes should be particularly cautious when it comes to drinking alcohol because alcohol can make some of the complications of diabetes worse. First of all, alcohol impacts the liver in doing its job of regulating blood sugar. Alcohol can also interact with some medications that are prescribed to people with diabetes. Even if you only rarely drink alcohol, talk with your healthcare provider about it so that he or she knows which medications are best for you.

 

Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Alcohol interacts with diabetes medications

Alcohol can cause blood glucose levels to rise or fall, depending on how much you drink. Some diabetes pills (including sulfonylureas and meglitinides) also lower blood glucose levels by stimulating the pancreas to make more insulin. Combining the blood-sugar-lowering effects of the medication with alcohol can lead to hypoglycemia or “insulin shock,” which is a medical emergency.

  1. Alcohol prevents your liver from doing its job

The main function of your liver is to store glycogen, which is the stored form of glucose, so that you will have a source of glucose when you haven’t eaten. When you drink alcohol, your liver has to work to remove it from your blood instead of working to regulate blood sugar, or blood glucose. For this reason, you should never drink alcohol when your blood glucose is already low.

  1. Never drink alcohol on an empty stomach

Food slows down the rate at which alcohol is absorbed into the bloodstream. Be sure to eat a meal or snack containing carbohydrates if you are going to drink alcohol.

  1. Always test blood sugar before having an alcoholic beverage

Alcohol impairs your liver’s ability to produce glucose, so be sure to know your blood glucose number before you drink an alcoholic beverage.

  1. Alcohol can cause hypoglycemia

Within a few minutes of drinking alcohol, and for up to 12 hours afterward, alcohol can cause your blood glucose level to drop. After consuming alcohol, always check your blood glucose level to make sure it is in the safe zone. If your blood glucose is low, eat a snack to bring it up.

  1. You can save your life by drinking slowly

Drinking too much alcohol can make you feel dizzy, sleepy, and disoriented—the same symptoms as hypoglycemia. Be sure to wear a bracelet that alerts people around you to the fact that you have diabetes, so that if you start to behave like you are intoxicated they know that your symptoms could be caused by hypoglycemia. If you are hypoglycemic, you need food and/or glucose tablets to raise your blood glucose level.

  1. You can save your life by knowing your limit

Your healthcare provider will tell you how much alcohol is safe for you to drink. Depending on your health condition, that may mean no alcohol at all. In some cases, women with diabetes may have no more than one alcoholic beverage a day. Men should have no more than two.


The Diet-Betus – our version of recipe of the month just with a healthier tweak

Being a diabetic doesn’t mean you need to let Santa down. Make this delicious cookie for a great Christmas Eve treat. It may become your new holiday favorite!

ORANGE COOKIES

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1teaspoon stevia, OR 1 cup Splenda Original Granulated Sweetener
  • 4 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven at 350 degrees F or 180 degrees C for 15 minutes.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar in a large bowl. Add in the orange peel and vanilla extract; beat well.
  3. In another bowl sift together the flour, baking soda and salt.
  4. Mix in the flour mix into the creamed butter mixture and stir it until well combined. Sometimes the cookie dough might have a sticky consistency. In such cases chill the dough in the refrigerator for an hour or so before baking otherwise you will have thin crepe-like cookies.
  5. Scoop out tablespoonful of dough for each cookie, slightly flatten it and place it on the baking sheet 2 inches apart. Bake 10-12 minutes or until the edges are browned lightly.
  6. Remove it from the oven and let the cooks remain in the pan for another 2-3 minutes and then transfer the orange cookies from the pan to a wire rack to cool completely before storing it in a air tight container.

 

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If you have questions regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19 please call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634)

Or visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html or https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/

 

Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP) –Erie County Senior Center

COST:  Free

CONTACT:   Tina Elmlinger: 419-624-1856

The Diabetes Empowerment Education Program [DEEP] is offered every Wednesday for six weeks. Good attendance is important. This free program is for diabetics, pre-diabetics, and spouses or caregivers of a diabetic.  Residents of Erie County, aged 60 or older, please call 419-624-1856 to register.

 

Diabetes Support Group – Firelands Regional Medical Center

The Diabetes Support Group presented by Jean Feick CNP,CDE, meets the third Wednesday of each month Sept–November and January-May from 12:00pm –1:00pm.  This meeting is free to the public and no registration is required. Attendees are welcome to purchase lunch in the hospital cafeteria and come to the adjacent Cafeteria Meeting #1.  A different topic will be reviewed each month. If you have questions, please contact the Diabetes Education Department at 419-557-6992.


 

HEALTH & WELLNESS SCREENING – offered by Firelands Regional Medical Center

You must Pre-register for all Lab Work at 419-557-7840.

New 2021 schedule pending.

 

Health & Wellness Screenings include:

  • Complete Blood Count with Metabolic & Lipid Panel (No Eating or Drinking for 12 Hours – Water Allowed – includes liver and kidney function studies, fasting blood sugar, thyroid, cholesterol, HDL/LDL and triglyceride levels along with a complete blood count.) – $45;
  • Hemoglobin A1C (A three month report card on how well your blood sugars have been running. A test used to diagnose diabetes and/or to evaluate how well your treatment plan is working.) – $25;
  • PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen)- $30;
  • Vitamin D – $35;
  • TSH – $25

Diet and exercise are an essential part of diabetes management, so is routine testing.

The A1C test—also known as the hemoglobin A1C or HbA1c test—is a simple blood test that measures your average blood sugar levels over the past 3 months. It’s one of the commonly used tests to diagnose prediabetes and diabetes, and is also the main test to help you and your health care team manage your diabetes. Higher A1C levels are linked to diabetes complications, so reaching and maintaining your individual A1C goal is really important if you have diabetes.

Last quarter, 71% of our diabetic patients had an A1C of less than 9%. Talk with your provider to discuss the right options for you.