Diabetes News – May 2019

Diabetes News – April 2019

April is National Gardening Month

What Are Some of the Health Benefits of Gardening With Diabetes?

Exercise is one of the main benefits.

Did you know to clear land for 30 minutes burns around 200 calories while weeding for 30 minutes burns about 182 calories, and planting bulbs or seeds for half an hour burns about 162 calories?

Bending, walking and stretching all help keep your heart and body healthy. Use rainwater collected in a barrel to water plants with an old-style watering can rather than using a hosepipe or sprinkler system. This method adds to the number of steps you do each day, tones up arms and avoids water wastage too.

Growing your own produce means you are much more likely to want to eat it. Nothing beats the flavor of something you have made from scratch with your own ingredients. Think of all the yummy dishes you can create, like this one:

Tomato Cucumber Salad        


  • 2 cups tomatoes, cut into bite sized pieces

(cherry and Roma tomatoes work well)

  • 3 cups cucumbers, sliced into 1/4” coins
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons red onions, diced
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh basil leaves, chopped


  1. Add cherry tomatoes and cucumbers to a bowl. 
  2. Drizzle olive oil and vinegar on top. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Toss everything to coat. Garnish with diced red onion and fresh basil.
  4. Chill, covered in refrigerator until ready to serve.


HEALTH & WELLNESS SCREENING – offered by Firelands Regional Medical Center

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

Norwalk Health & Wellness Screening

Dr. Ruggles’ Office 348 Milan Ave. Suite 2 Norwalk, OH

Saturday April 20, 2019

7:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Castalia Health & Wellness Screening

Dr. Kuns’ Office 101 South Washington Castalia, OH

Saturday May 11

7:30 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, including programs such as DEEP.

Diabetes Empowerment Education Program – DEEP


April 10, 2019– May 15, 2019            5:30 pm – 7:30 pm


Townsend School Computer Lab
207 Lowell Street, Castalia




Serving Our Seniors /Tina Elmlinger


The presenter is Tina Elmlinger, Healthcare Advocate Trainer. Classes are held once a week for six weeks for Erie County residents who are aged 60 or older and are pre-diabetic or diabetic. A spouse or caregiver may also attend. Advanced registration is required419-624-1856. Please call and leave your name, phone number and the name of the program you wish to attend. If the class is cancelled, you will be notified.

Additional dates and locations:


April 22, 2019 – May 27, 2019           5:00 pm – 7:00 pm


Ritter Library

5680 Liberty Avenue, Vermilion


May 9, 2019 – June13, 2019              6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Sandusky Library       

114 E Adams Street, Sandusky


July 10, 2019 – August 14, 2019        1:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Kelleys Island School

528 Division Street, Kelleys Island

Cost is free, but you must pre-register.

Diabetes News – March 2019

Diabetes News – February 2019

Health Center Week August 12-18th

Newly Renovated Facility

Secondhand Smoke: Risks and Avoidance

At Family Health Services, we’re proud to provide care for both mothers and new children within our obstetrics and gynecology fields. We want to do everything we can to help you birth and raise a healthy child.

One important area for all new parents is the avoidance of secondhand smoke in infants and all children. Here are some basics to know on secondhand smoke, including how to reduce the risk of exposure for you and your child.

Secondhand Smoke Basics

Also called environmental tobacco smoke, secondhand smoke is any smoke from a burning tobacco product, plus any smoke exhaled by a smoker. In a startling figure, it’s estimated that 60 percent of children between ages 3 and 11 are exposed to secondhand smoke.

Secondhand smoke is an issue due to the number of chemicals present in cigarette smoke – over 4,000 in total, with over 50 known cancer-causing agents among them. Smoke remains in rooms long after smokers have left, settling on surfaces. Not only can the chemicals cause cancer, they can lead to lung issues, ear infections, sleep disorders and more. Secondhand smoke also puts both mothers and children at risk of complications during pregnancy and birth.

Reducing Exposure Chances

If you’re a smoker, take all precautions necessary to avoid smoking or vaping in your home. If you must do so, only use rooms with windows and try to avoid areas where your children are often present. As an additional precaution, consider using a fan to help move smoke out of the room. Never smoke with your child in the car – many states actually make doing so completely illegal, and with good reason. Chemicals from the smoke can stay in the air in your car even after you’re done smoking, even hours later.

For more on the dangers of secondhand smoke, or to learn about any of our health services, speak to the caregivers at Family Health Services today.

Cancer Screening Basics and Recommendations

At Family Health Services, we’re proud to provide a variety of care programs to patients of all ages. Our family health care services include an emphasis on early screening for several different conditions from a family doctor.

One broad category that relies on screening for vital early identification is cancer. As one of the most deadly conditions on earth, detecting cancer as early as possible is a huge factor in survival rates and quality of life. Let’s go over some age ranges, and when you should consider having a cancer screening.

Men Ages 20 to 49

During these ages, there generally aren’t any standard screenings recommended – unless the subject is at an elevated risk of colon or prostate cancer, in which case screenings for these might be recommended.

Women Ages 20 to 39

Things are different for women in this age range. The American Cancer Society recommends that women begin having Pap smear tests at age 21 – this should happen once every three years until the 30th birthday, and an additional HPV test should be done if the Pap comes back abnormal.

From here, women should either continue having a Pap smear every three years, or can choose to have a Pap smear combined with an HPV test every fie years. Any women who notice changes in the breasts or are at an increased risk for colon cancer may be recommended other tests.

Men Over 50

Men should begin screenings for colon cancer when they reach age 50, and many should also consider prostate cancer screening options. For men who have smoked in the past, lung cancer testing may be recommended at age 55 and beyond.

Women Ages 40 to 49

Women in their 40s retain the same recommendations for cervical and colon cancer screenings but should begin getting annual mammograms for breast cancer at age 45. Some women even choose to begin these programs at age 40.

Women Over 50

There are a few big changes for women as they reach age 50 and above:

  • Pap smears and HPV tests are recommended at the same intervals as listed above – unless the women have had a hysterectomy.
  • Women will no longer need cervical cancer screenings past age 65 if they’ve had 10 consecutive years of normal tests.
  • Mammograms are recommended every year until age 55, at which time they can be moved to every other year.
  • Colon cancer screening should start at age 50.
  • Women who have smoked in the past should begin lung cancer screening at age 50.

For more on when you should begin cancer screening, or to learn more about any of our family health programs, speak to the caregivers at Family Health Services today.


Our second office located at 620 E. Water Street is now open and accepting new patients. 

Providing Primary Care for adults // Preventive Care // Medicare Wellness Exams // Immunizations

Please call 419-502-2800 or stop in to schedule an appointment–Same Day Appointments available!