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


  • 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


  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.


  • 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.


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

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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.