Diabetes News – June 2022

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. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, men die five years earlier than women and die at higher rates from three leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, and unintentional injuries.

Hosted by Men’s Health Network since 1992, Men’s Health Month is dedicated to enriching men’s health and wellness through a broad spectrum of national screening and educational campaigns. 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. Here is a list of things that you should check for:

HEART HEALTH – Heart disease remains the #1 threat to men’s health.

GETTING CHECKED REGULARLY – Early detection and screening is important. The lifetime risk of developing prostate cancer is in 1 in 8 men.

CHECK YOURSELF – A monthly self-exam may just save a young man’s life!

CHECKING FOR RED FLAGS – Erectile dysfunction in young men may be the first warning sign for cardiovascular (heart) disease.

WORKOUT – Exercising 30 minutes a day, 5x a week will help maintain a healthy body weight and lead to better mood, improved, and heart health.

HYDRATE – 8 glasses of water a day may keep kidney stones away.

URINARY SYMPTOMS – Frequency, urgency, waking up at night, or a weak stream are signs of an enlarged prostate.  Prostate cancer tends not to have symptoms.

EAT WELL – Add 1 fruit and vegetable to each meal for clean, healthy eating.

To improve men’s health, it’s important to raise awareness about preventive screenings and regular health care for men of all ages.

SOURCE: https://www.menshealthnetwork.org/


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

To hot to cook? Try this recipe for a chill meal.

Chopped Mexican Salad with Lime


  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp honey
  • 6 cup romaine lettuce (chopped)
  • 15 oz black beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 cup jicama (peeled and chopped)
  • 1 (15-oz) can corn (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 red bell pepper (cored, seeded, and diced)
  • 1 ripe avocados (peeled and diced)
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat monterey jack cheese


  1. To make the dressing, in a small bowl whisk together lime juice, olive oil, crushed red pepper flakes, garlic, and honey. Dressing is best served at room temperature.
  2. Spread lettuce evenly across a large serving platter.
  3. Arrange beans, jicama, corn, bell pepper, and avocados side by side on top of lettuce.
  4. Garnish with cheese.
  5. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, for at least 1 hour.
  6. Drizzle with dressing before serving.

SOURCE: https://www.diabetesfoodhub.org/


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Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP)




Tina Ellinger 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 Sandusky HealthCare Center

2520 Columbus Ave.

Sandusky, OH 44870

Saturday, July 16

7:00 am to 9:30 pm


Firelands Sandusky HealthCare Center

2520 Columbus Ave.

Sandusky, OH 44870

Saturday, Aug 13

7:00 am to 9:30 pm


Firelands Sandusky HealthCare Center

2520 Columbus Ave.

Sandusky, OH 44870

Saturday, Sep 10

7:00 am to 9:30 pm


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


Please comply with the following COVID-19 precautions:

  • Wear a mask
  • Have your temperature taken upon arrival
  • Follow social distancing practices

Please note

  • Patients will not be allowed to enter until their scheduled time
  • Walk-ins will not be accepted
  • Only the registered patient will be allowed to enter the screening unless the patient needs assistance from an accompanying person
  • We are unable to perform any additional physician-ordered tests not included in the list above.

Contact: Centralized Scheduling at 419-557-7840 to pre-register

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.