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November is National Diabetes Month

Dr. Pierre-Pierre presented key facts about diabetes on Thursday, November 11, 2021. He pointed out key elements for disease prevention, as well as how to manage and control the onset of possible complications of diabetes.  These can include blindness, kidney failure, heart attack, stroke and lower limb amputation.

The number of people with diabetes has skyrocketed from 100 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014. In the years from 2000 until 2014, there was a 5% increase in premature mortality from diabetes and in 2019 was the 9th leading cause of death. An alarming number of people, estimated at 1.5 million, have died from this disease.

The disease is rising more rapidly in lower to mid-income countries than in higher income countries due to the better the economy, the more likely a healthier lifestyle for eating properly and working out on a regular basis is more likely, due to time and resources for balanced nutrition and exercising regularly.  Education is also a factor, the higher income countries provide more information and opportunity to understand what it takes to prevent and manage the disease.

There is positive news that a healthy diet, regular physical activity, maintaining a normal body weight as well as avoiding tobacco use are ways to prevent or slow down the onset of type 2 diabetes.  Also, regular doctor screenings can help to manage and avoid consequences of the disease.

Regular doctor visits for full physical exam, as well as covering lifestyle habits and family history, cardiovascular system checks, joint and muscle, bloodwork to make sure there aren’t any other ailments.  A cardiologist or other medical experts will be called in if needed. 

After evaluation and a clean bill of health, you will get connected to resources in the community to help with implementation of lifestyle changes and medication management.   This is where Hobe Sound Primary Care can be an integral part in assisting with the management of the disease.

If you are local and struggling with diabetes or looking to manage and prevent complications, call the office at 772-932-9310. Walk-ins are also welcome. Looking forward to being of service.