Recently, the New Life Community Health Center gave a presentation for the New Life Food and Clothing Pantry on diabetes education. Every day, more than 5,200 individuals are diagnosed with diabetes. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) holds a Diabetes Alert Day every year to give people a chance to self-test themselves on diabetes education and prevention.
Type-2 Diabetes is also often called hyperglycemia. Basically, it means you have too high of a blood sugar level due to the lack of insulin to counteract too much blood sugar. You can have the symptoms for years and not know you have the disease. Here are the most noticeable symptoms of type-2 diabetes:
a smell of acetone on breath
Before you eat a meal, the ADA says you should have a blood sugar level of 90-130 mg/dcl (usually tested by using a glucometer with glucose test strips). That level assumes you haven't eaten for several hours. About 1-2 hours after a meal, your blood sugar level should be less than 180 mg/dcl.
Many people only know they have diabetes when complications set in, such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, eye damage, or nerve damage / unhealed ulcerations that lead to gangrene and therefore amputation of a limb. Obesity and living a sedentary lifestyle cause many to be at risk.
If you'd like to take a diabetes 'risk' test, go to this web site:
You can also go to www.diabetes.org, or call 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) for more information on diabetes education and prevention.
Posted: December 13
Is there an 'influenza crystal ball' that can tell you when flu outbreaks will be at their worst?
Of course there's no true predictor, or a flu 'prophet' like a Carnac the Magnificent (the late Johnny Carson doing his comedy prediction sketch), but scientists at New York City's Columbia University are closing in on being able to do something like 'flu forecasting'.
They've created predictor models, mathematical formulas and interactive maps to give people information on when flu outbreaks may be coming their way. They say for the New York City area, the flu outbreak peak could hit around January 10th, 2015.
And that means there's good news for those that missed getting a free flu shot here at NLCHC recently.
Once again, we're going to be hosting clinical staff health workers from St John's University to give free flu shots. If you work around frequently-ill people with flu or colds, or if you are someone who lives in an at-risk environment such as shelters or poorly-heated apartments, you need this shot. Here's the schedule:
Tuesday, December 16th from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 20th from 9:00 am to 10:30 am
Flu shots take about two weeks to be fully effective in your system once you get the shot, so the timing could be very important to your health. If you missed getting a free flu shot last time, we 'predict' that you won't want to miss this opportunity. This will be the last chance this year for free flu shots at our clinic.
For more on the influenza prediction models at Columbia University, see this interesting story from CNN on their website: Predicting the flu so you can avoid it.
Posted: December 02
Some days just seem like time 'flu' by.
Tuesday December 2nd was like that at the New Life Community Health Center. Four clinical pharmacy faculty members with the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at St. John's University's School of Pharmacy gave free flu shots for those in need. Christine Chim, John Conry, Maria Mantione and Judith Beizer also helped counsel and gave referral information to medical providers for those with ongoing health issues.
Most of our visitors at the clinic continue to be day laborers who come into the clinic for a shower, a meal and a fresh set of clothes. They are perhaps the most in need of these flu shots. They move back and forth between shelters or unstable or weather-exposed places of living and are now constantly exposed to the potential of influenza, hypothermia (sometimes caused by too much drinking), colds or other severe health problems About 25-30 day workers or homeless are now here every time we open our clinic on Tuesday nights or Saturday mornings. The numbers are likely to increase as winter weather sets in and overall health conditions become worse for them.
We're really grateful to St. John's for this partnership to help our most at-risk men and women have the best chance of avoiding severe flu problems this winter.
If you'd like to help us provide other health services or items such as winter gloves, scarves, insulated socks, head coverings or other protective items, please consider a donation at this time. Thanks for your generosity in keeping Elmhurst's high-risk population safer, healthier and warmer this winter.
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