November is American Diabetes Month and St. Francis would like to bring even greater awareness and attention to the seriousness of diabetes, it's complications, and the importance of early detection.
Please continue reading to learn more:
|Diabetes: Know Your Risk|
Diabetes has become one of the most serious health problems in the United States today, affecting millions of children and adults. And, the most recent statistics are frightening. According to the Center for Disease Control, the current number of adults with diabetes is 1 in 10; however, this could grow to 1 in 3 in the next 40 years. Unfortunately, many of us don't even know we are at risk.
Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and can affect people of all ages, resulting in a combination of inherited factors, such as genetics and race, and controllable factors, such as obesity and lack of exercise. With type 2 diabetes, sugar levels build up in the blood increasing the risk of serious complications, such as loss of vision, nerve damage, and kidney failure. In addition, diabetes is the fastest growing risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
Good Health is @ Your Fingertips!
The good news is that diabetes is controllable and preventable, you just need to know your risk. Health Aware is a free online risk assessment about your medical history and current lifestyle that takes approximately 7 minutes to complete. If you are at risk for diabetes, a St. Francis representative will call you to schedule a free screening. This free screening includes blood work and an appointment with a registered nurse. At the end of your appointment, you will receive personalized, strictly confidential information that will help you:
Together, you and the registered nurse will develop an action plan to minimize those risks, getting you on the road to good health.
- Assess your current diabetes health status and identify those medical or lifestyle conditions that may lead to development of the disease.
- Take action to reduce your level of risk.
- Receive, at your option, free continuing education about your specific health and risk factors.
Knowledge about your health gives you the power to make a change!
For more information or take the the free online risk assessment, please click here.
Protecting Your Heart
Those who are living with diabetes are at least twice as likely as those who are not to have heart disease or a stroke. At St. Francis, we treat heart attacks twice as fast, exceeding the National Standard. The National Standard, set forth by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, recommends that a blocked artery be opened in less than 90 minutes from a heart attack patients initial admission to the emergency department to minimize damage to the heart muscle. St. Francis is able to treat heart attack patients within
|Get to Know the Newest Addition to the Bon Secours Medical Group
Families First Family Medicine
The Bon Secours Medical Group consists of outstanding physicians and specialists who work together to bring a special level of care to our patients. We are delighted to welcome the following practice to the
St. Francis family:
Anne Tuggle, MD
11 Jenkins Street
Mauldin, SC 29662