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November is Diabetes Awareness Month

By Laura Stepp, MA, RD/LD, CDE at Lexington Medical Center

Are you at risk of developing diabetes? According to the American Diabetes Association’s most recent statistics:

diabetes2~Diabetes affects nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States. That’s nearly ten percent of the population.
~Another 86 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.
~Recent estimates project that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes by 2050 unless we take steps to stop diabetes®.
~African-Americans and Hispanics are almost twice as likely to have diabetes as non-Hispanic whites.

Are YOU at risk?
• Age: Over 40 years old. Traditionally, insulin resistance increases with age.
• Sex: Men have a higher risk of being undiagnosed with pre-diabetes or diabetes than women. That’s likely from not going to the doctor on a regular basis.
• If you are a woman, did you have gestational diabetes during pregnancy? If so, this increases your risk of developing diabetes.
• Race/Ethnicity: Asian, African-American, Hispanic, East Indian or Native Americans are at great risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes than Caucasians.
• Family History: Do your grandparents, parents, or siblings have Type 2 diabetes? If so, the American Diabetes Association states you have a 50% greater risk of developing diabetes
• Activity Level: Leading a sedentary lifestyle (regardless of the other risk factors) increases the risk for developing Type 2 diabetes
• BMI >30: Although people with normal BMI’s can develop diabetes, being overweight or obese can increase your risk of developing diabetes at a younger age.

While you can not change your age, sex, race/ethnicity or family history you CAN change or control your weight/BMI and how active you are. Taking a quote from the November/December, 2015 issue of Diabetes Self Management magazine: Remember, over 40 and overweight – Request a Hgb A1c test every year to measure your blood sugar control.

Stop Diabetes® is a registered trademark of the American Diabetes Association advocacy program to bring awareness to diabetes and diabetes research.

Join Lexington Medical Center for a FREE diabetes health fair inside the Lexington Medical Park 1 Auditorium on the hospital campus in West Columbia. The event will be Tuesday, November 10, 2015 from Noon – 4:00 p.m. All community members are invited to attend.

Lexington Medical Center Physician Practices OPEN Tuesday with Exceptions

Lexington Medical Center physician practices will be open on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 EXCEPT for Palmetto Family Medicine, the Laurel Street locations of Lexington Cardiology and the Laurel Street and Irmo locations of Peterson & Plante Internal Medicine Associates.

The Northeast Columbia location of Peterson & Plante will be open, as will the West Columbia location of Lexington Cardiology.

The following practices are OPEN Tuesday:

Batesburg-Leesville Family Medicine
Carolina Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
Carolina Shoulder and Knee Specialists
Carolina Women’s Physicians
Chapin Family Practice
Chapin Women’s Care
Harbison Medical Associates
Internal Medicine Associates
Lakeside Pediatrics
Lexington Brain and Spine Institute
Lexington Cardiology – West Columbia location
Lexington Cardiovascular Surgery
Lexington Endocrinology
Lexington ENT & Allergy
Lexington Family Practice Ballentine
Lexington Family Practice Irmo
Lexington Family Practice Lake Murray
Lexington Family Practice Lexington
Lexington Family Practice Northeast
Lexington Family Practice Otarre Pointe
Lexington Family Practice West Columbia
Lexington Family Practice White Knoll
Lexington Internists
Lexington Interventional Pain Management
Lexington Medical Anesthesiology
Lexington Medical Associates
Lexington Medical Center Batesburg-Leesville
Lexington Medical Center Chapin
Lexington Medical Center Gilbert
Lexington Medical Center Swansea
Lexington Medical Specialists
Lexington OB/GYN
Lexington Oncology
Lexington Orthopaedics
Lexington Pediatric Practice
Lexington Plastic Surgery
Lexington Radiation Oncology
Lexington Radiology Associates
Lexington Rheumatology
Lexington Sleep Solutions
Lexington Surgical Associates
Lexington Women’s Care
Mid Carolina Internal Medicine
Occupational Health
Peterson & Plante Internal Medicine Associates – Northeast Columbia location
River Bluff GYN
Riverside Surgical Group
Sandhills Family Medicine
Sandhills Women’s Care
South Carolina Obesity Surgery Center
Southeastern Neurology and Memory Clinic
Southeastern Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine
Southern Surgical Group
Spring Valley Family Practice
Sumter Cardiology
The Columbia Medical Group
Vista Women’s Healthcare
Women’s Health & Diagnostic Center

Patients who had appointments on Monday, October 5 will receive a phone call from the practice to reschedule.

Super Lice

South Carolina is one of several states across the country with “super lice,” a nit that’s resistant to traditional over the counter remedies. WIS-TV reporter Sam Bleiweis interviewed Dr. Jeremy Crisp of Lexington Family Practice Northeast, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice about the pesky bugs – and what parents need to know about nixing the nits.