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charge NMMC service helps condition in check diabetes patients keep their taking G G lenda Triplett of Tupelo had fought a seven-year battle with diabetes and at one time was taking five shots and two pills a day to help control her blood sugar. But thanks to some help from North Mississippi Medical Center’s Diabetes Treatment Center, Triplett has learned the skills she needs to keep her condition in check. Triplett is one of the estimated 24 million Americans with diabetes. The disease has reached epidemic proportions nationwide and in Mississippi, where obesity rates are among the highest in the nation, with more than one in 10 people affected. With the help of No rth Mississippi Medic al Center’s Diabetes Tre atment Center, Glen Triplett has learned da how to manage her condition. understanding the disease Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, which can lead to high levels of glucose in the blood. Without proper control, diabetes can lead to serious illness. Complications such as high blood pressure, blindness, kidney disease, heart disease, amputation and stroke can occur if blood sugar levels are too high for too long. Early diagnosis and excellent blood sugar control are critical. The 51-year-old Triplett was diagnosed with diabetes 10 years ago and was on insulin and other medications to control her blood sugar. In June 2008, Allison Hailman-Doyle, D.O., of NMMC’s Family Medicine Residency Center, recommended Triplett attend a one-day diabetes class. “It was time for me to learn how to control my sugar,” Triplett said. The Comprehensive Diabetes Self-Management Program, sponsored by NMMC’s Diabetes Treatment Center, helps people with diabetes gain control of their disease. The class covers subjects such as blood sugar control, acute and chronic complications of diabetes, individualized meal planning, carbohydrate counting, medication management, exercise and psychological aspects associated with the disease. Participants also practice monitoring their own blood sugar levels. “Diabetes is treatable,” says Amit Prasad, M.D., a board-certified internal medicine physician and medical director of NMMC’s Diabetes Treatment Center. “A person can significantly improve his or her health if it is addressed. The more you learn about the risks for developing diabetes and the small steps you can take to delay or prevent this disease can help you live a long, healthy life.” > vim & vigor · wi nter 2009

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Vim & Vigor - Winter 2009 - North Mississippi

Vim & Vigor - Winter 2009 - North Mississippi
Opening Thoughts
Our Newest Addition
Diabetes Check
Model Behavior
Is it a Sign?
Your Heart: The Owner's Manual
Independence Days
Sidney Poitier
The Right Stuff
Watch and Learn
Up to Speed
Shining Stars
Back in Action
Digest This
Healthy Bites
Catch the Spirit

Vim & Vigor - Winter 2009 - North Mississippi