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6 Emergency Complications of Type 2 Diabetes PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Everyday Health   
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 09:08

Uncontrolled diabetes can be life-threatening. Help prevent these serious diabetes complications by learning the warning signs.

People with type 2 diabetes are at increased risk of many serious health problems, including heart attack, stroke, vision loss, and amputation. But by keeping your diabetes in check — that means maintaining good blood sugar control — and knowing how to recognize a problem and what to do about it should one occur, you can prevent many of these serious complications of diabetes.

Heart Attack

Heart disease and stroke are the top causes of death and disability in people with diabetes. Heart attack symptoms may appear suddenly or be subtle, with only mild pain and discomfort. If you experience any of the following heart attack warning signs, call 911 immediately:

  • Chest discomfort that feels like pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain in the center of your chest, lasting for a short time or going away and returning
  • Pain elsewhere, including the back, jaw, stomach, or neck; or pain in one or both arms
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea or lightheadedness

Stroke

If you suddenly experience any of the following stroke symptoms, call 911 immediately. As with a heart attack, immediate treatment can be the difference between life and death. Stroke warning signs may include:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially if it occurs on one side of the body
  • Feeling confused
  • Difficulty walking and talking and lacking coordination
  • Developing a severe headache for no apparent reason

Nerve Damage

People with diabetes are at increased risk of nerve damage, or diabetic neuropathy, due to uncontrolled high blood sugar. Nerve damage associated with type 2 diabetes can cause a loss of feeling in your feet, which makes you more vulnerable to injury and infection. You may get a blister or cut on your foot that you don't feel and, unless you check your feet regularly, an infection can develop. Untreated infections can result in gangrene (death of tissue) and ultimately amputation of the affected limb. A recent large study from Sweden of 2,480 patients with diabetic foot ulcers found that certain factors increased the likelihood of amputation, including being male and having had diabetes for longer than 23 years.

Diabetes can also make it more difficult for your body to fight infections, causing skin problems. Various skin conditions are linked to diabetes, and even the most minor cuts or sores can turn serious fast. Any bumps, cuts, or scrapes should be cleaned and treated with an antibiotic cream and monitored carefully.

If you notice any of the following symptoms, see your doctor:

  • Inflammation and tenderness anywhere on your body
  • Red, itchy rash surrounded by small blisters or scales
  • Cuts, sores, or blisters on your feet that are slow to heal and are not as painful as you would expect
  • Numbness, tingling, or burning sensations in your hands or feet, including your fingers and toes
  • Sharp pain that gets worse at night
  • Muscle weakness that makes walking difficult
  • Bladder infections and problems with bladder control
  • Bloating, stomach pain, constipation, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Erectile dysfunction in men and vaginal dryness in women

Kidney Disease

Type 2 diabetes increases your risk of kidney disease, or diabetic nephropathy, a condition in which the blood vessels in your kidneys are damaged to the point that they cannot filter out waste properly. If left untreated, dialysis (a treatment to filter out waste products from the blood) and ultimately a kidney transplant may be needed.

Typically, you won’t notice symptoms of kidney disease until it has advanced. However, if you experience any of the following symptoms, tell your doctor:

  • Swelling in your ankles and legs
  • Leg cramps
  • A need to go to the bathroom more often at night
  • A reduction in your need for insulin
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Weakness and paleness
  • Itching

The best way to prevent type 2 diabetes-related kidney problems is to have your urine, blood, and blood pressure monitored regularly and to keep your blood sugar and blood pressure under control.

Eye Problems

People with type 2 diabetes are at risk of several eye conditions, including diabetic retinopathy (which affects the blood vessels in the eye), glaucoma, and cataracts. If left untreated, these conditions can cause vision loss.

Call your doctor if you notice any of these warning signs:

  • Blurry vision that lasts for more than two days
  • Sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes
  • Floaters, black or gray spots, cobwebs, or strings that move when you move your eyes
  • A sensation of seeing "flashing lights"
  • Pain or pressure in one or both eyes

Hyperglycemia

Hyperglycemia means you have too much sugar in your blood. High blood sugar doesn't always produce symptoms; therefore, it is important to check your blood sugar regularly, as indicated by your doctor. When symptoms of hyperglycemia occur, they may include:

  • Frequent urination
  • Extreme thirst
  • Feeling tired and weak
  • Blurry vision
  • Feeling hungry even after eating

If you frequently have high blood sugar, tell your doctor. He or she may need to make changes to your medication and suggest diet and lifestyle modifications to help you gain and maintain better blood sugar control.

The key to preventing many of the complications of diabetes is to keep your blood sugar at a healthy level. To do this, eat right, exercise, monitor your blood sugar as recommended by your doctor, and don't smoke.

Report any unusual signs or symptoms to your doctor. Together you can work to prevent these diabetes-related health complications.

For more diabetes news, follow @diabetesfacts on Twitter from the editors of @EverydayHealth.

 
Genesis, DaVita Kidney Care Announce Joint Venture PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Craig Cooper   
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 13:56

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- October 13, 2014 -- Genesis Health System and DaVita Kidney Care today announced they have entered into a joint venture agreement for the continued operation of the Quad Cities’ only hospital campus-based hemodialysis center.

The center provides treatment to patients with kidney failure on an out-patient basis. The agreement calls for patient care services to continue uninterrupted at the recently remodeled and expanded Genesis dialysis center located on the East Rusholme Street campus of Genesis Medical Center, Davenport.

According to Genesis Vice President of Corporate Communications Ken Croken, the decision to enter the joint venture agreement with DaVita Kidney Care was driven largely by the increasing operational complexity and high costs of maintaining a single dialysis center. Specifically, Croken noted that the regulatory demands and technical requirements of hemodialysis have grown more challenging over the years. And, the operation of an independent center in Davenport has become cost-prohibitive because Genesis cannot benefit from the volume discounts on equipment and supplies available to larger, multi-site providers. Moreover, smaller providers cannot provide the highly specialized technical support available within a larger organization focused exclusively on hemodialysis.

“DaVita Kidney Care is a national leader in the innovative care of patients with chronic kidney failure and end-stage renal disease,” Croken said. “Today, DaVita Kidney Care operates or manages more than 2,100 dialysis centers across the U.S. The company’s commitment to quality care and customer service is evidenced by its nearly 170,000 patients nationwide.”

The GHS Board of Directors has determined that DaVita is the right partner to help ensure the stability of this critical patient service in the community. In this way, patients who currently rely on the life-saving care they receive at our state-of-art Genesis out-patient center -- as well as in the hospital – can continue to do so.” Genesis provides nearly 20,000 dialysis treatments annually.

“We are pleased to expand our services in the Quad Cities region and honored to partner with Genesis Health System to provide world-class kidney care,” said Mark Bratland, Divisional Vice President for DaVita Kidney Care. “I want our new patients as well as the Genesis medical staff to know that we are dedicated to provide a smooth transition and to live by our Mission as the Provider, Partner and Employer of Choice.”

About DaVita Kidney Care

DaVita Kidney Care is a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., a Fortune 500® company that, through its operating divisions, provides a variety of health care services to patient populations throughout the United States and abroad. A leading provider of dialysis services in the United States, DaVita Kidney Care treats patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease. DaVita Kidney Care strives to improve patients' quality of life by innovating clinical care, and by offering integrated treatment plans, personalized care teams and convenient health management services. As of June 30, 2014, DaVita Kidney Care operated or provided administrative services at 2,119 outpatient dialysis centers located in the United States serving approximately 168,000 patients. The company also operated 84 outpatient dialysis centers located in 10 countries outside the United States. DaVita Kidney Care supports numerous programs dedicated to creating positive, sustainable change in communities around the world. The company's leadership development initiatives and social responsibility efforts have been recognized by Fortune, Modern Healthcare, Newsweek and WorldBlu. For more information, please visit DaVita.com.

About Genesis Health System

Genesis Health System, its affiliates and partners offer a continuum of health care services for a 12-county region of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. Our affiliates include: Acute and tertiary hospital care at Genesis Medical Center, Davenport and DeWitt, Iowa and at Genesis Medical Center, Silvis and Genesis Medical Center, Aledo, Ill.; home health and hospice services through Genesis VNA and Hospice; Genesis Workplace Services, including occupational health, employee assistance program and wellness services for employers and their employees; the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House; senior living facilities offering rehabilitation and long-term care; Genesis Health Group, with nearly 200 primary 

care providers and specialists; the Genesis Quad Cities Family Practice Residency program; Genesis Psychology Associates; three Convenient Care clinics; and Genesis Home Medical Equipment. Partners include Genesis Medical Park, Crow Valley and Spring Street Surgical Center, Davenport and Genesis Imaging Centers. Genesis manages Jackson County Regional Health Center, Maquoketa, Iowa. Genesis is one of the largest employers in the Quad Cities region with more than 5,000 employees. For more information, visit our Web site at www.genesishealth.com.

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Chiropractors replacing Acupuncturists at the Iowa Veteran's Hospitals PDF Print E-mail
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Written by William Terrell, L.Ac., MSOM   
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 13:11
We have a big problem that has come to my attention from various sources.  The Veteran's Administration in Iowa has decided to replace the NCCAOM Licensed Acupuncturists with Doctors of Chiropractic that have acupuncture certification. 

There is some confusion around this issue because the National VA has issued a mandate that all VA hospital systems provide Chiropractic and Acupuncture services by 2016.  While this would seem like a great decision for our profession and the VA patients, it seems that both of the VA hospitals in Iowa (Iowa City and Des Moines) have chosen to cut costs and only hire Chiropractors who have certification in acupuncture.  They have posted and closed three job openings for this position , 2 in Iowa City and 1 in Des Moines.  There is no mention of Acupuncture on their website and I have not been able to contact anyone responsible as yet. 

I was told by Laura Christensen and Rob Weingeist that the Iowa City VA has hired one DC with an NCCAOM diplomate and one DC with only 100 hour state certification (the minimum required in Iowa).  In Des Moines, we were told by an acupuncturist who applied for the Job that she was refused an interview because they were only hiring Chiropractors for the position.  This was very distressful to us given the fact that for the last 10+ years, two local Licensed Acupuncturists, Katherine Chuapoco and Brendan Chuapoco were on staff at the DSM VA providing acupuncture.  We had been told that they were ending their contract, but were unaware of their replacement. 

I am sending out this email for the following purposes:

1. To get more communication and information about this situation.
2. To ask our community to lobby the Iowa Veteran's Hospitals to reinstate the NCCAOM Licensed Acupuncturists positions. 
3. To notify the media of this failure of the VA to hire properly trained medical professionals.
Please take this issue very seriously!  Our profession has spent decades gaining respect and medical validity.  When we let other professions to claim to practice acupuncture, we damage the reputation of acupuncture and put the general public at risk of malpractice.

 
NAMI RECEIVES GRANTS TO AID OUTREACH EFFORTS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Caroline Vernon   
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 09:10
Equipment Upgrades Help Affiliate Expand its Programs
DAVENPORT, Iowa (October 9, 2014) – The National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater Mississippi Valley affiliate (NAMI) has received two grants for equipment upgrades to increase outreach efforts to a six-county area. The Scott County Regional Authority awarded a $3,000grant and the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend awarded $2,500 through its Impact Grant to assist NAMI in purchasing Equipment. The new equipment will aid in its community education and outreach efforts.
NAMI provides free education and support programs to individuals and families living with mental illness. It serves residents within in Muscatine, Clinton, Scott Counties in Iowa and Mercer, Henry, Rock Island Counties in Illinois. NAMI programs are nationally-developed and designed to educate persons about the biology of mental illness, latest research, treatment options, as well as coping and communication skills important for supporting their loved one’s recovery.
About NAMI Greater Mississippi Valley
One in10 children and one in four adults experience a mental health disorder in any given year. Half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by the age of 14. NAMI Greater Mississippi Valley is an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. This grassroots organizationcomplements the work of mental health professionals by providing support, education and advocacy to individuals and families living with mental illness. NAMI works cooperatively through the Quad Cities Community Mental Health Initiative, serving residents in Muscatine, Clinton, Scott Counties in Iowa and Mercer, Henry, Rock Island Counties in Illinois. Additional information is available at 563-322-8870 or www.namigmv.org.
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2nd Annual Worksite Wellness Conference PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Quad City Health Initiative   
Friday, 10 October 2014 16:08
Join Us November 4, 2014!

The Ultimate Bottom Line:
Sustaining Employee Wellness
At this event, participants will:
Learn how a focus on health and healthy workplaces impacts employee productivity and can improve your bottom line.

 

Discover strategies for engaging employees in wellness and creating a sustainable culture of health in the workplace.

Determine how to measure and evaluate the impact of your wellness programming.
Who should attend?
Human Resources Professionals

Health & Wellness Champions

Senior Organizational Staff & Business Leaders
Questions?
Contact:
Elizabeth Plumb
Quad City Health Initiative
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