Advocate South Suburban Hospital Diabetes Education Program Merits ADA Recognition

The process of recognition gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of the service they provide, commented Varsha Bhan, M.D., Internal Medicine Physician and Medical Director of the Diabetes Wellness Clinic at Advocate South Suburban Hospital. According to the ADA, there are 25.8 million people in the United States who have diabetes. While an estimated 18.8 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 7 million people are not aware that they have the disease. Each day approximately 5,205 people are diagnosed with diabetes. Many will first learn that they have diabetes when they are treated for one of its life-threatening complications heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, blindness, nerve disease, and amputation.
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Indiana University Studies Gestational Diabetes

It not only looks at ways to help pregnant women avoid gestational diabetes, the study also looks at the children of those women. “Women with gestational diabetes have as much as a 30-percent increased risk of developing diabetes later in life,” said Dr. David Marrero, the center’s director. “Surprisingly, their children also have a significantly increased risk for developing diabetes later in their lives as well.” Gestational diabetes typically only shows up during a woman’s pregnancy, and the diabetic symptoms usually go away after she gives birth. The Center has completed several prevention studies for adults with prediabetes. But this study not only targets mothers who had gestational diabetes or who now have prediabetes, but it also includes their children. “It’s what we call primordial prevention.
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