Diabetes

New Population Health Initiative: Cardiometabolic Clinic
Holy Cross is excited to offer a program for patients with Metabolic Syndrome through the UM-HCH Internal Medicine Faculty and Residency Practice at 5601 N. Dixie Highway in Oakland Park. This program will give patients guidance, education and coaching through:
• Diet
• Exercise  
• Stress reduction
in a structured program over the course of 12 months. 

A life coach/nutritionist/dietitian and exercise physiologist will mentor and assist patients along with residents, pharmacists and other ancillary staff in achieving a healthier lifestyle predicated on behavior modification.
The metabolic syndrome, which is at least three of five factors that include high blood pressure, low HDL, increased central obesity, abnormal triglycerides and an abnormal blood sugar, is a clustering of risk factors that leads to an internal milieu that promotes atherosclerosis.  Most of these patients will succumb to heart attacks and strokes as well as develop significant kidney disease and diabetes. Their obesity increases their likelihood of experiencing orthopedic issues.

Programs such as this have been used for more than a decade and have proven effective in reversing Metabolic Syndrome in participants who adhere to the recommended lifestyle modifications. 

Patients will need less medicines and may even eliminate some of them.  From a public health point of view, this is a win-win situation.  The data show that these patients do not have to achieve an ideal weight but – just as in the diabetic prevention program advocated by the CDC –sustain aerobic activity on a weekly basis coupled with behavior and dietary modification for just a 7% weight loss to reverse most of the effects of the metabolic syndrome.

Also, subgroups with this syndrome will be identified that have predominant blood pressure, diabetic or dyslipidemic components to their disease for a more targeted approach.

Are you interested in the program? Please obtain written or verbal consent from your Primary Care Physician. To learn more, please call 954-491-2160.


 

Common Diabetes Meds May Raise Odds for Amputation

MONDAY, Oct. 1, 2018 -- People with type 2 diabetes who are taking common drugs called diuretics may be at a significantly increased risk of losing a foot or leg, according to a new French study.

Researchers found that taking a diuretic raised the odds of having an amputation, or requiring an angioplasty or bypass, by 75 percent or more, compared with those not using the medicines.

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30 Million Americans Now Have Diabetes

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 19, 2018 -- 1 in 7 Americans has diabetes, and many don't even know they have the blood sugar disease, a new report shows.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 14 percent of U.S adults have diabetes -- 10 percent know it and more than 4 percent are undiagnosed.

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New Hormonal Link Suspected in Type 2 Diabetes

TUESDAY, Sept. 4, 2018 -- Two disorders that often occur together -- type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure -- may have a common link in a hormone called aldosterone, researchers suggest.

Aldosterone has already been implicated in the development of high blood pressure (hypertension). Now, a new study reports that people with higher levels of aldosterone had more than twice the odds of developing type 2 diabetes. Researchers also found that the link between aldosterone and diabetes was stronger among some racial groups.

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