Lifestyle changes can prevent full-blown Diabetes

More Than 100 Million US Adults Have Diabetes Or Prediabetes, CDC Officials Report.

More than 100 million U.S. adults have diabetes or prediabetes, health officials say.

As of 2015, more than 9 percent of the population — 30.3 million — had diabetes. Another 84.1 million had prediabetes, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday.

People with prediabetes have elevated blood sugar levels, but not so high that they have full-blown diabetes, which requires medication or insulin injections. With exercise and a healthy diet, prediabetics can halve their risk of developing type 2 diabetes, the CDC noted.

However, awareness levels remain too low. The new report found that nearly 1 in 4 adults with diabetes didn’t even know they had the disease, and less than 12 percent with prediabetes knew they had that condition.

If not treated, prediabetes often leads to type 2 diabetes within five years, the CDC said.

“More than a third of U.S. adults have prediabetes, and the majority don’t know it,” CDC Director Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald said.

“Now, more than ever, we must step up our efforts to reduce the burden of this serious disease,” she said in a government news release.

According to the report, the rate of new diabetes cases remains steady: 1.5 million new cases were diagnosed among people 18 and older in 2015.

Incidence rose with age. Four percent of adults ages 18 to 44 had diagnosed diabetes, compared with 17 percent of people 45 to 64, and one-quarter of folks 65 and older.

Dr. Minisha Sood is an endocrinologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

“It is reassuring that the rate of increase in diabetes cases has slowed, but we should not reduce our vigilance when it comes to optimizing metabolic health for Americans,” Sood said.

“Prevention is key to avoid the development of the condition in the first place. Optimal nutrition education and access to good nutrition is critical to our success as a medical community in the battle to prevent diabetes in the U.S.,” Sood added.

By focusing on prevention, it may be possible to avoid the numerous complications of diabetes and obesity, which include not only eye, kidney and nerve problems but also dental disease, dementia and depression, Sood said.

Some of the report highlights:

  • Rates of diagnosed diabetes were higher for American Indians/Alaska Natives (15 percent), blacks (nearly 13 percent), and Hispanics 12 percent) than for Asians (8 percent) and whites (7.4 percent).
  • Prevalence also differed by education. The highest rate — nearly 13 percent — was among those with less than a high school education. Adults with more than a high school education had the lowest rate — a little over 7 percent.
  • By U.S. region, the South and Appalachia had the highest rates of diagnosed diabetes and new diabetes cases.
  • Rates of prediabetes were higher among men (nearly 37 percent) than among women (29 percent).
  • Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.

Certain trends stand out in this report, said Dr. Howard Selinger, chair of family medicine at Quinnipiac University in North Haven, Conn.

“The highest incidence among prediabetes and diabetes occurs in those individuals with lower income, less education and to a large degree who live in rural areas,” he said.

Type 2 diabetes is overwhelmingly more prevalent than type 1 diabetes, which occurs earlier in life and has a stronger genetic predisposition, Selinger noted. Type 2 tends to be lifestyle-related.

The nation could make a tremendous difference in the prevalence of diabetes and its health complications by seriously promoting a healthier diet, facilitating a more active lifestyle and providing access to quality preventive and primary health care for those most in need, he said.

Ann Albright of the CDC agreed that more needs to be done to halt diabetes.

“Consistent with previous trends, our research shows that diabetes cases are still increasing, although not as quickly as in previous years,” said Albright, director of CDC’s division of diabetes translation.

“By addressing diabetes, we limit other health problems such as heart disease, stroke, nerve and kidney diseases, and vision loss,” she said.

More information

The U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion outlines how to prevent type 2 diabetes.

SOURCES: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, news release, July 18, 2017; Minisha Sood, M.D., endocrinologist, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City; Howard Selinger, M.D., chair, family medicine, Frank H. Netter M.D. School of Medicine, Quinnipiac University, North Haven, Conn.

This article was written by HealthDay News and retrieved from https://consumer.healthday.com/diabetes-information-10/type-ii-diabetes-news-183/more-than-100-million-americans-have-diabetes-or-prediabetes-cdc-724703.html

SC Woman Gets her Smile Back

 

DLN Success Story – SC Woman Gets her Smile Back

NO Insurance? NO Problem!

Is not having dental insurance keeping you from getting the necessary care you need?  We have been brainstorming on ways to help those without dental insurance.  We have a SOLUTION!  It’s called the “NO Insurance? NO Problem! Dental Plan”.  We understand the cost for dental care can be significant so we are making it affordable for you.  Your dental and overall health are our top priority and we want you to receive the necessary treatment.  If you become a member you’ll receive the preventive care we all need.  You’ll also be covered for emergency’s and 20% OFF on all eligible procedures without a yearly maximum and NO deductibles.  Below is a quick introduction to the program.

Introducing NO Insurance?  NO Problem! Dental Plan

Introducing NO Insurance? NO Problem! Dental Plan

So, if it’s been a while or not having dental insurance has kept you away, you can now receive affordable quality care.  New patients and existing patients are eligible.  Please call us or swing by to join or if  you have questions.

 

 

Welcome Autumn, Our Amazing Hygienist!

Autumn is a dental hygienist who joined our team early in the spring. She graduated from the University of New England. She moved to South Carolina after graduating and been practicing for over 4 years.  She has dedicated herself continuing education and providing the best treatment to her patients. She provides treatment for general cleanings, periodontal disease, preventative dentistry as well as other services. Autumn enjoys volunteering, spending time with her friends and family and playing with her her dog, Bumble Bee.

Autumn Kimball, RDH

Autumn Kimball, RDH

You Will Be Missed Mira!

Mira Smith

Mira Smith

 

It’s with a heavy heart that I announce the last day of our beloved office administrator Mira.  Mira was with us for a short time but she’s had a wonderful impact and imprint on the practice and our patients.  Thank you for your hard work and wonderful friendship.  We are excited for you as you move on to the next chapter in your life.

You Will Be Missed Amanda!

Amanda Carr!  Our wonderful dental hygienist!

It’s with a heavy heart that I announce the last day of our beloved hygienist Amanda! She’s been a great team member but more importantly a wonderful friend for nearly 9 years. We are excited for Amanda and her family in the next chapter of their lives. Thank you for a great 9 years as you will be missed!

March 2015 Newsletter: Updated Office Hours & More!

We are nearing April and 2015 is in full swing and spring time is here.  As you may know we have been tinkering with our work schedule to accommodate to work with your schedule so we are changing our hours of operations effective April 1, 2015.  We have added evening hours and staying open for lunch hour on Thursday and the 1st Friday of each month.  Please see our work schedule below:

Monday – 8:00 am – 7:00 pm (Lunch 12:00-1:30) EVENING HOURS

Tuesday – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Lunch 12:00-1:30)

Wednesday – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Lunch 12:00-1:30)

Thursday – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Lunch 11:00-11:40) LUNCH HOUR OPEN

1st Friday of each Month – 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (No Lunch)

We hope being open after work, lunch, and the first Friday of each month that this is more convenient for you to schedule an appointment.

NOTE:  We are not open April 3, 2015 because of a holiday but we will be open April 10, 2015 from 9-1.

We hope you are having a fantastic 2015!  Please call 864-963-7237 if you have questions or if you want to schedule an appointment. To see entire March 2015 Newsletter click here!

Warmest regards,

Dr. Kim L. Capehart

HELP US Design Our Next T-Shirt!

WE HAVE A PROBLEM! We have a t-shirt and no design. We need your help! Help us and design our newest t-shirt for our practice. The winner will have their design on our next t-shirts. Our logo is also attached to help you get started. You can post your design here or you can email to office@drcapehart.com! Let’s get creative!

Incorporate Our Logo into Your Design

Incorporate Our Logo into Your Design

Your Creative Design Can Go Here!

Your Creative Design Can Go Here!

Welcome Mira Smith, our newest team member!

Capehart Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is proud to announce our newest team member, Mira Smith!  Ms. Mira brings years of customer service experience to help provide you with the very best experience possible.  Please take time to welcome Mira Smith to our wonderful team!

Mira Smith

Mira Smith

You Will Be Missed Valerie!

It’s with a heavy heart that I announce the last day of our beloved office administrator Valerie! She’s been a great team member but more importantly a wonderful friend for nearly 8 years. We are excited for Valerie and her family in the next chapter of their lives. Thank you for a great 8 years as you will be missed!

 

Valerie Lamb

Valerie Lamb