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DIABETES & EXERCISE

DIABETES & EXERCISE: YOU MAY NEED TO DO MORE THAN “TIPTOE THROUGH THE TULIPS”

Anyone who battles Diabetes knows that one of the major weapons in that war is Exercise.  And, it doesn’t take an over-bearing regimen to be successful.  In fact, something as simple and unobtrusive as Walking can do wonders!

In a recent study conducted by the National Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults some most interesting facts were discovered, including but not limited to:

  • Individuals with the highest step count were 61% less likely to have obesity problems.
  • For Diabetics, a short 30-minute walk before or after a meal has profound impact on Blood Glucose levels.
  • 10,000 steps is not a “magical number.”

In regard to that final point, a particularly interesting article came from the SPRING 2020 issue of POPULAR SCIENCE. Following are a few notes regarding “10,000 steps:”

Don’t Fret About 10,000 Steps

a) The “10,000” first came about in 1965 via a Japanese company, Yamasa Clock. b) Yamasa created a personal-fitness Pedometer called the Manpo-Kei, which means “10,000 Steps.” c) The Japanese symbol of “10,000” resembles a person walking/running, which is how Yamasa landed on the name … and the number! d) This number has ABSOLUTELY NO Scientific significance. e) A study has shown that in older women only 4400 footfalls lowered the risk of death, and that the benefit tapered off at about 7500!  Apparently, 10,000 steps is NOT a “Magic Number” at all! 

Regardless of the daily number you end up with, it’s obvious that it is beneficial to get in some steps at least.  Ways that this can be easily accomplished include, but are not limited to:

  • Rather than sharing a meal when meeting a friend, take a walk instead.
  • Take the stairs instead of an elevator when possible.
  • Hold Family and Business Meetings while walking.
  • Walk your dog.

Though it may not be readily noticeable, there actually is a variance in what “Walk” can be defined as.  The two extremes would undoubtedly be “mosey” and “power walk.”  In between would be such terms as amble, stroll, and meander.  And, believe it or not, our age determines which degree of “Walk” we need to adhere to!

While “Tip Toeing through the Tulips” may have done wonders for Tiny Tim, studies have shown that for older adults the best pace would be a “Brisk Walk.”  Dr. Sushma Koneru of the Orlando Health Heart Institute in Florida defines “Brisk Walk” as 100 steps per minute, or three miles per hour.  Adherence to such a pace for 30-minutes a day, five days a week does wonders in reducing Blood Pressure, controlling Diabetes, and reducing the risk of Heart Attack and Stroke.

One other form of walking that has proven to be beneficial for many health issues, including Diabetes, is the Meditation Walk.  Slightly different in the way it is manifested, the Meditation Walk typically is accomplished by walking in a circle; back and forth in a straight line or in a labyrinth.  To receive a maximum amount of benefits you may want to do additional research regarding the various aspects of the Meditation Walk.

While Walking is not the only way to accomplish exercise, it is one of the least expensive and, for many, most convenient.  For dealing with Diabetes, and better health in general, some form of exercise is vitally important, and we would suggest that if you not are already involved in some kind of exercise program you begin one at your very earliest convenience!

If you, or someone you know, needs help in managing their Diabetes, please call AVEON HEALTH at 480-300-4663 to make an appointment with a member of our staff and allow them to escort you down the path to an improved quality of life for you and your loved ones!

This Blog was written, in part, with information gleaned from the following sources:

 

https://www.newsbreak.com/news/1521683989173/getting-in-your-daily-steps-can-reduce-your-risk-of-diabetes-and-high-blood-pressure

https://www.healthline.com/health-news/seniors-advised-to-walk-more-briskly

https://www.healthline.com/health/walking-meditation/tips

 

 

DIABETES & THE SUGAR WARS

DIABETES & THE SUGAR WARS:
“A Rose is a Rose is a Rose” …
But Not so Much with Sugar!
Aveon Health
Diabetes Experts

       When Gertrude Stein wrote those now famous words in 1913 she was, basically, telling us that “A thing is what it is.” For the most part, we would agree. The thing of the thing is, when it comes to Sugar there are so many variants that we have to contend with that we might be eating a ton more than we have any idea of. We thought it might be beneficial for us to share with you a little bit about Sugar so that you will be better armed when you involve yourself with the “Sugar Wars!”

One of the main issues that is particularly detrimental to a Diabetic is the concept of “Added Sugars.” On the most rudimentary level, Added Sugar is simply Sugar that is added to food during processing in an attempt to enhance its shelf life, flavor, texture or other properties. The most often used Sugars are “Simple Sugars,” such as Sucrose, Glucose, or Fructose. Less common examples utilized include maltose and galactose. Due to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations, the labels on food and beverages must reflect the amount of added Sugar.

Once we realize that there is “Sugar Added” more often than not, we need to understand how each sugar affects your body. For example, Glucose can be metabolized by virtually every cell in your body, while Fructose is predominantly metabolized in the Liver.

Perhaps table sugar, which is Sucrose, is the most popular and prevalent type of Sugar. Typically it is taken from Sugar Cane or Sugar Beets. We find it in such everyday favorites as Ketchup, Ice Cream, Breakfast Cereals, Candy, Canned Fruit, Pastries, Fruit Juices, Cookies and Soda.   Also, Sucrose appears naturally in many fruits and plants. It is comprised of 50% Glucose and 50% Fructose.

To give you some idea of how often we encounter the Glucose/Fructose combination, we need to realize that it can be found in Blackstrap Molasses, Maple Syrup, Brown Sugar, Honey, Caramel, Grape Sugar, Coconut Sugar, Fruit Juice, and Confectioner’s Sugar to name just a few. In fact, there are in excess of 30 sources where we find this combination, and another 20-plus sources that have either Glucose OR Fructose separately.

Now that we know a little bit more about who the enemies in the Sugar Wars are, it will be more than a little beneficial to have a Battle Plan for fighting the War! There are three major strategies for combatting Sugar Cravings, which we have listed here in no particular order.

  • Go for a Brisk Walk Outside – This is doubly beneficial: It releases endorphins, chemicals in the body that makes us “feel good,” and as a result minimizes the craving. And, when we get away from the house we have limited access to the Sugar items we are hoping to avoid!
  • Eat Something Healthy and Filling – Understanding that a “Craving” and “Hunger” are different explains how over-whelming a combination of the two can be. It is extremely beneficial to keep an armory of healthy snacks on hand, especially those high in Protein, to rely on when the Sugar Cravings come.
  • Take a Hot Shower – Not hot enough to scald you, but hot enough to be right on the verge of being uncomfortable. Stay in the shower for 5-10 minutes. Though this may not make much sense, but the reality is that it does work!

Other things that might help combat Sugar Cravings include, but are not limited to:

  • Drink a Glass of Water
  • Eat a Piece of Fruit
  • Eat Protein (Nuts, Cheese, etc.)
  • Take a Multi-Vitamin
  • Don’t Starve Yourself

Make no mistake about it, if you are a Diabetic you are at War with Sugar, and need to do everything you can to win just as many battles as you possibly can!

 

If you, or someone you know, needs help in managing their Diabetes, please call AVEON HEALTH at 480-300-4663 to make an appointment with a member of our staff and allow them to escort you down the path to an improved quality of life for you and your loved ones!

This Blog was written, in part, with information gleaned from the following sources:

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/56-different-names-for-sugar

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/3-step-plan-to-stop-sugar-cravings

 

 

 

Diabetes: The Numbers Count

DIABETES: THE NUMBERS COUNT!
AVEON HEALTH
THE DIABETES EXPERTS

       We have found that, for whatever reason, most people don’t particularly enjoy those activities associated with the acquisition of Blood for determining the “Numbers” associated with Diabetes. “Finger Pricks” are no one’s favorite activity, and the Blood Drawing to determine A1C appears to be comparable to Blood Letting for some!

While this is true, we have also found that most people are rational individuals, and once they fully understand what the Numbers are all about it is easier for them to accept the processes. It goes back to, of course, the fact that Knowledge is our greatest ally when fighting Diabetes. As a result, when people understand what the Numbers indicate it both helps them track their “condition” a little better, and better understand what the numbers mean. As a result, we have compiled the information in the following chart to allow you to determine your status, to some degree, at a glance!

WHAT THE NUMBERS MEAN

 

CONDITION A1C BLOOD LEVELS
Normal 5.2 – 5.6 108 – 122
Pre-Diabetic 5.7 – 6.4 126 – 151
Diabetic 6.5 – 7.0 154 – 172
Harmful 7.1 – 8.0 176 – 207
Dangerous 8.5 – 15.0 225 – 457

 

A colleague of ours who works at the BARROW NEUROLOGICLA INSTITUTE shared that they test their patients’ Blood Levels daily, and if they are above 120 they administer Insulin to ensure that their recuperation is not hindered or complicated because of a Diabetes issue.

As you can see, understanding the Numbers reflected in this chart will help you understand what kind of a “Sugar Day” you are having. The hope is that if your numbers are a tad high you will alter you daily activity in such areas as Diet and Exercise.

The A1C Numbers do not reflect a daily Sugar Level, but rather an average for a three month period of time. Understanding how A1C works will show that the 90 day interval is not an arbitrary one, but has its basis in Scientific Fact.

Daily Blood Levels can be affected/influence by a host (figuratively, not literally!) of factors, including, but not limited to time of day, hormonal changes, or physical activity levels. A1C, on the other hand, is very definitive as it measures one specific item: The amount of Hemoglobin in the Blood that has Glucose attached to it. As you will remember from your High School Biology days, Hemoglobin is the protein found in Red Blood Cells that carries oxygen to the body. As with most of our Body Cells, Hemoglobin Cells are constantly regenerated as they “die off.” Their Life Span? That’s right – - three months! As a result, the A1C test gives us insight into what your average Sugar Level was over the last three months. That’s why we strongly suggest a quarterly check-up to help us better keep track of your Diabetes situation.

While A1C is a proven method, it is not a stagnant one. At one point in time, A1C results could vary depending on which lab had analyzed them. Today this isn’t the case, thanks to the efforts of the National Glycohemoglobin Standardization Program. For the most part, we no longer have to be concerned about variance in our testing.

If A1C Numbers are “out of line,” that tells us that there may be other concerns on the horizon, as this could be indicative of a higher risk in such areas as:

  • Cardiovascular Diseases: Stroke/Heart Attack
  • Eye Damage, Possibly leading to Blindness
  • Kidney Disease
  • Numbness, Tingling, Lack of Sensation in feet due to Nerve Damage
  • Slower Wound Healing and/or Infection

A1C Numbers are not just a crap shoot, however, as there are steps that can be taken to help control them. This includes Life Style changes such as losing some weight, closer attention to Diet, and instituting an Exercise Regimen.

When it comes to Diet, one of the main things that needs to be monitored is Carbohydrate Intake. A few years ago, one of our patients took it upon themselves to devise a “Carb Chart” to help them monitor the number of Carbs they were eating each day. That Chart is at the end of the Blog. Please feel free to print it out and use it as you draft your Menus for each day.

We trust that the information imparted to you herein will help you better understand why THE NUMBERS COUNT, and what how you can help make them even better!

If you, or someone you know, needs help in managing their Diabetes, please call AVEON HEALTH at 480-300-4663 to make an appointment with a member of our staff and allow them to escort you down the path to an improved quality of life for you and your loved ones!

This Blog was written, in part, with information gleaned from the following sources:

https://www.healthline.com/health/type-2-diabetes/ac1-test

 

FRUIT Amt Carbs (gm) VEGGIE Amt Carbs(gm)
Apple   small, 2” 1 14 Acorn Squash 1C 29.9
Apricot dried 1 2.2 Asparagus Spear 1 6.9
Apricot Fresh 1 3.9 Baby Carrots 1 Raw 0.8
Banana 1 26.9 Beets (cooked) 1C 5
Blackberries 1C 14.7 Bok Choy 1C 3.1
Blueberries 1C 21.5 Broccoli raw 1C 5.8
Canteloupe 8-Jan 4.8 Broccoli boiled 1C 11.2
Cherries 1 1.3 Brussel Sprouts 1C 11.1
Fig 1 7.7 Butternut Squash 1C 21.5
Grapes (red or Green) 10 1 Cabbage raw 1C 3.9
Honeydew 1/8 11.4 Cabbage cooked 1C 3.9
Kiwi 1 10.1 Carrots cooked 1C 12.8
Mango 1C 25.7 Cauliflower cooked 1C 5.1
Nectarine 2 1/2″ 1 13.7 Cauliflower raw 1C 5.7
Orange small 1 11.3 Celery 4″ 10 1
Peach 2/1/2″ 1 12.9 Corn Canned 1C 30.5
Pear small 1 22.9 Corn on cob 1 14
Pineapple 2 oz 7.3 Cucumber 1C 3.7
Plum 1 7.5 Edamame cooked 1C 29.9
Prunes 1 6 Edamame raw 10 pods 2.2
Raisins 1C 114 Eggplant Parm 4″ sq 32.9
Raspberries 1C 14.6 Garbanzos 1C 34.2
Strasberries(sliced) 1 C 12.8 Green Beans 1C 9,9
Tangerine(cutie) 1 10 Green Leaf Lettuce 1C 1
Watermelon 1C 11.6 Iceberg Lettuce 1C 1.7
Jicama 1C 10.6
NUTS Amt Carbs(gm) Kale cooked 1C 7.3
Almond 1C 28.2 Kale raw 1C 6.7
Brazil 2 1 Mushrooms raw 1C 3
Cashews 1 oz 8.6 Mushrooms stuffed 1oz 20
Macadamia 1oz 1.2 Peas 1C 22.9
Peanuts 1C 38.3 Pepper – Red 1 7.3
Pecans 1 C 38.3 Pepper -Yellow 1 10.3
Pistachios 4 1 Pork & Beans 1.2C 23
Walnuts 1/2 cup 8 Potato Sweet, Sm. 1 13.7
Radishes raw 1 0
SEEDS Amt Carbs (gm) Red Leaf Leffuce 1C 0.6
Pumpkin 1C 15.8 Romaine Lettuce 1C 1.2
Sunflower 1C 30.8 Rutabaga 1C 10.6
Spaghetti Squash 1C 10.1
DAIRY Amt Carbs (gm) Spinach cooked 1C 6.8
Yogurt Plain 1C 11.5 Spinach raw 1C 1.1
Yogurt w/fruit 1C 46.8 Sugar Snap Peas 1C 11.4
Yogurt Greek 1C 7 Summer Squash 1C 7.7
Greek Vanilla 1C 16 Tomato 2″ 3.5
Cottage Cheese 1C 5.7 Turnips 1C 8
Cream Cheese 1 Tbs 1 Zucchini 1C 7
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BREAD & SNACKS Amt Carbs (gm) CHEESE Amt Carbs (gm)
BBQ Sauce 1 Tbs 12.7 Cheddar 3 oz 1
Cheese Puffs 13 13 Swiss
Chips – Potato 15 15
Chips Taco 7 19 MISC Amt Carbs (gm)
Eng Muffin 1 25 Beef Jerky 7oz pc 1 2.2
Everything Bagel 1 59 Hummus 2 Tbs 4
Kaiser Roll 1 30 Pasta w/sauce 1C 33.8
Pop Corn 1C 6.3 Pizza – Pepperoni 1 Slice 35
Pretzels Soft 1 43 Potato Baked sm 29.5
Pretzels Twisted 1 4.8 Potato FF 1 32.6
Pub Mix 1 oz 19 Potato boiled sm 25
Saltines 5 10 Potato Mashed 1C 35.5
Tortilla   Corn 1 8 Potato Salad 1C 28
Tortilla Flour 1 32 Rice Brn 1/2 C 23
Tortilla Wheat 1 22 Slim Jim 1oz 1 3
Wheat slice 1 14.4 Quinoa 1 tbs 2.5
CANDY Amt Carbs (gm) MISC – Phase II Amt Carbs (gm)
3 Musketeers 1 Bar 42 Dinner Rolls 1 14
Bit O Honey 1 Sect. 6 Eggs 1 1.5
Butterfinger 1 Bar 43 Eggs 1 1.5
Junior Mints 1 2 Frstd Cinnmn Bun 1 23
Mounds 1 Pkg. 29 Frstd Shrdded Wht 1 Cup 41
Pay Day 1 Bar 27 Honey Nut Cheerios 1 cup 22
Peanut M & M 15 9 Pan Cakes 1 6″ 31
Peppermint Paties 1 Bar 31 Pepsi 8 oz. 26
Pepprmnt Pat Sgr Fr 1 Bar 8 Pie 1 Piece 50
Reeses 2 Pk. 24 Raisin Bran 1 cup 46
Snickers 1 Bar 33 Refried Beans 1 Cup 26
Star Mints 1 5 Rye Bread 1 Slice 10
Suzy Q 1 Cake 35 Tomato Soup 1 can 50
 

 

MISC. – PHASE III Cargs (gm) MISC. – PHASE IV Carbs (gm)
Cake – Carrot 1/2 Slice 20 Cous Cous 1 Cup 37
Cake – Cup – Choc. 1 24 Crnd Beef Hash 1 Cup 22
Cake – Ger. Choc. 1/2 Slice 20 Egg Nog 1 Cup 20
Cake – Rice 1 4 Fried Mushrooms 1 17
Cashew Clusters 8 16 Fried Onion Rings 1 Med. 2
Chimichanga 1 43 Hamb. Roll 1 20
McD Dble Chssebrgr 1 29 Hash Browns 1 Cup 46
McD Fish Fillet 1 39 Hot Dog Roll 1 20
McD McSausage/Egg 1 29 Nacho Chips – Corn 10 18
McD Small Fries 1 Pkg 44 Quinoa 1 Cup 20
Milk 1 Cup 12 Smoked Almonds 28 5
Northern Beans 1/4 C-Dry 28 Sub Roll 6″ 46
Oyster Crackers 24 10 Taco Bell Taco Sup. 1 20
Veggie Straws 30 12 Taco Bell Tostada 1 20
MISC. – PHASE V Amt Carbs (gm) MISC. – PHASE VI Amt Carbs (gm)
Bit-O-Honey 1 Piece 5 Tomato Juice 1C 10
Einstien Pump Bagel 1 53
Ice Cream 1/2 Cup 16 MISC. – PHASE VII Amt Carbs (gm)
Lemon Pudding 1/2 Cup 24 Brownie 2″ Sqre. 12
Nutter Butter Wafer 1 Patty 4 Chkn Noodle Soup 1 Cup 10
OG Bread Sticks 1 37 Coconut Donut 1 46
OG Pasta Fagule 1 Bowl 21 Crckr:Corn/Sea Salt 10 6
OG Salad 1 Bowl 12 Crckr:White Cheddr 1 1
OG=OLIVE GARDEN Pound Cake 1 Pc. 14
Potato Chips 25 15 Small Sweet Pprs. 1 2
Pringles 1 1 Spnch Stffd Mshrm 1 6
Rice Cakes 1 4 Sun Flower Seeds 1 Cup 28
SfeWay Whoopi Pies 1 57 Wise Chees Puffs 23 17
SfeWay Elcairs 1 34 Wise Onion Rings 15 10
SfeWay Cream Puffs 1 16 Wise Potato Chips 20 15
MISC. – PHASE VIII Amt Carbs (gm) MISC. – PHASE IX Amt Carbs (gm)
Arby Classic Rst Bf 1 37 Angel Food Cake 1/8 Cake 25
Arby French Dip 1 Sndwch 59 Baby Carrots 6 5
Arby Mozz Sticks 2 19 Dates 1 7
Arby Sm Crly Fries 1 Pkg 21 French Toast 1 Slice 15
Black Beans 1 Cup 46 Frzn Strawberries 1 C 60
Choc. Chip Cookie 1 9 Honey Smck Cereal 1 C 24
Denny’s Super Bird 1 42 Jell-O I Cup 10
Dinner Roll 1 Sm. 11 Mac & Cheese 1 Cup 45
Jason’s Baked Chips 1 Srvng. 20 Mini Tortillas 1 6
Jason’s Deli Club 1 67 Mstrd Prtzels 1/3 C 18
KFC Bisquit 1 22 Oatmeal Muffin 1 Sm. 10
KFC Cold Slaw 1 Cup 14 Snow Peas 6 1.5
KFC Mshd Spuds 1 Cup 19 Sweet & Sour Pork 1 Cup 25
MISC. – PHASE X Cargs (gm) MISC. – PHASE XI Carbs (gm)
2% Milk 1 Cup 12 Bean & Bacon Soup 1 Can 22
Applbees Spnch Dip 1 Cup 74 Brownie 2″ Sqre 14
Apple Fritters 1 Avg. 49 Choc. Milk 1% 1 Cup 32
Apple Sauce 1 Cup 34 Cocktail Peanuts 38 6
Boston Cream Pie 1/8 Pie 30 Ice Cream Sndwch 1 26
Brkfst Cookies 1 5 Mini Cornbread 1 15
Donut Holes 1 7 Mini Poppy Seed 1 12
Egg Roll 1 23 Mini Wheats 1 Cup 45
Ent. Cheese Danish 1/9 Cake 27 Oatmeal Raisn Ckie 1 16
Entemann Crmb Cke 1/9 Cake 32 PB Pretzels 6 Pieces 10
Frosted Flakes 1 Cup 26 Pita Bread 1 Slice 22
Granola Bar 1 Bar 18 Rice Krispies 1 Cup 22
Prog. Clam Chowder 1 Can 40 Sno Balls 1 28
Toffee Fay 1 Piece 5 Triskets 1 2
MISC. PHASE XII Cargs (gm) MISC. – PHASE XIII Carbs (gm)
Chex Mix 1 Cup 21
Sugar Cookies 1 16
FOR TURKEY DAY
Corn Chowder 1 Cup 16
Dressing 1 Cup 15
Pie: Apple 1/8 Pie 56
Pie: Mince 1/8 Pie 40
Pie: Pumpkin 1/8 Pie 20
Yams w/ Marsh. 1 Cup 48

 

DO YOUR FEET “MEASURE UP?”

DO YOUR FEET “MEASURE UP?”
Aveon Health
Family Medicine & Diabetes Care

            As well as being so subtle that it is known as a “Silent Killer,” Diabetes offers an additional challenge in as much as it tends to manifest itself with other ailments throughout the body. One of the areas that a Diabetic needs to be especially aware of, and careful about, is their feet.

There are, unfortunately, a number of ways that Diabetes can adversely affect your feet. The first is through nerve damage, which is often referred to as Neuropathy (I will discuss Neuropathy in greater detail in a subsequent Blog!). In the most basic of terms, you will be plagued with tingling and pain in your feet, or the loss of feeling. The latter becomes a real issue as you may not notice minor damage to your foot, such as a blister, which can lead to cuts and sores that then may become infected, creating a problem all of its own.

As well as Neuropathy, Diabetes can decrease blood flow to your feet. Without proper blood flow, your feet can deteriorate to the point that gangrene sets in. If unattended long enough, this, in turn, can lead to the necessity for amputation.

Obviously the importance of proper foot care is paramount to a Diabetic’s Health. In an effort to ensure that your feet are properly cared for, the things you should pay special attention to include, but are not limited to:

  • Trim your toenails properly.
  • Smooth Corns and Calluses gently.
  • Wear shoes and socks at all times!
  • Keep proper Blood Flow to your feet.
  • Wash, and check!, your feet daily.
  • Get a foot check at every Health Care Visit.

When it comes to foot care, what many Diabetics do not realize is the importance of proper Corn and Callus care. For example, you should NOT use either Corn Plasters or liquid Corn and Callus Removers.

While Diabetics may desire to be Fashion Plates as much as the rest of the population, when it comes to footwear they would be wise to forego appearance for better health. There ae some shoes that just do not lend themselves to the physical well-being of a Diabetic. As you purchase shoes in the future, keep the following in mind:

  • Avoid Plastic and/or Vinyl shoes, as they neither stretch nor breathe.
  • Walking and/or athletic shoes are good for “Daily Footwear,” as they allow your feet to breathe as well as giving them support.
  • Feet with Bunions or Hammertoes typically require extra wide shoes.

One of the main ways to protect our feet is to be cognizant of ways to keep them provided with proper blood flow. This can be accomplished, in part, by putting your feet up when you are seated; eliminating the use of tight socks and/or elastic stockings; being physically active, up to and including wiggling your toes throughout the course of a day.

Understanding the importance of proper Foot Care for my Diabetic Patients, one of the goals of AVEON HEALTH was to include a Podiatrist as part of our staff. In mid-2018 we were able to do just that. In Dr. Steven Tager we found a professional with some fifty years of experience that is on hand to add expertise and treatment to those in need. I would especially suggest that you request meeting with him should you have a cut or bruise on your feet that does not seem to be healing; the skin on your foot is red, warm or painful, as this is often the sign of an infection; a foot infection that becomes black and smelly, as that may be indicative of gangrene.

As you can see, making sure your feet “Measure Up” is a pretty important part of your physical well-being! As my high school Biology Teacher used to say, “Support your feet because they Support you!” Back then, I thought it was just a joke, but now I understand the importance of what he was trying to tell us!

This Blog was written in part with information found at https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/diabetes/ overview/preventing-problems/foot-problems.

 

If you, or someone you know, needs help in managing their Diabetes, please call AVEON HEALTH at 480-300-4663 to make an appointment with Dr. Sam and allow him to escort you down the path to an improved quality of life for you and/or your loved ones!

COVID 19 – THE IMMEDIATE CONCERN

COVID 19 – THE IMMEDIATE CONCERN
Aveon Health
Family Medicine & Diabetes Care

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DIABETES is our area of expertise. However, whenever we are asked what we specialize in our answer is “Patients.” We believe It is imperative for a physician to rise to the occasion when a Health Issue of the magnitude of COVID 19 comes along and, as a result, we immediately dedicated ourselves to becoming immersed in the issue to discover how we can best serve Patients in this somewhat trying time.

One of the things that was obvious was the concern for what was the apparent inability to get people tested in a judicious amount of time. We realized that it would be most beneficial if we at AVEON HEALTH could assist those Patients who were hoping to be tested, but were having little or no luck in doing so. Fortunately, our efforts were Blessed and we discovered the SOPHIA 2.

The SOPHIA 2 is a sophisticated, portable apparatus that allows us to conduct COVID 19 testing at our office. There are a multitude of criteria that make this beneficial to both, us and our Patients, including, but not limited to:

  • Provides Accurate, Objective, and Automated results, same day!
  • We are able to conduct the Test in office with same day results, as compared to 5-7 DAYS at Sonora Quest or LabCorp.
  • Secure, Remote Instrument Management which automatically stores Test and User History, ensuring privacy and security.
  • User and Patient IDs are captured with an “Onboard Barcode Scanner.”
  • Integrated Data Management automatically stores Test Results and User History.

If there is a drawback to contacting us and utilizing our SOPHIA 2 Testing Process, it is that, due to the fact that we do not have a Lab Contract, we are forced to offer this on a “Cash Pay Only” basis. While Insurance frequently does pay for the testing, it will do so only at Sonora Quest or LabCorp. In an attempt to make this program as accessible as possible to those who want to take advantage of it, we have kept the cost down to the very low price of $125.00. The advantage, of course, is found both in the convenience and quick turn-around time. Interestingly enough, we are one of the few Health Facilities around that are able to provide this service to our community.

As with all of your Health Needs, AVEON Health stands ready to serve and assist you with facing the COVID 19 Pandemic. Know that we are as concerned about your Health as you are, and work diligently and professionally on a daily basis to improve the probability of facing this challenge in a successful manner!

 

If you, or someone you know, would like to be tested for COVID 19 in a more than reasonable amount of time at a more than reasonable cost, please call AVEON HEALTH at 480-300-4663 to make an appointment. At that time our friendly and qualified staff will serve you in this matter in both a friendly and professional manner.

 

 

First US Airline Pilot with Type 1 Diabetes

For years, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) didn’t allow pilots with insulin-treated diabetes to fly commercial airliners, even as other countries like Canada and the United Kingdom began to ease their restrictions

The FAA issued a new medical protocol late last year for pilots with insulin-treated diabetes mellitus (ITDM),” the FAA said in a statement to CNN. “The decision was based on the advancement in medical technology and the treatment of ITDM. The protocol allows pilots with ITDM to apply for a special-issuance medical certificate to have air transport, commercial or private pilot privileges.”

Read the full article here

Heart Health Month

February is heart health month. Prevention and early intervention of health conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, and stress management can help reduce your risk of heart disease. Contact Aveon health for your annual well exam to monitor your heart health.

Influenza Update

The CDC said the number of US flu cases this season reached 15 million as of the week ending Jan. 18, with widespread flu activity reported in 48 states and high flu activity in 35 states. The agency estimates that there have been 140,000 flu-related hospitalizations and 8,200 flu-related fatalities, including 54 pediatric deaths, so far this season.

Please schedule an appointment if you have signs of the flu or any other illness. It is not too late to get an influenza vaccine. Contact Aveon Health with any questions or concerns or to schedule your evaluation.