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Diabetes: One of the Fastest Growing Diseases in America

November 29, 2017

Over 100 million adults in the United States have diabetes or pre-diabetes according to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control . Alarmingly, the rate of type 2 diabetes has doubled over the last five years. This chronic condition can cause other serious health complications and even death if left untreated. It's imperative to know the signs, symptoms, and risk factors of diabetes. What is Diabetes? Diabetes occurs when the pancreas doesn't produce insulin correctly. Insulin is a hormone that helps your body use and store sugar from food for energy. Problems occur when the pancreas...Continue Reading

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Go the Distance with Hydration

August 31, 2017

Harrowing tales of being lost at sea have always captured our imaginations. Who can forget Tom Hank's portrayal of a shipwreck survivor in the movie Castaway? In all these tales, finding water is a vital, primal need that makes the difference between life and death. In fact, water is more important than food in a survival situation. Your body is unable to function long without it. The human body is 65% water. Your brain is around 70% water, and your lungs are nearly 90% water. For proper body function, you need to replace about 2.5 quarts each day by consuming food and liquids. Hopefully,...Continue Reading

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Are you Shortening Your Life with these 5 Unhealthy Habits?

August 29, 2017

Very few people look forward to getting older, but most people would agree that it's better than dying before your time. While most people would love to stop the aging process somewhere around age 25, this fantasy probably won't happen very soon. However, it is possible to increase your odds of living a longer and healthier life by practicing healthy habits. Unhealthy habits are one of the leading reasons why people die earlier. In 2010, the life expectancy for individuals living in the United States was 78 years. Just two short years later, this figure is rapidly declining for certain age...Continue Reading

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How Diabetes Increases Your Risk of Stroke

May 30, 2017

Nearly 100 million people in the United States suffer from diabetes or prediabetes. Unfortunately, individuals who have diabetes are also 2 to 4 times more likely to have a stroke. They also tend to develop heart disease or experience strokes at a much earlier age. With this in mind, it’s important to understand the relationship between diabetes and stroke so you can take steps to stay healthy.Continue Reading

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What you Need to Know about Surgery and Diabetes

November 30, 2016

Surgery is sometimes unavoidable, and if you're one of the nearly 30 million Americans suffering from diabetes, getting your body ready for surgery is critical to ensuring a healthy recovery. Taking care of your body in the weeks and months leading up to your surgery can have a huge impact on how well your body is able to recover. How does Diabetes Affect My Body's Recovery from Surgery? Poor Circulation People who suffer from diabetes have difficultly processing sugar which leads to elevated blood sugar levels. As a result of elevated blood glucose levels, arteries tighten up, becoming more...Continue Reading

Two of five Americans will develop Type 2 Diabetes in their lifetime

Ask A Doctor... What is Type 2 Diabetes?

November 11, 2016

Nelly Maybee, MD Answer provided by Nelly Maybee, MD, endocrinologist at the Augusta Health Diabetes & Endocrinology Clinic. Dr. Maybee attended medical school at the University of Maryland and completed her residency and fellowship at the University of Virginia. She is Board-Certified in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism and Internal Medicine. In addition to English, she speaks Russian and recently was awarded the 2016 Best Bedside Manner Award in Endocrinology by Our Health Magazine. Both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes are diseases related to the problem of hyperglycemia, or high...Continue Reading