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Research shows living near trees, green vegetation may prevent vascular damage from air pollution

By Betty Coffman University of Louisville Researchers at the University of Louisville have shown that living near an abundance of green vegetation can offset the negative effects of air pollution on blood vessel health. The research, led by Aruni Bhatnagar, professor of medicine and director of the UofL Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute, was published ahead of print in the American Journal of...

Ky. shows little progress in latest health rankings; we’re getting less exercise, diabetes has increased

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Kentucky again ranks near the bottom in two big health measures: 48th for health behaviors and 46th for health outcomes, according to the America’s Health Rankings report from the United Health Foundation. Most of the reasons are familiar, such as a high percentage of Kentuckians with more than one chronic condition — such as diabetes, which has become...

Diabetes: Regional Diabetes Center offers education classes so clients can learn to live with the disease

Last of three parts By Maridith Yahl KyForward reporter Embedded within St. Elizabeth Physicians in Covington, The Regional Diabetes Center (RDC) offers the only diabetes education classes in Northern Kentucky. The RDC sees anyone having a physician’s referral, says Kate Moser, MSN, RN, CDCES, Diabetes Education Quality Coordinator. American Diabetes Association (ADA) Education-Certified Diabetes...

Diabetes: If you’re prediabetic, you can manage your diet, get more exercise, be kind to your pancreas

Second of a three-part series By Maridith Yahl KyForward reporter Millions of Americans do not know that they are prediabetic, according to The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In Kentucky, 13%, or 1 out of every 8 Kentuckians is living with type 2 diabetes. Preventing type 2 diabetes is possible by following diet and exercise guidelines. “Be nice to your pancreas. Being nice to your...

UK nursing researcher awarded $2.5 million to address health issues in rural Kentucky

By Hilary Brown University of Kentucky Kentucky is known for basketball, bluegrass music and bourbon. It ranks #12 in the country for natural beauty and is known all over the world for thoroughbred racehorses. But Kentucky also ranks highly among things it would rather not be known for, including high rates of obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Gia Mudd-Martin, Ph.D., a researcher in the University...

This week at the Capitol: Legislation to limit cost of insulin, Marsy’s Law among bills moving forward

Although the Kentucky General Assembly’s 2020 session reached its halfway point this week, much more than half of the workload of this session likely lies ahead. After seven weeks of legislative activity, hundreds of bills have moved closer to becoming law, although fewer than ten have reached the governor’s desk to be signed. That’s typical at this point in a session. It’s likely that the...

KET to air ‘Undiagnosed: The Diabetes Epidemic’ and panel discussion about the disease Feb. 24

Nearly half of Kentucky adults have diabetes or pre-diabetes — and many of them don’t know they have it. To shine a light on this issue, Kentucky Educational Television is airing “Undiagnosed: The Diabetes Epidemic,” a documentary that looks at the rising rates of diabetes and pre-diabetes in Kentucky, with a focus on what Kentuckians across the state are doing to reduce those...

Kentucky House unanimously passes measure to provide relief from high insulin costs

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The House unanimously approved a bill on Wednesday that would provide relief on the cost of insulin to more than 500,000 Kentuckians affected by diabetes. “This is an excellent example of what this chamber can do, when we are at our very best,” said Rep. Patti Minter, D-Bowling Green, whose teenage son is diabetic. “When we work together across the aisle, as brothers...

This week at the Capitol: Honoring Charles Young during Black History month, bills advance

By Robert Weber Legislative Research Commission Highlights of the legislative week typically occur in the historic Senate and House chambers, but this past week the Capitol Rotunda was the scene of an unforgettable moment for many in the statehouse. Those attending the annual Black History Celebration, hosted by the Black Legislative Caucus, recognized a military hero who achieved great success but...

Kentucky’s diabetes problem continues to worsen; rate now seventh highest nation at nearly 13 percent

The number of adults with diabetes and pre-diabetes in Kentucky continues to rise, according to the 2019 Kentucky Diabetes Report. The number of adults in the state with diabetes has nearly doubled since 2000 to 12.9 percennt, or more than 440,000 adults. In 2000, that rate was 6.5%. Kentucky ranks seventh highest in the nation for this measure. November is National Diabetes Month. Most adults in Kentucky...

With rates of depression rising in U.S., mental health experts say online screenings are an important tool

More Americans are using online screening tests to gauge whether depression is playing a role in their health, and mental health experts say that’s a good thing. Just as people might screen for diabetes, heart disease or high blood pressure, a depression screening provides a quick way to spot the first signs of what might be a serious mental health issue. Marcie Timmerman, executive director...

Department for Public Health reminds Kentuckians that March 24 is World TB Day

As part of its ongoing work to educate the public about tuberculosis (TB) and prevent the spread of the disease, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is reminding Kentuckians that March 24 is World TB Day. This year’s theme from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is “It’s Time,” in an effort to encourage latent TB testing among providers and raise awareness for...

Shelley Shearer: Rise in diabetes cases in affecting Kentuckians’ oral health; know symptoms, have plan

Did you know that diabetes can severely affect your smile? Over 13 percent of Kentuckians have been diagnosed with the disease, making the Commonwealth the fifth highest U.S. state population dealing with the ever-growing disease. While diabetes can affect the heart, nerves, kidney, and eyes, it can also wreak havoc in the mouth. Diabetics are at a higher risk for gum problems because of poor blood...

Diabetes Awareness Month — threes signs you are at risk of vascular disease and what to do

People who have type 2 diabetes can live a long and healthy life if they take good care of themselves. But part of staying healthy means knowing how to manage the risk of diabetes-related vascular disease, according to the Society for Vascular Surgery. In the United States, more than 30 million people live with diabetes. It is a major risk factor for peripheral artery disease or PAD, a disease the...

Sixty percent of Americans with diabetes skip annual sight-saving exams; don’t wait to get a check-up

People with diabetes are at increased risk of developing serious eye diseases, yet most do not have sight-saving, annual eye exams, according to a study by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The Kentucky Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons joins the Academy in reiterating the importance of eye exams during the month of November, which is observed as Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month. Researchers...

Study shows combination of low-salt, heart-healthy diet as good as drug therapy for high blood pressure

A new study finds that cutting back on salt and following the heart-healthy DASH diet can lower blood pressure, a disease that affects almost two out of every five Kentuckians. “Our results add to the evidence that dietary interventions are as effective as—or more effective than—anti-hypertensive drugs in those at highest risk for high blood pressure, and should be a routine first-line treatment...

Commentary: Breath of fresh air — and better oral health too — are benefits of a Smoke-Free Kentucky

By Dr. Laura Hancock Jones, Dr. O. Wayne Mortensen and Rick Whitehouse Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow Most of us, when we think about the dangers of smoking, see lung cancer as the biggest risk. And it’s a fact that in Kentucky, cancer and smoking frequently go hand in hand. A higher percentage of Kentuckians get lung cancer than in any other state, and Kentucky has one of the highest smoking...

52 Weeks of Public Health: Recognizing Diabetes impact on hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians

In recognition of World Diabetes Day on Nov. 14, the Kentucky Department Public Health (DPH) within the Cabinet for Health and Families Services (CHFS) is bringing attention to diabetes and its impact on hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians. Diabetes is a common, lifelong medical condition where the body does not make or properly use insulin. One in 8 – or 13.1 percent – of Kentucky adults...

UK holds ribbon-cutting ceremony for expanded Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center at Turfland

By Ann Blackburn UKNOW reporter University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto, UK Executive Vice President for Health Affairs Dr. Mark F. Newman, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, Dr. John Fowlkes, director of the Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center, and members of the Barnstable Brown family will participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly expanded Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center at UK HealthCare’s...

Duvall Q&A highlights Diabetes Day at GABP; Reds outfielder diagnosed as Type 1 in 2012

During the 2016 baseball season, Reds left fielder Adam Duvall was on deck at Busch Stadium in St. Louis when a fan from the stands started yelling at him. “Why do you have your cell phone in your back pocket?” the man shouted. Duvall calmly turned around and responded: “It’s an insulin pump. I’m diabetic.” Adam Duvall The following day, before Cincinnati’s next game against the Cardinals,...