A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

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,...

Reds’ Duvall grew up with Type 1 Diabetes and learned to deal with it to play in the Majors

Adam Duvall, Cincinnati Reds left fielder, visited with patients at St. Elizabeth Healthcare’s Total Joint Center in Northern Kentucky this week. As a professional athlete, Duvall understands what it takes to be world class. Together with St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Duvall is committed to the health and wellness of his fellow Kentuckians.

Obese children over four times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those with healthy weight

Children who are obese may be four times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those considered to have a healthy weight, according to a British study. “A child with obesity faces a four-fold greater risk of being diagnosed with diabetes by age 25 than a counterpart who is normal weight,” Dr. Ali Abbasi, of King’s College London, one of the study’s authors, said in the Endocrine...

Study shows diabetes’ deaths may be four times higher than reported; state has 12th highest rate

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Diabetes may be responsible for nearly four times as many American deaths as reported on death certificates, which would move diabetes from the seventh-leading cause of death to the third, according to a recent study. Kentucky has the 12th highest diabetes death rate in the nation. “We argue diabetes is responsible for 12 percent of deaths in the U.S., rather...

Foot Health: Tips on healthy holiday feasting for those managing diabetes

By Dr. Jamie Settles Carter Special to KyForward It’s that time of year again! This time of year is full of yummy family feasts, work pot lucks, and parties! This is my favorite time of year. However, if you are one of the 29 million Americans that has diabetes, this time of year can be daunting and stressful. With so many delectable goodies laid out before you, your glucose meter can sometimes...

SmartHealthToday: Ten tips for thriving with diabetes during the holidays — it takes discipline

By Matt Koesters SmartHealthToday Between now and the New Year, there are plenty of holiday events that will pose a challenge for people trying to manage their diabetes. Even for the most disciplined dieter, making it through the holiday season without gaining a few pounds would have to be considered a Christmas miracle. “It can be stressful working in more activities, spending more money and managing...

Daily soda dose batters body’s cells, increases pre-diabetes risk by 46 percent, study says

Drinking a can of sugar-sweetened beverage a day increases your risk of developing pre-diabetes by 46 percent, according to a recent study. The study by the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston said the daily dose of sugar “batters a person’s body on a cellular level,” reports HealthDay. “This constant spike in blood glucose...

Jeff Rubin: We need to develop a sense of urgency in fight to curb epidemic of diabetes

November is American Diabetes Month, thirty days set aside to shed light on a chronic condition that remains one of the fastest growing illnesses in Kentucky, the U.S., and around the world. It is also a disease that as of yet has no cure. According to the World Health Organization, diabetes currently affects more than 415 million people worldwide. Included in that total are at least 25.8 million...

World Diabetes Day: Self-management the key to healthier living with diabetes

More than 611,000 Kentucky adults, or about 13 percent of the state’s total population is now estimated to have diabetes. Of those, about 150,000 don’t even realize they have the disease. The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), is using World Diabetes Day on Nov. 14 as a time to bring awareness to diabetes. November is Diabetes...

Sitting down for prolonged periods could be killing you; how about a standup desk?

Increasing numbers of news reports about the dangers of sitting are prompting traditional offices to make their workstations healthier by ditching desk chairs. “The link between sitting jobs and deadly disease processes galvanized the rise of the adjustable desk and the decline of the cubicle world as we knew it,” Steve Shaw reports for Insider Louisville. Louisville restaurateur Dan Borsch...

Kentucky adult obesity rate jumps to 34.6 percent, ranks fifth in the nation; diabetes rate highest ever

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News We’re fat, and getting fatter. And that’s making us sicker. More than one-third of Kentucky adults are obese, placing the state fifth in the country in obesity, a big jump from 12th the year before. Kentucky was one of only two states where obesity rates increased from 2014 to 2015, according to the latest State of Obesity report. Kentucky’s...

Commentary: State officials make a mistake by not providing funds for diabetes prevention program

By Stewart Perry and Larry Smith Special to KyForward Twelve one-hundredths of a percent. .024 percent. That’s how much Kentucky state officials did not include in the recently passed budget for diabetes prevention, a budget which by all accounts is heavy on other investments in the future. As a percentage of the total budget, that’s two-tenths of one penny out of every one hundred dollars....

SmartHealthToday: Does having high blood sugar mean you’re diabetic? Not necessarily

By Dave Malaska SmartHealthToday Roughly 29 million people in the United States have various levels of diabetes. For many years, doctors called them “diabetics.” They called themselves “diabetic.” But are they, really, “diabetics?” Not anymore, says the nation’s leading advocacy for people with the disease, the American Diabetes Association. The organization recently released its revised...