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Diabetes was Toledo-Tama Kiwanis Topic

July 22, 2019
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

At the June 12 meeting, Marisol Garcia, University of Iowa pharmacy intern at Medicap, spoke to members about this pervasive disease. She explained that it is the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S. with up to 12% of the population having diabetes.

There are three types of diabetes: Type 1 is genetic and commonly found in children; Type 2 is the most common and related to lifestyle; and Type 3 is gestational found in pregnant women and usually temporary.

A person's chance of becoming diabetic increases with age. It generally occurs when person is over 45. Also a family history of diabetes and being over weight contribute to the development of diabetes.

There is no cure for diabetes, but it can be managed. Thirty minutes of exercise each day, walking being included, is a good habit. Also staying away from foods cooked in grease and eating vegetables and fiber, and limiting carbs are positive steps.

Marisol pointed out the availability of apps that allow you to keep track of your carbs. She also said there are support groups with helpful resource for diabetics in nearby towns. She cautioned that diabetics should have frequent eye exams and also have their feet checked. Diabetes affects circulation and this causes a numbness in the feet. Diabetics can have a foot injury that develops into a serious problem because they have no sensation in their feet.

Marisol's knowledge and helpful hints for pre-diabetics and diabetics were very interesting and important knowledge that the group truly appreciated.



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