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Archive for October, 2014

America Gets Cooking to Stop Diabetes: KHS Recognizes American Diabetes Month

Posted on: October 27th, 2014 by Knueppel HealthCare Services No Comments

Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes and another 86 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Statistics like those are what inspire this year’s American Diabetes Month campaign by the American Diabetes Association (ADA). America Gets Cooking to Stop Diabetes is an initiative designed to inspire people to live a more active and healthier lifestyle, empowering all Americans to cook nutritious and delicious food, and be more active.

 

KHS supports the ADA’s vision and promotes raising awareness of this ever-growing disease. At KHS, we encourage you to speak with your healthcare professional regarding caring for your diabetes or helping you prevent diabetes. We are doing our part by providing numerous preventative products crucial to ongoing foot care for the diabetic patient, including skin therapy creams, comfortable socks designed especially for diabetic feet and custom comfort footwear.

 

Dr. Comfort Shoes

Dr. Comfort Shoes

 

In addition to the specialized footwear by Dr. Comfort (extra width and depth shoes with heat-molded or custom inserts), we offer socks with superior breathability, non-binding, and seamless contours; anti-microbial odor control; and ball and heel padding to protect feet. KHS will work together with you to be part of the solution!

 

Specially-designed Socks for Healthy Feet

Specially-designed Socks for Healthy Feet

 

VISIT KHS FOR OUR ANNUAL SALE BETWEEN NOVEMBER 10-14 TO GET 20% OFF DIABETIC SHOES, DIABETIC SOCKS AND SKIN CARE PRODUCTS (private pay purchases only).

American Diabetes Month 2014 Overview

One of the Association’s primary objectives is to raise awareness and understanding of diabetes, its consequences, management and prevention. American Diabetes Month is an important element in this effort, with programs designed to focus the nation’s attention on the issues and seriousness of diabetes and the people impacted by the disease. In 2014, the Association will focus on teaching and inspiring the public to cook healthier by providing practical, hands-on tips for preparing “good-for-you dishes” that taste great.

 

America Gets Cooking to Stop Diabetes is an initiative designed to engage and inspire people to live a more active and healthier lifestyle by sharing relevant information such as healthy cooking tips, diabetes and nutrition facts, recipe ideas. Some ideas:

 

  • Get Moving Mondays – We will provide some easy tips each Monday to help you get moving and keep up an active lifestyle all week long.

 

  • Tasty Tip Tuesdays – Every Tuesday we will take a traditional recipe and teach people how to substitute certain ingredients for healthier options without losing the taste.

 

  • What’s Cooking Wednesdays – Each Wednesday, the public will vote on recipes that represent a healthy side dish, appetizer and/or dessert that they would like to see for a holiday meal. At the end of the month, we will unveil those winning dishes.

 

  • Get Together Thursdays or Any Day! – Each Thursday we will highlight a suggested activity which can happen any day of the week. Use these fun get-togethers as ways to raise money for the Association and help Stop Diabetes.

 

  • Fact Check Friday – Each Friday we will post a question about diabetes to test what you know and encourage you to share it with your friends, family and/or co-workers.

 

  • Weekend Challenge to Stop Diabetes – For the weekend, we will provide fun fundraising activities for people to engage in and use their 48 hours to participate or, if they are too bus, to donate!

 

Meet the Faces Joining America Gets Cooking to Stop Diabetes

Joining the ADA as a spokesperson is DJ Spinderella, a member of the iconic hip-hop group Salt-n-Pepa who has personally seen the severe consequences diabetes has had on not only the person with the disease, but an entire family. Her mother passed away from complications of diabetes, and now she watches her brother and young nephew live with diabetes every day. Also Robyn Webb, MS, the food editor for Diabetes Forecast and also an award-winning cookbook author and culinary instructor, has been a passionate advocate of cooking and eating wisely. Because of health problems within her own family, most notably diabetes, Robyn learned early on the importance of a balanced, healthful approach to eating.

 

 America Gets Cooking!

 

The Toll on Health

  • People with diabetes are nearly twice as likely to be hospitalized for a heart attack or stroke.
  • Diabetes causes nearly 50% of all cases of kidney failure.
  • More than half of all amputations in adults occur in people with diabetes.
  • More than half a million American adults have advanced diabetic retinopathy, greatly increasing their risk for severe vision loss.
  • About 60-70 percent of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nerve damage that could result in pain in the feet or hands, slowed digestion, sexual dysfunction and other nerve problems.

 

Cost of Diabetes

  • The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion.
  • Direct medical costs reach $176 billion and the average medical expenditure among people with diabetes is 2.3 times higher than those without the disease.
  • Indirect costs amount to $69 billion (disability, work loss, premature mortality).
  • One in 10 health care dollars is spent treating diabetes and its complications.
  • One in five health care dollars is spent caring for people with diabetes.

 

For more general information you can visit us on Facebook (facebook.com/AmericanDiabetesAssociation) or by visiting stopdiabetes.com. or by calling 1-800-DIABETES in English and Spanish.

KHS Recognizes National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted on: October 14th, 2014 by Knueppel HealthCare Services No Comments

At KHS we join all of the breast cancer charities, support groups, researchers, health professionals and especially survivors to recognize October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Founded in 1985 to promote mammography screenings, Breast Cancer Awareness Month is now an international health campaign designed to increase awareness, prevention, treatment and ultimately a cure for breast cancer.

 

According to the CDC, other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. Getting mammograms regularly can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer. If you are 50 to 74 years old, be sure to have a screening mammogram every two years. If you are 40 to 49 years old, talk to your doctor about when to start and how often to get a screening mammogram.

 You Owe it to Each Other!

Below please find the risk factors and symptoms that lead to 1 in 8 women being diagnosed with breast cancer over the course of her lifetime (according to PubMed Health):

 

Risk factors you cannot change include:

  • Age and gender — Your risk of developing breast cancer increases as you get older. Women are 100 times more likely to get breast cancer than men.
  • Family history of breast cancer — You may also have a higher risk for breast cancer if you have a close relative who has had breast, uterine, ovarian, or colon cancer.
  • Genes — Some people have genes that make them more likely to develop breast cancer. If a parent passes you a defective gene, you have an increased risk for breast cancer.
  • Menstrual cycle — Women who got their periods early (before age 12) or went through menopause late (after age 55) have an increased risk for breast cancer.

 

Other risk factors include:

  • Alcohol use — Drinking more than 1 – 2 glasses of alcohol a day may increase your risk for breast cancer.
  • Childbirth — Women who have never had children or who had them only after age 30 have an increased risk for breast cancer. Being pregnant more than once or becoming pregnant at an early age reduces your risk of breast cancer.
  • DES — Women who took diethylstilbestrol (DES) to prevent miscarriage may have an increased risk of breast cancer after age 40. This drug was given to the women in the 1940s – 1960s.
  • Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) — You have a higher risk for breast cancer if you have received hormone replacement therapy with estrogen for several years or more.
  • Radiation — If you received radiation therapy as a child or young adult to treat cancer of the chest area, you have a much higher risk for developing breast cancer.
  • Obesity — Obesity has been linked to breast cancer, although this link is controversial.

 

The National Cancer Institute provides an online tool to help you figure out your risk of breast cancer. See: www.cancer.gov/bcrisktool

 Exercise regularly - live fully!

Symptoms

Early breast cancer usually does not cause symptoms. This is why regular breast exams are important. As the cancer grows, symptoms may include:

 

  • Breast lump or lump in the armpit that is hard, has uneven edges, and usually does not hurt
  • Breast pain or discomfort
  • Bone pain
  • Change in the size, shape, or feel of the breast or nipple — for example, you may have redness, dimpling, or puckering that looks like the skin of an orange
  • Fluid coming from the nipple — may be bloody, clear to yellow, green, and look like pus
  • Men can get breast cancer, too. Symptoms include breast lump and breast pain and tenderness.
  • Symptoms of advanced breast cancer may include:
  • Skin ulcers
  • Swelling of one arm (next to the breast with cancer)
  • Weight loss

 

 

Fast Facts About Breast Cancer (CDC)

  • Each year in the United States, more than 200,000 women get breast cancer and more than 40,000 women die from the disease.
  • Men also get breast cancer, but it is not very common. Each year in the United States, about 2,000 men get breast cancer and about 400 men die from the disease.