ST. LOUIS, MO, November 02, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- November is National Diabetes Month, and as the provider of multilingual telehealth services for nearly 4 million lives, the RNs at Nurse Response have put together some information to bring awareness to the disease and support diabetes education. ---
"With the increasing number of cases and the expansion of age groups affected by the disease, diabetes is a serious health issue that needs to be addressed," said Kim Tuck, RN, President and CEO of Nurse Response. "At Nurse Response, we're dedicated to helping those we serve understand more about the disease through preventative education and ensuring they have access to health care services that improve their overall health and quality of life."
Diabetes occurs when the body does not properly produce or use insulin, which is a hormone that allows the body to use glucose for energy. There are two types of diabetes - Type 1 diabetes which is usually found in children and young adults and occurs when the body does not produce insulin and Type 2 diabetes that occurs when the cells in the body do not responding properly to insulin. Type 2 is the most common form of the disease and is usually found in adults.
Diabetes can have a devastating effect on one's health including heart disease, stroke and kidney failure. Because of advances in medicine and proactive disease management, more people are better able to control their diabetes, but preventing a disease is always the best approach to managing your health. Below are some tips for lowering your risk of developing diabetes:
• Adopt a Healthy Lifestyle: Being overweight can increase your risk of developing diabetes. By consuming healthy foods and engaging in an active lifestyle and regular exercise, you can improve your overall health and lower your risk of developing diabetes.
• Check Your Levels: High cholesterol is another risk factor that can increase your probability of developing diabetes. Have your cholesterol checked by a health care provider to determine your HDL and LDL levels. HDL is considered good cholesterol, and the preferred number is greater than 40 mg/dl for men and greater than 50 mg/dl for women. LDL, which is considered to be bad cholesterol, should be less than 100 mg/dl for both genders. Triglyceride levels should also be monitored and should be below 100 mg/dl.
• Family History is Key: People with a strong family history of diabetes have a higher risk of developing the disease. Speaking with family members about diabetes can be an incredible source of information. Are there multiple people in your family with diabetes? At what age were they diagnosed with the disease? Did your family members experience drastic weight loss or gain, changes in sleep patterns or unexplainable irritability prior to their diagnosis? Asking questions about what led your family members to be tested and ultimately diagnosed can familiarize you with signs and symptoms to look for within your own health. Share your findings with your health care provider so the two of you can discuss your level of risk.
• Seek Health Care Guidance: You don't have to develop a disease or illness before speaking with a health care provider. In fact, prevention is better than fighting an already existing issue. Ask your health care provider to help you develop a personalized plan that will assist with lowering all of your risk factors for diabetes. If you have a question and cannot reach your health care provider, find out if you have access to a nurse advice line through your health plan or physician's office. Nurse advice lines are equipped with experienced health care professionals who can answer questions about diseases, walk you through assessments to evaluate your own health and refer you to qualified medical providers or programs for follow-up care.
For more information about diabetes, visit http://www.diabetes.org.
About Nurse Response
Nurse Response is a wholly owned subsidiary of Centene Corporation that is in the business of providing multilingual telehealth services. We partner with health plans, hospitals, providers, colleges and universities, and other specialty organizations to ensure all callers have access to high quality, appropriate care. Our services are designed to encourage callers to become active participants in their healthcare, engaging in activities that promote appropriate utilization of care resources as well as better health outcomes for individuals and their families. We have provided uninterrupted service every day since 1995. Nurse Response experienced Customer Care Professionals and Registered Nurses at our call centers across the country provide Care.Right.Now. through delivery of health information, education, and advice in a culturally and linguistically sensitive manner. For more information, please visit our website http://www.nurseresponse.com or contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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