Wednesday, November 6, 2002
It is estimated that 16 to 17 million people have diabetes in the United States, which is approximately 6.2 percent of the population. While an estimated 11 million of these individuals have been diagnosed, unfortunately almost one third are unaware that they have the disease.
Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches, and other food into energy needed for daily life. Since diabetes is a chronic disease that can be managed but not cured, information and knowledge about the disease is critical for those individuals who have or are at risk for the disease.
The Hood River County Extension Service County Council is sponsoring an educational program called, "What's New in Diabetes." The program will be held on Nov. 7 at 1 p.m. at the Hood River Adult Center.
It is open to the public and offered free of charge. For additional information you can contact the Hood River County Extension Office at 386-3343.
Two diabetes educators from Providence/Hood River Memorial Hospital, Jennifer Price the Diabetes Nurse Educator and Kelly Chambers the Diabetes Educator will team together to teach this interactive educational program.
Price, who is a registered nurse, will lead off the program with information on the signs and symptoms of diabetes, followed by a discussion of treatment options and the Cardiac connection. She will also bring the audience up to date on the field of diabetes by looking at what new in working with diabetes and how to avoid complications.
Chambers is a dietitian, so her focus will be in the diet area. Her section will start with an overview of how nutrition relates to diabetes and include information on the basics of carbohydrate counting. Included in her discussion is the importance of food portions and spacing of meals. Kelly will also include what is new to know about diets for diabetics.
Through out both talks, Price and Chambers will have examples of new items designed for the diabetic and visuals to help make the presentation interactive and fun. The Hood River Extension County Council will also have a healthy snack and drinks available.
The educational program, "What's New in Diabetes?" is for the public and is offered free of charge. No pre-registration is required, however, if you plan to have lunch at the meal site before the program you are ask to call the Hood River Adult Center and make lunch reservations.
"What's New in Diabetes" will provide current and accurate information about diabetes in an informal setting. It is designed for those who would like to learn more about the disease because they are a diabetic, have someone in their family that is a diabetic or are considered at risk because they have different risk factors associated with diabetes. The goal of the Hood River County Extension County Council, Providence/Hood River Memorial Hospital and the Hood River Adult Center, who are all co-sponsors of the program, is to provide educational information about a disease that is the fourth leading cause of death by disease in America.
When people know what their risk is for developing diabetes, they might be able to take preventive action. So what are the risk factors for those who are most at risk of diabetes? With Type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes risk factors include people who have a family history of diabetes, over weight, have abnormal blood fats (cholesterol or triglycerides), have high blood pressure, have a history of diabetes during pregnancy or have given birth to a baby over nine pounds, and have generally an inactive life style.
With Type 1 diabetes, scientists know there are important genetic factors. Also environmental factors such a viral infections, chemicals, stressful situations and other may also play a role, but the specific roles of each of these factors are not clear.
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Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge