November is American Diabetes Month-Managing Diabetes isn’t Easy, but it’s Worth it

November 20, 2009

November is American Diabetes Month, a time to shine a spotlight on a serious disease that is nearing epidemic-proportions in our nation.  Consider this: 24 million Americans live with diabetes, six million of which are unaware of their disease.  In addition, 57 million are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, and one out of every three children born today will face a future with diabetes if current trends continue.

Vasdev Lohano, MD, a board certified endocrinologist with the Floyd Memorial Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate, underscored the importance of increased awareness to diabetes and the lifestyle choices that contribute to it.  “Every 24 hours more than 4,000 adults are diagnosed with diabetes and approximately 200 people die from the disease. Diabetes is a major cause of heart disease and stroke and a leading cause of leg and foot amputations, kidney failure, and new cases of blindness in adults. However, people with diabetes, or those at risk for it, can lower their risk of complications by following important steps to control the disease.  It isn’t easy, but it’s worth it.  Some suggestions I give to my patients include:

  • Maintain a healthy weight by eating a well-balanced, healthy diet consisting of lots of fruits and vegetables and high-fiber carbohydrate choices.  Fiber helps prevent against blood glucose spikes after eating, so ensuring that you’re getting enough in your diet is essential.
  • Engage in moderate physical activity for at least 30 minutes each day. Physical activity can help you control your weight, blood glucose, and blood pressure, as well as raise your “good” cholesterol and lower your “bad” cholesterol.
  • Know your body mass index (BMI).  It’s an excellent indicator of obesity and can help you understand your ideal weight.  Studies have shown that losing as little as five to seven percent of your body weight can significantly reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, or suffering complications if you already have the disease.  Visit www.floydmemorial.com/weightloss for an easy to-use BMI calculator.”

About Dr. Lohano

Dr. Vasdev Lohano is a board certified Endocrinologist with extensive experience in treating patients with diabetes.  He has worked with patients at the Floyd Memorial Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate for nearly two years, and has recently began seeing patients in under-served outlying areas, including Charlestown at 9427 Highway 403, Corydon at Northfield Plaza, 313 Federal Drive NW, Suite 010, and New Albany at 2315 Green Valley Road, Suite 100.  To schedule an appointment with Dr. Lohano, call 812-981-6645.