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Harlingen Medical Center Educates Community on Diabetes & Heart Disease

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Harlingen Medical Center Educates Community on Diabetes & Heart Disease

Harlingen – It is common knowledge that when you suffer from diabetes your body will experience uncommon sensations. Is more likely to develop skin infections. And, is more susceptible to develop an abscess. Diabetes can fester more serious health complications such as high blood sugar levels, bad cholesterol, high-blood pressure, kidney failure, and vision loss. The disease has also been known to be deadly as it can cause heart disease and even a heart attack. But, the good news is that diabetes can be defeated, or at least controlled, by taking steps in the right direction. Making that connection will be Dr. David Yardley, Cardiologist and Partner-In-Care to Harlingen Medical Center, when he presents the next Doc Talk Lecture, titled, Diabetes and Heart Disease. The lecture is scheduled for Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the hospital's Medical Office Building Conference Room.

Dr. David Yardley portrait

"The Diabetes and Heart Disease lecture, from Dr. Yardley, is going to make the connection from diabetes to heart disease and take an in-depth look at each disease," said Manny Chacon, Director of Business Development and Marketing at Harlingen Medical Center. "It is also going to offer attendees valuable information on how they can prevent the disease from developing. And, if they have diabetes already, it will offer them key points to battle the disease effectively."

Diabetes is a metabolic disease in which the body cannot produce enough, or any, insulin and therefore causes high levels of glucose (simple sugar) in the blood. According to the American Diabetes Association, the disease affects nearly 30 million American men, women and children combined. Another 86 million are pre-diabetic and are at high risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association identifies this disease in two ways. One is Type 1 Diabetes. The other is Type 2 Diabetes. Type 1 is usually diagnosed in children and young adults. Type 1 is when the body does not produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that the body requires to get glucose from the blood stream into the cells of the body. Glucose is eventually converted into energy. Those who suffer from Type 1 Diabetes can manage their condition and live long, healthy lives.

In Type 2 Diabetes, the body does not use insulin properly. This is also known as insulin resistance, which essentially means the pancreas cannot keep up with the body's demand for insulin to maintain blood glucose levels normal. Those who suffer from Type 2 Diabetes can also manage their condition and live long, healthy lives. But, action is required to control the disease.

Dr. Yardley's Doc Talk Lecture will feature a number of key points to help lower the risks of, and control, diabetes. Some of these key points include:

  • Control blood sugar levels
  • Lose weight and keep it off
  • Lower bad cholesterol level
  • Increase physical activity
  • Control blood pressure
  • Stop smoking, if, you smoke

According to the American Diabetes Association, people who suffer from diabetes can control blood sugar levels by taking their medications, maintaining a healthy diet and exercising daily. They can also work to lose weight and keep it off. Diabetes, being overweight and heart disease often times go hand-in-hand. So, losing weight will help fight and reduce the chance of the disease developing.

Recent estimates project that as many as one in three Americans will have diabetes by 2050 if steps are not taken to educate and prevent the disease. Hispanics and African Americans are more likely to develop the disease and therefore should be taking steps for prevention.

Numbers are important to look at in the battle against diabetes. Target Goals, for blood sugar levels, have been identified by the American Diabetes Association and are assigned as follows:

Time to Test Fasting, 1-2 Hours Before 1-2 Hours Before 1-2 Hours

Before Breakfast After Breakfast Lunch After Lunch Dinner After Dinner

Target Goal 80-120 <180 80-120 <180 80-120 <180

The Doc Talk Lecture, at Harlingen Medical Center, will give attendees the opportunity to ask specific questions about diabetes and its link to heart disease. And, specific questions affecting their health. Dr. Yardley will first offer a PowerPoint presentation with the highlights of the topic and will then take questions from the group and afford them responses.

"We are recommending that those who wish to attend write down their questions on paper, before the lecture, and bring them ready to ask," said Chacon.

Those who wish to attend the Harlingen Medical Center Doc Talk Lecture, scheduled for Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 6:00 p.m., are invited to RSVP with the Business Development and Marketing Department at (956) 365-1848. Seating is limited. A light complimentary meal will be served.