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Let’s talk about diabetes and wellness

The Minnesota Diabetes Heart Health Collaborative (MNDHHC) invites you to join in a community conversation about diabetes and wellness to be held on Wednesday, October 8, 5:30-8 pm, at the Center for Families, 3333 N. 4th St. in Minneapolis. This conversation will build on previous work being done to create public service announcements. Bring your ideas and experience to the conversation to build a healthy community. What are the ideas you have that you would like to move to action? Continue Reading →

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Good sleep is essential to optimal health

Lack of healthy sleep has an impact on your emotional, physical and spiritual health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, insufficient sleep is a public health epidemic and 50-70 million Americans have sleeping impairment. There are nearly 100 identified sleep/wake disorders. One of them is insomnia, which can be defined as the inability to fall asleep, remain asleep, or get the amount of sleep an individual needs to wake up feeling rested. Its symptoms include difficulty falling asleep, frequent wake-ups during the night, waking up too early in the morning, daytime sleepiness, difficulty concentrating, and irritability. Continue Reading →

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June is Men’s Health Month

In 1994, Congress declared June as Men’s Health Month to recognize men’s health as a family issue and highlight its impact on wives, mothers, daughters and sisters. Men’s Health Month also heightens awareness of preventable health problems and encourages early detection and treatment of disease among males. One of the keys to good health is preventive care with routine screenings for diseases such as: Diabetes; Cholesterol; High Blood pressure; Prostrate Cancer and Heart Disease. Heart disease is the number-one cause of death for both men and women. Below is a list of risk factors for heart disease:

• Age 45 or older? Continue Reading →

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Uncontrolled diabetes can have devastating consequences






Dr. Crutchfield, there has been a lot of discussion in the news lately about diabetes. What is diabetes?  

Diabetes, also known as diabetes mellitus, is a group of diseases in which there are high levels of sugar in the blood over an extended period of time. Diabetes is considered a metabolic disease. Over 30 million people in the U.S. have diabetes. The health complications of diabetes can be both devastating and deadly. High blood sugar levels, over time, are very damaging to blood vessels. As a result, uncontrolled diabetes can cause serious and life-threatening complications including heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, non-healing skin and foot ulcers, recurrent infections, nerve damage, eye damage and coma. Symptoms of high blood sugar levels may include frequent urination, fatigue and increased thirst, and increased hunger. The molecule that controls sugar levels is called insulin. It is produced by the pancreas. It is simply thought of as an “usher” gently showing sugar in the blood where to go into certain areas like the liver, muscle and fat. Continue Reading →

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Defining health disparities

Dr. Crutchfield, what do people mean when they use the term “health disparity”?  

Merriam-Webster defines disparity as “the state of being different.” The term “health disparities” refers to several conditions. It almost always refers to differences in groups relating to their socioeconomic status, race and/or gender. It can also mean differences in the presence of certain diseases within groups. It can mean the outcomes of disease treatment in these groups. It can mean the quality of health care and access to healthcare services that exist within these groups. Disparities can also be caused by a lack of efficiency within the healthcare system. As a result of the lack of efficiency, some studies (Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies) have speculated that approximately $50 billion are spent wastefully every year in the U.S. By reducing or eliminating health disparities, there could be a significant savings to the healthcare system accompanied by an overall increased quality of health care. Continue Reading →

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What is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?







By Dr. Inell Rosario, M.D.

Obstructive sleep apnea is a common condition in which, while asleep, a person stops breathing or their breathing becomes extremely shallow for 10 seconds or more. There is ongoing respiratory effort to breathe, but no or minimal airflow is getting into the body as tissues in the throat have collapsed and are limiting air or oxygen from getting to the lungs. It is most often noticed by persons who live with the patient as the breathing pauses can be quite dramatic and alarming to hear.  

Why should I care about OSA

Obstructive sleep apnea, once poorly understood and at times the source of comedy, is now understood to be a very serious medical condition affecting essentially all aspects of a person’s health. Untreated OSA makes management of common diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, atrial fibrillation, and obesity much less effective. Also, patients with OSA are more likely to complain of daytime tiredness, be less productive at work, be involved in motor vehicle and work accidents, and have more issues with depression. As one ages, the incidence of OSA increases in part because of the increased collapse or sag of airway tissue. Therefore, either you will eventually suffer from OSA or it will affect someone you know, so learning more about it is very important.  

What causes OSA? Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by the collapse of tissues in the upper airway, especially at the level of the back of the tongue. Continue Reading →

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How the new healthcare law benefits you

Because of the Affordable Care Act, the 85 percent of Americans who have insurance have more choices and stronger coverage than ever before. And for the 15 percent of Americans who don’t have insurance, or families and small businesses who buy their coverage but aren’t happy with it, a new day is just around the corner. Soon, we take a critical step forward when a new online Health Insurance Marketplace will provide millions of families and small businesses who currently don’t have insurance, or are looking for a better deal, a new way to find health coverage that fits their needs and their budgets. Open enrollment in the Marketplace starts October 1, with coverage starting as soon as January 1, 2014. But families and small business can visit HealthCare.gov right now to find the information they need prepare for open enrollment. Continue Reading →

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What is psoriasis and why should I care about it?


Psoriasis is an itchy skin condition that appears as patches and plaques of dry, scaly skin located most commonly on the elbows, knees and scalp. Psoriasis, however, can occur anywhere. Sometimes it can be very mild with just a couple of spots, and in other cases it can be quite severe and widespread. Psoriasis can also make your fingernails and toenails rough and discolored with small pits.  

Why  should I care  about 

psoriasis? Psoriasis is extremely common, and approximately five percent of all people have this skin disease. Continue Reading →

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