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 →
By Robin James
The 2013 “Cancer Disparities Summit: Working Together to Find Solutions” will be held June 19-20 at the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest in Minnetonka. The aim of the summit is to provide attendees with knowledge about disparities existing in cancer screening, treatment and mortality, as well as to educate participants about ways in which they can improve cancer prevention, treatment, and survivorship. In addition, attendees will learn more about strategies aimed at addressing cancer disparities within communities across Minnesota, and lastly, to understand how they can participate in a variety of initiatives aimed at reducing cancer disparities throughout the state. Invited guests include medical/public health professionals, community-based organizations, researchers and students. Finding out about access to high-quality health care and social-support options will no doubt be topics of interest at the summit. Continue Reading →
The impact of disease on hair
Conclusion of a two-part story
By Anika Robbins
Disease and illness, and in some cases the treatment of those illnesses, are also implicit in hair loss. Auto-immune diseases like lupus cause hair loss in up to 50 percent of those diagnosed. Diabetes, alopecia areata, and other such conditions also factor significantly. Those with type 2 diabetes are particularly prone to infection. Bacterial, fungal, viral and parasitic infections of the scalp are common and can result in hair loss as well. Continue Reading →