Taking Care of Diabetes and Avoiding Complications

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According to the American Diabetes Association there are 23.6 million people in America with diabetes. That’s 8% of the population and, unfortunately, that number is growing. In this Patient Power program, you’ll hear Dr. Neeti Choudhury and her patient, Richard, share their perspective and tips on the management of diabetes and most importantly tips for prevention. Dr. Choudhury is an Internal Medicine Specialist at UW Medicine Neighborhood Clinics.

The program beings with Richard “Rick” Roberts as he shares his story about being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about 10 years ago. When Rick’s wife found out she was pre-diabetic, they made some big changes. Rick connected with Dr. Choudhury and began his journey. Both he and his wife have lost weight through a healthy lifestyle of diet and exercise. Listen to this program to hear how Rick gained control of his diabetes, and his life.

Dr. Choudhury helps listeners to understand type 1 and 2 diabetes and the complications of the condition. She discusses the various treatment options, stressing the importance of close monitoring of your blood sugar, diet and exercise. The doctor-patient relationship is key. To quote Rick “So you’ve got to watch your nutrition, you’ve got to get some exercise, you’ve got to monitor your glucose, and work very closely with your doctor.” If you’re searching for information about diabetes, this program is a great resource.

Watch Rick’s Powerful Patient video, here.

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Andrew Schorr:

According to the American Diabetes Association there are 23.6 million people in America with diabetes. That’s 8% of the population, and unfortunately that number is growing. Coming up you’ll hear an expert’s perspective on the management of diabetes and most importantly tips for prevention.

Hello and welcome to Patient Power sponsored by UW Medicine. I’m Andrew Schorr. Well think about an epidemic in the United States; no it is not swine flu or any other flu. It is truly day after day diabetes. We’re going to learn more about diabetes, but unfortunately so many millions of people already know someone with diabetes or they have it themselves. We’re specifically talking about what you normally call the “adult-onset” or type 2 diabetes, although unfortunately more and more children are being afflicted with it too, and it does go hand in hand to some degree with America’s weight problem, and you’re going to hear more about that.

Today’s program is going to discuss diabetes but also try to give you tips to find out whether it is affecting you, and if you haven’t been able to control it how you can get control. To help me do that is someone who is the same age as me, Rick Roberts. Rick is from North Bend, Washington, and he works for one of the big mobile phone companies, and he has four kids and two grandchildren, and he wants to live to dance at all their weddings, and yet he has type 2 diabetes, which he’s had for about ten years, and then his wife Carol, they’ve been married almost 30 years, she was diagnosed as prediabetic. She’s made big changes, and now he has too.

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