Posts By: Beth Ackerman, R.D.

Diabetes: Know, assist and prevent

November is the month our nation brings to light awareness of diabetes. In Kentucky alone, diabetes affects 13.1 percent of our state’s population. Also, it is estimated that 275,000 Kentuckians are diagnosed with prediabetes, a condition in which the blood glucose (sugar) is higher than normal but not yet high enough to meet the guidelines…
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Nine steps for a healthier office potluck

Office potluck meals can bring fun into the workday! With some planning, they can be delicious and healthy at the same time. Here are suggestions to have a good meal while still watching your waist line: Pick your theme- have a signup sheet that lists foods you want people to bring. Here’s an example of…
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Small changes = Healthy rewards

Healthy eating is about consistently making choices of nutritious foods, creating a pattern or a way of life to eat foods that nourish our bodies. There are several eating patterns, such as the Mediterranean diet, DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) and plant-based meal plans that are promoted for better health based on research. They…
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Improve diabetes outcomes with self-management and support

For people with diabetes, it’s important to have the skills and knowledge to properly manage behaviors that affect diabetes. Diabetes educators can help patients make better self-management decisions with Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES). The Kentucky Diabetes Network provides information on the perks of diabetes education below.   Ready to learn more about managing…
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Learn more about diabetes

Diabetes is an epidemic in our country. Kentucky, alone, has an estimated 600,000 residents diagnosed with diabetes. The burden is great. It is associated with complications such as heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure and lower limb amputations. In 2012, it is estimated that $3.85 billion was lost in Kentucky due to total medical costs,…
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