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Prevention Is Best Medicine for Diabetes

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Michele Kunz discusses nutrition advice with her family practitioner, Aaron Boor, DO.

Becoming diabetic at 38 did not surprise Michele Kunz. Her mother died from complications at 59, her grandmother at 72. Her father requires three to four shots a day.

Today, at 49, Michele takes oral medication for Type 2 diabetes and keeps a close eye on her progress with her John C. Lincoln primary care physician, Aaron Boor, DO.

"It's really important because I would like to have the best quality of life for me, my husband and 27-year-old son.

I want to be around for them," said Michele, a flight attendant and Surprise resident. "Watching my mom pass away at such a young age motivates me to want to try even harder. I appreciate Dr. Boor. He's not preachy about it and rude about it, scaring you. That doesn't work. He's a partner."

Too many calories with not enough exercise causes weight gain over the years and puts adults at risk for Type 2 diabetes, said Dr. Boor. In the U.S., more than seven million people have undiagnosed diabetes, and another 80 million are pre-diabetic.

Plenty of Exercise

Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms

Type 2 diabetes symptoms often are so mild that individuals don't realize they're pre-diabetic or diabetic.

Symptoms include:

  • Frequent urination.
  • Feeling thirsty.
  • Feeling hungry.
  • Extreme fatigue.
  • Blurry vision.
  • Slow healing cuts/bruises.
  • Tingling, pain or numbness in the hands/feet.

Source: American Diabetes Association

Diet and exercise are the best prevention and the best cure, he said. He encourages his patients to exercise in a way they enjoy — 30 to 60 minutes daily for those in their weight range, and 60 to 90 minutes for those who need to lose weight.

"There are a thousand diets out there, but the bottom line is eating an appropriate amount of calories and reducing simple sugars — all the sodas, cakes and candy," he said. "Fast walking is a great exercise, but the best exercise is the exercise you do. It's important to pick something and follow through."

Depending on your history and your family's history, he recommends screening for diabetes every one to five years, using a fasting blood sugar test or the A1C test, a non-fasting blood prick test.

Find a John C. Lincoln primary care physician near you at JCL.com/practices.

Free Diabetes Talk and A1C Test

Free Diabetes Talk and A1C Test

Diabetes increases your risk for heart disease and stroke, along with a risk for blindness, kidney disease and non-healing wounds that might lead to amputation.

Join John C. Lincoln health care providers Aaron Boor, DO, of Del Lago Family Medicine, and Debbie Richmond, dietician at John C. Lincoln Wellness Elements, for a free talk about lowering your risk for diabetes. The first 25 people who register for this free talk will receive a free A1C test to screen for diabetes and diabetes risk following the talk.

The A1C test — a simple blood prick test that does not require fasting — is a good indicator of diabetes and pre-diabetes.

When: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: John C. Lincoln Medical Office Building 1, 19841 N. 27th Ave., Room 400, Phoenix, on the campus of John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital.

Registration is required: To register, visit JCLdiabetes.eventbrite.com or call 623-434-6265.

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