Good News in Type 1 Diabetes news!

Here is an article found on Foxnews.com that discusses a breakthrough reverse vaccine for Type 1 Diabetes.

Breakthrough ‘reverse’ vaccine may help combat type 1 diabetes

Hay Fever and COPD

If you are an allergy sufferer and a COPD patient, you may want to consult your physician about the affects of increased respiratory problems. This article is a quick read, but can help boost an informative conversation between you and your doctor!

Hay Fever and COPD

CT Screening Important Detection for Lung Cancer

It seems more lately that patients are “self-diagnosing” themselves and feeling the need to ask their physicians for what they want, rather than it being recommended to us. With the internet right at our fingertips, it’s hard not to do your own research on an ailment one might have before they head into their doctor’s appointment. Honestly, “knowledge is power” and when it comes to cancer, we should have as much information as possible!

Here is an article that states a CT (computed tomography) screening could reduce Lung Cancer deaths among high-risk individuals by 20%! If you are a smoker or have quit smoking within the last 15 years, please read this article!

CT Screening Reduces Lung Cancer Deaths

Overnight Program for Dementia Patients

It seems more adult children are becoming caregivers to their loved ones with Dementia every single day. Having to take care of a loved one with Dementia can be exhausting, especially if that caregiver has a full time job and/or family! This article talks about a great source of Respite Care in New York for Dementia patients…but get this…it’s from the hours of 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.!

It is designed so full time caregivers can get some much needed SLEEP when their loved one with Dementia is awake and needs attention in the wee hours of the morning. We thought this article is so relevant to so many and will be on the look out for programs like this in Southern California!

Article from nbcnews.com: Overnight Program for Dementia Patients Gives Caregivers a Rest

Patient Navigation Programs

Whether it’s through work, social circles, acquaintances, or family, it is safe to say we all know (or know of) at least one person who is struggling or has struggled with cancer. Although the medical industry has made many breakthrough discoveries with life-saving treatments and medications, and the chances for survival have increased, it does not lessen the heartache, stress or trauma a cancer patient (or their families) have to undergo.

This CNN article discusses Patient Navigation Programs and how they are “the result of the medical community’s new emphasis on patient-centered care, says Mandi Pratt, associate director of community programs at George Washington University’s Cancer Institute.” After a cancer diagnosis (or any diagnosis for that matter), often times the patient and family are in such shock while in front of their doctor, their questions and frustrations don’t hit them until after their appointment…when they are home…alone…scared. Patient Navigation Programs are there for the patient 24/7 to answer questions that randomly come up or even just to talk at 2 a.m.

Paraphrasing this article does not do it justice. Please read Helping Patients Navigate the Health Care System for yourself. Who knows….you may need the info down the road for a loved one…or even yourself.

Walnuts May Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes in Women…

A new study finds a correlation to Type 2 Diabetes prevention in women and Walnuts. The New York Times just published an article today on this study’s findings. The study does not prove to conclusively link walnuts to Type 2 Diabetes prevention. It does suggest that women who consume walnuts may have a better chance at Type 2 Diabetes prevention.

You can read the entire article in full here

It IS POSSIBLE to reverse a Pre-Diabetes diagnosis!

According to Dr. Michael Roizen and Dr. Mehmet Oz (yes, “the” Dr. Oz), 98.5% of people with Type 2 Diabetes can reverse this by making life style changes. Our clinicians with Western Health Home Care see newly diagnosed Type 2 Diabetes almost on a daily basis! Our nursing experts help educate them on proper nutrition, staying active and the importance of monitoring their blood-sugar levels. The truth is, living with Type 2 Diabetes doesn’t have to be a life sentence!

You can reverse prediabetes with lifestyle changes: the You Docs is a great, short and sweet article with tips on how you can reverse your Type 2 Diabetes.

If you are someone with Type 2 Diabetes, talk to your doctor to see if you qualify for Home Health and Diabetes Education!

Are You Pre-Diabetic?

Fox News published a brief article stating, “90% of people with Pre-Diabetes don’t know it”. Yes these people have abnormally high blood-sugar levels, but they are not high enough to have full blown diabetes. The article goes on to say that “15-30% of people with pre-diabetes who don’t take steps to reduce their risk will progress to type 2 diabetes in the following five years, the CDC says.”

Pre-Diabetes is just what it sounds like….”not-quite” Diabetes! If you are someone or know a loved one with high blood-sugar levels, it’s important to visit the doctor regularly, eat healthy and become more active! See the next blog post on how you can reverse Pre-Diabetes….

To read the article, “90% of People with Pre-Diabetes Don’t Know It”, click here

San Diego Theater Reviews.com reviews the San Diego’s Got Talent Show!

Western Health Home Care loves partnering with the San Diego Parks and Recreation Department’s Senior Services Center because they embrace the senior community and provide so many wonderful events for them to be a part of. As mentioned in our last blog, WHHC was a sponsor of the 38th Annual San Diego’s Got Talent Show. Check out this review from SDTheaterReviews.com. They really hit the nail on the head as to why this was such an amazing event!

San Diego’s Got Talent!

Western Health was one of the proud sponsors of the 38th Annual Senior Talent Show: San Diego’s Got Talent on Thursday, March 14th! The variety of talent that afternoon was amazing. We were entertained by singing soloists and duos, dance groups, comedy acts and much more! Tickets were only $3 if you pre-purchased them and only $5 at the door.

The Department of Senior Citizen Services is a wonderful group of people and volunteers. They are the back bone behind so many wonderful events throughout the year, such as The Senior Dances (which are held twice per month), The Annual Craft Show…they even organize trips to Julian and Las Vegas!

For more information, you can visit the San Diego Citizen Services Website. Here are a few pictures from the Talent Show!

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