Advocate South Suburban Hospital Diabetes Education Program Merits ADA Recognition
Sign Up for MedicineNet Newsletters! THURSDAY, Aug. 5 (HealthDay News) — In a sign that diabetes may strike at the brain early in life, a small study found that obese children with type 2 diabetes suffer from thinking difficulties that do not appear in non-diabetic overweight kids. The preliminary study doesn’t definitively prove that diabetes is responsible for the differences between the children, and it’s not clear if the diabetic kids suffer much from having more limited cognitive powers. Still, the findings suggest that in diabetics, “very early on, we can already see potential brain damage developing. We have to look at the disease in a much more comprehensive way than just affecting eyes, kidneys, toes and feet,” said study co-author Dr. Antonio Convit, a professor of psychiatry at New York University Langone Medical Center.
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Development of Type 1 Diabetes Linked to Infant’s Exposure to Solid Foods
The Diabetes Wellness Clinic Team at Advocate South Suburban Hospital is comprised of a nurse practitioner, a certified diabetes educator, registered dietitian, exercise physiologist and a medical director. They offer education for those newly diagnosed as well as those who need a tune-up on self-management. Through the support of our health care team and an increased knowledge about diabetes, the patient can take a vital role in the responsibility of his/her diabetes management, said Dr. Bhan.
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Incidence of type 1 diabetes was significantly linked to mortality from a variety of infectious diseases and to the local susceptibility of a common bacterium to antibiotics. These data provide support for the notion that the immune system can somehow become disordered and attack the body’s own cells if it is not trained by regular exposure to micro-organisms — the so called hygiene hypothesis. More research is needed to try to identify other environmental factors that may be linked to the continuing conundrum of rising type 1 diabetes rates.” This increase suggests that encounters between the developing immune system in young children and micro-organisms such as bacteria and parasites are part of human evolution and may therefore protect against the development of auto-immunity. Another theory being explored is the infant diet, which has been of particular interest in the origin of the disease, with Brittni Frederiksen, M.P.H., Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado, Aurora, and colleagues examining the associations between prenatal and infant exposures, especially early infant diet, and the development of type 1 diabetes. The Diabetes Autoimmunity Study in the Young, a 10-year project conducted at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Denver, studied 1,835 children by screening the umbilical cord blood for diabetes susceptibility and the presence of insulin-targeting antibodies and with type 1 diabetes. These childrens progress was then followed from birth, with the focus on when solid foods were introduced, what foods were eaten, and whether the child went on to develop type 1 diabetes.
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Endocrinologist Joins Diabetes Education Network
Tanya Thompson-Badamosi to its diabetes care team. As an endocrinologist, Dr. Thompson-Badamosi specializes in the care of diabetes mellitus, including initiation and management of insulin pumps, thyroid and parathyroid disorders, pituitary disorders, and other disorders of the endocrine system. “We are excited to have Dr. Thompson-Badamosi at the Diabetes Education Network,” said Nurse Anita Cates, founder of DEN. “She is a highly qualified endocrinologist and an important addition to our team of specialists offering world-class care right here in our community.” Established in 2011, DEN aims to address the overwhelming need in The Bahamas for quality treatment and care for people with diabetes or at risk of diabetes.
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