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1 ISLETA DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAMS NEWSLETTER May is a beautiful month. Mother s Day and Memorial Day are observed and people tend to get excited about the time when flowers are in full bloom and the summer is just about ready to breathe it s hot air on us. In this month s issue of the DPP Newsletter we look at problems caused by Diabetes and how the risk of being diagnosed with it can decrease through good management of the food we eat and our level of fitness. We are also featuring; Eye Disease, Eye Care and foods that ensure healthy vision. Let us know if you would like help in taking steps toward better health and fitness.. The Isleta Diabetes Prevention Programs are here to support, encourage and offer you guidance in accomplishing your goals toward total health of mind and body. We can customize a program to meet your particular needs so you can move forward and feel better, stronger and empowered by your efforts. LIFE DOES NOT GET BETTER BY CHANCE IT GETS BETTER BY CHANGE INSIDE THIS ISSUE Diabetes Information FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THE ISLETA DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAMS CALL: Ask Mel Good Eats Word Search What s Happening Pic s & Pan s

2 CAUSES OF TYPE 1 DIABETES If blood sugar is consistently high, over time it can affect the heart, eyes, kidneys, nerves, and other parts of the body. These problems are called complications. Sometimes people with diabetes don't realize that they have the disease until they begin to have other health problems. Complications of diabetes include: WHAT COMPLICATIONS (PROBLEMS) ARE CAUSED BY DIABETES? Heart Disease People with diabetes have a higher risk for heart attack and stroke. Eye Complications People with diabetes have a higher risk of blindness and other vision problems. Kidney Disease Diabetes can damage the kidneys and may lead to kidney failure. Nerve Damage (neuropathy) Diabetes can cause damage to the nerves that run through the body. Foot Problems Nerve damage, infections of the feet, and problems with blood flow to the feet can be caused by diabetes. Skin Complications Diabetes can cause skin problems, such as infections, sores, and itching. Skin problems are sometimes a first sign that someone has diabetes. Dental Disease Diabetes can lead to problems with teeth and gums, called gingivitis and periodontitis. Resource: Manage Your Health NY In type 1 diabetes, the body no longer makes insulin because the body's own immune system has attacked and destroyed the cells where insulin is made. The cause of this isn't entirely clear but it may include genetic risk factors and environmental factors. One theory is that type 1 diabetes may occur after having a specific virus. People with type 1 diabetes must take insulin every day to live. There is no known way to prevent or cure type 1 diabetes, but it can be controlled by keeping blood glucose (sugar) levels within a normal range. OWL you need is GOOD HEALTH 2

3 CAUSES OF TYPE 2 DIABETES Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. In type 2 diabetes, the body either doesn't make enough insulin or can't use its own insulin as well as it should. The risk of having type 2 diabetes increases as a person gets older. There is no known way to cure type 2 diabetes, but it can be controlled by keeping the level of glucose (sugar) in the blood within a normal range. WHAT IS DIABETIC EYE DISEASE Refers to a group of eye problems people with diabetes may face as a complication of diabetes. These problems can cause severe vision loss or even blindness. DIABETES EYE DISEASE MAY INLUDE: * Diabetic Retinopathy: Damage to the blood vessels in the retina * Cataract: Clouding of the eye s natural lens and can develop at an earlier age in people with poorly controlled diabetes * Glaucoma: Increased fluid pressure inside the eye which causes optic nerve damage and loss of vision. A person with diabetes is nearly twice as likely to get glaucoma as other adults. Dr Bartlett presents information at a recent Optometry Class The IHS Optometry Department: Scott Bartlett, O.D. Tanya M Garcia & Amanda Benavidez Abeita Will be happy to take care of you. M-F 8:00 AM-4:30 PM & Thurs 10:00 AM-4:30 PM CALL:

4 Send Your QUESTIONS to: MEL at: OR PO Box 580, Isleta, NM Dear Mel, Dear Mel, I've read that belly fat is a diabetes risk factor. Should I worry about my muffin top? From, Pixy Dear Pixy, Yes. Excess fat around your midsection is linked to a higher risk of type 2 diabetes. (Type 1 diabetes has nothing to do with obesity). In particular, the visceral fat wrapped around your internal organs can pose a problem, and it increases insulin resistance (the problem in type 2 diabetes) more so than fat in other parts of your body. Being overweight in general can hike your risk of type 2 diabetes by more than 90 times. Why? Overweight bodies may just be too big for their pancreases to keep up. YOU ARE SO MUCH STRONGER THAN YOU THINK My father has diabetes. Does that raise my risk? From, Junior Dear Junior, Yes. Having a family member with diabetes raises your risk of developing type 1 by about 5 percent and type 2 diabetes by more than 30 percent. Dear Mel, Can Diet or exercise really prevent Diabetes? From, Franklin Dear Franklin, Yes, exercising and eating a healthy diet helps you keep off excess weight, which can prevent or at least delay diabetes. If you already have diabetes, doing aerobic exercise and resistance training helps by encouraging the muscles to take up more blood sugar. Resource: Diabetes Association 4

5 and Drinks STRESS RELIEVING, FAT BURNING, AND DETOXIFYING INFUSED WATER Whether you re participating in a Juice Detox, or just looking to boost your water intake, these combinations will clear your skin, give you a refreshing boost of energy, and improve your breath! Making a big batch of this and keeping S U P ER EASY! it in the fridge will encourage the whole family to drink more water, which will clean out your insides and your skin, all the while giving you more vitamins and minerals than a normal plain glass of water and MUCH BETTER for you than artificial or carbonated drinks. In the summer months, a good mint water is irreplaceable, so try these and enjoy figuring out what you like best! INFUSED WATER Lemon, Lime, Orange Green Tea, Mint, Cucumber, Lime, Lemons Strawberry, Kiwi 5

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7 WHAT S HAPPENING! Sponsored by: Pueblo of Isleta DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAMS CONGRATUALTIONS TO ALL THE INSPIRING PEOPLE WHO PUT IN THE TIME & EFFORT TOWARD REACHING THEIR GOALS!! 7

8 WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING! Isleta Diabetes Prevention Programs Invites You to JOIN US for Coffee & Conversation Wednesday, May 25th, :00AM - 11:30AM In the Main Diabetes Office s Located Between the Physical Therapy Bldg. & Wellness Center West of the Health Center Clinics Cooking Class participants prepare a delicious and healthy meal during recent cooking class. JOIN US FOR THE NEXT CLASS! Feel Better Feel Empowered Space Is Limited Call to Reserve Your Seat Call Mary Ellen at JOIN US! Wednesday, May, 18th, :30 PM - 7:30 PM FOR HEALTHY FOOD AND FUN! We will Prepare and Share a Delicious Meal In the Isleta Health Center KITCHEN For More Information Contact; Amber Vigil or Mary Ellen Ipiotis at:

9 Pic s & Pan s Please send photos to: or TEXT Pics to For more Information Call MARCH FUN RUN & WALKERS Warm-up before the run & walk. 9

10 Pueblo of Isleta Diabetes Prevention Programs Total Body Health 1 Sagebrush St. P.O. Box 580 Isleta, NM 87022

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