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November is Diabetes Awareness Month!
Personal video from Dr. Shah addressing doctors and speaking about Diabetes
Dr. Shah was proud to be featured in a Health and Wellness Fair hosted by the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey. Dr. Shah presented a workshop about health in the Hispanic community, particularly focusing on the increased risk of type 2 Diabetes in Hispanics.
Diabetes is an extremely important condition to be aware of when it comes to cardiovascular health. People with diabetes are twice as likely to develop heart disease, and also face an increased risk of Peripheral Arterial Disease. Diabetes and cardiovascular healh are very much linked, so if you have Diabetes or are at risk of Diabetes, you should also undergo cardiovascular screening immediately.
A Little History:
References to Diabetes trace back centuries, with the term itself first appearing in the 1st century BCE. For a long time it was believed to be a disease of the kidneys or the blood, but in 1889, Joseph von Mering and Oskar Minkowski discovered the role of the pancreas in Diabetes Mellitus. In the early 1920s, the clinical use of insulin as treatment for Diabetes began and it was patented in 1923. The two types of diabetes had originally been distinguished by Ayurvedic physicians in the 5th century CE, but once treatment with insulin began, the distinction was more clearly defined by the two types' sensitivies to insulin. The terms "type 1" and "type 2" were coined in 1955.
Test Your Knowledge:
What ethnic group has the highest rate of Diabetes in the United States?
A. Native American
C. African American
Approximately what percent of Diabetes cases are Type 2 Diabetes?
How much is spent on the treatment of Diabetic foot ulcers per year?
A. $2 Billion
B. $7 Billion
C. $11 Billion
D. $17 Billion
On November 2nd, Dr. Shah will be leading a livestream about Type 2 Diabetes and its vascular repercussions, with particular focus on amputation prevention.
RSVP to the free online event here.
In recognition of Diabetes Awareness Month, we'll be sharing important health information about Diabetes the whole month of November. Make sure to follow us on social media to learn more about Diabetes, amputation prevention, and cardiovascular health.