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Diabetes is more common among Latinos than other ethnic groups.
Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz offers a class on pre diabetes, health fairs with free glucose screenings, and a support group to prevent readmissions to the hospital, but the cafeteria still has a Pepsi vending machine. Friday, at the downtown Watsonville Plaza during the farmers' market. To encourage people to participate, organizers plan music and a raffle of six bicycles.
One of the most expensive complications is limb amputation.
"Diabetes is one of the main points we need to be addressing," said Leticia Mendoza, executive director at the YWCA of Watsonville, which has a staff of 18 focused on preschool and middle school students.
SANTA CRUZ >> Three out of every 10 people hospitalized in Monterey County have diabetes, a little more than the one in four people in neighboring Santa Cruz County's hospitals, driving up health care costs according to a study released Thursday by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research recommending prevention efforts.
Among them are: Drink water instead of soda and sugary drinks; remove sugary drinks from health care facilities; provide diabetes screening; provide safe places to be physically active; provide free drinking water in parks and public places; require warning labels on sugary drinks and establish a tax on sugary drinks using the revenue for diabetes prevention efforts.
The study is timely for Sen. Bill Monning (D Carmel) who introduced SB1000 to require a label warning, "Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes and tooth decay."
according to Janice Harrell, the hospital's director of Nutrition Services.
At Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, about 25 30 percent of patients have diabetes, prompting the hospital to boost its outreach and education program from about four regular classes to 18 on both diabetes and pre diabetes for those at risk of developing the disease, according to Tiffany DiTullio, director of community development and programs.
The study, based on 2011 data from the Office of Statewide Health and Planning Development, reports 6,700 hospitalizations that year of people with diabetes in Monterey County, 3,900 in Santa Cruz County and 729,000 for California.
came up with an innovative strategy, teaming students with a diabetes specialist to provide diabetes prevention education one Sunday a month at All Hallows parish in Sacramento.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, studies found a YMCA diabetes prevention class outperformed any other treatment for people with pre diabetes.
Among the complications from Type 2 diabetes, the preventable type that represents 95 percent of all cases, are heart attacks, high blood pressure, fungal infections, nerve damage and cataracts.
A hearing is expected some time next week to determine if the bill, costing $400,000 a year for labeling enforcements, will "die" or advance from the Appropriations Committee to the Senate floor by the May 23 deadline.
seeking certification for its National Diabetes Prevention Program, as well as conducting public outreach including free diabetes screenings and nutrition education for school age children.
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Mendoza is aware of the issue because of family members with diabetes.
DiTullio said the hospital has also added an endocrinologist and diabetes educator to its staff, and also offers a diabetes prevention program.
Community Hospital offers a free talk on diabetes related topics featuring clinical experts on the first Wednesday of every Lv Monogram Wallet month, as well as regular diabetes support groups meeting at Scholze Park in Monterey and the Oldemeyer Center in Seaside on the second and fourth Thursdays, respectively, of each month.
Harrell said patients with diabetes typically experience longer hospital stays, leading to more costly care. She said the hospital has taken a proactive approach in dealing with the prevalence of the disease among its patients by Louis Vuitton Capucines Mm
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She plans to look for what is working elsewhere while attending a YWCA national conference in June.
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula actually sees a higher incidence of diabetes in its patients about one in three than the county average, Lv Crossbody Bag
A 2010 meta analysis reviewing eight studies involving 310,000 participants found drinking a soda a day increased the risk of developing diabetes by 26 percent.
With a hospital stay costing $2,200 more for a patient with diabetes, a disease that can be prevented by adopting a healthier diet and daily exercise, the study calculates the extra cost at $14.7 million in Monterey County, $8.5 million in Santa Cruz County, and $1.6 billion statewide.
To stem the increase in diabetes, the UCLA researchers offer 18 recommendations for families, health providers, city and county officials and state lawmakers.
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