Keeping your loved ones healthy during their healthcare stay is a priority. If you’re visiting a friend or family member, it’s important to be a good visitor and employ the basic principles of infection prevention. This is especially true during flu season.
According to the CDC, influenza (the flu) is a serious respiratory disease caused by influenza viruses, which can cause mild to severe illnesses. Seasonal influenza activity can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May. The flu is associated with approximately 200,000 hospital admissions and as many as 49,000 deaths annually in the United States. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine.
In order to prevent the spread of the flu and other illnesses, most healthcare facilities have policies in place that limit visitors during the flu season. Often times, these policies prohibit visitors who are 12 years of age and younger. This is because children often carry viruses without exhibiting any signs or symptoms of illness.
Diabetes is a growing concern among many health officials. According to the Centers for Disease Control:
- 1 in 3 adults has prediabetes, but 90% are unaware.
- 29.1 million people in the United States have diabetes, but more than 8 million may be undiagnosed and unaware of their condition.
- Nearly 1.5 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed in the United States every year.
- More than 10% of adults ages 20 and older have diabetes.
- More than 25% of adults ages 65 and older have diabetes.
- Diabetes contributes to more deaths than AIDS and breast cancer combined.
Type 2 diabetes, a largely preventable condition, accounts for 90-95% of all cases of diabetes in the United States.
Diabetes has become one of the most common health risks over the past decade.
There are currently more than 29 million people in the U.S. with diabetes – a 50% increase over the past 10 years. According to the World Health Organization, that number is expected to double by the year 2030.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes occurs when the body is unable to regulate glucose (blood sugar).
Understanding pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes will help you make the lifestyle adjustments necessary to prevent or manage these serious health conditions.
Prediabetes is a condition that results when the body does not process insulin properly and can’t regulate blood sugar levels. In this stage, the amount of glucose in the blood stream is higher than normal, but it’s not quite high enough to be classified as type 2 diabetes.
People who are overweight, don’t exercise, or have a family history if type 2 diabetes are most at-risk of developing prediabetes.
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