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    Focus on Type 1 Diabetes

    Last updated 3 months ago

    When most people think of diabetes, they likely think about adult onset, or type 2 diabetes. This is no surprise, because type 2 diabetes accounts for the majority of cases. However, it is important to understand type 1 diabetes and its effect on patients, because this disease can be much more difficult to manage. With type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce enough insulin, which is responsible for breaking down sugars and starches into energy the body can use. This is different from type 2 diabetes in which the body builds up a resistance to insulin, often due to inactivity and poor diet. This article will take a closer look at type 1 diabetes to help patients understand the best ways to manage this condition.

    Causes

    Type 1 diabetes is most often diagnosed in children and young adults, and the causes remain relatively unclear. Genetics likely play a role in type 1 diabetes, but certain viruses and environmental conditions could be to blame as well. What is known about this type of diabetes is that the most likely times for diagnoses are between the ages of 4 and 7 and again between 10 and 14.

    Management

    Living with type 1 diabetes means knowing your body’s insulin and blood sugar levels at all times. For children with type 1 diabetes, parents are likely to play an integral role in daily care. Proper care for diabetes includes both lifestyle planning and medication like insulin pumps or pens that will deliver insulin to the body.

    Research

    While only about 5% of diabetes cases are type 1 diabetes, 40% of research by the American Diabetes Association is dedicated to this disease. The reason is because type 1 diabetes does not appear to be preventable, and there are many emerging technologies that could be integral in curing or dramatically improving type 1 diabetes care.

    At Riverside Community Hospital, we provide Diabetes Education with free classes open to the whole community. Through these courses, we help patients reduce hospital visits and live healthier lives while managing diabetes. Register for an upcoming class at our hospital by calling us at (951) 788-3000 or visiting our website.

    Understanding the Risk Factors for Alzheimer's Disease

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia among older adults; it is also a progressive and irreversible disease that has no known cure. This means that the best hope in Alzheimer’s disease treatment is prevention, which comes from an understanding of the risk factors for this disease. Research related to Alzheimer’s disease is ongoing, and there is more information known about this condition every day. Currently, the most well-known risk factors are those discussed below, but it is important to continue reading the news related to Alzheimer’s to better understand the progression of this devastating disease.

    Advancing Age

    Alzheimer’s disease is incredibly rare in individuals under the age of 65, but the risk rises exponentially after reaching this age. Every five years after the age of 65, a person’s risk for Alzheimer’s doubles. With the fastest growing section of the population in the 85+ range, there may be a spike in Alzheimer’s cases, since these individuals have the highest risk.

    Heredity

    The rarer type of Alzheimer’s disease, early-onset, is almost always caused by permanent genetic mutations inherited from one parent. In cases of late-onset Alzheimer’s, genetics may play a role, but the risk is not as clear-cut. Some people carrying risk factor genes may still never have the disease, while those without these genes can still develop Alzheimer’s. This means that those with a family history of late-onset Alzheimer’s are more likely to have the disease, but prevention may still be possible.

    Inactive Lifestyles

    Ongoing research has indicated that there is a strong link between physical activity and lasting brain health. Therefore, living a sedentary lifestyle could be putting you at a greater risk for Alzheimer’s in addition to a number of other serious health problems. Mental activity and engagement is important too, since the brain needs to stay active in order to maintain optimal function.

    If you are concerned about your risk for Alzheimer’s disease, you can explore more facts about this condition with Riverside Community Hospital. Connect with us on our website or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (951) 788-3000 to tap into the resources we have to offer. 

    What Are the Leading Concerns for Men's Health?

    Last updated 3 months ago

    During the month of November, you might see men growing out their moustaches in celebration of Movember, which has become much more than a fad among college students. The month-long event is actually a campaign in support of men’s health awareness that could serve as a wake-up call to men who are behind on important screenings or have neglected to see a doctor to address specific symptoms. Statistically, men die at a younger age than women, and this article will take a look at some of the conditions responsible for this trend.

    Cancer

    The leading causes of cancer deaths among men in the United States are prostate, lung, colon, and skin cancer. Two of these—prostate and colon cancer—have dedicated screening exams that men should ask their doctors about around age 50. Lung cancer can be widely prevented by not smoking and by avoiding secondhand smoke. To reduce the rates of skin cancer deaths, men should look for any abnormalities on the skin and always use sun protection before heading outdoors.

    Heart disease and stroke

    Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men in the United States, and stroke is not far behind in the number five slot. Incidentally, these conditions have many preventable risk factors in common, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sedentary lifestyles, diabetes, and obesity.

    To learn more health tips for the important men in your life, connect with Riverside Community Hospital by speaking with one of our registered nurses at (951) 788-3000. We strive to maintain a higher standard of care with ongoing classes and programs to promote healthy lifestyles for every member of the community. 

    Creating Diabetes-Friendly Snacks at Home

    Last updated 4 months ago

    If you’re a diabetic, it’s particularly important to avoid skipping meals because this can destabilize your blood sugar levels. In fact, the American Diabetes Association recommends that diabetics eat three meals and two snacks each day. Choose low-calorie snacks with wholesome ingredients, such as fresh fruit and lean protein. One healthy snack idea is a diabetes-friendly smoothie.

    Watch this video for two diabetes-friendly smoothie ideas. This cookbook author demonstrates how to make a 93-calorie smoothie flavored with cranberries, oranges, and bananas. She also makes a 138-calorie virgin pina colada smoothie. Instead of using sugary yogurt for her smoothies, she uses inventive ingredients such as liquid pasteurized egg whites.

    The Certified Diabetes Educators at Riverside Community hospital can help you understand how to manage diabetes effectively. Residents of the Riverside area can contact our hospital at (951) 788-3000 for information about our other services, including bariatric weight loss, robotic surgery, and organ transplant.

    Riverside Community Hospital Has Your ER Needs Covered

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Riverside Community Hospital is among the largest emergency care facilities in the area. We accept patients from the Riverside community and beyond 24/7, seven days per week. As a Level II Trauma Center, our hospital has the resources you need to recover from serious medical conditions. Our heart hospital is also an accredited Chest Pain Center, with board-certified ER physicians who promptly diagnose and treat patients suspected of suffering cardiovascular events.

    As you’ll learn when you watch this short video, the emergency care department at Riverside Community Hospital goes the extra mile to provide exceptional patient services. This video demonstrates how you can quickly ascertain our current wait times.

    For decades, Riverside families have placed their trust in Riverside Community Hospital for emergency care, heart care, OB/GYN services, and much more. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911; otherwise, you can learn more about our emergency services by calling (951) 788-3000.




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