Diabetes Alert Day

Written by Ashley Grazilla, RD.LD.. Posted in Blog.

Did You Know?

Diabetes mellitus (DM), commonly referred to as diabetes, is a group of metabolic diseases in which there are high blood sugar levels over a prolonged period.  Diabetes is due to the pancreas not producing enough insulin or the cells of the body not responding properly to the insulin produced (insulin resistance).  There are different types of diabetes.  Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as juvenile diabetes.  Only 5% of people with diabetes have this form of the disease.  They make no insulin at all and are always on insulin shots or an insulin pump.  Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for everyday life.  In Type II Diabetes, the body still makes insulin, but does not use it properly.  This is called insulin resistance.  At first, the pancreas makes extra insulin to cover, but over time it isn’t able to make enough insulin to keep blood glucose at normal levels. Another type of diabetes is Gestational Diabetes.  It occurs during pregnancy when pregnancy hormones cause insulin resistance.  Prediabetes is a condition in which blood sugars are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, a normal fasting blood glucose is less than 100mg/dl.  Prediabetes is 101-125mg/dl and diabetes is 126mg/dl and higher.

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

  • Extreme thirst

  • Extreme fatigue

  • Frequent urination

  • Blurry vision

  • Feeling very hungry

  • Slow healing

  • Weight loss

  • Tingling/pain/numbness in hands/feet

In 2012, 29.1 million Americans, or 9.3% of the population, had diabetes.  Of the 29.1 million, 21.0 million were diagnosed and 8.1 million were undiagnosed.  Additionally, in 2012, there were 86 million Americans age 20 and older who had prediabetes.  The numbers continue to rise.  Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of the death in the United States.  However, diabetes is controllable and can be managed successfully.  Eating healthy (following a consistent carbohydrate meal plan), exercising, not using tobacco and taking medications/insulin can all help in managing diabetes.  Foot, eye, and dental care as well as controlling blood pressure are also very important in the self-management of diabetes.  Diabetes does not have to control you! You can control diabetes! That is the good news to share!  If you have diabetes, seek education.  The knowledge you gain will give you the power to help control it!

Go to the following link to learn more about American Diabetes Association Alert Day® and to take the diabetes risk test to find out if you’re at risk. 


Submitted By:  Ashley H. Grazilla, RD, LD, Clinical Dietitian/Diabetes Education Coordinator Highland District Hospital Hillsboro, Ohio

Sources: American Diabetes Association (www.diabetes.org) and Wikipedia (www.wikipedia.org)

In Charge

Written by Kacy Cluxton. Posted in Blog.


Is It Spring Yet?

Written by Hannah Surwillo-Intern. Posted in Blog.


March has arrived at our door, but sadly it has yet to bring the spring sunlight along with it. Most of us are beginning to itch for warmer weather, dreaming of greener days, and declaring our distaste for the slippery black ice that sneaks up in us when we walk across the parking lot each morning. Although the sun is still in hibernation, that doesn’t mean you cannot enjoy the benefits of Vitamin D. Vitamin D supports the absorption of calcium into your body and strengthens your bones, as well as it supports muscle function. It helps fight off infections by strengthening your immune system. Vitamin D can help support the respiratory system for healthy lungs and circulation, which will help fend off any lingering cough you’ve had this season. These are a few of the benefits of Vitamin D. When you are unable to absorb it into your skin, via sunlight, it is important to use food-based sources such as fatty fish to receive an adequate amount. Including salmon into your weekly dinner plans is an easy and effective way to help your self and your families experience the benefits of Vitamin D, while we wait for sunnier days.



Break the Diet Banter

Written by Stacy. Posted in Blog.

What do you talk about during your lunch break with your co-workers? Or during your child’s sports practice or games with fellow parents? What’s your normal conversation during breakfast or dinner with your family?

Hopefully the word “diet” (referring to a set of rules that involve restriction and deprivation), “good” or “bad” foods, “good” or “bad” person based on food choices made, or talk about willpower in terms of following a strict plan with food choices and exercise never cross your lips.

No pointing fingers here but I’m sure we have all been a part of a conversation that included these topics. I’m sad to report that these have become “normal” and “acceptable” conversation starters which breed feelings of inadequacy and low self esteem.

When I use the word diet I simply mean the foods you eat and how you eat them. I’m a fan of a non-diet approach and wish there was a better word to use because “diet” seems to have a bad rap. I personally don’t think it’s healthy to label foods good and bad. Certainly some foods are better for us but I like to use the 80/20 Rule (eating foods that have high nutritional value such as fruits/vegetables/whole grains/lean protein/low fat dairy 80% of the time and eating foods that might not be too great if eaten in mass quantities but are ok in moderation-It’s all about BALANCE) and the philosophy that ALL FOODS FIT! It’s a total pet peeve of mine when someone says they are being good when they are eating a salad and bad when they are eating pizza or a form of fried food. Being a good person to me means you are a good friend/child/parent/etc and being bad is you have just committed a crime. Hopefully you get my point. And then there is the word willpower. You shouldn’t need willpower to have a healthy lifestyle. If your eating and exercise habits require willpower then it is probably something that you will only stick to for a short time instead of something that you can sustain for a lifetime.

My request is that before you take part in these conversations you rethink your perspective. Do you want to have a healthy relationship with food and yourself? If you answered yes then please take heed of how I define some of these common topics. I believe it is so important to be a good role model for the next generation. I don’t want them growing up thinking they are not good enough and need to change themselves. I wish we could empower each other to accomplish great things and achieve optimal health by having a healthy balance between food groups and making choices that will be satisfying. If you have any questions about how to go about developing a healthy balance just ask! I am sure to have an opinion!

Choose Happy

Written by Kacy Cluxton. Posted in Blog.