Category: Diabetes

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All in the Family: Is Diabetes Genetic?

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For better or for worse, there are many qualities you’ll continue to receive from your parents throughout your lifetime. Studies have found that your driving abilities, your pain tolerance and even your love of coffee can all be based on your genetics. Genetics can even play a role in determining the likelihood that you’ll develop certain diseases, including diabetes. Is diabetes genetic? “There’s a very strong family component to type 2 diabetes,” says Dr. Alberto O. Chavez, an endocrinologist at the University Health System Texas Diabetes Institute in San Antonio. “If you have one parent who has type 2 diabetes, …Read More >

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Cauliflower crust pizza

Categories: Diabetes  /  Healthy recipes

Our endocrinologist Dr. Vidhya Illuri started Doctor’s Pantry to help her patients stay healthy. Who doesn’t love pizza? Dr. Illuri’s cauliflower crust pizzas are not only delicious, but also diabetic friendly! Cauliflower crust: Preheat oven to 400 degrees 1 (12 oz.) package of riced cauliflower 1 egg 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese 1/4 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. garlic powder 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning Bake 25-35 minutes. Cheese pizza: 4 Tbsp. sugar-free tomato sauce 4 Tbsp. shredded mozzarella Handful of basil Bake 8-10 minutes. Pesto pizza: 4 Tbsp. pesto 3 Tbsp. goat cheese ½ cup mushrooms 1 diced bell pepper Handful …Read More >

Dr. Eugenio Cersosimo

Stopping trouble before it begins

Categories: Diabetes  /  News  /  Research

Diabetes is called a silent epidemic because many people don’t know they have it until the disease does considerable harm to their organs and blood vessels over many years. But for others who fall into the category doctors call prediabetes, they can see it coming. And researchers at the Texas Diabetes Institute are looking at ways of helping them keep it at bay. “It’s very important to be able to find people early, to be able to help them, because once diabetes begins there is no prevention. It’s all treatment,” Dr. Alberto Chavez-Velasquez, an endocrinol ogist and associate professor of medicine …Read More >

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Schooling adults on the best ways to lose weight and stay healthy

Categories: Diabetes  /  Heart Health  /  News  /  Research

For more than 20 years, a bilingual school health program known as Bienestar, the brainchild of Dr. Roberto Trevino, has been teaching elementary and middle school students throughout San Antonio and South Texas the skills to stay healthy and avoid the twin epidemics of obesity and diabetes. University Health System provided some early funding and support for the work. On Valentine’s Day, Dr. Trevino — director of the Social & Health Research Center in San Antonio — held a news conference at University Health System’s Texas Diabetes Institute to discuss a newly published study that took elements of his Bienestar program …Read More >

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Health in the headlines

Categories: Children's Health  /  Diabetes  /  News

Need to catch up on the latest health news? We’ve gathered the highlights for you. Are your teenagers couch potatoes? Nudge them outside to improve their mood, new research shows. By the same token, make them leave their cell phones on the table before they go.  If teens are vaping, it could put them at greater risk to form a cigarette habit, a panel of experts has concluded. And is obesity contagious? A study of military families shows it’s not that farfetched. Speaking of obesity, the latest craze is a diet based on your DNA. But does it work? And …Read More >

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Heading off diabetes in the womb?

Categories: Children's Health  /  Diabetes  /  News  /  NICU  /  Pregnancy  /  Research

Diabetes runs in families. And for years, doctors have advised those at high risk of diabetes to eat sensibly to prevent getting the disease. Now, a new study involving several San Antonio organizations is asking a seemingly odd question that could have a major impact on the worldwide epidemic of obesity and diabetes: What if that advice should begin before birth? “We’re trying to figure out if babies are preprogrammed to have a certain body composition that depends on the maternal-fetal environment,” said Dr. Cynthia Blanco, medical director of the Neonatal Nutrition & Bone Institute at University Health System, and …Read More >

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Saving eyesight from a distance

Categories: Diabetes  /  News  /  Technology

Of all the potential complications of diabetes, blindness is certainly among the most devastating for patients. Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of vision impairment and blindness among working-age adults. The tiny blood vessels in the retina — the light-sensitive layer at the back of the eye — become weakened by high blood sugar and leaky over time. The good news is, early detection and treatment can reduce the risk of blindness by 95 percent. However, that requires regular eye exams — a simple and painless screening that many people with diabetes neglect. To make it easier, University Health System …Read More >

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A summer camp to keep diabetes at bay

Categories: Children's Health  /  Diabetes  /  News

Diabetes is a major health problem in South Texas, one that tends to run in families. Just as alarming is the large army of children in our community on the path of developing this devastating disease. Camp PowerUp isn’t the only program developed to prevent these kids from developing diabetes, but it might be the most fun. The weeklong summer day camp for high-risk kids started in San Antonio three years ago and has expanded to cities across the country. The kids play games and learn about diabetes, healthy eating and the importance of physical activity to stay healthy. And …Read More >

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Why prediabetes is the next big thing

Categories: Diabetes  /  News

You may have heard the term “prediabetes” recently. Maybe you thought, why should I be worried about a disease I don’t yet have? Think again. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 86 million — yes, million — Americans have prediabetes and aren’t aware of it. All of those people are at very high risk of developing the disease. Now the medical community is trying to get to those folks before they become full-blown diabetics, working to promote better eating and exercise. Researchers at University Health System’s Texas Diabetes Institute have launched a study to find out if …Read More >

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Ganging up on high blood pressure

Categories: Diabetes  /  Heart Health  /  News  /  Research

High blood pressure affects a third of U.S. adults. It’s undertreated and hard to manage. But a new team approach underway at University Health System clinics is showing promising results. When high blood pressure isn’t controlled, it can contribute to heart disease, stroke, kidney failure and diabetes complications. Typically, in most settings, treatment involves a brief chat with a physician, followed by a prescription for a hypertension medicine. Controlling blood pressure, however, is more successful when a number of factors are addressed. The team approach being studied at University Health System involves getting the physician a little help. That includes …Read More >

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