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Type-II Diabetes: Understanding Your Risk Factors


Glucose is the body’s main source of fuel. It is found in much of the food we eat and is absorbed into our cells with the help of the essential hormone insulin. In people with diabetes, insulin is unable to perform its main function of facilitating the uptake of glucose, causing blood glucose levels to rise to potentially dangerous levels. While diabetes can be effectively managed, those who do not successfully control their blood glucose levels can suffer from damage to almost every organ and tissue in their bodies—from the liver and kidneys to the eyes and nerves.

Are you at risk for adult-onset, or type-II, diabetes? Type-II diabetes results in insulin resistance related to excess body fat or the body’s inability to produce adequate amounts of the hormone. Factors that may increase your chance of developing this serious medical condition include, but are not limited to:

  • Being obese or overweight, especially if the excess weight is located in the abdomen or upper body
  • Being 45 years of age or older
  • Having a family history of type-II diabetes or having a closely related family member with the disease
  • Having high “bad” cholesterol (LDL), low “good” cholesterol (HDL), or high triglycerides
  • Suffering from hypertension (high blood pressure).
  • Having a sedentary lifestyle
  • Suffering from depression
  • Race: Those of African American, Hispanic, Hispanic American, Native American, Asian American, or Pacific Islander descent have been shown to be more likely to develop type-II diabetes
  • Being female: Type-II diabetes is more common in older women than in men

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, are pre-diabetic, or are at risk for developing diabetes, consider learning more about the treatment and management of the disease from the experts at Riverside Community Hospital. Our knowledgeable staff offers our patients diabetes education resources to help them learn more about staying healthy with all types of diabetes. Contact us at (951) 788-3000 to learn more.

Lowering Your Blood Sugar Levels

High blood glucose levels due to poor eating habits or diabetes can lead to dangerous complications and damage to vital organs and tissues. To decrease your risk of being affected by these complications, you only need to make a few very simple lifestyle modifications. In this video, you can learn some of the ways to keep your blood sugar levels under control, which will help you to avoid developing heart disease. 

If you are at risk for becoming diabetic or if you would like to learn more about effectively managing your blood glucose levels, consider consulting with one of the professionals at Riverside Community Hospital. We offer diabetes education and a wide variety of other services to help keep our community healthy. Call us at (951) 788-3000 to learn more.

What is Palliative Care?

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Many patients suffering from life-threatening medical conditions, such as cancer or AIDS, experience severe physical and psychological symptoms caused by medical treatment or the disease itself. These symptoms often will diminish a patient’s quality of life. Palliative care is a healthcare approach that is focused on the treatment of these symptoms. Combining pain and symptom management with spiritual and emotional support, palliative care works to alleviate symptoms of illnesses, but not to cure the illness itself.

Palliative care is administered from an interdisciplinary team of trained personnel. Physicians, social workers, chaplains, and nurses work together to provide each patient and their family with many types of care at any stage of illness. Support services included as a part of palliative care include, but are not limited to:

  • Symptom management to help increase the patient’s comfort and quality of life
  • Creating a support system for the patient and the patient’s family with the community, made up of other family members, friends, clergy, and service organizations
  • Developing plans to manage caregiving duties, from the financial strains to the caregiving itself
  • Helping with everyday activities, such as preparing meals and transportation
  • Advice and counseling from medical professionals, which aims to help the patient and family members to get a better understanding of the patient’s medical condition and how to recognize potential life-threatening signs
  • Emotional and spiritual support for the patient and family in dealing with the stressful aspects of serious illness

Riverside Community Hospital offers palliative care services to help patients in need achieve comfort, support, and improved quality of life. You can learn more about our comprehensive palliative care services by contacting us at (951) 788-3000.

Heartburn: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Options

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If you’ve ever experienced a burning sensation in your chest or throat after a meal, you may have been experiencing heartburn, the main symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Heartburn is usually caused by the weakening of the muscle between the esophagus and the stomach, the muscle responsible for allowing food to enter the stomach. This weakened muscle allows stomach acid to enter the esophagus, leading to the burning associated with heartburn and GERD. 

Over 60 million men and women living in the United States suffer from the symptoms of heartburn, also called acid indigestion, at least one time per month. The symptoms of this condition are can include:

  • A burning pain in the chest (behind the sternum, or chest bone) that typically occurs after eating and can last from minutes to several hours
  • Pain that will worsen when lying down, bending over, or exercising
  • Burning in the throat or difficulty swallowing
  • Feeling like food is ‘sticking’ in the back of the throat or is coming back up
  • Sour or bitter taste in the mouth and throat

Heartburn treatment focuses on decreasing the number of reflux episodes by halting the flow of acid into the esophagus and decreasing the stomach’s acid production. These treatments can include a variety of lifestyle changes, from avoiding foods that tend to trigger reflux episodes to losing weight and quitting smoking. A variety of medications can also be prescribed to slow the production of stomach acid or to neutralize its effects.

If you experience pain from heartburn more than twice a week, have difficulty swallowing, or symptoms continue despite treatment with over-the-counter medications, consider making an appointment with your physician. Heartburn symptoms can also mimic some of the signs of a heart attack; if you ever have doubt about the source of your symptoms, consider seeking medical attention immediately. For expert heart and vascular care in the Riverside, CA area, visit Riverside Community Hospital. Schedule a consultation or learn more about us by calling (951) 788-3000 today.

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