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Diabetes mellitus is the clinical term used, but it is most often referred to as diabetes. Diabetes is a group of diseases related to high blood sugar levels in the body. Diabetes is the result of the pancreas not producing insulin or the body not responding to the insulin produced by the pancreas. There are 3 types of diabetes: Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, and Gestational diabetes. Both are metabolic diseases. Type 1 diabetes is commonly referred to as “insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus” or “juvenile diabetes.” Type 1 diabetes is caused by the pancreas’s inability to produce insulin. Type 1 diabetes is usually controlled with insulin injections. Type 2 diabetes is commonly referred to as “non insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus” or “adult-onset diabetes.” Type 2 diabetes begins with insulin resistant cells. The body doesn’t respond properly to the insulin produced by the pancreas. Type 2 diabetes can be controlled with medications with or without insulin. Gestational diabetes can be seen in pregnant women with or without a history of diabetes. Gestational diabetes is usually resolved with birth. Monitoring should always be a practice utilized in controlling all types of diabetes. Fairly common symptoms of high blood sugar include frequent urination, increased thirst, and increased hunger. If not treated, diabetes can cause serious complications. Serious complications include cardiovascular disease, stroke, chronic kidney failure, foot ulcers, and damage to the eyes. A healthy diet, physical exercise, maintaining a normal body weight, and avoiding use of tobacco can both prevent and treat diabetes. Control of your blood pressure and maintaining proper foot care are important for people with the disease. CompassionCare Hospice knows the importance of diabetes awareness.

Medic Alert Awareness Month - CompassionCare Hospice

Medic Alert - CompassionCare Hospice of Las Vegas

August is medic alert awareness month. August’s MedicAlert Awareness Month was established by the MedicAlert Foundation to make consumers aware of the specific benefits of the MedicAlert product. A medical identification tag can be worn as a bracelet, a necklace, or on clothing. Not every medical identification tag gives you the benefits a MedicAlert identification… Read more »

Hospice and Dialysis - CompassionCare Hospice

For someone faced with kidney failure, dialysis may be the only treatment keeping them alive. The decision to stop dialysis and move into hospice is a difficult one to make. Individuals become extremely sick and experience a poor quality of life that the decision, at this point, whether or not to continue with treatments can turn into an easy one. Acute renal failure is… Read more »

Hemochromatosis Screening Awareness Month - CompassionCare Hospice

Classic Hemochromatosis abbreviatieted HHC - most common type of hemochromatosis

July is National Hemochromatosis Screening Awareness Month. Hemochromatosis is a genetic condition where the body absorbs too much iron from a normal diet. It is one of the most common genetic disorders seen in the United States. It is not a blood disease. It cannot be caught. The excess of iron absorbed by the body… Read more »

Celebrate Men’s Health Week - CompassionCare Hospice

Join CompassionCare Hospice For Men's Health Month

Men’s Health Week is celebrated each year as the week leading up to and including Father’s Day. The purpose of Men’s Health Week is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men. Join Julie McIntosh, LPN and Community Education Nurse for Compassion Care as we… Read more »

National Women’s Health Week - CompassionCare Hospice

National Women's Health Week Logo

National Women’s Health Week is the week of May 9. National Women’s Health Week is a reminder to women to take care of themselves. Your health is a priority. Protect your health by getting the care you need to prevent disease, disability, and injuries. Regular check-ups are important. Preventive care can keep disease away or… Read more »

Chronic Illnesses - CompassionCare Hospice

A chronic illness is a human health condition or disease that is persistent or otherwise long-lasting in its effects or a disease that comes with time. The term chronic is usually applied when the course of the disease lasts for more than three months. Common chronic illnesses include arthritis, asthma, cancer, COPD, diabetes and viral… Read more »

Cholesterol - CompassionCare Hospice

High cholesterol leads to ateriosclerosis

Cholesterol isn’t all bad. We all have and need this waxy, fat-like substance in our bodies. Our bodies make all the cholesterol we need. It is needed to make hormones, Vitamin D, and other substances that help with digestion. However; 1 out of 6 American adults have high cholesterol. Cholesterol travels through your blood and… Read more »

March 22, 2016 – Diabetes Alert Day - CompassionCare Hospice

March 22, 2016 is American Diabetes Alert Day. The American Diabetes Alert Day is centered around awareness of type 2 diabetes risk and steps you can take to prevent the disease. This day is sort of a “wake-up call.” Type 2 diabetes is seen more in adults, though we are seeing more children develop this… Read more »