• Pathophysiology of Diabetes Mellitus

    By Kindred Healthcare

    As we learn more about the pathophysiology of diabetes mellitus, we find that there is more yet to be discovered. Diabetes mellitus is a syndrome with disordered metabolism and inappropriate hyperglycemia due to either a deficiency of insulin secretion or to a combination of insulin resistance and inadequate insulin secretion to compensate. Type 1 diabetes is due to pancreatic islet B cell destruction predominantly by an autoimmune process, and these persons are prone to ketoacidosis. While type 2 diabetes is the more prevalent form and results from insulin resistance with a defect in compensatory insulin secretion. Diabetes can lead to serious complications, resulting in multiple diseases or disorders that affect multiple systems that may result in premature death.

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  • Diabetes - Prevalence, Risk, and Prevention

    By Quincie Grounds, RD/LD, CNSC
    Diabetes - Prevalence, Risk, and PreventionDiabetes affects men and women fairly equally, 11.8% to 10.8% respectively. All races are affected, with non-Hispanic blacks having the highest prevalence at 12.6%, closely followed by Hispanics at 11.8%.

    There are many complications with diabetes including heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, blindness, kidney disease, and neuropathy (nervous system disease). Did you know that diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness and kidney disease in adults? People with diabetes have two to four times the risk for heart disease or stroke as an adult without diabetes.

    The financial toll of diabetes is just as shocking.

    After adjusting for population, age and gender differences, average medical expenditures among people with diagnosed diabetes were 2.3 times higher than what expenditures would be in the absence of diabetes.

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  • No Place Like Home

    By Kindred Healthcare

    Carolyn Athanas is looking forward to getting back to the home she left nearly five months ago. She’s looking forward to seeing her dog and to assessing the damage done to what has unintentionally become her husband’s man cave these last few months. And with the help of her caregivers at Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation – Hanover Terrace, she plans to get there within the month.

    When Carolyn arrived at Hanover Terrace back in March, she couldn’t stand, walk or even move around in her bed without maximal assistance. Now, she can walk up to 80 feet without rest, can get out of her wheelchair with some assistance and can sit on the edge of her bed, all huge milestones in an arduous recovery process that has included six to seven days of occupational and physical therapy per week.

     

     Carolyn and John Kluge, PTA Carolyn and John Kluge, PTA

     

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  • Your Wakeup Call: Diabetes AlertDay®

    By Sophia Kroon

    Your Wakeup Call: Diabetes AlertDay® , everyone is encouraged to take a simple, one-minute test on Facebook to help assess their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. 

    This free test (in English or Spanish) can be found on Facebook, www.stopdiabetes.com or by calling 1-800-DIABETES.  Although Alert Day is a one-day event, the Diabetes Risk Test is available year-round, as are preventative tips and other information for individuals and the workplace.

    Diabetes is bigger than you think

    To put the problem in perspective, consider this… 26 million children and adults in this country struggle with diabetes — and 7 million of them don’t even know they have it.  In addition, one in three American adults has prediabetes and is at serious risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

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  • How Do We Best Care For the Chronically Critically Ill?

    By Sean Muldoon, MD
     Sean R. Muldoon, M.D., M.P.H., F.C.C.P.<br />Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer<br />Kindred Healthcare Hospital Division Sean R. Muldoon, M.D., M.P.H., F.C.C.P.
    Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
    Kindred Healthcare Hospital Division

    Many important questions were raised by information published in the June 2012 issue of the journal Respiratory Care. This issue followed a national symposium dedicated to the “chronically critically ill patient,” the patient with ongoing costly medical interventions, risk for medical complications and death, and the need for extensive post-acute care services.

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  •  Anthony Disser, Kindred's Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations, Hospital Division accepted the 2012 Hospital Partnership Award. Also pictured: DaVita's Lynn Robinson (left) and Joanne Brady (right). Anthony Disser, Kindred's Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations, Hospital Division accepted the 2012 Hospital Partnership Award. Also pictured: DaVita's Lynn Robinson (left) and Joanne Brady (right).

    Once a year, DaVita Inc., a leading provider of kidney care who delivers dialysis services to patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease, recognizes one of its partners with its Hospital Partnership Award. Kindred Healthcare is the recipient for 2012; the award was given at DaVita’s Hospital National Meeting on July 25.

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