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  • November is American Diabetes Month®

    by Tim Smith | Dec 06, 2013

    As we gear up for Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season, I want to take a moment to remind everyone that in addition to November being the beginning of the holiday season, it also happens to be American Diabetes Month®.

    The American Diabetes Association, in their mission to “prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes,” has dedicated an entire month each year to raising national diabetes awareness. In our effort to support their mission, we wanted to offer some diabetes-specific information for you to read as you begin preparing your Thanksgiving meals.

    Some recent diabetes statistics:
    Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
    Another 79 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

    The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion.
    Healthy eating is one behavior that will help you live healthier with diabetes. Follow these simple tips:

    Health Eating: The varieties of food you eat, how much and when you eat all effect your blood glucose levels. Eat regular meals, make healthy food choices and watch your portion sizes!

    Healthy Carbohydrates: Eat high fiber starches. Shop for whole wheat or whole grain bread instead of white bread, eat brown or wild rice in place of white rice, and choose wheat pasta instead over white pasta.

    Reduce Salt (sodium): Food higher in salt (sodium) may raise your blood pressure. Use herbs and spices to flavor food instead of salt. Avoid canned or processed foods as they are generally higher in sodium. Eat vegetables and fruits more often.

    Reduced Saturated Fat: Animal fats (saturated fats) raise your LDL (bad) cholesterol. To lower the amount of saturated fats in your diet try the following:

    • Trim visible fat off all meats and remove the skin from chicken before cooking
      Use liquid oil in cooking (like canola or olive oil) which are high in monounsaturated fats
    • Choose skim or 1% milk and reduced fat cheese (whole milk and regular cheese have lots of cholesterol raising saturated fat)
    • Visit the American Diabetes website for more information on healthy eating including menus, recipes and cookbook recommendations. Start living healthier today!

    Karen Perkins MS, RD,CDE
    Clinical Nutrition Manager
    St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center

  • 10 Ten Reasons to Receive Care at a Breast Center that is NAPBC Accredited

    by Tim Smith | Dec 02, 2013
    1. The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to the improvement of the quality of care and monitoring of outcomes of patients with diseases of the breast. This mission is pursued through standard-setting, scientific validation, and patient and professional education.
    2. The NAPBC Board includes professionals from 20 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of breast care.
    3. NAPBC accreditation is only given to centers that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance.
    4. The center must demonstrate compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women who are diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease. The standards include proficiency in the areas of center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education and quality improvement.
    5. Receiving care at a NAPBC-accredited center ensures that you will have access to comprehensive care, including a full range of state-of-the-art services.
    6. A NAPBC-accredited center uses a multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best care and treatment options available for you.
    7. At a NAPBC-accredited center, you will have access to breast cancer related information, education, and support.
    8. At a NAPBC-accredited center, you will receive information about clinical trials and new treatment options.
    9. To maintain accreditation, centers must monitor compliance with the NAPBC standards and undergo an on-site review every three years.
    10. The Breast Center at St. David’s Medical Center is the only breast center in Austin to be NAPBC-accredited, so you can receive treatment or care close to home.

      To make an appointment at The Breast Center at St. David’s Medical Center, please call 512.544.0080.

      For more information about NAPBC, please visit,

      Brenda Baumann, RN

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