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Interview with Jan Albrecht About Diabetes Month Interview with from Mt. Nittany Medical Center

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Dave Kurten:  3WZ’s Medical Minute is brought to you by Mt. Nittany Medical Center;
“Mt. Nittany – life forward.”  Looking forward to November, it is Diabetes Month; our guest today is Jan Albrecht, a diabetes specialist from Mt. Nittany Medical Center.  Thanks for joining us.

Jan Albrecht:  You’re welcome.  Thank you.

Dave Kurten:  Tell us a little bit about diabetes and why people should be tested for diabetes.

Jan Albrecht:  You know that’s a really important question because diabetes is a disease with a very slow on-set and by the time someone actually feels sick from diabetes, they’ve often had it for a number of years.  So, testing is really important.  One of the questions that comes up is who should be tested and how often and the answer to that is almost everybody because as probably most of your audience know, diabetes is becoming increasingly prevalent and we are all at risk.  According to the American Diabetes Association, people over the age of 45 should be tested annually, regardless of anything else, and then everybody, even below the age of 45, should be tested if they are overweight; and again, that’s about 2/3 of the populate who are overweight and if they are inactive or have a family member with diabetes, so testing is really important.

Dave Kurten:  What are some of the symptoms of diabetes?

Jan Albrecht:  Well as I sort have implied, by the time a person has symptoms, they’ve often had diabetes for 5 or 10 years and so it is important to look out for the symptoms and typically that would be, the most noticeable symptom would be, increased frequency of urination – easiest way to notice that is having to get up at night to go to the bathroom, when you didn’t use to do that.  Again, by that time, diabetes has probably been present for 5 years or more.

Dave Kurten:  Now there are actually several types of diabetes?

Jan Albrecht:  There are several types and the type we’re primarily concerned about is called Type
II Diabetes, which is the diabetes that is associated to being overweight and inactive.  Type I Diabetes that comes on primarily in children is very obvious when it happens and really does not require any testing or screening.    

Dave Kurten:  And how often should those at risk see their physician?

Jan Albrecht:  Well, again, it comes back to how often screenings should be done and that’s once a year for everybody over the age of 45 and people at risk even below that age.

Dave Kurten:  Now, Mt. Nittany Medical Center holds diabetes self-managing classes, give us some information on that.

Jan Albrecht:  That’s really important because diabetes isn’t something you just take pills for or take shots for and that just takes care of it.  Diabetes requires a person to really pay attention to how they live affects their disease.  If they just take the pills and ignore the rest of it, it doesn’t work very well.  So, understanding diabetes and understanding how diabetes is affected by day-to-day activities and understanding how to fit diabetes into a productive, healthy life is really important and classes really are key to taking care of diabetes.

Dave Kurten:  Where could people get more information about these diabetes programs at Mt. Nittany Medical Center?

Jan Albrecht:  Well, the best way to find out more is to visit www.MtNittany.org.

Dave Kurten:  Jan Albrecht, M.D., our guest today from the Mt. Nittany Medical Center; thanks for joining us.

Jan Albrecht:  You’re welcome.  Thank you.

Dave Kurten:  3WZ Medical Minute is brought to you by Mt. Nittany Medical Center – “Mt. Nittany Life Forward.”


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