Diabetic patients who have undergone procedures at the Endoscopy Center have special concerns. Diabetes by itself is already a risk factor for liver disease. So, some patients are worried that if they also contract hepatitis-C, they may be at higher risk for complications.More>>
Nearly eight out of every 100 pregnant women will develop gestational diabetes -- a form of diabetes that only surfaces during pregnancy. In this week's Dealing with Diabetes report, we take a closer look at the condition -- that for some, may be a blessing in disguise.
As a diabetes educator, Las Vegas resident Heather Lamar guides women through diabetes and pregnancy. And she has personal experience. "It was right before I actually was pregnant that I got diagnosed with diabetes."
Lamar kept tight reins on her diabetes -- by eating right, exercising and checking her blood sugar several times a day. In the end, she delivered a healthy baby boy. Now, she uses her own experience to help other women get through gestational diabetes.
Las Vegas obstetrician-gynecologist, Joey Adashek specializes in complicated pregnancies. "Gestational diabetes is a disease of pregnancy where the glucoses are elevated, or the sugars are elevated due to the pregnancy itself."
Most women who have gestational diabetes deliver healthy babies. However, untreated or uncontrolled blood sugar levels can cause problems for the patient and the baby.
"Gestational diabetes increases this risk for large babies. Significant increase in C-sections," said Dr. Adashek.
Risk factors for gestational diabetes include age. Women over the age of 25 are at higher risk. Another is having a family history of type-2 diabetes. And being overweight also puts you at higher risk.
Fortunately, in most cases, gestational diabetes goes away after pregnancy. But the condition increase the chances of developing type-2 diabetes a few years down the road. For this reason, Dr. Adashek says it serves as a wake-up call.
"And you can actually change your lifestyle so you won't develop diabetes later in life," he said.
"Sometimes it is a blessing that you were diagnosed because you're probably going to live longer and healthier because of the changes in your lifestyle," said Lamar.
Wednesday, May 15 2013 4:58 PM EDT2013-05-15 20:58:55 GMT
Actress Angelina Jolie's decision to have a double mastectomy is sparking strong emotions from women over the questions of whether genetic testing for breast cancer is for everyone,.More>>
Actress Angelina Jolie's decision to have a double mastectomy is sparking strong emotions from women over the questions of whether genetic testing for breast cancer is for everyone, and whether women should have breast surgery, even if they don't have cancer.More>>
Thursday, May 2 2013 6:25 PM EDT2013-05-02 22:25:44 GMT
We usually think of women when we talk about breast cancer, but men are affected as wellin fact about 2-thousand men in this country country are diagnosed with breast cancer everyone, and about 400 die from the disease.More>>
Most discussions about breast cancer tend to focus on women, but men are also affected by the disease. Every year, nearly 2,000 men in this country are diagnosed with breast cancer.More>>
Thursday, May 2 2013 3:21 PM EDT2013-05-02 19:21:04 GMT
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- New government data show Nevada has the second-highest suicide rate in the country among people aged 35 to 64, although the rise in the rate was much slower than it was nationally. TheMore>>
New government data show Nevada has the second-highest suicide rate in the country among people aged 35 to 64, although the rise in the rate was much slower than it was nationally.More>>
Wednesday kicks off American Stroke Month, and medical professionals want people to recognize the warning signs of strokes. Two doctors and stroke experts discussed the dangers on 8 News NOW This Morning.