Diabetes education

Diabetes education


Mercy Health – Youngstown is offering four three-day diabetes education sessions during October. They are:

St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital, diabetes education classroom, 1044 Belmont Ave., Youngstown, 9 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 11, 12 and 13 and 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 25, 26 and 27.

St. Joseph Warren Hospital, education room, 667 Eastland Ave. S.E., 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 18, 19 and 20.

Health care professionals who teach the course, which is certified by the American Diabetes Association, focus on the medical aspects of the disease such as medications, glucose monitoring, exercise and complications during the first session. The second and third sessions focus on learning to plan meals, count carbohydrates, interpret food labels and make positive food choices.

Free parking is available at all locations. Registration is required. Call 330-480-2676.

Flu-shot clinics


The Mahoning County District Board of Health is offering flu-shot clinics Wednesday from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Goshen Township Administration Building, 14003 W. South Range Road, Salem; and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Mahoning County District Board of Health, 50 Westchester Drive, Austintown.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone over 6 months get the influenza vaccine. No appointment is necessary. Most private insurances are accepted. Patients should bring their insurance cards, driver’s license, Medicare and Medicaid cards so the cost of the vaccine can be billed. The nasal spray influenza vaccine is not available this year.

Flu shots are free with most insurances. The available flu vaccines and their costs are: Quadrivalant (4 flu virus strains), $40; quadrivalant (4 flu virus strains), short needle intra-dermal, $40; high-dose trivalent (3 flu virus strains) for people 65 and older, $55.

Sleep apnea information


Sleep apnea, or interruptions to breathing during sleep, affects one-third of all Americans, yet 90 percent are unaware they have the condition and remain untreated.

Sleep apnea does not discriminate based on occupation, physical size, shape or level of fitness, and can significantly impair day-to-day functions,” says Martha Cortes, DDS, a leading sleep expert in Manhattan.

These facts about sleep apnea can aid in prevention, diagnosis and treatment:

Sleep apnea causes oxidative stress, which speeds up the aging process and impairs the immune system. It is often misdiagnosed as symptoms of diabetes, hypertension, renal dialysis or cardiovascular diseases.

Mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression and anger issues are linked to sleep disorders. Sleep apnea is often misdiagnosed as a mental health disorder. The danger in misdiagnosis is that the root cause, little oxygen, during sleep remains and worsens if untreated.

Those who share a bed with someone who snores can develop Spousal Arousal Syndrome, experiencing the same lack-of-sleep and excessive daytime sleepiness as those with sleep apnea, thereby causing similar health issues.

One of the leading causes of divorce in the U.S. is the loss of intimacy; sleep apnea may be one of the reasons.

Flushing out the nasal passages daily with a saline product aids in prevention of nasal obstruction, which is often a contributor to mouth breathing and snoring.

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