Monday, December 17, 2018
by Patty Johnson • firstname.lastname@example.org
BJC | Thirteen employees across BJC were rewarded for their health-conscious efforts last month.
In recognition of November as American Diabetes Month, BJC Help for Your Health encouraged all BJC employees to:
Employees who took a quiz about diabetes and signed a pledge were eligible to win a convenient, Blue Apron meal-kit service featuring healthy menus delivered to home. The kit includes the equivalent of three meals per week for two people, for four weeks. The winners — one from each hospital and BJC’s shared services/service organizations — were randomly chosen. They include:
A total of 421 employees participated in the diabetes initiative.
Do you know your diabetes risk?
Following are answers to the diabetes health awareness quiz featured during the BJC Help for Your Health diabetes initiative.
1. Having diabetes means:
A. Your liver is producing too much fat.
B. Your body is unable to digest sugar.
C. Too much sugar is staying in your blood.
Answer: C — Diabetes is defined as a disease in which the body’s ability to produce or respond to the hormone insulin is impaired, resulting in abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood and urine.
In Type 1 diabetes, the pancreas no longer makes insulin and, therefore, blood glucose (sugar) cannot enter the cells to be used for energy. In Type 2 diabetes, either the pancreas doesn’t make enough insulin or the body is unable to use insulin correctly.
2. What is true about pre-diabetes?
A. One out of three adults have it and don’t know it.
B. It always leads to diabetes.
C. Only women can develop it.
Answer: A — According to the American Diabetes Association, in 2015, 84.1 million Americans age 18 and older had pre-diabetes. Pre-diabetes is a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal but aren’t high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes. Other names for pre-diabetes are impaired glucose tolerance and impaired fasting glucose.
There are no clear symptoms of pre-diabetes, so, it’s possible to have it and not know it. People usually find out they have pre-diabetes when being tested for diabetes. Results indicating pre-diabetes are:
Although people with pre-diabetes are at increased risk for developing Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, you won’t automatically develop type 2 diabetes if you have pre-diabetes. For some people with pre-diabetes, early treatment can actually return blood glucose levels to the normal range.
Research shows that you can lower your risk for type 2 diabetes by 58 percent by:
3. Common symptoms of diabetes are:
A. You can’t sleep at night.
B. You feel very tired and extra thirsty.
C. You have a fever and are itchy.
Answer: B — Common symptoms of diabetes include:
These symptoms of diabetes are typical; however, some people with type 2 diabetes have symptoms so mild that they go unnoticed.
4. Where can I get help to reduce my risk of diabetes?
A. The Omada program for employees.
B. Outpatient dietitians at BJC hospitals.
C. Both A and B.
Answer: C —
Nutrition counseling services — BJC Medical Plan members are entitled to up to $1,000 worth of nutrition counseling services per calendar year, with no out-of-pocket expenses through a provider in the BJC Facility Network or Cigna OAP Network.
5. If you have diabetes, you are:
A. Two to four times more likely to have heart disease or a stroke.
B. Twice as likely to have cancer.
C. Usually over the age of 60.
Answer: A — Diabetes increases your risk for many serious health problems, and there’s a big link between diabetes, heart disease and stroke. In fact, two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke, also called cardiovascular disease.
The good news is that good diabetes control can reduce your risks for diabetes complications, including heart and blood vessel disease. Even if you have heart disease or have already had a heart attack or a stroke, every step you take to keep your ABCs (A1C, blood pressure and cholesterol) in your target range will help lower your risk of future heart disease or a stroke.
With the correct treatment and recommended lifestyle changes, many people with diabetes are able to prevent or delay the onset of complications, including cardiovascular disease.
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