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5 Warning Signs of Type 2 Diabetes

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Apr 2, 2017 8:45:00 AM

It takes a little detective work to diagnose diabetes.

That's because symptoms can come on slowly or seem similar to other illnesses or conditions. But once your physician conducts a few simple tests, your probability of having diabetes can be easily determined.

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Exercise Plays Important Role in Diabetes Care

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Apr 1, 2017 10:29:00 AM

Managing your diabetes requires commitment, especially in three important areas - Diet, Medicine and Exercise.

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Diabetes Can Be Confusing

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Mar 31, 2017 7:00:00 AM


People with diabetes either don’t make enough insulin (Type 1 diabetes) or can’t use insulin properly (Type 2 diabetes). Insulin allows blood sugar (glucose) to enter cells, where it can be used for energy.

When the body doesn’t have enough insulin or can’t use it effectively, blood sugar builds up in the blood. High blood sugar levels can lead to heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure and amputation of toes, feet, or legs, according to the Centers for Disease Control

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How to Face Your Anxiety About Having Cancer

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Mar 29, 2017 4:22:50 PM

When Dr. Stephen Eberwine confirms a positive test result for cancer, he hears a common question from his patients.

They usually first want to know the probabilities of outcome.

“I explain that every case is different. What happens next depends on many factors. Naturally, that creates anxiety about the future,” said Dr. Eberwine, oncologist at the Johnson Memorial Cancer Care Center.

Anxiety can be a challenging hurdle in the cancer journey. Studies continue to show that mental health plays a critical role in a cancer patient’s response to treatment, according to Cancer.net.

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Nutrition Tips for Managing Diabetes

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Mar 29, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Eating healthy, well-balanced meals is important part of a healthy lifestyle. In addition to healthy eating, regular exercise is important for everyone. For those people who have diabetes or who are at high risk for diabetes, diet and exercise is even more important. Balancing what you eat and staying active are key to managing diabetes. 

Having diabetes does not mean that you can't enjoy a wide variety of delicious foods. People with diabetes have the same nutritional needs as everyone else. You can learn to eat healthful meals, and even include your favorite foods so that you can thrive with diabetes. 

Sometimes it helps to discuss a lifestyle with diabetes with others. We invite you to attend a free support group at Johnson Memorial Hospital

Our internal medicine specialists are also available to answer questions and help you with diabetic care. 

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Topics: Nutrition, Wellness, Diabetes

What is Comprehensive Diabetic Care and Prevention?

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Mar 29, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Diabetes is a disease that affects how your body uses glucose or blood sugar. Glucose is important because it is fuel for your brain, muscles, and cells. If you have diabetes, you have too much glucose in your body which can lead to serious health problems.  Diabetes is very common disease, affecting just under 10 percent of the population. It's prevalence is becoming even more common each year.

People of any age can be diagnosed with diabetes, and it's especially common to be diagnosed during childhood or as a senior citizen. While there is no cure for diabetes, it can be controlled allowing patients to lead full and productive lives. 

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How Alcohol Affects People With Diabetes

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Mar 28, 2017 10:00:00 AM

If you have diabetes, you likely have a lot of concerns regarding food and drink. If you have just been diagnosed, you probably have even more questions. Diabetes does not mean that you can never have your favorite foods or enjoy a little social hour with your friends. Like all things, moderation is the key. 

A big concern for those with diabetes, is blood sugar. Keeping your blood sugar under control is the main thing you can do to keep your body functioning the way it should be. People with diabetes should be especially careful with alcohol. Alcohol causes blood sugar to rise, and it can interfere with the effectiveness of certain medications. 

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Guidelines Allow Cancer Care Closer to Home

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Mar 21, 2017 8:00:00 AM

One of the most significant advances in cancer care is location for treatments. Patients diagnosed with most common cancers don’t necessarily have to travel to metropolitan healthcare centers to receive treatment these days.

“Whether you are getting chemotherapy or radiation in Chicago, Indianapolis or Franklin, Indiana, the procedures and drugs are the same,” says Dr. Stephen F. Eberwine, Board Certified Medical Hematologist/Oncologist at Johnson Memorial Health.

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Johnson County Cancer by the Numbers

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Mar 14, 2017 1:07:44 PM

Although the rates are falling, Johnson County ranks 14th among Indiana counties in new cancer cases.

According to the National Cancer Institute, our community’s five-year cancer rate saw a 2.1 percent decline. That is slightly lower than the 1.7 percent decline throughout Indiana.

Johnson County averaged 630 new cases of cancer per year from 2009 to 2013, which was the latest year of statistical information compiled by NCI.

Here are the most prevalent types of cancer in Johnson County (based on new cases per year during the five-year reporting period), according to Healthy Communities Institute:

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Survey Shows JMH Commitment to Patient Safety

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Mar 13, 2017 9:06:20 AM

Healthcare providers share a responsibility for their patients’ safety.

That is critical part Johnson Memorial Health’s mission. Our employees work hard to protect patients and prevent them from any condition that might harm them.

A recent survey showed how those efforts are embedded in JMH’s culture. The survey, as required by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), indicated that employees believe Johnson Memorial has a strong commitment to safety due to:

  • Teamwork:  Demonstrated by support, trust, respect among fellow employees.

  • Organizational Learning - Continuous Improvement:  Employees pursue and evaluate ways to demonstrate safe care.

  • Support from Supervisor/Manager:  Employees suggestions are valued.

  • Good Communication: employees discuss ways to prevent errors from happening again.
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