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Diagnosing And Treating Diabetes
November 15, 2013

Eyewitness News Reporter Darrah Wilcox Diabetes is a common but troubling problem in West Virginia.

"One in every ten people that you meet will have diabetes," Marshall University Bruce Chertow Diabetes Center nurse practitioner Anise Nash said.

She tells us there are another half million people who are pre-diabetic.

"They're the ones that if we don't do something in the near future, they're going to have diabetes," Nash said.

There are some risk factors that can lead to diabetes:
-Age
-Being Overweight and / or sedentary
-Family History
-High Blood Pressure


Oftentimes, you won't even know you have diabetes, but there can be some signs or symptoms, including urinating often, feeling very thirsty, blurry vision, cuts or bruises that are slow to heal, or tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands and or feet. That tingling is called neuropathy, and it can cause many complications.

"When people withe neuropathy step on things, they don't feel it. If they stepped on a tack, they might never feel that. So if they weren't checking their feet, they could have an infection, and they might not know," Nash said.

There are other complications that can be extensive-- even deadly. Those include eye complications, skin complications, kidney Disease , and higher risk of stroke or heart attack.

At the Chertow Diabetes Center, their mission is to treat diabetes on a one-on-one basis.

"Sometimes it's just really simple things with problem solving, but it's working with that person on an individual basis to help them with their diabetes," Nash said.

You can find out more about the Chertow Diabetes Center here:
http://musom.marshall.edu/diabetes/

You can also reach them at 304-691-1000.


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