Medina Vision Centre to donate funds to the Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland
By Cynthia Hankin
During the month of November, each eye exam performed by Dr. Christine Beiling and Dr. Timothy Earley of Medina Vision and Laser Centre, equalled a donation of $5.00 to the Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland. In November 2012, over 1500 dollars were raised and donated. This year, over $1100 dollars were raised. The wonderful thing about donating to the Diabetes Partnership in Cleveland is that all of the money is used locally in Northern Ohio. These are some of the statistics for towns in our area:
As of 2009, 1 in every 8 Cleveland adults (12.4%) has diabetes. The prevalence is higher than in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, and the U.S.
•Similar to national data, black/African American Clevelanders have a greater prevalence of diabetes.
•Cleveland adults age 30-64 who have diabetes are also more likely to have high blood pressure, asthma, be obese, and less physically active.
•The neighborhoods with the most diabetes were the southeastern neighborhoods (14.2%); the least was on the far west side (11.3%).
Diabetes was the 8th leading cause of death in Cleveland in 2002 (3.2% of all deaths)
•Leading causes of death include heart disease, types of cancer, diabetes and accidents for Cleveland
•Heart disease – to which diabetes is a major contributor – was #1
•Death certificates often do not list diabetes
In Cuyahoga County, with a population of 1,393,978, approximately 27,000 citizens have diabetic retinopathy, just one of the many complications one can have with uncontrolled diabetes.
Diabetic retinopathy is damage to the blood vessels in the retina. The retina is the lining at the back of the eye. The retina’s job is to sense light coming into the eye. High blood sugar levels and high blood pressure can cause the tiny blood vessels in the retina to become swollen. These swollen vessels can become blocked or leak.
Symptoms of retinopathy include:
• Cloudy vision
• Dark areas of vision
• Changing vision
• Problems seeing colors
• Floating spots or strings
• Poor night vision
Treatment may include laser procedures or surgery.
The best way to manage diabetes is to learn more about it. Checking your blood sugar, eating healthy and exercising each day can help manage your diabetes. Every diabetes management plan includes monitoring, meal planning, and physical activity. Sometimes, taking diabetes pills or insulin is also needed. Some management plans include oral medications or insulin. Your treatment plan is based on what your body needs and may change over time. Your treatment plan will change over time as your body changes. Remember that the best treatment plan is the one that keeps your blood sugar (glucose) levels in control.
There are so many resources available at www.diabetespartnership.org to educate you on symptoms and treatements for diabetes and it's complications. One thing that you can start with is a visit to Medina Vision and Laser Centre for a complete eye exam, and this month? You will be donating to the cause! To learn more about our practice, go to www.MedinaVisionandLaser.com
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