Obesity Rate Increases
Mississippi has the highest rate among adults: 30 percent of adults there are considered obese. Colorado is the slimmest state with an obesity rate 18 percent. Among children, between the ages of ten and seventeen, Washington D.C. had the highest obesity rate with nearly 23 percent. Utah had the lowest rate for children at about 9 percent.
Nurse Owned Clinics
Rural Missourians who once relied on country doctors are increasingly turning to medical clinics owned by nurses. The University of Missouri's Nursing School says more than a dozen such clinics have opened in the past several years. State law requires those nurses to regularly consult with supervising physicians, most of whom work elsewhere.
Diabetes Relate to Heart Attack
Diabetes affects about twenty million Americans. A new study has some alarming news for diabetics who have a heart attack.
Researchers at Brigham and Women's hospital in Boston analyzed data on more than 60 thousand patients from 1997 to 2006.
"What the study found is that diabetics who have heart attacks, both small heart attacks or large heart attacks, are at significantly increased risk of dying through the first year after their heart attack compared to patients who don't have diabetes," explained researcher Dr. G. Stewart.
Diabetics don't produce or properly use insulin, which is a hormone that helps regulate blood sugar. Over time high blood sugar can damage your blood vessels. And despite advances in treating heart problems from chest pain to heart attacks, diabetics are still at an increased risk.
"Not enough has been done to make the link between diabetes and preventing heart disease," said Stewart. The best advice is to prevent diabetes if possible.
"Most diabetes is what we call Type 2 Diabetes related to obesity, inactivity and if people are more active, watch their diets, they can prevent the development of diabetes and reduce their risk of ever having a heart attack, explained Stewart.
In addition to heart disease, diabetics are at an increased risk for other health problems with the eyes, nerves and kidneys. This study was in the Journal of the American Medical Association.