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Diabetes can be prevented; ask Kim Greiner at Westfield hospital

January 11, 2017
Westfield Republican

According to Kim Greiner, a certified diabetes educator who has an office in the Westfield Memorial Hospital, there are risk factors that can be followed in order to prevent diabetes.

A definition of pre-diabetes can be helpful in avoiding Type 2 diabetes,. Greiner explains. People with blood glucose levels that are higher than normal, but not yet in the diabetic range, have "pre-diabetes." This sometimes is called impaired fasting glucose (IFG) or impaired glucose tolerance (IGT). Insulin resistance and pre-diabetes usually have no symptoms, she noted.

Greiner (RDCDE), who has 19 years experience chasing diabetes, started a prevention program for which she received a national recognition award. The program is focused on weight loss and exercise to prevent or delay the onset of diabetes. She always has provided diabetes nutrition plus many other causes to help the patients.

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Kim Grainer can show parts of the body that can become diabetic to anyone who suspects they might have diabetes. Pre-diabetes can be a signal that it’s time to find out by contacting your doctor or Grainer.

The first question she would answer is 'how does a person think he/she might have it.' Greiner knows just how to find out by asking certain questions: Have you had an increase in thirst, hunger, urination and fatigue? Are you overweight or obese? Do you have a parent, brother or sister with diabetes?

The answer to all of these questions: "If you experience any or suspect you're at risk, contact your doctor."

"Anyone who is newly diagnosed with diabetes would benefit from receiving a self-management education," she recommends. In addition, she "teaches" to groups.

If a person has any suspicion regarding diabetes, Greiner suggests asking their doctor or contacting her onTuesdays or Thursdays at 716/793-2222. Additional hours may also be on request.



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