Toni Thompson, JTCHS
Luisa Martinez, Sonshine Communications
(Black PR Wire) November is National Diabetes Month. This year’s theme is Take Charge of Tomorrow: Preventing Diabetes Health Problem. Jessie Trice Community Health System, Inc. joins the numerous healthcare providers and organizations across the nation, raising awareness about diabetes and promoting a healthier lifestyle for individuals affected by this chronic condition.
Diabetes is a chronic (long-lasting) disease that affects how the body turns food into energy. More than 133 million Americans are living with diabetes (37.3 million) or prediabetes (96 million), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Although diabetes affects people of all races and ethnicities, it disproportionately affects people of certain racial or ethnic backgrounds. In the United States, African American adults were 60 percent more likely than non-Hispanic white adults to be diagnosed with diabetes in 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health.
“A healthy lifestyle such as eating a well-balanced diet, being physically active, getting enough sleep, and not smoking may help you manage your diabetes,” said Dr. Joycelyn Lawrence, MD, Chief Medical Officer of JTCHS. “Understanding the risk factors is also important because the sooner you know you’re at risk, the sooner you can take steps to prevent or manage diabetes.”
To learn more about JTCHS services and to schedule an appointment, please call 305-637-6400 or visit jtchs.org.
JTCHS knows and specializes in comprehensive health, offering a myriad of services to improve the health of the community. This includes: dentistry, family medicine, nutrition, HIV/AIDS, behavioral health, transportation, pharmacy, healthy start, obstetric & gynecological care, school-based health, community health promotions, health & wellness center, pediatrics, and ancillary services. For more information on the Jessie Trice Community Health System, call 305-637-6400 or visit jtchs.org. In addition, to stay connected with news and information about their services and facilities, follow Jessie Trice Community Health System on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @JessieTriceCHS.
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