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American Diabetes Association Alert Day

American Diabetes Association Alert Day® is a one-day "wake-up call" asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The event is held on the fourth Tuesday of every March.

The Diabetes Risk Test asks users to answer simple questions about weight, age, family history and other potential risk factors for prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. Preventive tips are provided for everyone who takes the test, including encouraging those at high risk to talk with their health care provider.
Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test

Why is Alert Day important?

Diabetes is a serious disease that strikes nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States, and a quarter of them—seven million—do not even know they have it. An additional 79 million, or one in three American adults, have pre-diabetes, which puts them at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately, diagnosis often comes seven to 10 years after the onset of the disease, after disabling and even deadly complications have had time to develop. Therefore, early diagnosis is critical to successful treatment and delaying or preventing some of its complications such as heart disease, blindness, kidney disease, stroke, amputation and death.

The Stark Diabetes Center joins the American Diabetes Association in sharing a strong commitment to primary prevention of type 2 diabetes by increasing awareness of pre-diabetes and actively engaging individuals in preventative behaviors like weight loss, physical activity and healthful eating. Alert Day is a singular moment in time in which we can raise awareness and prompt action among the general public – particularly those at risk.

Stop Diabetes: Take the Pledge

Our collective vision is life free of diabetes and all its burdens. You can help us make this vision a reality by pledging your support to the fight to Stop Diabetes. Pledge to do all you can to Stop Diabetes and add your name to the map. A growing movement supports research, advocacy and community outreach and tells the world that we are taking a stand against this devastating disease. Together we can stop diabetes.

BP Texas City Chemical’s 2014 Health Fair on January 16

Dr. David Cathcart, DO, MPH, Petrochemicals America Health Director visited at Stark Diabetes Clinics in League City to see what programs and services were offered prior to referring his employees to us for treatment. While touring, Peggy Castanie, Program Manager, Stark Diabetes Center (top picture), informed him that we do community outreach and would be happy to attend any health fairs or health events they hold at BP. Aside from treating those with known diabetes and pre-diabetes, we also focus on metabolic syndrome and identifying those individuals who are not aware of their health status. Early detection of indicators for diabetes and early treatment are key to success in managing the diabetes epidemic we face.

We received an invitation from Misty Sorrels, RN, Occupational Health Nurse, to attend the BP Texas City Chemical’s 2014 Health Fair on January 16. Janis Layer, PSSII from the PCP (bottom picture), attended the fair with Peggy Castanie and together they did a lot of teaching, coaching and encouraging! With both Janis and Peggy born and raised in Galveston County, they always run into many friends and acquaintances and have become an unofficial outreach team. The precious pink "Betty Pig" in the photo is a volunteer who attends BP's events, not necessarily a health ambassador per se!  It was fun to see all the adults smiling and having fun with this comical visitor. 

Stark Team for Diabetes Community Walk, November 2, 2013

Download the Walk to Stop Diabetes FlyerAt UTMB Health’s Stark Diabetes Center, we are passionate and proud to work with the ADA and our local community to stop diabetes. We’ve been providing  state-of-the-art clinical care, research and diabetes education in the region for decades; the walk is a great opportunity to take a stand, to engage with those we serve, to increase public awareness, and to raise dollars to support research, outreach, advocacy and assistance  for those affected by diabetes. This is an important and inspirational event for those with diabetes and their families, and for those of us who serve them.   

The philosophy of our caring physicians and experienced clinicians centers on working with each patient as an individual, to identify the best approach to diabetes prevention, evaluation and management. (There is compelling evidence supporting this comprehensive and coordinated approach for diabetes and other chronic diseases.) The walk affords a great venue to meet and engage people.

Presenting sponsor UTMB Health
and Stark Diabetes Center

If you have any questions please contact:
Peggy Castanie or Mara Wilson
Phone: 832-505-2300

ADA information on Affordable Care Act

American Diabetes Asociation

The American Diabetes Association is offering information about the Affordable Care Act to help individuals affected by diabetes get insurance that best meets their needs. Two new documents are designed to help families understand insurance marketplaces and the upcoming changes in health insurance rules related to diabetes. These documents are also available in Spanish.

“The Health Insurance Marketplace and People with Diabetes”, is a list of frequently asked questions about the new Health Insurance Marketplace opening in your state on October 1st. If you or anyone you know is uninsured or shopping for new coverage—or simply wants to explore other insurance options—this document will help you learn more about Marketplaces. The American Diabetes Association does not recommend specific health plans, but wants to provide you with an understanding of the new Marketplaces and link you to available resources for assistance. Click HERE to read the Q&A.

The American Diabetes Association’s new “Health Insurance Update: Protections for People with Diabetes”provides information on changes to health insurance rules which impact people with diabetes, including changes that are already in effect and some starting on the first day of the new year. The ADA wants to help people understand these changes and how they can benefit you, your friends and family. Click HERE to read the update. 

Free diabetes training for school personnel Thursday 

With the start of a new academic year around the corner, schools are readying classrooms and campuses and preparing staff for students’ return. The pediatric endocrinology department at the University of Texas Medical Branch is helping with the effort by offering an in-service program for unlicensed personnel on the management of diabetes in a school setting. [read the story]

Stark Diabetes Center

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The Stark Diabetes Center

The mission of the Stark Diabetes Center is to advance the health of Texas and to improve quality of care of Texans with a specific emphasis on prevention of diabetes and its complications.

There is compelling evidence for a comprehensive and coordinated approach to management and prevention of chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The main objective of Stark Diabetes Center is to identify the optimal approach to decrease risk for diabetes and its complications in the multiethnic population of Texas and ultimately provide plans to reduce the burden of obesity, diabetes and its complications.

The Stark Diabetes Center provides state of the art clinical care, research and education in the area of disease conditions and syndromes including but not limited to diabetes, dyslipidemia and obesity, as well as the metabolic syndrome.

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