When people list the things they are grateful for at Thanksgiving and throughout the year, health often tops the list. With that in mind, November is the perfect chance to assess your health and schedule a check-up if needed. During November, Marlette Regional Hospital and McKenzie Health System, as affiliates of United Healthcare Partners, observe American Diabetes Month and National Lung Cancer Awareness Month.
“Obesity and smoking, together or separately, can lead to serious and even deadly health conditions, which is why it is so important to place a premium on your health and wellness,” said Billi Jo Hennika, MHA, BSN, RN, Vice President of Operations at McKenzie Health System. “Before you sit down to enjoy some turkey and sweet potatoes, take the time to assess where you are and what you might need to change. Our doctors are always happy to discuss any health concerns with you.”
When it comes to diabetes, many people take for granted how serious of a condition it really is. To help emphasize this disease’s impact, let’s look at recent national statistics. One in 11 Americans currently lives with diabetes, and another 1 in 4 Americans don’t know they have diabetes. The risk of death for adults with diabetes is 50% higher than for adults without diabetes, as is their associated medical costs. Those living with diabetes are at a higher risk for serious health complications like blindness, kidney failure, heart disease, stroke, and amputation. To help empower patients to manage their diabetes, Marlette Regional Hospital and McKenzie Health System offer a diabetes education program that is facilitated by a certified diabetes educator and registered dietician.
Likewise, lung cancer accounts for more than one-quarter of all cancer deaths—more than breast cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer combined. Smoking remains the leading cause of lung cancer, but there are other environmental risk factors that contribute to non-smokers developing cancer. Lung cancer symptoms can sometimes be mistaken for other diseases, so it is critical to talk to your doctor if you’re experiencing persistent coughing and/or pain associated with coughing, changes in your voice, shortness of breath, recurring bronchitis or pneumonia, or coughing up phlegm or blood.
McKenzie Health System and Marlette Regional Hospital offer low-dose computed tomography (CT) lung cancer screenings in Sandusky and Marlette. Screening for individuals at high risk has the potential to dramatically improve lung cancer survival rates by finding the disease at an earlier, more treatable stage. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends annual screening for lung cancer with low-dose CT in adults aged 55 to 80 years who have a 30 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years. Screening should be discontinued once a person has not smoked for 15 years or develops a health problem that substantially limits life expectancy or the ability or willingness to have curative lung surgery. Check with your insurance provider to find out if this screening can be covered at no cost to you.
For more information about diabetes education services or lung cancer screenings contact Marlette Regional Hospital at 989-635-4000 or McKenzie Health System 810-648-3770.