Happy American Diabetes Month (R)

November is American Diabetes Month (R)! Diabetes is such a serious problem in the US. Did you know it had its own celebration month? We at Pacific Retina Care (sm) have decided to take advantage of this month to educate our friends.

A few weeks ago, Doctor Tafoya and Tammy volunteered at the American Diabetes Association’s booth at the Senior Health Fair. We had a wonderful time educating! We were able to learn a few things as well. Did you know that diabetes directly affects our work force? By simply encouraging healthy living, we can reduce sick leave, healthcare costs, and disability claims.

As mentioned last blog, on November 1st Doctor Tafoya and staff will be participating in the ADA’s Malama Ohana event at Tamarind Park. Vision Hawaii is generously allowing us to use their bus to screen for diabetic retinopathy. We will also have a booth full of educational material and give-always. We hope that you will come to this free educational health fair.

Diabetes is an epidemic in the US. According to the ADA, 1 in 3 American adults will develop Type 2 diabetes by 2050.

If trends continue, 1 in 2 of our keiki born after the year 2000 will develop Type 2 diabetes.

So live a healthy lifestyle; see your medical doctor and eye doctor regularly; and take good care of yourself!

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