November is Diabetes awareness month. Everyone has heard of the term ‘Diabetes’. It is not just about having high blood sugar. Adults with diabetes are 3 times more likely to be hospitalized with cardiovascular disease, 12 times more likely to be hospitalized with end stage kidney disease, and 20 times more likely to need a non-traumatic limb amputation.
In 2016, 11 million (29% of the population) people in Canada had this disease and it is estimated that in 2016, 13.9 million (33%) will have it. This increase in percentage of the population is thought due to a number of factors. As an adult you are at increased risk of developing diabetes of you are Aboriginal, Asian, African or Hispanic or if you are overweight, older, and of low income.
There is a very easy blood test for diabetes – have you had your test recently? If not, come and see your family physician at Care in the Creek Medical Centre in Bragg Creek. If you do not have a family physician give us a call today.
The next Foot Care Clinics will be held on October 26th and December 7th. Details as follows:
Snow Birds Chalet, 19, Balsam Ave, Bragg Creek.
9am to 4pm
$30.00 payable by cash or cheque.
30-minute each by appointment only
To book call 403-949-2133 and leave a message.
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Clients are reminded to bring their own foot basin and towel
Care in the Creek Medical Centre will be open this Saturday, October 14th from 9am to 4pm. Please call 403-949-2457 to make an appointment!
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Everyone has known someone who has been affected by this type of cancer. One in nine women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime while one in thirty will die from it. Risk factors include advancing age, a family history, ethnicity, and reproductive history along with lifestyle habits such as smoking and unhealthy eating. Every province in Canada has a breast screening program for women. Mammograms are used to find breast abnormalities that are too small to feel. If the abnormality is caused by an early cancer, this procedure then offers the patient the best possible chance of detection and cure.
Many women are afraid of the radiation from mammograms and the myth that mammograms cause cancer. Mammograms however are of very low radiation and the benefit from having regular mammograms far outweighs the risks.
Come and talk with your family doctor at Care in the Creek Medical Centre about mammograms. If you do not have a family doctor, come join us.
If you do not have a family physician, DR. ANNELIES NOORDMAN, is accepting new patients. Call 403-949-2457 today to book your appointment!