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first_imgIt’s estimated nearly one third of the country’s population will have the disease by 2050 if current trends continue.(Image: Jane M. Sawyer/Morguefile)INDIANAPOLIS – An estimated eleven percent of Indiana residents have Type II diabetes, and during American Diabetes Month in November health experts are spreading the word about the importance of prevention.Laura Heinrich, section director of the Cardiovascular Health and Diabetes Program at the Indiana State Department of Health, says 500,000 Indianans have diabetes, and the toll on health can be significant.“If not taken care of, this disease can lead to multiple complications anywhere from the heart, the kidney, the feet, and the eye,” says Heinrich. “We need to raise awareness of both the control of diabetes and the prevention of diabetes.”Heinrich says about 95 percent of people with diabetes have Type II, which healthier lifestyle choices, better nutrition, and physical activity can help prevent. If current trends don’t change, estimates put the number of Americans with diabetes as high as 30 percent by 2050.Those most at risk of getting diabetes include people 45 and older, as well as those who are overweight, inactive, and have an unhealthy diet. Heinrich says lifestyle interventions can make a big difference.“If you’re overweight, lose five to seven percent of your current weight and become more physically active,” she says. “Just include 30 minutes of activity a day. By doing those simple things and continuing to do it over time your health improves and your risk of getting diabetes decreases.”Heinrich says with weight loss alone, a person can decrease their chances of getting diabetes by 58 percent.Hospitals and community health centers throughout Indiana offer diabetes education and support programs to help people prevent and manage the disease.Mary Kuhlmanlast_img read more

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first_img Published on February 17, 2016 at 9:50 pm Contact Chris: cfthomse@syr.edu A five-game winning streak. Back-to-back sweeps of conference opponents. Winner of eight of its last 11 games.The Orange is ending its regular season by playing its best hockey of the year. But even with only two games left, SU is still operating at full speed in hopes of earning the top seed in the conference.“We need to win both games, especially going into the playoffs,” defender Nicole Renault said. “We have that bye week, so we can leave on a good foot. We’re not satisfied with where we are.”Syracuse (16-13-3, 12-4-2 College Hockey America) is still second in the CHA standings to Mercyhurst, who also swept its opponent, RIT, last weekend. That’s forced head coach Paul Flanagan and his team to keep up its consistent play this weekend against Lindenwood (8-20-4, 5-9-4). In order to clinch first outright, Syracuse must win both games while Mercyhurst must lose or tie its two games.“There’s still a lot on the line on Friday,” Flanagan said. “We have to do our job, and potentially Penn State (who faces Mercyhurst this weekend) will help us out, which would set the stage for Saturday, where we have to win again.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFive-game winning streaks are rare for SU. The Orange’s last one came in early 2013, highlighted by a win over No. 3 Boston College. Syracuse has never had one this late in the season, which Flanagan considers a huge advantage compared to his past teams.Even if Flanagan wasn’t forced to win this weekend in order to earn the No. 1 rank in the conference, he would still try to keep the Orange’s confidence going.“We’re trying to maintain the status quo,” Flanagan said. “We’re keeping things very similar. After five months, you’re in a pretty good routine.”He couldn’t be happier that his schedule ends with four home games, which allows all of his players to maintain their regular routines. He cancelled practice on Monday for the third consecutive week. He’s continued to back off with his criticisms. And he’s cut down on his overall time spent with the team, which he says isn’t even close to the maximum 20 hours granted by the NCAA.All are signs of trust in his team’s experience and morale. The Orange’s six-goal period against Robert Morris last Saturday is all the evidence he needs, which he called the strongest 20 minutes his team has played this season.“We’re hitting full stride here,” Flanagan said. “The girls feel pretty good about themselves, and so much in sport is about having confidence. I think as a group, the girls have so much confidence.”But Syracuse isn’t the only team in the conference playing at its best right now. Rival Mercyhurst has won seven of its last nine matchups, including its last four.The Lakers’ last loss was a 2-1 loss to Syracuse on Jan. 30, thanks to Jessica Sibley’s game-winner with a minute and a half left in overtime.The Orange’s last defeat was a 4-1 loss to Mercyhurst on Jan. 29.Since then, Flanagan thinks his team has learned to prevent mistakes late in games that have led to losses earlier this season.“We’ve been able to clamp down defensively when we’ve needed to,” Flanagan said. “Whether it’s making a good play, getting the puck out of the zone or clearing rebounds, or (goalie Jenn Gilligan) making a good save.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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