Karen E. Miller, Dr.P.H, is Health Editor of the Banner and editor of “Be Healthy,” the quarterly health magazine. Dr. Miller has an eclectic background in the health care industry including direct patient care, higher education, management and consulting. She served as the director of clinical training in rehabilitation medicine at Columbia University’s Harlem Hospital Center. She was an assistant professor at New York University and Texas Women’s University, where she taught courses in functional anatomy, orthopedics, neurology and community health. At New York’s Department of Social Services, she was a consultant for the state’s Medicaid program on issues pertaining to quality of care.
At Tenneco, a large oil and gas company in Houston, Dr. Miller developed and ran a managed care program, which involved selective contracting with physicians and hospitals for the treatment of catastrophic illnesses. As an independent consultant she has provided services to small businesses, insurance companies and physician groups. Dr. Miller is a graduate of Boston University and Columbia University. She earned a master’s degree in public administration from New York University and a doctorate in public health from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. Dr. Miller currently serves as a board member of the Massachusetts Association of Mental Health.
A major complication of diabetes
Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure and accounts for more than 43 percent of new cases.
There are several misperceptions and misunderstandings about type 2 diabetes.
With a change in lifestyle, researchers have found that people at risk of type 2 diabetes can prevent or delay the onset of the disease.
A leading cause of blindness
Diabetic retinopathy — damage to the blood vessels in the retina — is the leading cause of new blindness in persons aged 25 to 74 years in the United States.
Often preventable … but the numbers are increasing
Type 2 diabetes can often be prevented or controlled once diagnosed.
Although diabetes is often silent in the initial stages, specific symptoms emerge as the disease progresses. Poor control of glucose levels increases the risk of complications of diabetes.
Tests to prevent complications
In order to detect or prevent complications people with diabetes are advised to have several tests and checkups each year.
Blood tests are used to diagnosis diabetes and prediabetes because disease type 2 diabetes may have no symptoms in the early stages. The test is repeated before a diagnosis is confirmed.
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month
Lung cancer is largely preventable. Almost 90 percent of all cases of lung cancer are caused by tobacco smoke, which contains known cancer-causing agents.
A healthy dose of vitamin A
Acorn squash, a type of winter squash, is heralded for its richness in vitamins A and C, fiber and potassium.