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.
Individual healthy eating plans now recommended for those with diabetes
The eating plan recommended for those with diabetes is the same as that recommended for everyone.
This recipe for chickpea salad is low in sodium, but high in fiber and protein.
Physical activity key to controlling glucose
Regular exercise, or physical activity, is recommended for those with diabetes to help control their blood glucose levels.
People with diabetes must watch their consumption of carbohydrates, which are sugar, starch and fiber.
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.
There are several misperceptions and misunderstandings about type 2 diabetes.
A major complication of diabetes
Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure and accounts for more than 43 percent of new cases.
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.
Tests to prevent complications
In order to detect or prevent complications people with diabetes are advised to have several tests and checkups each year.