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Comfrey Clinic Open House

Sleepy Eye Medical Center will host an open house for its new Comfrey Clinic from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on December 2, 2014. Come tour the clinic, learn about the services we provide and meet Dr. John Pelzel and Family Nurse Practitioner Sue Ahlness. All are welcome, and refreshments will be served.

Sleepy Eye Medical Center Comfrey Clinic is located at 104 Brown Street, Comfrey, MN 56019. Dr. John Pelzel sees patients 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays, and Family Nurse Practitioner sees patients 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesdays. To schedule an appointment, please call 507-877-5300 or 877-794-3691.

Sleepy Eye Medical Center Participates in American Diabetes Month

To raise awareness about diabetes and healthy living, Sleepy Eye Medical Center is participating in American Diabetes Month. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. One in 12 Americans, or over 25 million people, has diabetes. Another 79 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

According to Dr. Karlyn Armbruster, the prevalence of diabetes is on the rise.

"Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases we treat as primary care physicians. It is strongly associated with obesity, high blood pressure and heart disease. For a number of reasons, the prevalence of diabetes is on the rise. As of 2009 in the state of Minnesota, 6.4% of the population had diabetes, compared to Brown County where a slightly higher 9.2% of the population had it."

Dr. Karlyn Armbruster explains that the most important thing we can do is work to prevent the development of diabetes.

"You cannot control your family history, but you can do your best to maintain a healthy weight, make healthy food choices, and lead an active lifestyle. It is also important to be screened for diabetes on a regular basis. Your doctor can provide that service very easily. Lastly, it is important to realize that diabetes is a progressive disease which has no known cure. It is very important to establish a diagnosis early to prevent rapid progression and irreversible damage within the body."

If you are overweight, have high blood pressure or are age 45 or older, you are at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Although there are no known symptoms, pre-diabetic individuals are known to complain about unusual thirst, frequent urination and fatigue. Symptoms become more pronounced when the disease progresses to type 2 diabetes.

Pre-diabetes and diabetes are normally detected through a medical lab test ordered by your primary health care provider.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health recommend that diabetics see their primary care provider every three to six months. A primary care provider will check blood pressure, weight, and feet for calluses, infections and sores.

Other recommendations for diabetics include: dental visits every six months, foot exams at least once a year, and an A1C medical lab test at least twice a year.

The good news is that making healthy changes to your lifestyle can greatly lower your risk. To help prevent type 2 diabetes, watch your weight, eat healthy, and be more active.

For more information about diabetes, contact your primary health care provider. If you do not have a primary health care provider, Sleepy Eye Medical Center gladly welcomes new patients.