Sauk Prairie Healthcare News

July 18, 2019

Summer Sweets Can Contribute To Risky Blood Sugar

When daily high temperatures creep toward humid triple digits, cold sugary treats are among the most universal pleasures in life, but habit can turn a special pleasure into a serious health problem.

The 2018 Sauk Prairie Healthcare Community Health Needs Assessment has highlighted diabetes prevention and treatment as a public health priority in the county. An estimated one-in-ten Sauk County adults have the condition, with many remaining undiagnosed.

Diabetes is a failure in the body to reliably break down sugars, increasing blood sugar levels, starving cells and resulting in a host of unpleasant and in some cases dangerous side effects. There are two kinds of diabetes  type-1 is an autoimmune disease that often becomes apparent in childhood, while type-2 — over 90 percent of cases — is the result of habits in diet and lifestyle.

Although, over time, excess calories from any source can  contribute to type-2 diabetes, foods (and drinks) high in sugar (and added sugar) are often an area of first focus when trying to decrease risk of diabetes.

On hot days it is important to stay hydrated, but some drinks are much better at this than others. Sports drinks and soda may provide a steady stream of undesirable calories. Water, or another no-sugar beverage, is almost always the best choice for providing what the body needs after dealing with heat and exertion. Some sugary drinks, many with "-ade" as part of the name, are marketed on the premise of replenishing "electrolytes" lost when you sweat. For competitive athletes, this may be very beneficial. For the rest of us, sugar calories consumed through fluids do not leave us feeling full like we would after eating solid food. This means that we are taking in extra calories when we don't need them, and often in high amounts.

Reaching for a sugary drink has become a not-so-healthy habit for many. When they also include caffeine, this can also be physically habit-forming in terms of developing a dependence. Though not necessarily to the level of true drug addiction, it can still be harmful and difficult to break a cycle of high sugar/caffeine consumption due to the lethargy and headaches that may ensue. Often, the symptoms of "withdrawal" are more easily remedied with a quick boost of soda than waiting for caffeine to leave the system and energy levels to naturally balance out.

Over time those calories can also become a burden that may be much harder to lose. Leaving all other diet and physical activity the same, adding a can of soda each day will amount to about five pounds of weight gain each year, according to one 2011 estimate by the British National Institute of Health.

A combination of imbalanced nutrition and lack of physical activity can lead to increased blood sugar that precedes a diabetes diagnosis. This is what is referred to as prediabetes. According to the US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention one in three American adults has prediabetes and about 90 percent are unaware of their situation. Why is this a big deal? Once identified with prediabetses, most risk developing type-2 diabetes within the next five years.

Among those at a greater risk of prediabetes symptoms and type-2 diabetes are people who are:

  • Overweight
  • 45 years of age or older
  • Have a parent or sibling with type-2 diabetes
  • Physically active fewer than three times per week
  • Had diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes)

Despite prediabetes being a widespread condition, it is also reversible. For many, relatively modest changes in diet and activity can result in blood sugar levels returning to normal. But as many of us know, making modest lifestyle changes and maintaining long-term healthy habits can both be a big challenge.

Sauk Prairie Healthcare hosts the Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Change Program, which includes a series of health education courses that will help you develop and maintain healthy real-world habits like what to look for when shopping at the grocery store. Participants support one another in lifestyle changes, guided by dietitians, diabetes educators and health coaches.

If you have risk factors of prediabetes, a free informational meeting is being held at Wellspring at 90 Oak Street in Prairie du Sac on Sept. 5, at 5 p.m. More info is available at our Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Change Program page or call 608-643-7648.

Return To List View
Print
In the news
Sauk Prairie Healthcare sees growth in services
It’s been five years since Sauk Prairie Healthcare administrators marked the grand opening of its new facility...

>>Read More

Sauk Prairie Healthcare Foundation provides wellness grants
Since 2004, the Sauk Prairie Healthcare Foundation has distributed $25,000 each year to educational, preventive and wellness projects throughout its service area...

>>Read More

Sauk Prairie Healthcare turns attention to men's health
The Eagle shares Sauk Prairie Healthcare's focus on men's health...

>>Read More

Faces of Sauk Prairie: Marilyn Herschleb gives time to volunteering
The Sauk Prairie Eagle's Faces of Sauk Prairie share Marilyn Herschleb's dedication to SPH...

>>Read More

SPH receives award
The Sauk Prairie Eagle announces SPH's recent award...

>>Read More

Sauk Prairie Healthcare Foundation moves forward
The Sauk Prairie Eagle looks at the changing direction with Sauk Prairie Healthcare's Foundation...

>>Read More

Teachers learn how to save lives in mass casualty situations
Channel3000.com tells us of local schools learning to save lives in mass casualty situations...

>>Read More

Lodi teachers train for mass casualty event
NBC 15 shares the story of Lodi teachers training to save lives in mass casualty situations...

>>Read More

Mother of 6: I don't want to take any of my health for granted
NBC15 shares how a local family donated $350,000 to help make 3-D mammography a reality in Sauk Prairie...

>>Read More

Women in Sauk County have access to the latest technology in breast cancer detection
WKOW shares Sauk Prairie Healthcare's latest 3D mammography machine....

>>Read More

Second 3D mammography machine donated to Sauk Prairie Hospital
The Sauk Prairie Eagle shares the story of as second 3D mammagraphy machine donation....

>>Read More

The 19 double-5-star hospitals
Sauk Prairie Healthcare named by Becker's Hospital Review as one of 19 double-5-star hospitals in the nation....

>>Read More

Sauk Prairie Hospital's first full time surgeon retires after 40 year career
NBC15 talks with Dr. Tony DeGiovanni regarding his years as a surgeon with Sauk Prairie Healthcare...

>>Read More

Wellness for all at Reach Out Lodi
Lodi Enterprise shares the Reach Out Lodi Wellness on Wednesday program...

>>Read More

What's Going Around: Diarrhea, viral infections and Influenza A
Emily Weiss, Nurse Practitioner at the Wisconsin Heights Clinic of Sauk Prairie Healthcare, discuss what's going around for WKOW Channel 27...

>>Read More

54 hospitals with the best patient discharge communication practices
Becker's Hospital Review has named SPH as a top hospital for patient discharge communication practices based on HCAHPS...

>>Read More

Chao family spreads holiday cheer through music
The Sauk Prairie Eagle shares the Chao family tradition of performing music on Christmas Eve...

>>Read More

Orthopedic surgeon joins Sauk Prairie Healthcare
The Sauk Prairie Eagle shares the news of Dr. Andrew Ertl joining SPH...

>>Read More

New general surgeon joins Sauk Prairie Hospital
The Sauk Prairie Eagle brings us news of Sauk Prairie Healthcare's newest general surgeon...

>>Read More

New Sauk Prairie doctor specializes in urology
Read Sauk Prairie Eagle's story about Dr. Grunewald, who is Sauk Prairie Healthcare’s first urologist...

>>Read More

New Sauk Prairie Healthcare doctor specializes in quality of life
The Sauk Prairie Eagle shares the story of SPH's new River Valley Clinic doctor...

>>Read More

Do Something Good: 8-year-old donates birthday gifts to hospital
Channel3000.com shares a recent donation to Sauk Prairie Healthcare...

>>Read More

8-year-old girl in Sauk City donates birthday presents to kids at local hospital
WKOW.com shares the story of Stella Osiedacz and her giving to Sauk Prairie Healthcare...

>>Read More

Local girl spends birthday giving back
NBC15.com shares the story of one little girl spreading smiles...

>>Read More

New general surgeon joins Sauk Prairie Hospital
The Sauk Prairie Eagle brings us news of Sauk Prairie Healthcare's newest general surgeon...

>>Read More

Sauk Prairie Hospital nurse awarded for breast cancer awareness effort
The Sauk Prairie Eagle shares recent presentation of SPH nurse, Pam Schreiner, receiving award..

>>Read More

Walker touts special needs program in Prairie du Sac visit
The Sauk Prairie Eagle shares the Project SEARCH graduation.

>>Read More

Rural run draws 300 to Roxbury
The Sauk Prairie Eagle shares the Roxbury Run excitement.

>>Read More