Forrest General Hospital

FALL 2014

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1 0 S P I R I T O F W O M E N FA L L 2 014 w w w. s p i r i t o f w o m e n . c o m U . S . H O S P I T A L R E P O R T M ore than ever, a diabetes patient is in the driver's seat to control how much the disease will impact his or her life, say experts. The serious complications of diabetes that used to be commonplace—such as blindness and kidney and foot problems—are rarer today, says Dr. Joseph B. Hawkins Jr., an endocrinologist affiliated with Saint Agnes Medical Center, Fresno, Calif. "There has been a gradual but steady development of new tools, which has been driven by an increasing under- standing of the biology of diabetes," he says. "It has allowed us to develop more targeted approaches that focus on the root cause of diabetes." And as awareness about the disease increases, diabetes is being detected earlier, allowing treatment to begin before serious complications occur, says Dr. Hawkins. Sweet success New ways to manage diabetes By Beth Hertz To find a Spirit of Women affiliated hospital, including a local resource for diabetes care, go to pages 12-13.

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