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Aug 3, 2017

MEMORIAL HOSPITAL IN NORTH CONWAY IS CELEBRATING ITS NEW MIRANDA CENTER FOR DIABETES AND ENDOCRINOLOGY.

THE CENTER IS NAMED AFTER MIRANDA LEAVITT, WHO DIED AT THE AGE OF 22 FROM COMPLICATIONS OF DIABETES. THE DAUGHTER OF BRENDA AND RICHARD LEAVITT OF FRYEBURG, MAINE, MIRANDA WAS AN ADVOCATE ABOUT THE DISEASE.

IN 2008, MIRANDA’S PARENTS STARTED THE MIRANDA LEAVITT DIABETES FUND – A NON PROFIT FOCUSED ON EDUCATION AND FUNDING THOSE WHO NEED HELP MANAGING THEIR DIABETES.

DR. RAY RABIDEAU, CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER AT MEMORIAL, SAYS DIABETES HAS BEEN ON THE RISE SINCE THE 1990s, AND RELATED TO INCREASED LEVELS OF OBESITY, INCLUDING IN CHILDREN. HE SAYS THE HOSPITAL HAS HAD ITS DIABETES CENTER FOR SOME TIME, BUT RECOGNIZED THE INCREASE AS A KIND OF EPIDEMIC NATIONALLY AND LOCALLY AND DECIDED TO EXPAND ITS SERVICE AND COMMUNITY EDUCATION EFFORTS TO HELP PEOPLE WITH THE CHRONIC ILLNESS OPTIMIZE THEIR QUALITY OF LIFE. THE EXPANSION INCLUDES TWO NURSE PRACTITIONERS WHO WILL NOW GUIDE PATIENTS IN THEIR CARE, AND OTHER SPECIALISTS. HE SAYS THE CENTER HAS PARTNERED WITH THE LEAVITT FAMILY ON WHAT HE CALLS “A QUEST.”

THE HOSPITAL CELEBRATES THE NEW CENTER WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON WITH A PUBLIC RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY THAT WILL INCLUDE THE LEAVITT FAMILY AND HOSPITAL STAFF.

RABIDEAU SAYS THE HOSPITAL WILL EVEN PROVIDE FREE DIABETES SCREENINGS.

NOVEMBER IS DIABETES AWARENESS MONTH. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL THE HOSPITAL AT (603) 356-5461.

Jan 27, 2015

This is a great article from the Huffington Post.  Just another story about parents and their relationship to this disease...

Type 1 diabetes affects Latino communities in the U.S. at almost twice the rate of non-Latino whites. HuffPost Voces' Hirania Luzardo's daughter was diagnosed last fall. This is their story.

On January 28, it will be 90 days since diabetes Type 1 became a part of my 8-year-old daughter's life. That long night in October marked a before and an after, not just for her, but also for all of those who love her.

Jan 16, 2015

Here's a great article from Inquisitr
Diabetes symptoms, at least most of them, aren’t too hard to miss. Some of the tell-tale signs of diabetes can easily be detected, such as frequent thirst, frequent urination, or cuts and bruises that take too long to heal.

However, Mayo Clinic reminds us that many of the disease’s features can be too subtle for early detection. There are many diabetes symptoms that do not manifest themselves as visibly as the signs mentioned above. Some of the major indicators of diabetes are often wrongly attributed to other illnesses or are just shrugged off as minor inconveniences, leading to a delayed diagnosis and treatment of the disease.
Jan 1, 2015

Great article from Care2!

Who doesn’t love the gingerbread cookies found at so many holiday gatherings this season? But gingerbread cookies and houses aren’t the only reasons to love this delicious spice. New research found that it is helpful in treating diabetes.

 

In a study published in the journal Complementary Therapies in Medicine, researchers conducted a double-blind, placebo-controlled study on the effects of ginger supplementation on diabetes and insulin resistance.

 
 
Jan 1, 2015

Great article from the Sandusky Register

Nearly 10 percent of the U.S. population has diabetes and another 37 percent of U.S. adults have prediabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Given the statistics, it’s no surprise that diabetes is a leading cause of death in the United States.

Fortunately there are concrete steps you can take to control the disease, say experts.

Dec 19, 2014

Here's a great article by Sarah Kuta at the Daily Camera

The week before she started classes at the University of Colorado, Annabel Bonner was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

As a sophomore, Bonner is still trying to navigate managing the disease, but this year she's not doing it alone.

Bonner is part of a new student group at CU called " Type 1 Buffaloes," a club that helps connect diabetics on campus and educate the public about the disease. It's a new chapter of the College Diabetes Network, a national nonprofit working to improve the lives of students living with the disease.

Dec 10, 2014

Here's another great article from Express!

Three separate studies have shown the major health benefits of nitrate-rich foods such as spinach, beetroot, carrots and lettuce.

They help thin the blood, ensuring oxygen is delivered efficiently around the body.

Thinner blood can also lower the chance of clots forming and reduce the risk of stroke and heart attacks.

Dec 2, 2014

Here's a great article from our friends at the Huffington Post!

As a parent, I sometimes nag -- and I'll bet that you do, too. For instance, how often do you say things like this?

"I don't want to hear your excuses. You're not too tired -- go take out the trash."

"You just went to the bathroom. You can hold it until the end of the movie."

"You don't need a snack or another drink of water. Go back to bed."

"Don't talk to me in that tone of voice. Go to your room."

I know I've said all these things at one time or another. But here's the thing: If you're saying them all the time, there's a chance that your child isn't simply being demanding, irritable, or lazy.

Nov 21, 2014

By the year 2020, it is expected that one in four people will be diabetic. To stop the rise in numbers, prevention is key, and that is the main objective behind this diabetes awareness month.  This great article from WOWT helps bust a few common myths.

 

On February 17, 2007 Miranda Maria Leavitt passed away from complications with Diabetes. A year later, the communities in the Mt.Washington Valley of New Hampshire and Miranda's hometown friends and family in Fryeburg,  Maine supported the efforts and started The Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Fund.

Miranda Fund, c/o Memorial Hospital Foundation
3073 White Mountain Highway
North Conway, NH 03860

ph: 603-986-5939

Click here to donate directly to the Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Fund


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