Golightly was wrong, there was a problem. In July she was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes is a disease that involves the pancreas. The majority of patients has Type 2 diabetes which is when the pancreas is not making as much insulin as the body needs or the body is unable to use the insulin produced effectively to bring down the glucose level in the blood.
And, it isn't just Golightly's problem, it is increasingly a problem for more and more people, especially in Southeast Missouri. Statewide 9.4 out of every 100 adults are diagnosed with diabetes while in the Bootheel, the rate is as high as 14 out of 100.
Because of the prevalence of the disease in the area, directors of the Southeast Missouri Health Network decided to take action and hired Nan Thornton. A certified diabetes educator and a registered and licensed dietician, who has a master's degree in nutrition, Thornton will work with the healthcare providers at SEMO Health Network's medical clinics at Bernie, Kennett, New Madrid, Portageville and Sikeston. When the new clinic opens in September at Benton, she will also be available to assist patients with diabetes there, too.
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