On Thursday, the Southeastern Michigan Health Associated was allocated $16.2 million dollars in order to assist in the sharing of patient information among physicians, hospitals and clinics to advance the care of under served patients, especially in Detroit.
The funds will aide in organizing the Southeast Beacon Community Collaborative. A factor of a federal attempt to use health information technology to take on primary health issues in communities across the nation. A considerable part of Detroit and southeast Michigan residents have diabetes.
Dr. David Blumenthal, national coordinator for health information technology with the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services states that information is the back bone of medicine. Without appropriate information, their hands are tied behind their backs and they are blindfolded as healthcare professionals.
Metro Detroit is just one of seventeen communities across the nation to be awarded $265 million dollars in federal funds for healthcare action. The regions grant was one of two that had been disclosed on Thursday, the other $13.8 million dollars had gone to greater Cincinnati, Ohio.
They award for Detroit had been released at Henry Ford Health System headquarters in the New Center.
The electronic health information will allow clinics in Detroit to trace clinical results with the aim of establishing long term, credible changes in the quality and effectiveness of diabetes care in Detroit, Hamtramck, Highland Park, Dearborn and Dearborn Heights.
Around 90,000 persons within those areas have diabetes, a disease which is responsible for many hospitalizations each year according to the collaborative. Diabetes appeared in 23% of hospital discharges in Detroit for 2009, according to hospital information.
Dr. Robert Jackson, who has a family practice in Allen Park and also chairs the Southeast Michigan Health Information Exchange, which is a group involved with the collaborative, comments that they wish to progress the quality of healthcare in the greater Detroit area.
Dr. Jackson states that this action will act as a starting point in order to aide in decreasing healthcare expenditures.
Dr. Jackson and Dr Blumenthal both state utilizing current and new technologies will aide in prevention of avoidable re-admissions into hospitals or emergency room visits or repeating un-necessary tests.
Estimates from Michigan Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System indicate that 400,000 persons in Michigan have diabetes. Diabetes is a chronic disease which affects millions of persons in the United States. Conventional treatments that are available to control diabetes however, they do have their side effects. That being one reason why a lot of persons with diabetes also turn to alternative treatments. Some of the treatments are listed here.
Dietary Supplements (geared at Type 2)
Dietary supplements are tried in efforts to control blood glucose and manage the symptoms of the disease. Along with decreasing the risk of developing severe complications such as heart issues.
Alpha-lipoic Acid an antioxidant that guards against cell damage. It is found in foods like broccoli, spinach and potatoes. Some persons take these in hopes of decreasing glucose levels by boosting the bodies ability to use insulin and others take them in order to aide in stopping or treating diabetic neuropathy (nerve disorder). The supplements come in tablets or capsules.
A few studies have shown these supplements can be beneficial. However, there is a possibility of decreasing blood sugar levels way to far. So if you do use these supplements, blood sugar levels must be watched carefully.
Omega-3 fatty acids which can be found in foods such as fish, walnuts and wheat germ. These provide several benefits to the body which include moving calcium along with other substances in and out of cells, digestion, decrease inflammation and aide in guarding against heart disease. The supplements come in capsules or oil (fish oil).
Research has shown that they decrease triglycerides but have no effect in controlling blood glucose and total cholesterol. However, they can increase bad cholesterol and can conflict with particular medications such as blood thinners and high blood pressure medications.
Hydrotherapy employs treatment through the use of water. Studies have demonstrated that hydrotherapy has many benefits for persons with Type 2 diabetes. The liquid element of water can absorb and administer heat. It provides enhancement in sleep, decreasing blood sugar levels and overall well being.
One study conducted at McKee Medical Center in Loveland, Colorado, had a group of Type 2 diabetes patients soak in a hot tub for thirty minutes each day for six days a week during the study period. The results had shown that blood sugar levels were decreased by 13% and some patients were able to reduce the dosage of insulin. It was established hot tub therapy should be included as treatment. This being dependent upon notifying healthcare practitioner before starting this or any treatment. It also aides in control of blood glucose levels.
Massage therapy aides in the treatment of diabetes. It aides in reduction of muscle tension and stress. It improves circulation and several metabolic processes. Massages such as therapeutic have been used.
Studies and testing in international research centers in the last ten years have indicated that acupuncture can be useful for persons with diabetes. The benefits of acupuncture include decreasing glucose levels in the body, enhance blood flow, prevention of motor nerve transmission and raises pain level thresholds.
Research now shows that chiropractic care aides in the overall wellness of diabetic patients. A study which had been published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research has shown positive reactions of chiropractic as part of treatment care for adult diabetics. Chiropractic care also had included nutritional and exercise guidance. The care was directly aimed at correction of misalignment in the spine which affects the association between the nervous system and organs.
A patient on the program after one month of chiropractic care, the patient’s glucose blood and urine levels had returned to normal and maintained those levels. The patient’s physician had watched the progress and stated the patient would not be in need of insulin if the levels maintained. More studies have an urgent need to be completed for chiropractic care to be recognized as part of treatments for those persons who have diabetes.
Diabetes in Michigan Resources
Southeast Michigan Diabetes Outreach Network
2727 Second Avenue Suite 144
Islets of Hope – Michigan Emergency and Assistance Resources and Programs for persons with Diabetes
Henry Ford Medical Center Detroit East
74800 West Outer Drive
National Diabetes Information Clearing House
Provides information about diabetes to patients and families
Alternative Health Practitioner in or around Detroit:
Natures Very Best (naturopathic and massage)
15224 West 7 Mile
A & L Chiropractic Center
24281 Middlebelt Road
Health First Chiropractic Clinic
333 East Jefferson Suite M298
Acupuncture and Herbs Miracle
23700 Orchard Lake Road
Detroit Community Acupuncture
Sianna Muscles in Motion
323 Erskine Street
JaMars LaDon Spa
19971-81 James Couzens Freeway
Michigan Eyes on Diabetes
National Center for Alternative and Complimentary Medicine
Medical News Today