MDSi Mocassin Newsletter - Fall 2007

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MDSi Mocassin Newsletter - Fall 2007

  1. 1. The Do you have Diabetes? If you don’t know, and you want to find out, MDSi can test you. MDSi (the Mobile Diabetes Screening Initiative) travels to the Métis Settlements and other off-reserve communities in Alberta. MDSi tests people to see if they have diabetes. MDSi gives you a “one-stop” appointment: We test you, and you get your results back right away, so you don’t have to wait. We check your weight, height, waist size, blood sugars, blood pressure and cholesterol. At your “one-stop” appointment, you will get to talk to a nurse or dietitian. If your results show you need more help, we will talk to you about seeing your regular doctor or a diabetes specialist. We can also send you to a diabetes education program. If you already know you have diabetes, MDSi can check your kidneys, eyes and feet for problems, and can check your blood sugars to see how your diabetes is doing. MDSi is a partnership program between your community, the University of Alberta and Alberta Health and Wellness. Moccasin Diabetes in the Métis Settlements MDSi has tested about 25% of the Métis people living in the Settlements for new cases of diabetes and pre-diabetes. Here’s what we found: For Adults: New Diabetes found by MDSi, 5% Pre-Diabetes, 52% Normal test results, 43% THE DOCTOR SAYS: Some people think that getting diabetes means blindness, kidney dialysis and amputations are inevitable. The truth is, there is a lot you can do to take control of your diabetes and live healthy. Even if you have to take insulin (the needle), you never need to go on dialysis, go blind or have an amputation. In 2007, these complications should be a matter of the past. The sooner you know if you have diabetes, the sooner you can start taking control. So, don’t be afraid to get tested. Meet the MDSI Team: Traveling Team: Kristy Lee, Jane Jensen, Michelle Hamilton, Joanna Campiou, Chantelle Daniels Office Team: Dr. Ellen Toth (medical director), Mary Pick, Michelle Morrison, Tracy Connor, Kelli Campbell For Kids: MDSi found no children with new diabetes. However… 21% of the children MDSi tested had pre-diabetes*. *Pre-diabetes” is defined as a fasting blood glucose greater than 5.5 mmol/L. To confirm “pre-diabetes” an oral glucose tolerance test is required. 2007 MDSI Community Visit Schedule: Nov 5th-8th: Kikino Métis Settlement Nov 13th-16th: Buffalo Lake Métis Settlement Nov 26th-29th: Elizabeth Métis Settlement Dec 3rd-6th: Fishing Lake Métis Settlement Dec 10th-13th: Bent Arrow Healing Society (Edmonton) Mobile Diabetes Screening Initiative (Manager: Mary Pick) Address: 4100 – 8308 114 St., Edmonton, AB T6G 2V2 Ph: (780) 407-1627, Fax: (780) 407-1715, E-mail: mdsi@ualberta.ca pg.1 Volume 1, No. 1, Fall 2007 Call your Settlement office for information on booking an appointment. P R I Z E D R A W S
  2. 2. The MDSi ABORIGINAL HEALTH GATHERING November 29, 30 and December 1, 2007 Moccasin Location: University of Alberta (Lister Centre), Edmonton ~ Free Registration ~ Merging Boundaries: Embracing New Interdisciplinary Roles in Health, Education, Research, and Program Service Delivery Instead of jam: Take a handful of fresh berries. Mash the berries with a fork, then sprinkle them with Splenda and mix. Spread onto whole wheat toast or whole wheat crackers. The First Interdisciplinary Aboriginal Professionals Gathering The gathering will feature: Panel discussions Dialogue/Group discussions Interactive sessions to facilitate learning/healing Oral and poster presentations Lead by Aboriginal community-based practitioners and researchers using innovative and cultural approaches to Aboriginal health and education. Information and registration forms are available at: www.ualberta.ca/~abhealth Health Canada recently came out with a new Food Guide just for Métis, First Nations and Inuit Canadians. It talks about the importance of eating both traditional foods (such as wild meat, berries, corn and bannock) and store-bought foods. The MDSi team will be showing this new Guide to people the next time the team is in your community. Wild Game (75 g cooked = ½ cup) Bannock (35 g) You can also look at the Guide on the internet here: www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/pubs/index_e.html Check out the NEW MDSI web site: pg.2 or contact: The Alberta ACADRE Network Ph (780) 492-1827, Fax (780) 492-6703 E-mail: acadre@ualberta.ca Need accommodations? Call (780) 492-1827 ASPEN HEALTH REGION EVENTS Flu Clinics will be held throughout November and December. No appointment necessary. Check www.aspenrha.com online or call your local Community Health Services office for dates, locations and times. Flu shots may be free for people who: • Are 65 years or older; • Have a chronic or low immunity condition or disease; • Pregnant or breastfeeding women, children 6-23 months old, their caregivers, and other children and adults sharing the household. Car Seat Safety Clinics (7:00 pm, free admission): Nov. 7th – Barrhead Community Health Services Dec. 5th – Westlock Community Health Services

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