Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, and where blood glucose levels can undergo significant fluctuations. Hitachi has conducted extensive research concerning the thermal energy generated by metabolic reactions in the human body, which reflect a balance between blood sugar levels and local oxygen supply. Hitachi's investigational device uses special sensors that accurately measure various temperatures and light characteristics in a person's fingertip.
Hitachi plans to gather further experimental data and, after conducting clinical trials, file for regulatory approval under the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law in Japan and to the FDA. Hitachi is endeavoring to expand its health solution business, which is aimed at the prevention and treatment of lifestyle-related diseases. Information contained in this news release is current as of the date of the press announcement, but may be subject to change without prior notice.
In the mid-1990s, nurse Julia Means encountered an elderly African-American man whose wife had died and whose adult children were living out of state. Though she had seen many patients suffering complications of diabetes, this man’s lack of care and its consequences shocked Means. Diabetes, a disease that disproportionately strikes poor and minority individuals, has more than doubled in the U.S. Although the City of Milwaukee does not track diabetes, 13 percent of Milwaukee County residents have the disease, a higher rate than the nation and the state. After her experience in the medical intensive care unit, Julia Means decided she was tired of trying to rescue critically ill patients and wanted to try a different approach. Means also wanted to add a spiritual component to her work, so she enrolled in Marquette University’s parish nursing program. At one of the screening sessions, Means encountered a man in his 40s whose blood pressure was so high that she sent him to the hospital emergency room. According to Kim Sherard, the nurse practitioner in charge of education and medication management at the clinics, “We do a lot with diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure) and high cholesterol, which usually go hand-in-hand. Larry Hopkins, who came to get his blood sugar level checked and pick up his medication on a recent Wednesday morning, learned he had diabetes about six years ago. Since then, Hopkins, a resident of the Menomonee River Hills neighborhood on the Northwest Side, has visited the clinic at Ebenezer Church every month.
Since 2008, except for a few months last year before Home Depot stopped covering part-time employees, Hopkins hasn’t been able to afford medical insurance. When asked what the hardest part of having diabetes is, Hopkins said, “Just having diabetes, period. Hopkins has given up many foods he likes in order to control his blood sugar, but he said he’s not sure what he should and should not be eating.
Though Hopkins would like to test his blood sugar daily as the clinic staff recommends, he can’t afford to buy that many testing strips.
In addition to testing Hopkins’ blood sugar, clinic staff tested his pulse, blood pressure and cholesterol level. According to Means, some practitioners lack cultural sensitivity and communication skills, which drives away low-income patients.
Practitioners expressed frustration with their low-income patients’ lack of consistency in taking care of themselves. When she knows that scheduling is a barrier to care, she arranges to be available at a different time so patients can get their medications, she added. The CCDM clinics are working to overcome “a disengagement with the health system” where patients don’t feel welcome in a setting where the staff is mostly white, said Solberg. Other barriers are the inability to pay for childcare and a lack of transportation, Sherard said.
Kim Reyes, 55, grew up both in the Native American community in Milwaukee’s Muskego Way neighborhood and on the Oneida reservation near Green Bay.
Reyes’ adult son and his family live on the Oneida reservation and she and her husband visit regularly, she said. A longtime caregiver first to her own children and then to many foster children, six of whom currently share her home, Reyes hasn’t accepted chronic disease easily. The financial burden of their diabetes and her husband’s heart disease are eased somewhat by benefits they receive through tribal membership. Relieved to have adequate health insurance coverage through Social Security and BadgerCare, Reyes said there were years when she and her husband could not get insurance because of pre-existing conditions.
A group of Spanish-speaking diabetes patients meet weekly with a nurse and a nutritionist at the Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers, 1032 S. Cervantes and other group members said that Hispanics generally don’t like to admit that they have diabetes because they don’t want people to feel sorry for them. Ellyn McKenzie, vice president of community relations at Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers, said that the clinic strives to have patients see one primary care provider to give them the best quality care. It’s also difficult for diabetics with low-paying jobs that have inflexible hours and no paid sick days to find time to get medical care. Hilda Vera said her husband, a chef, often works 8- to 10-hour shifts with no breaks and no set schedule. Most of the patients in the group said they had minimal or no insurance, although one man said he is covered by Medicare. Most of the group members said that learning to eat right and staying on a healthy regimen is very challenging.
Although diabetes in Milwaukee has reached epidemic proportions, the City of Milwaukee Health Department does not collect data on the disease. Neighborhood or ZIP code-level data is important to help “target resources and show that the social determinants of health are really the predictors of diabetes and other chronic illnesses,” said Pat Harrison, director of research and evaluation at the Minneapolis Health Department. Harrison said that Minneapolis no longer tracks diabetes because it has become too difficult to get accurate data. The Milwaukee Health Department is mandated by the state to keep statistics on 75 diseases and conditions, mostly communicable, and does so for some other conditions that it deems important, said Geoffrey Swain, the department’s medical director. In Milwaukee County in 2011, the last year for which full reports are available, there were almost nine times as many estimated cases of diabetes as there were of the most prevalent communicable disease that the city tracks, chlamydia.
In addition, “we do not have the infrastructure to collect (diabetes data) at the city level yet,” Peck said.
Chicago and Dallas County (the city of Dallas does not have a health department) reported hospitalizations for diabetes by ZIP code through 2011. With the advent of comprehensive electronic medical records and the expansion of health insurance eligibility under the Affordable Care Act, public health officials hope that it soon will be possible to partner with health care systems to extract data by ZIP code or by neighborhood, Harrison said.
Certain factors — race, income and access to healthy food — serve as indicators for diabetes risk. The red dots on the map represent specialized clinics created to help manage the diabetes epidemic in Milwaukee. If the body doesn’t make enough insulin, or if the insulin doesn’t work properly, the glucose cannot get into the cells. In type 1, the pancreas no longer produces insulin and blood glucose is unable to enter the cells to be used for energy.


In type 2, either the pancreas does not make enough insulin or the body is unable to use insulin correctly. Type 2 diabetes has a stronger link to family history and lineage than type 1, although it also depends on environmental factors. Early detection and treatment of diabetes can decrease the risk of developing complications of diabetes.
Diabetic retinopathy is the most common eye problem affecting people with diabetes, but other diabetes-related problems such as glaucoma and cataracts are common.
Diabetes can also cause common problems inside the mouth, such as tooth decay and gum disease.
Diabetes contributes to high blood pressure and is linked with high cholesterol, which significantly increases the risk of heart attack and cardiovascular disease. Poorly controlled diabetes can cause deterioration in the proper functioning of the kidneys. People with diabetes must be responsible for their day-to-day care, and keep blood glucose levels from being too low or too high.
Diabetes prevention is as basic as eating more healthfully, becoming more physically active and losing a few extra pounds.
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Knowing your blood glucose levels at different times of the day can help you and your doctor see how well your meals, activities, medicines and insulin are working and what action to take.
Without proper medical treatment, it can cause blood vessel problems, neuropathy, retinopathy, nephropathy, and other complications. Hitachi has determined that it is possible to compute the level of blood sugar by measuring parameters such as the thermal energy generated by metabolic reactions, the level of oxygen saturation of hemoglobin, and blood flow.
The device is intended to compute blood sugar levels based on the analysis of various physiological parameters involved in the generation of metabolic thermal energy, and would therefore eliminate the need to obtain a blood sample. Like Means, those who work with low-income populations are losing an uphill battle in identifying and treating patients. He was a diabetic who was untreated and he had a gangrenous toe that had been dead for awhile. He was treated and sent home with a prescription, but, unbeknownst to Means, he didn’t have the money to buy the medicine. The (fact that patients) receive medications at no cost is huge.” The CCDM clinics offer limited services, Sherard said, “so you do what you can with what you’ve got” to keep people out of the hospital, she explained. Hopkins sought medical attention after he noticed that he was losing weight and had experienced a sudden decline in vision.
He said his income has dropped to almost half of what he earned at a factory job he lost in 2008. He is not overweight and believes it was brought on by the stress of working with hostile co-workers at the factory. The clinic staff recommended that he see a dietician at a local hospital, but he said his work hours do not permit that. In addition, DHS estimates that one-quarter of county residents have pre-diabetes, a condition in which individuals’ blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. Citing a particular doctor who complained to her about the difficulty of treating African-American patients, Means acknowledged his frustration but noted that people won’t come back to a doctor who makes them feel guilty or unworthy for having a disease.
Though the CCDM clinics don’t drop patients who miss appointments, other clinics do, Means said. A proud member of the Oneida tribe, Reyes speaks about traditional culture at hospitals, colleges and universities around the state. Although her husband was diagnosed with diabetes about 10 years ago, and she has felt the disease’s characteristic numbness in her feet for many years, Reyes couldn’t believe it when she received the diagnosis five years ago.
She said she wishes the center were able to get more modern, less painful blood sugar testing equipment. You go to the doctor because you are sick,” said group facilitator Eida Berrios, summarizing the words of several participants.
However, it is sometimes difficult for patients to be seen by their own doctor on short notice, she explained. However, McKenzie said that patients can be matched with a Spanish-speaking doctor and the clinic provides translators for Spanish and other languages. Though the health center charges on a sliding scale based on income, the group members said their diabetes medications, which range from $50 to $500 per month, create a financial burden. Berrios translated for patient Maria Tolentino, who addressed the question of giving up traditional foods and focusing on moderation. The smallest geographical area for which such data is available is the county, collected by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Diabetes statistics are collected either through household surveys or from hospital admission reports and, for a variety of reasons, both collection methods leave a large number of diabetics uncounted, she said. This information is reported to the department by doctors, clinics, hospitals and laboratories. Zilber School of Public Health, said that the city does not have the funds to collect diabetes data and noted that Wisconsin ranks close to the bottom among all states in funding public health.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form and accounts for 90 to 95 percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Symptoms include: urinating often, blurry vision, cuts or bruises that are slow to heal, tingling, pain or numbness in the hands or feet, feeling very thirsty or extreme hunger and extreme fatigue.


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Requiring no blood specimen, the cutting-edge device is intended to compute blood sugar levels by using special sensors to detect physiological parameters related to the body's metabolism, such as thermal energy, oxygen supply, and blood flow. The treatment of diabetes involves moderating blood sugar levels through diet, exercise, and medication.
Hitachi's aim is to further develop its personal healthcare business as the core of its medical business, alongside its existing medical system and diagnostic equipment businesses. According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 18.8 million American adults have been diagnosed with diabetes and another 7 million have the disease but are undiagnosed.
Hopkins had medical insurance at the time so he was able to see a doctor, who diagnosed him with type 2 diabetes. Unemployed for more than a year, he delivered newspapers for a while and then got a part-time job at Home Depot. He said he didn’t know why the statin drug was prescribed, but statins are typically used to lower cholesterol.
All of that, the stress of inner-city living and cutting back on physical education in school contribute to weight gain and high rates of diabetes,” he said. What else can I do (to make you take care of yourself)?’ They will often respond that they don’t have sick days and they work during clinic hours,” Means said.
They work but they can’t afford insurance so they end up using the free services,” she said. She is employed as a special education advocate for American Indian children, acting as a liaison between their families and the school system. Berrios, who is Hispanic, a nurse and certified diabetes educator, said prevention is not a part of their culture. Several group participants expressed frustration with language barriers and feeling unwelcome or disrespected because doctors seem rushed and it’s difficult to see the same doctor at every visit. Appointments are scheduled for 15-20 minutes, with annual exams and new patient exams scheduled for 30 minutes.
Louis — found that only New York City reported diabetes rates in the city, by neighborhood.
Many people also require oral medication, insulin, or both to control blood glucose levels.
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To assure effective treatment, diabetics must measure their blood sugar levels periodically and continually.
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He attributed that to a dearth of full service, high-quality grocery stores in poor neighborhoods.
11th St., and when they plan far enough in advance, they can order free medicines from their respective reservations. Some of the challenges they face in managing their diabetes are cultural, rooted in beliefs prevalent in the societies into which they were born, as well as differences in language and communication style.
New York City collected data through community health surveys, and calculated undiagnosed diabetes using the national estimated percent, 25.9% of all cases.
Showing where these indicators are most prevalent shows where people are most likely to be at risk of developing diabetes.
The body needs glucose in the blood for energy, but too much sugar in the blood can lead to poor health.
One of the best ways to be certain that your blood glucose levels are maintained within your target range (within the Diabetes Safe Zone) is by regularly self-monitoring your glucose level.
Conventional monitoring devices require patients to collect blood from their fingertips or other extremities, which is painful, and the use of disposable test strips. For about five years, she offered weekly chronic disease screenings to people without health insurance at a food pantry, a senior citizens home and three central city churches.
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