On Oct. 2, 2023, Michigan Medicine presented a program at Peninsula Community Library about Diabetes Research and Progress Toward a Cure. As with their previous programs on Heart Disease and Skin Cancers, the Community Room was packed with OMP residents looking for information about health and well-being.
Dr. Martin Myers, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Michigan Diabetes Research & Training Center and the Elizabeth Weiser Caswell Diabetes Institute, presented the program, which included info and research surrounding Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. The research continues to reveal crucial roles for nerve centers in the unconscious part of the brain in the control of blood sugar, the regulation of body weight and the response to insulin.
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Dr. Myers also answered questions at the end of the presentation, including mine about A1C numbers. At a recent checkup, my doc said my A1C number (6.3) indicates that I’m pre-diabetic for Type 2 diabetes. Apparently, most of us are! According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in three American adults are prediabetic, and most don’t even know it because they haven’t been tested for it.
While many people take metformin to lower that A1C number, Dr. Myers said making changes can lower that number, like losing weight, watching carbs and sugar intake, and getting more exercise. My doc said the same thing, so I’m in the process of doing that and will have my A1C tested again in January. I’ll keep you posted.
Below is the video from the presentation. This is the last of three Michigan Medicine programs for this year, but I’ve started doing videography for other programs at Peninsula Community Library and the OMP Historical Society, so I’ll continue learning more about the video process.
For this one, I was off to the right-hand side of the room – partly so I didn’t have people crossing in front of me as they entered or left the room, and partly so that I didn’t block anyone in the audience. However, I think being in the middle of the room towards the front will work better. And if I’m close to the front, I won’t have to crank up my tripod too far, so that I’m not blocking anyone’s view. It’s definitely a learning process.
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