Visiting the doctor can be confusing, scary and just one more thing to put on your already busy schedule. For those in our community suffering from chronic conditions and/or mental illness managing appointments and understanding care instructions is even more challenging.
My first encounters with patients with diabetes were in a hospital setting in the final two years of medical school. I remember witnessing the complications of diabetes: patients suffered heart attacks or strokes, others required dialysis after kidney failure, still others had chronic numbness or pain caused by the effect of high blood sugar on the nerves in their legs.
Poor Physical Health Outcomes in the Mentally Ill, and How to Help
Moving to the West Seventh neighborhood of Saint Paul last spring, my husband and I were thrilled to see a community of people who care- about each other, about their health, about their tiny libraries, and about the festival of the day. We saw artist’s lofts, thriving local businesses, friendships between diverse peoples, and green spaces everywhere- from community centers to parks to gardens. We saw Day by Day Café and Fresh Grounds Coffee, which not only serve delicious food and coffee, but also offer gainful employment to people recovering from addiction.
Congratulations! You have survived yet another long Minnesota winter. Why not celebrate the beautiful weather and take the opportunity to explore outside?
Obesity rates across the country continue to rise, and the Minnesota Department of Health estimates that 1 in 4 Minnesotans are now considered obese. A major contributor is a general lack of physical activity. For many people, cold winter weather keeps them indoors, limiting their exercise options. But with summer weather approaching, now is the time to take advantage and get a jumpstart on your health by returning to healthy, active habits.