Find out your risk of diabetes and how you can lower it
By DR. LINDSEY CECIL and DR. LEE ALLISON
East Cooper Coastal Family Physicians
Special to CharlestonCurrents.com
22, 2010 -- The American Diabetes Association estimates that 23.6
million people in the United States have diabetes, and about 5.7
million of these people do not know they have diabetes because they
haven't been diagnosed yet. Could you be one of these people?
Dr. Lindsey Cecil (left) and Dr. Lee Allison
Carolina has one of the highest rates of diabetes in the country,
with around 415,000 people diagnosed. This means that more than
9 percent of the people in our state have diabetes. This is largely
due to the high percentage of obese and overweight people in South
Carolina (more than 26 percent of the population in 2008).
are two main types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes, previously known
as juvenile diabetes, is typically diagnosed in childhood or early
adulthood. Only 5 percent to 10 percent of people with diabetes
have this type. People with type 1 diabetes do not produce insulin,
a hormone that changes sugar and starches into energy. They are
usually managed with insulin replacement.
2 diabetes was previously an acquired disease found only in adults.
However, with childhood obesity on the rise, it has emerged in children
and young adults as well. People with type 2 diabetes either do
not make enough insulin or their cells do not recognize and respond
to the insulin being produced. This causes the glucose (or sugar)
to build up in the blood instead of going into the cells where it
can be used as energy. These people are usually able to be managed
with diet and oral medications.
of American Diabetes Association Diabetes Alert Day, East
Cooper Coastal Family Physicians will offer free blood glucose
screenings on Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. at its offices
at 1200 Two Island Court, Suite E, Mount Pleasant (off the
Isle of Palms Connector, across from the DMV offices). Call
849-1300 to schedule a test.
do you know if you have diabetes? Some of the common symptoms include
frequent urination, extreme thirst or hunger, unusual weight gain,
fatigue and irritability. In addition you may notice frequent infections
(skin, bladder or gum), blurred vision, cuts or bruises that are
slow to heal, and tingling or numbness in your hands or feet. However
many people with type 2 diabetes may have no symptoms at all, so
it's important to talk with your primary care physician about your
risk factors and get screened if appropriate.
are some things that you can't change which may put you at increased
risk for diabetes. First is your age, because as you get older,
the risk for diabetes, stroke and heart attack increases. Second,
certain racial and ethnic groups are at increased risk for developing
diabetes, including African Americans, Mexican Americans, American
Indians, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders and Asian Americans.
If anyone in your family (especially first-degree relatives like
parents, siblings and grandparents) has a history of diabetes, this
could increase your risk as well.
are ways to lower your risk for developing diabetes. It is important
to exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet. The American Heart
Association recommends that all healthy adults 18 to 65 years of
age need at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise
five days each week or at least 20 minutes of vigorous-intensity
aerobic exercise three days each week.
healthy can be challenging, so here are some helpful tips to improve
Eat smaller servings of your high-calorie favorites.
for salad dressings and sauces on the side and use them sparingly.
a fruit or vegetable with each meal or snack.
back on high-fat toppings and use herbs, spices, lemon juice and
the prevention of diabetes, it is very important to avoid becoming
obese or overweight. Even losing small amounts (10-15 pounds) can
make a big difference in your health. For more information about
diabetes risk and prevention, visit the American Diabetes Association
Web site at http://www.diabetes.org.
Lee Allison and Dr. Lindsey Cecil practice with East Cooper Coastal
Family Physicians, a family medical practice. Both earned their
medical degrees and completed their residencies at the Medical University
of South Carolina. East Cooper Coastal Family Physicians offers
extended weekday and weekend hours, as well as walk-in hours.
some Turkish neighbors in Charleston
ANDY BRACK, publisher
22, 2010 -- You might not think that someone in Charleston would
get passionate talking about the country of Turkey, but that's exactly
what Sheriff Al Cannon did Thursday night during a special dinner
at the Francis Marion Hotel.
Charleston County officials -- council members Teddie Pryor and
Henry Darby, Clerk of Court Julie Armstrong, Coroner Rae Wooten
and Chief Deputy Mitch Lucas -- joined 100 others in an evening
of making new Turkish friends and learning about Turkish culture.
way of promoting friendship between the two countries is a contest
that will be unveiled later this year by Istanbul
Center, a nonprofit based in Georgia. In the coming months,
it plans to sponsor an art and essay contest for South Carolina
students. Winners will get free trips to Turkey.
Center's Umit Goker told the Charleston audience Thursday night
that as the world has become a global village, it's more important
than ever for countries with similar interests and bonds to revisit
how they can be better neighbors, even if they're separated by an
between countries, he said, can only be solved by investing in human
beings. "Shortcuts are not our best bet," he said. "Sometimes
they may do more harm than good."
who visited Turkey last July on a tour by Istanbul Center, said
there was no more important time for America to engage with Turkey,
a secular democracy that serves as a strong American link between
the Western world and Middle East.
is a memorable place and the people are reasonable," said the
sheriff, recalling the warmth and friendliness he found throughout
Turkey. "We live in peculiar times. We need to be interacting
with our neighbors, wherever they might be, and Turkey should be
on the top of that list."
highlighted how Turkey, a cultural crossroads that has served as
an important home for Muslims, Christians and Jews, is booming.
at Istanbul Center's dinner also enjoyed a demonstration by
a Turkish artist of the art of ebru, or paper marbling, as
nation's gross domestic product has jumped from $267 billion in
2000 to more than $800 billion last year, Cannon noted. It is home
to major international contractors and is a major producer of cars
for Europe. Turkey is also building a 320-mile high-speed rail network
that is about 40 percent complete. It's 13th in the world in expressways
and registered cell phones. And it's 15th in the world in Internet
been my experience that people tend to fear what they know little
about," Cannon said, reflecting that his trip to Turkey provided
some awe-inspiring moments and generated friendships he'll keep
more you talk with someone, the more you learn about them,"
the sheriff said. "We certainly do not live on an island. There
is no greater time or need to search out kindred spirits to make
the world a better place."
folks from Istanbul Center made quite an impression on those in
attendance at the dinner, which included some tasty baklava, and
opened many eyes to the Turkish people's freedom-loving spirit and
desire for goodwill.
Brack is publisher of CharlestonCurrents. He can be reached at email@example.com.
should be sure they don't duplicate efforts
just read the feature "Begin
with Books." Good idea. Last week I learned about "Community
of Readers" (C of R). C of R also distributes new books to
children. Hope these two organizations are working together (and
others with similar mission) to compliment rather than duplicate
efforts. Given the fact of scarce resources, it seems to me there
needs to be more effort to work with others with similar interests
and passions and less energy used to launch new initiatives duplicating
Joanne B. Milkereit, Charleston, SC
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contractor expands here; Boeing
Seattle-based commercial contractor, citing Boeing's recent decision
to build a 787 final assembly plant in Lowcountry, will open a new
office in Charleston. Schuchart Corp., a commercial contractor focusing
on new buildings and high-end tenant improvement projects, said
Boeing's move was the main reason it chose Charleston to expand
operations. The firm has a long history of working with Boeing in
was the catalyst for looking into Charleston," said company
president George Schuchart. "But after meeting with several
local general contractors, we found Charleston to be a booming business
environment with a lot of opportunity. Not only that, we were delighted
at how friendly and welcoming everyone was to us, and that's really
what made the decision an easy one."
Schuchart has hired Chris Burrell, a Charleston-based construction
industry professional, to head up the new office here and serve
as the company's Southeast regional manager. "I am excited
to bring Schuchart Corporation's deep experience with complex, large-scale
projects to bear on opportunities here, and to partner with firms
that can help us navigate the local arena," Burrell said. "Also,
the firm's relationships with national and multi-regional clients
like Boeing, Starbucks and Microsoft put us in a great position
to take on such work here in the Southeast."
In addition to the new Charleston office, the company says it plans
to pursue opportunities in Greenville, Columbia, Myrtle Beach, Hilton
Head, Savannah and Charlotte.
The company invites anyone interested in learning more about Schuchart
to meet with representatives of the company during "Meet the
Generals," a March 30 speed networking event in Columbia sponsored
by the Carolinas Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors.
The event will take place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Embassy Suites,
200 Stoneridge Drive, Columbia. The cost is $50 per person. For
more information, go to http://www.abccarolinas.org/.
now offering free downloadable audio books
to a great book has gotten easier than ever for local residents,
thanks to the Charleston County Public Library's latest Web service:
free downloadable audio books. The new service, partly funded by
the Friends of the Charleston County Library, lets patrons download
books free from the library's Web site by using their library card
number. Books are compatible with both PCs and Macs, and people
can use iPods, iPhones and most MP3 devices to listen to the books.
library contracted with Ingram Digital's MyiLibrary Audio service
and has added more than 550 downloadable titles - recent best-sellers,
nonfiction biographies, children's classics such as "The Adventures
of Tom Sawyer" and more.
download a book, just go to the library's Web site -- http://www.ccpl.org
-- and look for the "Listen to Me" icon on the left side
of the home page. Click on the link for MyiLibrary audio. You'll
need your library card number to login and peruse the collection.
Once you find something of interest, add the audio book to your
"virtual bookshelf." Before your first download, you'll
be prompted to download Ingram Media Manager to their computer;
that's the only time you'll have to go through that step. Patrons
can then download the book.
library says patrons can have up to two downloadable audio books
checked out at a time, and up to two hold requests. The audio books
can be checked out for up to 14 days.
Foundation to build apartments for seniors
The Humanities Foundation will break ground April 5 for two new
apartment communities that will provide 114 new apartment units
for senior citizens and create more than 500 jobs. The 11 a.m. ceremony
will be held at the site of the 72-unit Grandview Apartments on
Magwood Road, adjacent to the foundation's existing Grand Oak Apartments
in West Ashley. Grandview is expected to be open in March 2011.
The second project, Seven Farms Village Apartments on Daniel Island,
is scheduled for completion in November. The 42-unit complex will
be built near the foundation's Seven Farms Apartments.
two projects, which total more than $14 million in development cost,
have received more than $3.5 million in Tax Credit Assistance Program
(TCAP) funding. The TCAP program is administered by the South Carolina
State Housing, Finance and Development Authority and was financed
through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 enacted
by Congress to create jobs and promote investments.
funding sources include the South Carolina State Housing Tax Credit
Program, the City of Charleston Home Program, the Housing Authority
of the City of Charleston, the Lowcountry Housing Trust, Bank of
America, Boston Capital Corp. and the Richman Group.
ensure that the apartment communities are energy efficient and environmentally
sustainable, a foundation staff member who is accredited by the
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program will
advise the foundation on the inclusion of energy-efficient doors,
windows, kitchen appliances and plumbing fixtures. Connelly Builders
is the contractor for the project, which was designed by Palmetto
1992, the foundation has built 14 apartment communities to meet
the need for affordable housing in Charleston. The foundation also
has built affordable housing projects in Port Royal in Beaufort
County and Orangeburg. The projects have added more than $100 million
in new construction to the state's economy and the Charleston area.
Mike's will donate to Volunteer Rescue Squad in April
Mike's Subs locations in Charleston County will donate $1 for every
No. 13 (Original Italian) sub sold in April to the Charleston County
Volunteer Rescue Squad. All eight stores in the county are participating
in the effort, according to Jay Yates, Jersey Mike's franchisee
and area director. The franchise has three locations in Mount Pleasant
and one each in Charleston, North Charleston, James Island, Goose
Greek and Summerville. (Click
here to find the addresses and hours.)
No. 13 sub is the franchise's most popular sandwich - an assortment
of Italian meats and cheeses, onions, lettuce and tomatoes, with
red wine vinegar, olive oil and spices.
The Charleston County Volunteer Rescue Squad provides support for
auto and heavy extrications, missing or injured boaters, land search
and rescue, high angle rescue, diving, drowning (recovery and transport),
swift water rescue, and first responder medical for EMS. Its 56
qualified volunteers, including almost equal numbers of professionals
and regular citizens, also offer resources and manpower support
to local fire and police agencies, answering more than 1,000 calls
in 2009. The organization recently purchased a new boat with GPS
and Sonar capability and an additional rescue truck.
amazing men and women volunteer their time, continue their training
and even put their lives at risk to help this community when and
where we need it," Yates said. "At Jersey Mike's we believe
in that kind of commitment to community and we are thrilled to be
able to help."
us your reviews
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or local arts endeavor, please send no more than 150 words to
editor Ann Thrash.
Make sure to include your name and full contact information.
moss (Tillandsia usneoides) is a gray tree-borne epiphyte
native to the coastal plain of the southeastern United States. As
an epiphyte, Spanish moss gets water and food from the air and does
not harm the host tree.
is not a true moss but a relative of the pineapple family in the
genus Bromeliaceae. Spanish moss produces small, yellow-green, three-petaled
flowers in the spring and early summer. In mid- to late summer seedpods
burst and rely on the wind for distribution. Typically they lodge
in the bark of rough-barked trees, especially live oaks and cypress.
The plants are a tangle of long stems and slender leaves. The individual
mosses can extend over twenty feet in length and are host to red
bugs and spiders.
colonists sometimes used Spanish moss as insulation in chinking
log houses. Its largest commercial use came as a stuffing for furniture
after the Civil War, when it was called vegetable horsehair. In
the early twentieth century South Carolina had several moss gins.
In 1973 scientists studied Spanish moss taken from along U.S. Highway
17 to determine the levels of pollutants in the lowcountry air.
Spanish moss declined dramatically in the state during the 1970s
from the effects of a deadly mold, but it has since recovered.
in live oaks and cypress, Spanish moss is a familiar and evocative
symbol of the lowcountry. Some find it restful and comforting, while
to others it suggests more mournful feelings.
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What is 5
Jonathan Sanchez, who owns Blue Bicycle Books at 420 King St. downtown,
will be a contestant tonight on "Jeopardy" (7:30 p.m.
on WCBD-TV Channel 2), and we'll be tuning in to root for him. Charleston
Currents' own editor, Ann Thrash, was a contestant on the show in
2002, finishing in second place.
Here are five
things that Ann says always surprise people about her experience
as a "Jeopardy" contestant.
- The show
doesn't pay for contestants' flights out to Los Angeles, or hotel
rooms, at least not for regular games. (We hear that only happens
at the Tournament of Champions level.)
- If you
win any money, you have to pay California state income taxes on
- Five shows
- a week's worth - are taped in one day. Contestants who've been
called for the day sit in the audience during the taping of other
shows. After one show ends, names are chosen at random to determine
who's up next.
- The shows
are taped in real time; the cameras don't stop unless the staff
has to fact-check a contestant's answer or there's a commercial
break - and the pauses for the commercials last just as long as
the actual commercials last during the show. The exception is
before Final Jeopardy: Contestants get as long as they want to
figure out how much to bet, based on the category and other contestants'
scores - and the staff gives you paper and pencil to do the math.
- During Ann's
appearance (taped in the summer of 2002), while the credits rolled
at the end of the show over a shot of Trebek and the contestants
chatting, Alex asked Ann several questions about the Confederate
submarine Hunley. Seems he had been in Charleston when plans were
being made on how to raise it from the ocean floor off Sullivan's
Island, and he wanted to know the latest news on the recovery
and restoration work.
(which began Saturday)
came but once a century instead of once a year, or burst forth with
the sound of an earthquake and not in silence, what wonder and expectation
there would be in all hearts to behold the miraculous change."
Wadsworth Longfellow, American poet (1807-1882)
Glucose Screenings: 8 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. March 23, East
Cooper Coastal Family Physicians, 1200 Two Island Court, Suite #,
Mount Pleasant. East Cooper Coastal Family Physicians will be giving
free glucose screenings in honor of American Diabetes Association
Alert Day. Call 849-1300 to schedule at test.
Book Signings: Holly Herrick, author of "The
Charleston Chef's Table" and "Southern Farmers Market,"
will be signing books at several upcoming events downtown. Herrick
will be at the Historic Charleston Foundation boutique, 108 Meeting
St., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 23. She will also be at
the Charleston Symphony Orchestra League's Designer Showhouse, 120
South Battery, from noon to 2 p.m. March 27, April 2 and April 5.
A portion of revenues from the Designer Showhouse signings will
benefit the CSO. Tickets to the showhouse are available
Seafood Dinner: 7 p.m. March 23, BLU Restaurant, 1 Center
St., Folly Beach. Five courses of sustainable seafood, paired with
wine from King Estate Winery. Between courses, guests will have
the opportunity to learn how to help ensure we have fish for the
future and how to choose seafood that will minimize our impact on
the environment. Menu includes a fried oyster po' boy, shrimp bruschetta,
pan-seared sea scallops, and shellfish paella. Cost: $50 plus tax
and gratuity. BLU will donate 10% of the dinner revenue to support
the South Carolina Aquarium's Sustainable Seafood Initiative. Reservations:
Outlook Conference: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 24, Charleston
Area Convention Center. The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce's
annual Economic Outlook Conference will feature an 18- to 24-month
look ahead at the region's key economic sectors. Keynote speaker
is Matt Martin, senior vice president and Charlotte regional executive
for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Cost: $95 chamber members,
$150 nonmembers. Registration/more
Ball: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. March 25, South Carolina Aquarium,
100 Aquarium Wharf, downtown. The first Charleston Water Ball is
sponsored by the Charleston Waterkeeper as a celebration and an
evening dedicated to clean water. Features a silent auction; food
and cocktails from vendors impacted by the quality of local waterways;
educational displays; and the unveiling of an iPhone app that allows
users to report problems or suspicious activities on the water.
Tickets: $50; available
online. Sponsorship opportunities also available.
7 p.m. March 25, Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St., downtown.
Charleston Symphony Orchestra presents a concert titled "Beyond
Belief," which will include classical and contemporary pieces
all tied to Greek mythology. The show is casual, interactive and
intimate and will last about an hour. Tickets: $25 adults, $5 students
with valid student ID. Available at the door the day of the show
beginning at 5 p.m. or online.
Cajun Festival: Noon to 6 p.m. March 28, James Island
County Park, 871 Riverland Drive. Featuring music, food, crawfish-eating
contest, children's activities, and more. Performers include Leroy
Thomas and the Zydeco Roadrunners and Nathan and the Zydeco Cha
Chas. No coolers, outside beverages, or dogs permitted. Tickets:
$10 adults; free for Gold Pass holders and children 12 and under.
More information: 795-4FUN or online.
Sunday Celebration: 5 p.m. March 28, Citadel Square Baptist
Church, 328 Meeting St., downtown. The Charleston Symphony Orchestra
Gospel Choir will offer the debut performance of "Sacred Music
and Liturgical Dance: A Palm Sunday Celebration." Concert will
feature European classics, gospel and spirituals, as well as liturgical
dance by members of Ebenezer AME Church and Centenary United Methodist
Church. Tickets: $10 per person at the door or in advance during
regular Monday-Friday box office hours at the Gaillard Auditorium,
77 Calhoun St.
ONGOING AND SOON
of Drayton Hall: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays
in March, Drayton Hall Plantation, 3380 Ashley River Road. The
historic site will mark Women's History Month with special programs
focusing on the lives of the women of Drayton Hall, both black and
white, who have distinguished themselves over the past three centuries.
Tour included with regular admission: $15 adults; $8 ages 12-18;
$6 ages 6-11; free for ages 5 and under. Reservations (recommended):
Street Reopening: 6 p.m. April 1, Dock Street Theatre.
Gala concert planned by Spoleto Festival USA for the reopening of
the theatre after three years of renovations. Performances include
a sneak peek of the Spoleto opera "Flora," which was first
performed at the Dock Street in 1736. Events include champagne reception,
performance and seated dinner. Tickets range from $250 to $1,000.
Call 579-3100 or buy
Fun First Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., April 3,
Drayton Hall, 3380 Ashley River Road. "The Civil War: Soldiers
and Civilians" will be the theme for Drayton Hall's next Family
Fun First Saturday program. The interactive educational program
highlights the history of Drayton Hall and its surroundings. Programs
are geared toward families with children ages 6 to 12. Cost: Regular
admission plus $7 per family. Regular admission is $15 adults; $8
ages 12-18; $6 ages 6-11; free for age 5 and younger. More info:
e-mail Rikki Davenport,
or call 769-2607.
Ladies Easter Promenade: 11 a.m. April 3, Meeting Street
between Broad and South Battery, downtown. Members of the Hat Ladies
and their families will take their annual elegant stroll down one
of the city's most recognizable streets in honor of hat-wearing
traditions. Free. More
info online or call 762-6679.
Art and House Tour: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. April 9, Kiawah
Island. The 10th annual tour, sponsored by the volunteer group Gibbes,
etc., benefits the Gibbes Museum of Art. Tour features six homes
that have distinctive art collections and dramatic views of the
salt marsh, creeks, ocean and woodlands. Tickets: $55 per person
(includes tour, light refreshments throughout the afternoon at the
Cassique clubhouse, and an admission pass to the Gibbes Museum of
Art valid through Dec. 30. Buy at the Gibbes Museum Store, online,
or by calling 722-2706, ext. 21.
& Garden Tours: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 9 and April
10, downtown Charleston. The Garden Club of Charleston offers
its 75th annual walking tour of private homes and gardens in the
Historic District. Homes also feature flowers arranged by garden
club members, and refreshments will be served in one of the gardens.
All proceeds benefit the garden club's year-round maintenance of
several public gardens, including those at the Manigault House,
the Heyward-Washington House, the Gateway Walk and the Healing Garden
at MUSC. Tickets: $35. Details: Online
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SC poll flummoxes
should be state meat
to new grads
veto cigarette tax
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counted in Census
economy is recovering
whips up support
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