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May 08

Politician Gets It (Almost) Right!

DiabetesLast week, one of the many Democrats running for President made a startling (to many people) statement. In a town hall in New Hampshire, Congressman Tim Ryan commented that, “Half the country today has either diabetes or prediabetes.” Most people will write this off as political overkill, but the American Diabetes Association says that Congressman Ryan’s claim is close to true for adults, but there is limited data for children. The ADA said it would be more accurate to say that, “Nearly half of all adults in the United States have either diabetes or prediabetes.”

This fact should not surprise readers of our website or Facebook blogs. We have addressed this fact several times in articles like, “Diabetes is Prime Time.” If you are taking medication for diabetes and meet certain criteria, bariatric surgery may be an option for you. Only a thorough examination by a qualified weight loss surgeon can answer your questions. If you have any question about bariatric surgery or any other area included in general surgery, please contact our office. You may use Contact Dr Birkedal or phone us at (386) 210-9794. Our offices, located in Daytona, New Smyrna and Palm Coast are all part of the AdventHealth Medical Group.

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