Dr. Katsamakis on Diabetes Awareness, Prevention and Control

diabetes awarenessDr. C. Dean Katsamakis is a Cardiologist on the medical staff at Sherman Hospital. He has been kind enough to take time for a Q and A about diabetes.

How long have you lived in the area, Dr. Katsamakis? Where did you go to school?

A: I was born in Chicago and raised in Arlington Heights, IL. I completed my medical training at Rush University and have been practicing in the Chicagoland area since 2005.

Q: What do heart and blood vessels do?

A: The heart and blood vessels are essential to providing oxygenated blood to all parts of the body. This blood flow is necessary for the body to survive.

Q: How do blood vessels get clogged?

A: There are many factors which contribute to blocked arteries, known as atherosclerosis. The primary reason is a buildup of cholesterol on the walls of the artery.

Q: Can diabetes be prevented?

A: Certain types of diabetes can be prevented. Adult onset diabetes is generally preventable. The prevention starts by maintaining an appropriate weight based on your age and height and monitoring your diet.

Q: How does diabetes affect your body?

A: Diabetes affects multiple systems in your body, including nerves and blood vessels. These changes can result in impaired vision, loss of sensation, heart attack, stroke and peripheral arterial disease.

Q: What should someone do each day to stay healthy with diabetes?

A: In order for a diabetic to stay healthy, he or she should incorporate moderate exercise and healthy eating habits into their daily regimen.

Q: What are some other sources for information on diabetes? What does Sherman offer the public?

A: On the Internet there are multiple sources of information including the American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association. Sherman Hospital is an excellent resource for health information. Along with information, Sherman also offers community health screenings and seminars related to cardiovascular health and wellness.

Q: How do you think the new hospital will improve quality care for residents?

A: The new hospital will be a tremendous asset by providing a world class facility with state of the art care. Patients are able to receive cutting edge treatments in the comfort of their own community.

Q: What is your philosophy on cardiovascular care?

A: My philosophy is to concentrate on prevention through lifestyle adjustment. Also, to educate my patients and make them active participants in their overall care.

This post is published by Sherman Health to provide general health information. It is not intended to provide personal medical advice, which should be obtained directly from your physician. For more information on heart health, click here to visit Sherman’s Heart and Vascular Center.

About Sherman Health

Sherman Health has provided medical care to Northern IL since 1888, and is currently home to a network of over 600 physicians. The Sherman blogs are edited by me, Luke. Questions? Comments? Links? Email address is luke at shermanhealth dot com.
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