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A March 2016 update from Cancer.org. Good info. for beginners.
Paul Sutton

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A March 2016 update from http://www.Cancer.org. Good info. for beginners.
Paul Sutton
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Comrades,
Welcome to the first Surgeon Typhoon report for 2016-2017. I would like to personally thank
Comrade Doc Higgins for his outstanding service as the Department Surgeon. Good luck on
your bid for National Surgeon.
This month topics are Type 2 Diabetes and Agent Orange Exposure Locations:
Agent Orange and Type 2 Diabetes: Type 2 diabetes is common among older adults, including
Vietnam Veterans. The Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences published a
report “Veterans and Agent Orange: Herbicide / Dioxin Exposures and type 2 Diabetes” in
2000. This report, and its 2002 and 2004 updates, found evidence of an association between exposures to herbicides
and type 2 Diabetes. Veterans who were potentially exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides during military service
do not have to prove a connection between their diabetes and service to be eligible to receive VA health care and
disability compensation.
TYPE 2 DIABETES: What is type 2 Diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes is a chronic (lifelong) condition that keeps your body from turning food into energy. It may leave you
feeling tired and run-down. Controlling your diabetes means making some changes that may be challenging at first.
Controlling the level of sugar in your bloodstream is the key to managing your diabetes. Poorly controlled diabetes can
result in complications including heart disease, kidney failure, vision loss, and damage to the nerves and blood vessels in
your upper and lower extremities.
There are several other risk factors for type 2 diabetes including: Being over 45 years of age, having a family history of
diabetes (related to both lifestyle and genetic factors), not getting enough exercise, having unhealthy eating habits, being
obese, and (in women) having had diabetes during pregnancy.
What should I do if I have type 2 Diabetes? There are several ways that you can reduce the impact of diabetes on your
health, including:
• Work on losing those extra pounds! Being overweight is the single biggest risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes.
• Exercise for a least 30 minutes each day.
• Eat a low-fat and high fiber diet.
• Practice health living – this includes staying tobacco free, limiting alcohol consumption, and staying active.
It is also important that you work closely with your medical provider so that they know what matters to you and what your
goals are for a healthy life. Together, you can come up with a treatment plan that works for you. In addition to the
methods listed above, this might include taking certain medications, monitoring blood sugars, and taking care of any other
medical conditions you may have.
AGENT ORGANGE EXPOSURE LOCATIONS: This information is provided by the VA site and is provided as general
informative information to our comrades who may not be aware of the locations that the VA recognizes for Agent Orange
Exposure Locations. Many of our Comrades may not be aware of the official locations that the VA recognizes and could
be useful information when we are dealing with physical problems with our medical providers:
Exposure to Agent Orange is recognized by VA in the following locations:
Vietnam and Brown Water Veterans: The inland waterways of Vietnam are often referred to as ”bown water” because of
their muddy water. The naval vessels operating on them are referred to as the Brown Water Navy and / or Mobile
Riverine force. Those who made brief visits ashore and / or severed on a ship that was operated on the inland waterways
of Vietnam are often referred to as “Brown Water Veterans”.
Blue Water Veterans: The deep offshore waters of Vietnam are often referred to as “blue waters” and naval vessels
operating on them are referred to as the Blue Water Navy. Blue Water Veterans are not presumed to have been exposed
to Agent Orange or other herbicides unless they actually set foot in Vietnam (including for liberal leave or work detail) or
severed aboard ships on its inland waterways between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975. The Blue Water Navy operated
large ships which were used to carry out their missions along the Vietnam coastal waters.
Korean Demilitarized Zone: Veterans who served in a unit operating along the Korean demilitarized zone anytime
between April 1, 1968 and August 31, 1971, and who have a disease VA recognizes as associated with Agent Orange
exposure, are presumed to have been exposed to herbicides.
Thailand Military Bases: Vietnam-era Veterans, including U.S. Air Force and Army Veterans, whose service involved duty
on the perimeters of military bases in Thailand anytime between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975, may qualify for VA
benefits.
Yours in Comradeship,
Michael Napsey
Surgeon
Department of Pacific Areas
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