Thursday, January 5, 2012

Kukui Connection Features Lorena Lorenzo

Rep. Marilyn Lee, host and producer of "Kukui Connection", welcomes Lenora Lorenzo, Doctor of Nursing Practice on the next episode which airs on Sunday, January 8, 2012, 4 p.m., Olelo Channel 54.  (This show is repeated on January 15 and 22 at the same time/channel.)

Lenora is one of a very few doctors of nursing practice in Hawaii.  She started her career as a candy striper at Wahiawa General Hospital during high school at Leilehua High School.  She always wanted to be a nurse and served for many years at Wahiawa where she knew and worked with Rep. Lee who is also a nurse.

She went on to become a nurse practitioner and worked at Haleiwa Family Health Center and the Waikiki Health Center for 10 years.  She then worked as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and helped form a professional organization for registered nurses.

While at the family health center, she decided that she really wanted to concentrate on Hawaii's diabetes population and to help them avoid premature death and complications from dialysis.

Learn more about the Comprehensive Diabetes Management program at the Veterans Administration, Pacific Islands Health Care system.

Learn about the Diabetes epidemic in our country - 50% of Americans may be diabetic by 2020.

Many Vietnam veterans have increased rates of diabetes because of exposure to Agent Orange.

Lenora recommends: Moderation is a key to life. Stay away from processed and fast food.  Limit corn syrup and sugar. Exercise every day.  Understand your family history as heredity is a factor.