Seasonal Depression Awareness Month

Seasonal Depression Awareness Month has begun, and in light of the colder, grayer weather, it is an important topic to discuss. According to Johns Hopkins, seasonal depression, or “seasonal affective disorder,” affects approximately 10-20% of the entire population this time of year. Lightbeam’s Clinical Transformation Advisor, Jessica Scruton, will join me again on the Population Health Podcast for our second care transformation-focused episode next week, but we wanted to begin the discussion today on the blog to ensure that everyone has the information they need to maintain strong mental health this winter. The Science Behind Seasonal Depression The Mayo Clinic attributes three main causes to the development of seasonal …

Diabetes Awareness Month

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. I had the pleasure of hosting Lightbeam’s Clinical Transformation Advisor, Jessica Scruton, on an episode of the Population Health Podcast discussing this chronic condition. Her experience as a nurse and witnessing diabetes mismanagement stirs a desire to educate patients on essential health topics whenever she can. Be sure to listen to the episode to hear more tips and firsthand experiences from Jessica on diabetes management. Types of Diabetes There are four different types of diabetes: type 1 (or juvenile diabetes), type 2 (or adult onset diabetes), gestational diabetes, and prediabetes. Each is slightly different, but …