Having obtained his DDS from the Louisiana State University dental school, Dr. Nicholas Rauber has spent nearly a decade at Aesthetic Dentistry Group in Baton Rouge. In this position, Dr. Nick Rauber provides patients with a range of dental services, from fillings to root canal therapy. Dr. Nick Rauber founded the Swollfest fishing rodeo, a charity event benefiting the American Diabetes Association and other nonprofits.
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) provides a number of resources to individuals living with diabetes, including tips on how to maintain healthy eating habits while spending the night out at a restaurant.
To begin, individuals should have a firm understanding of when they will be dining, particularly if they need to take an insulin shot or diabetes medication. People with diabetes should discuss insulin doses and eating times with a trusted medical professional.
Ordering from a restaurant is another critical process for individuals living with diabetes. Though dietary habits and goals can differ considerably from one person to the next, it is important to patronize restaurants that offer an array of choices when it comes to limiting salt intake, increasing fiber, and other nutrition priorities. Those with diabetes should not hesitate to make certain requests, if possible, such as declining any extra butter or salt during the preparation process. To learn more, visit www.diabetes.org.
In 2009, Nichloas Rauber, DDS, was named among the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report’s 40 Under 40, recognizing his achievements as both an entrepreneur and a philanthropist. Dr. Nick Rauber has been a founding member of multiple charities, beginning with the Swollfest fishing rodeo in 1997, which has grown to raise over a million dollars to date on behalf of several organizations. The Muscular Dystrophy Association is one such beneficiary, which is unsurprising considering that the impetus for his philanthropy was an experience at an MDA summer camp, where he saw the effects of muscular dystrophy firsthand.
Muscular dystrophy can take many forms, but they share similar causes and symptoms - each results from a specific gene, and produces varying degrees of muscle weakness. At the MDA camp, Nick cared for one young man in particular who had Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the most common form of the disease, which normally affects boys starting at two to three years of age. Other relatively frequent forms include Becker muscular dystrophy, which is similar to Duchenne but typically begins showing symptoms during adolescence or early adulthood, and Steinert’s disease, which is the most common form among adults, resulting in the inability to relax muscles after contracting them.
There is currently no cure for muscular dystrophy, but several treatments have been developed that can allow those with this disease to have active and independent lives much longer than they might otherwise. Corticosteroids can help delay the development of the disease by bolstering muscle strength, and a regimen of low-impact exercises can help maintain strength and flexibility. Support for weakened muscles and mobility assistance can also be offered by braces, canes, walkers, and wheelchairs, which can often be provided by the MDA’s National Equipment Program and its generous supporters.