Type 2 Diabetes (TD2) is a prevalent and often devastating disease. I am all too familiar with the toll TD2 can take on one’s health. (You can read about how diabetes has affected my family, here).
Although many diabetic Americans are able to live overall healthy and happy lives if they manage their condition well, there is a large community of American people being devastated by diabetic amputations.
In 2014, 13-year-old Edgar Lopez died after his mother decided to stop giving him insulin prescribed by a pediatrician. He suffered from type 1 diabetes.
Spring is here, and summer is just around the corner. So you know what that means: barbecues, barbecues and more barbecues!
As boomers, we’re used to having our blood glucose levels measured during our annual physicals. After all, our risk for developing diabetes increases with age. Many of us now know our A1C levels as well as our cholesterol, iron and calcium levels.
A proper dental hygiene routine usually involves three steps: floss, brush and mouthwash. But the last of these steps is causing some concern in the healthcare field.
This blog is probably one of the more difficult ones to write because of the toll Type 2 diabetes has taken on both my parents. I grew up hearing that my dad had passed from diabetes. I was about 3-years-old when he died. Thirty years later, my mom passed away from complications of diabetes. She was hospitalized just prior to her death for a foot ulcer, which just refused to get better. The doctors discussed with her the option of amputating her foot. She went into a coma and died soon after. In my opinion, she simply lost her will to live after being told that her foot would have to be amputated.
If you are a parent to young children, you likely enforce a bedtime every night for your little ones. But sometimes it’s hard to resist when your child begs for you to “read just one more story” or have “just a few more minutes before bedtime.” You may find it especially difficult to not give in, now that school season has started. Many parents bend the rules during summer, because they love their kids and simply want them to have fun!
Life with diabetes can be complicated. Having to keep track of how much medication you take with food, making time for exercise, preparing a healthy meal for yourself and something the kids will like and scrutinizing nutrition labels in the grocery store can be draining. On top of that, some medications can have unwanted side effects.
Recently, actor and filmmaker Stephen Furst, whose breakthrough role was playing Flounder in the classic 1978 frat film “Animal House,” died of complications from diabetes. He was just 63-years-old.
The fourth Tuesday in March is Diabetes Alert Day! It is a one day wake-up call to inform the public about the seriousness of diabetes. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), approximately 29 million Americans are affected by diabetes. “About 1 in every 4 persons with diabetes, or 8 million Americans, are unaware that they have the disease,” NIH reports.
Though you might not have realized, type 1 diabetes has been in the news lately! TV icon Mary Tyler Moore recently died from complications related to type 1 diabetes (among other conditions). She was diagnosed with the condition at age 33, just before the Mary Tyler Moore Show made its debut. She worked tirelessly as a diabetes advocate, serving as international chair of JDRF (formerly called the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). She testified before Congress and led campaigns that raised billions for type 1 diabetes research.
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