June 26, 2016 |
Earlier this month, a major new study brought hopeful news about type 2 diabetes. Nationwide, nearly 30 million people have diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. The vast majority of them have type 2 diabetes, a chronic condition in which blood glucose - sugar - builds up because the body doesn't properly use the regulatory hormone insulin. Once known as "adult-onset" diabetes, the diagnosis is rising swiftly and now affects all ages. It is related to lifestyle - poor diet and lack of exercise.
December 7, 2015 |
Most times, I use the tips of my ring fingers. It's a habit: slip a test strip into my blood glucose meter, prick my skin with a lancet, and touch a drop of blood to the strip. After a five-second countdown, my blood glucose reading pops onto the screen and I'm good to go. Taking your blood-sugar readings can be one of the most educational (and annoying) parts of having type 2 diabetes. Monitoring your sugars can keep you on top of daily fluctuations and help you uncover any useful patterns (i.e., every time you eat too much fruit, your numbers trend upward)
November 17, 2015 |
Memorable for playing the straight-talking close-shaver Eddie in the "Barbershop" movies, Cedric the Entertainer has a soft spot for diabetes sufferers. He was in town this weekend to help promote a new venture that hits him close to home. "Step On Up" is an educational program put together by the American Diabetes Association and pharmaceutical company Pfizer in an effort to raise awareness of diabetic nerve pain. Cedric's dad has Type 2 diabetes and is afflicted by this condition, so the issue grabbed his interest.
October 17, 2012 |
ON THE NIGHT of Nov. 20, 2010, Dan Fried, a diabetic since childhood, experienced two miracles and one travesty. The first act of God occurred when, overcome by diabetic shock while driving home from the Jersey Shore, Fried somehow knew to pull onto the shoulder of Route 72 in Burlington County. But he has no memory of doing so. Nor does he remember the travesty that unfolded as he sat, head slumped, eyelids drooping, while New Jersey state troopers asked him what was up. Police records, legal documents and police audio and video confirm that the troopers ordered Fried out of his truck and that he ended up beaten and handcuffed on the ground, his wrist broken.
June 10, 2012 |
A quarter of nursing home residents have diabetes, but doctors are only now recognizing that they may need different medical treatment than younger people with the disease. Elbert Huang, a University of Chicago primary care doctor who conducts diabetes research, bemoans the fact that clinical trials rarely include elderly diabetics even though nearly half of people with diabetes are over 65. Three recent, large trials of measures to keep tight control of blood sugar did include older people but yielded either detrimental results or no benefit.
June 9, 2012 |
What used to be called "adult-onset diabetes" — a leading cause of kidney failure, limb amputations, blindness, heart disease, and stroke among adults — is now a growing problem for American children, too. This health challenge, and how to deal with it, will be one of the hottest topics at this weekend's American Diabetes Association conference. An expected 16,000 health professionals, researchers, advocates, and vendors from around the world are gathering at the Convention Center to share the latest in diabetes research.
April 29, 2012 |
The number of diabetics in America is growing. The number of unemployed pharmaceutical workers seems to be doing the same. That combination is bad, unless you are Novo Nordisk. A relatively small Danish-based drug company with a U.S. home in Princeton, Novo Nordisk is in a sweet spot in the pharmaceutical landscape because the core of its business is diabetes. With 40 straight quarters of double-digit growth, the company said Friday it plans a 15 percent increase to its U.S. workforce, meaning about 615 more jobs, through the end of this year.
February 10, 2012
IT IS VERY unfortunate that Philadelphia has decided to reduce the number of school nurses. All children benefit from the expertise provided by the school nurse. However, for the child with diabetes, a number of other caregivers can be trained to administer insulin and to recognize and treat low blood sugar. Parents of newly diagnosed children with diabetes quickly learn to care for their child. They also train others, such as family members and babysitters, to provide care. And, of course, older children can usually administer their own insulin.
February 8, 2012 |
Sending children off to school and letting someone else take responsibility for them is never easy. It's especially hard when a child has a condition, such as diabetes, that requires medication and other care during the day. Parents should feel confident that schools can provide that care, and, indeed, federal law requires them to. But how? More school nurses would benefit all children, including those with chronic conditions. Unfortunately, though, nurses haven't been available in every Pennsylvania school for decades; in some, they never were.
January 30, 2012
By Karen Stabiner Paula Deen came out last week. The cookbook author and television personality, known for her enthusiasm for high-fat and fried foods, has been a closet diabetic for three years. And for the moment, she's the chef we love to hate, having seduced us with unhealthful recipes on the one hand while she checked her blood sugar with the other. But she's also a distraction, and the media storm surrounding the news of her illness is exactly the sort of publicity bonanza the pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk must have dreamed of when it hired Deen to be the spokeswoman for its new marketing campaign.