February 9, 2014 |
When she was 13, Elizabeth Welsh entered a road race in Norristown. When she saw the huge trophy for the top female finisher, she made a vow: "I'm going to get that. " Welsh kept that promise, passing, among others, a fortysomething man to win the overall title. That trophy is in the bedroom of the house where she grew up in Haverford, draped with the many ribbons and medals she has won since in rowing and running contests. Welsh, 27, now lives in Fairmount. In May, she will receive her nurse practitioner degree from Villanova University, where she has been studying hard, perfecting clinical skills, and teaching nursing undergrads to earn her tuition.
August 14, 2006 |
It was a mob scene worthy of Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie. Nearly 1,000 people pushed into a Washington ballroom at the American Diabetes Association's annual convention, causing security guards to turn people away. The object of adoration wasn't a movie star or even a person, but rather a diabetes drug called Byetta, which helps to lower blood sugar. The new drug sold nearly $100 million in the last three months, partly because of an intriguing side effect: It helps people lose weight.
January 17, 2015 |
The drama continued at Don Tollefson's fraud trial Thursday, when the former sportscaster complained of high blood sugar levels, ending the day's proceedings less than two hours after they began. Tollefson, 62, who has type 2 diabetes, had faced a second round of cross-examination by a Bucks County prosecutor over his charity's expenses. But Tollefson was instead taken to Doylestown Hospital by a Bucks County sheriff's deputy. Tollefson had told Bucks County Court Judge Rea Boylan that his blood-monitoring device showed dangerously high levels of blood sugar before arriving at court.
August 1, 1990 |
The tall, distinguished-looking doctor with the gray-flecked beard leaned over a table and began explaining the results of a physical examination. Katherine "Kitty" Weismer, 73, listened intently. Weismer's blood sugar was high, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. "That means your body does not handle sugar in a completely normal fashion," said Martin Leicht. "This must be watched to make sure you don't become diabetic. " Weismer, a trim, petite woman with short gray hair, nodded.
July 9, 2005 |
Bob Maher's diabetes was shutting his body down. He no longer got the shakes or the sweats to warn him that his blood sugar was plummeting. Instead, he would just pass out. It made him scared to drive, to be alone, even to sleep. Chewie's going to change all that. The 2-year-old dog, an auburn Labrador mix named after the Star Wars character Chewbacca, has the ability to detect changes in Maher's blood sugar that are unrecognizable to Maher himself. Chewie then alerts Maher to correct it. To see the phenomenon "just makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up," said Jennifer Kriesel, director of development at Canine Partners for Life, a Chester County organization that trains service dogs for people with impaired mobility and medical conditions.
August 3, 1986 |
A former cabby, Morris Goren was strong. But this summer, Goren, who had been sparring for years with a formidable opponent, found that he had been dealt a stinging blow. Goren, 63, has diabetes that he has been able to keep under control. But this summer, a checkup revealed that his blood-sugar level had zoomed to a dangerously high level of 600, well above the normal range of 70 to 140. His doctor immediately sent him to Montgomery Hospital in Norristown, where Goren helped inaugurate the new Diabetes Treatment Center.
November 16, 1998 |
Sherrie Chinn, a 51-year-old Camden woman who learned late in life that she has diabetes, knew she should check her blood sugar every day. But she hated blood. And she didn't experience many symptoms - so it was easy to pretend the disease was not there. "I was very in denial," she said. "I was just like, 'I'll do it later, I'll do it later.' " Now, she does it every day - twice a day even. The difference, for Chinn, was a new computer program that links to her doctor.
October 9, 1989 |
HYPERTENSION Even small lifestyle changes, such as reducing salt intake to less than 5 grams a day and limiting alcohol to two drinks daily, can help reduce your risk of high blood pressure. That's according to a Northwestern University Medical School five-year study of adults who cut their weight by 5 percent, limited sodium or salt intake to 4.5 grams daily, reduced alcoholic-beverage consumption to two drinks a day, exercised 30 minutes a day at least three days a week and stopped smoking.
November 12, 2008
THRIVING WITH TYPE 1 CATHERINE MILLER, who is 26 and lives in West Chester, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 15. "I wasn't really surprised because my mom has it, my grandmother and grandfather had it, a couple of my uncles have it, so it was inevitable for at least me or my brother to get it, and I was the lucky one. " It threw her for a loop initially. "I was 15 and they were giving me all sorts of medication," she says. "But I knew it was going to come. " Taking the time to eat right for blood-sugar control was her major challenge as a teenager.
August 10, 1989 |
The bag of peanut-butter cookies and a container of cake frosting that Betsy Comstock carries in her purse could someday save her or one of her children's lives. Comstock and her children have juvenile diabetes, a form of the disease that can lead to blindness, stroke, kidney failure, brain disorders or even death. About 11 million Americans, and an estimated 100 million people worldwide, have diabetes. The sugary treats that Comstock carries can be used to regulate her blood- sugar levels if she begins to feel dizzy.