May 17, 2016
ISSUE | SODA TAX Reducing the levy would harm the city I urge City Council President Darrell L. Clarke to support Mayor Kenney's proposed 3-cents-an-ounce tax on sugary beverages instead of cutting it to 1 cent an ounce or less ("Clarke floats smaller drink tax," Thursday). This tax would improve the health of thousands of Philadelphians. It would help, not harm, those being singled out as likely to be hurt by this tax. Many people do not understand the harmful effects of sugar, including weight gain and diabetes.
March 13, 2016 |
Poorly controlled diabetes can spawn a host of medical problems that can lead to amputations, but generally, a triad of issues tend to be present. Neuropathy, a nerve condition that numbs the feet and toes, can prevent people with diabetes from feeling pain in their toes or feet, which which could lead to their not knowing about injuries, or neglecting them. Circulation problems may interfere with wound healing, which, in turn, can lead to sepsis, or overwhelming infections. And a slowed down immune response means that many with diabetes have trouble fighting off infections, which can lead to amputations.
March 11, 2016 |
AT LEAST some of her sponsors recognize Maria Sharapova for the cheater that she is. Sharapova, the elegant and lovely Russian tennis champion, will be banned by the International Tennis Federation from 6 months to 4 years for testing positive for newly-banned meldonium at the Australian Open in January. It is a drug that the Women's Tennis Association warned players about five times in December. Sharapova said she missed the memo. She also said she has taken it for 10 years to address medical conditions, chief among them pre-diabetes.
February 20, 2016 |
Before he died early last year of pancreatic cancer, Stephen T. Johnson filed a lawsuit against Merck for not telling him his disease might be a side effect of taking Januvia, the company's blockbuster diabetes drug. The 63-year-old Philadelphia police officer knew his life was at an end, but he wanted the product labeling changed to warn other diabetics. "He worked his whole life. He didn't need the money," said his son, Stephen T. Johnson Jr., also a Philadelphia police officer.
February 8, 2016 |
Cardiovascular disease and diabetes go hand in hand. Of the half-million people in the U.S. who experience heart attacks each year, at least half have diabetes. Why is diabetes the No. 1 risk factor for cardiovascular disease? Elevated blood sugars damage large and small blood vessels throughout the body. When vessels aren't healthy, it's much more difficult for oxygen in the blood to get where it needs to go. But doctors also know high sugars alone aren't responsible for cardiovascular issues.
January 17, 2016 |
Pregnant with my first son, all I wanted to eat was ice cream. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. But sweet stuff hadn't been anywhere on the menu since early on, and I developed gestational diabetes, a hormonal condition that causes insulin resistance and elevated blood sugars during pregnancy. Frightened about the impact high glucose readings could have on my unborn child and me, I followed my doctor's orders to the letter. That meant weighing and measuring every bite, taking my sugars before and after every meal, and exercising a whopping two hours a day on a stationary bike and in a nearby indoor swimming pool.
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 4, 2015 |
The University of Pennsylvania Health System has agreed to help VPS Healthcare, a health system based in the United Arab Emirates, improve the care of patients with lifestyle-related disease, such as diabetes, and cancer, VPS said Monday.. No terms were disclosed. As part of the partnership, Penn will help VPS develop educational conferences, standards for patient care, as well as continuing medical education for physicians, nurses and other allied health professionals. VPS operates 14 hospitals in the Middle East, Europe, and India.
November 1, 2015 |
The choice to spend high school and college summers in biology labs studying the intricacies of canine diabetes is not for everyone. But for Emily Shields, 23, now a second-year graduate student in genomics and computational biology at Penn's Perelman School of Medicine, that decision was easy. "I always knew I wanted to go into science," says the West Caldwell, N.J., native over an outdoor lunch on the Penn campus. "In ninth-grade biology, we had an assignment to look at pond scum and there was this roly-poly wormlike thing wriggling around under the microscope and I remember thinking - this is the coolest thing ever.
November 1, 2015 |
Our family celebrates birthdays with food. When my turn came last month, we had a blowout at Zahav in Center City, complete with specialty bourbon cocktails and the fixed-price menu, which included Israeli salads of sugary beets and carrots, hummus, pita bread, roasted lamb, and three different desserts for the table. In my rush to arrive on time, I had accidentally left my type 2 diabetes medications behind. As a regularly well-controlled person with diabetes, I didn't let that worry me too much.