July 30, 2014
I DIDN'T THINK you could sweat in a swimming pool. "You're at 50 percent, now push it to 80 percent," my water-fitness instructor yells over the blaring music. The tempo is about to increase. Those of us in the class prepare for what's next with groans. "Take it to 100 percent," shouts Trevin Green, water-fitness coordinator at the Theresa Banks Memorial Aquatics Center in Maryland. He's on the pool deck demonstrating how fast he wants us to go on our Hydrorider aqua bikes. Water splashes as we all try to pedal faster, going nowhere but burning hundreds of calories.
June 25, 2014 |
When Maria Colon was growing up in Puerto Rico, people didn't talk much about diabetes. "It was like a secret," recalls the Williamstown resident, 57, who has worked on the front lines against the disease in Camden since 2001. In recent years, diabetes has become a headline-generating epidemic. It affects 29.1 million Americans, most of whom are susceptible to the elevated blood-sugar disorder because of heredity and a sedentary, high-calorie lifestyle. But more exercise and less sugar can help a patient avoid expensive complications - and can help prevent a condition called prediabetes from converting into the full-blown disease.
June 15, 2014 |
Drugmaker Merck & Co. has narrowed its research focus in the hope of raising profit, but type 2 diabetes remains part of the program because the market is huge and will likely grow as Americans and people in other countries get older and heavier. Merck said Friday that it would create a "global registry" of about 20,000 patients to evaluate their real-world experience with medication, blood sugar levels, diet, exercise, use of health care, and quality of life. Merck will collaborate with academic researchers at more than 900 sites in the United States, Germany, France, and Japan.
June 1, 2014 |
IT IS DAUNTING to look at, and even more scary to think about. The Manayunk Wall, as it is known, is a task in itself to navigate. Some of the best cyclers in the world will find that out tomorrow, as the Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic is back for another year. Twenty-four women's and 19 men's cycling teams from all across the world will come to Philadelphia to see which male and female rider can take home the two $31,000 top prizes. One of the men's teams, Team Novo Nordisk, has turned its general disadvantage on the course to an inspiration for all. The team, founded by Phil Southerland in 2012, is composed of cyclists who have Type 1 diabetes.
May 11, 2014 |
The Harriton girls' lacrosse players dropped their equipment bags behind the bench Wednesday, ditching them on the track that bordered Upper Darby's field. Each player's uniform number was labeled on the front of the bag. But besides that, the two dozen Under Armour black backpacks were almost identical. The contents zippered inside the front pouch of No. 23 were what set Hilary Lemonick's apart. An oversize pack of Starburst candies. Juice boxes. A bottle of Gatorade. It looked like a little kid's lunch box, she said.
March 10, 2014 |
Diagnoses of Type 1 diabetes in Philadelphia children younger than 5 jumped 70 percent between 1985 and 2004, according to the Philadelphia Pediatric Diabetes Registry. New data show such cases continued to climb between 2005 and 2009. "Our new research shows that the incidence in very young children, under the age of 5, is continuing to increase," says Terri Lipman, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing who maintains the only registry in the United States that since 1985 has continually collected information on children with diabetes.
March 4, 2014 |
YOU'RE at the pharmacy to pick up your diabetes medication. The pharmacist takes a look at you and at your prescription, and refuses to fill it. Why? Is it expired, or maybe you're out of refills? No, the prescription is valid and current. But the pharmacist has decided that your Type II diabetes is something you brought on yourself, and because of his deeply held moral and religious objection to the sin of gluttony, he doesn't have to serve you. (At this point, the HIV-positive guy in line behind you is getting nervous.)
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.
January 19, 2014 |
A number of credible but controversial studies in recent years have found that people with certain chronic illnesses live longer if they're carrying too many pounds than if they're of "normal" weight. Now, Harvard University researchers have weighed in on the "obesity paradox" with a study that concludes diabetics who are too heavy get no survival benefit. On the contrary, the heavier the diabetic, the likelier an early death. "These data dispel the notion that being overweight or obese confers a survival advantage among diabetics," said Frank B. Hu, a Harvard professor of nutrition and epidemiology.
July 25, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration is cracking down on more than a dozen companies that market illegal diabetes treatments, ranging from bogus dietary supplements to prescription drugs sold online without a prescription. The products aim to cash in on the country's diabetes epidemic, which affects nearly 26 million Americans. Regulators worry that consumers who buy such unapproved products could put off getting legitimate medical care. The FDA sent warning letters to 15 companies, here and abroad, ordering them to stop selling diabetes treatments that violate U.S. drug laws.