A DIABETES HEALTH TIP FROM MONTY PYTHON

Take a few type 2 diabetes tips from Monty Python alums Terry Jones and Dr. Robert Buckman. You’ll find yourself laughing and being educated as they give us an easy explanation of type 2 diabetes, symptoms, and how to manage this growing disease. You’ll be wishing all your health needs and information was executed this way. Laughter is always the best medicine!

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10 Early Warning Signs of Parkinson’s Disease

This is a great article from the Parkinson’s Disease foundation on early signs to look out for.

Sometimes it is hard to tell that you might have Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease is when your brain stops making an important chemical called dopamine. This chemical helps your body to move, and helps your mood. If you do have Parkinson’s, you can feel better by taking a pill that helps your body to replace that chemical. Parkinson’s disease will get worse slowly over time, and your doctor can help you stay healthy longer. Some of the problems listed here could be signs of Parkinson’s disease.
No single one of these signs means that you should worry about Parkinson’s disease. If you have more than one symptom, you should make an appointment to talk to your doctor.
Early diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease gives you the best chance of a longer, healthier life.
What you can do if you do have Parkinson’s disease:
Work with your doctor to create a plan to stay healthy. This plan might include:
A referral to a neurologist, a doctor who specializes in the brain
Care from an occupational therapist, physical therapist or speech therapist
Meeting with a medical social worker to talk about how Parkinson’s will affect your life
Start a regular exercise program to delay further symptoms.
Talk with family and friends who can provide you with the support you need.

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Global Surge in Type 1 Diabetes Still an Enigma

Though theories abound, scientists still don’t understand what is causing the rise in type 1 diabetes in children worldwide.

By Johannah Sakimura, Everyday Health Staff Writer

FRIDAY, March 22, 2013 — The incidence of type 1 diabetes in children is on the rise worldwide, with the number of new cases growing by an average of 3% per year in youth under age 15. The reasons for the sharp increase remain a medical mystery, since researchers have not been able to identify the changing conditions that are causing more kids to be diagnosed in recent decades. A new study presented this week at the annual Society for Endocrinology conference may help shed more light on this disturbing trend.

“This increase in incidence has been occurring over the last thirty to forty years and genetics don’t change that quickly, so we know this is environment,” said Richard Insel, MD, Chief Scientific Officer for JDRF, an organization that funds type 1 diabetes research. “Something has distinctly changed in the environment.”

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Forget Energy Drinks, Try These 7 Natural Energy Boosters

By Deborah Mitchell on March 24, 2013 – 10:54am for eMaxHealth
General Health Current News

Energy drinks are increasingly associated with potential health problems ranging from a rise in blood pressure to heart rhythm changes and caffeine toxicity. Natural energy boosters can be a safer, healthier choice for both you and your family.

You can boost your energy without energy drinks
Before you decide to take anything to enhance your energy, take a moment to identify why you feel low. Are you overworked, bored, or feeling stressed or depressed? Are you getting enough sleep or exercise? Are you taking any medications that can cause you to feel tired?

All of these can be reasons to feel a lack of energy and also help you decide what can help you feel more energized without consuming caffeine or sugar and without harming your health.Here are a few examples of natural energy boosters.

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Diabetes_Friendly Shoes

Designer Eleanor Leinen declares war on dowdy footwear
By Tracey Neithercott

Who Needs a
Diabetes-Friendly Shoe?
Eleanor Leinen is a stylish lady. She’s got the accessories, from the top of her head to the tips of her toes. So when she was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2003, she wanted to check out the full scope of available accoutrements, especially diabetes-friendly footwear. What she found wasn’t pretty.

“I went to every website looking. I really started getting very anxious,” she remembers. “I consider myself a real fashionista, and the shoes were not just dowdy—they were unattractive. [I thought,] ‘I would rather my feet not be well than have to wear these.’ ”

Leinen says that reaction may seem shallow to some, but when it comes to footwear, she’s not alone: Since her diagnosis, the artist and designer has heard from dozens of women who say they’d rather risk injury (and potential amputation) than hoof it in traditional diabetes-friendly shoes, which are, by design, wider, more cushioned, and more supportive than your average Manolo.

So Leinen, who had previously worked with designer Donna Karan on a shoe project, decided to take matters into her own hands, resurfacing the shoes to make them fancier, a little fun, even glamorous. Buying shoes, styling them, and reselling them independently under the Walk Another Way brand (walkanotherway.com) garnered her some attention: In 2007, she was named one of More magazine and Dove Beauty’s 10 “Most Inspiring Women of the Year.” But she was still trying to find a shoe manufacturer that would work with her exclusively. She found it in the Drew Shoe Co. From there, she says, it was just a matter of finding artists who would collaborate. Leinen tapped some friends and colleagues in the art world to work with Walk Another Way, which is based in Hollywood, Fla.

“You have to be a magician,” she says of tricking the eye into seeing a sleek orthopedic shoe. “You need to take away what bothers women from the design, the architecture of the shoe. We need to, visually, take that bulk away.” She employs tricks like a painted-on wedge and luxe details like fur and faux diamond studs. Styles include slip-ons, lace-ups, mary janes, and ankle boots, and most of the luxury items range in price between $200 and $300.

The result, Leinen says, is that women who would otherwise shy away from orthopedic shoes embrace their own foot health—in style. “Women would tell me, ‘I stopped dressing the way I used to because my shoes didn’t fit the style.’ With that comes a level of insecurity. They literally feel almost branded by their footwear,” she says. “People are in a desperation mode. We’re just trying to make people feel [that] they’re able to reclaim their style.”

Autism rate soaring among US schoolchildren, reports CDC

By Robin Wulffson MD on March 20, 2013 – 2:29pm for eMaxHealth
Autism Child Health and Safety Current News

According to a new survey released on March 20 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 50 U.S. schoolchildren have autism, surpassing a previous federal estimate for the disorder. The 1 in 50 rate mean at least 1 million children have autism.

The CDC notes that the new statistics do not mean autism is occurring more often; rather, it suggests that doctors are diagnosing autism more frequently, especially in children with milder problems. A previous CDC report estimated that 1 in 88 schoolchildren were autistic; however, that study had a more rigorous definition of the disorder and reviewed medical and school records. The new study is based on a national phone survey of parents. For decades, the definition of autism comprised children with severe language, intellectual difficulties, social impairments, and unusual, repetitious behaviors. However, the definition has gradually expanded and now includes milder, related conditions.

The new statistics are important because government officials look at how common each illness or disorder is when weighing how to spend limited public health funds. The new numbers are derived from a national phone survey of more than 95,000 parents in 2011 and 2012. CDC officials noted that less than 25% of the parents contacted agreed to answer questions; therefore, it is likely that those with autistic children were more interested than other parents in participating in a survey on children’s health. Despite that, the government officials believe that the survey provides a valid snapshot of how many families are affected by autism, explained Stephen Blumberg, the CDC report’s lead author.
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Good Things about Having Diabetes, Believe It or Not

By Deborah Mitchell on March 22, 2013 – 5:47am for eMaxHealth
Diabetes Care News Analysis

It may be hard to believe there are good things about having diabetes if you have the disease or live with someone who does. However, there is something to be said about viewing a glass as half full instead of half empty, and about looking for some of the positive things to be said about having diabetes, which may help you better cope with and manage the disease.

What’s good about having diabetes?
A recent study reported on how motivational training helped patients with diabetes develop a positive attitude and ultimately improve metabolic control. The study involved 61 adults who participated in a motivational program designed to change mental attitude and beliefs, but not teach patients about diabetes.

After three months, the participants saw improvements in their weight, body mass index, blood pressure, triglyceride levels, and hemoglobin A1c percentages. The study’s authors noted that “as these improvements were maintained long-term, this points to sustainable lifestyle change.”

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Why A Natural Approach To Treating Type 2 Diabetes Beats Medicine

By Michael T. Murray
When I recently read the American Diabetes Association’s 2013 Standards of Medical Care for Type 2 Diabetes, I found many extremely alarming guidelines. Foremost is the complete over-reliance on the pharmaceutical management of diabetes and its complications, along with a complete absence of recommendations for use of critical nutritional support. The major shortcoming of pharmaceutical interventions in Type 2 diabetes is that they don’t impact the progression of the disease, and in many cases actually accelerate the underlying disease process and increase mortality. Yet this approach is the only one offered by conventional medicine.

The key issue that’s not addressed by the ADA or other conventional medical groups dealing with diabetes is that drugs are only biochemical band-aids. There is one fundamental truth that is rarely explained to the patient: Type 2 diabetes in almost every case is a disease caused by diet and lifestyle. Findings from the U.S. government’s Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III) clearly support this statement. Of individuals with type 2 diabetes, 69% did not exercise at all or did not engage in regular exercise; 62% ate fewer than five servings of fruits and vegetables per day; and 82% were either overweight or obese.

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Healthcare Watch: Preparing for the price of Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s patients and their families should understand what Medicare does and doesn’t cover as a part of long-term financial planning.
March 15, 2013|By Lisa Zamosky

Alayna Tillman’s mother and aunt both have Alzheimer’s disease,… (Ricardo DeAratanha, Los…)
For seniors and their families, Alzheimer’s disease and its hefty price tag are an increasingly scary prospect.

About 5.4 million Americans are affected by Alzheimer’s disease, making it the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Because of growing life expectancies and aging baby boomers, that number is expected to triple by 2050.Alayna Tillman’s mother and aunt both have Alzheimer’s disease and live with Tillman, her husband and two sons in Lake View Terrace.

Tillman says Medicare pays for many of the medical costs her mom and aunt incur. But other services, such as home care or adult day care, are left to the family to pay. “Unless you can afford to pay $90 a day for adult day care, there’s nothing for them to do during the day,” she says.

An in-home worker to help her aunt get dressed in the morning costs $50 to $200 a day. “Every penny of her Social Security check goes to the home care agency,” Tillman says.

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American Diabetes Society: Symptoms

Symptoms

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Diabetes often goes undiagnosed because many of its symptoms seem so harmless.

Recent studies indicate that the early detection of diabetes symptoms and treatment can decrease the chance of developing the complications of diabetes.

Type 1 Diabetes
Frequent urination
Unusual thirst
Extreme hunger
Unusual weight loss
Extreme fatigue and Irritability
Type 2 Diabetes
Any of the type 1 symptoms
Frequent infections
Blurred vision
Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
Tingling/numbness in the hands/feet
Recurring skin, gum, or bladder infections
If you have one or more of these diabetes symptoms, see your doctor right away.

No Symptoms? You May Still Have Diabetes
Often people with type 2 diabetes have no symptoms. That is why it is important to take our Online Diabetes Risk Test to find out if you are at risk for type 2 diabetes.

Also, women with gestational diabetes often have no symptoms which is why it’s important for at-risk women to be tested at the proper time during pregnancy.

Risk factors for gestational diabetes include:

Being overweight prior to pregnancy
Having had gestational diabetes in a prior pregnancy
Having a family history of diabetes
Learn more about gestational diabetes.

Symptoms of Diabetes Complications
Have you already been diagnosed with diabetes but are concerned about symptoms that may be the result of complications related to diabetes?

Visit the Complications section.

You may also be interested in our book, Uncomplicated Guide To Diabetes’ Complications, 3rd Edition

Learn More
Do you have questions or concerns about diabetes symptoms? Want to connect with others? Visit the American Diabetes Association Community to find support now!

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