Singer-Songwriter Has Type 1.5

Valerie June was exhausted, but initially thought it was her busy schedule, and maybe a bit of jet lag. The 27-year-old singer-songwriter was juggling a burgeoning music career along with numerous part-time jobs to keep herself afloat while she pursued her dream. Valerie would fall asleep standing up, and she struggled to do promotional interviews through her fog of fatigue. After she passed out and

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Diabetes Health Type 2: Low protein diet may not maintain muscles

By Brenda Neugent A new study suggests that eating enough protein is as important as limiting carbs for those with type 2 diabetes. Research has shown that insulin resistance not only impacts the body’s ability to use blood glucose; it also impacts protein metabolism. Canadian researchers recently found that those with type 2 who eat less protein don’t break down protein into useable amino acids

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FDA Approves Two-In-One Diabetes Treatment For Type 2

By Brenda Neugent The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved a two-in-one diabetes treatment that combines two type 2 treatments. Glyxambi combines empagliflozin, a sodium glucose cotransporter-2 inhibitor that blocks the absorption of excess glucose by the kidneys so it is released through urine, and linagliptin, a DPP-4 inhibitor that increases the production of insulin by the beta cells of the pancreas while reducing

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Type 1 Diabetes: Avalanche Blaster Kim Kircher

When most people look at Crystal Mountain, which stands in the shadows of Washington’s Mt. Rainier, they are in awe of the snow-swept rocks that tower the sky. Kim Kircher, 45, just sees her workplace. Kim learned to ski around the same time she learned to walk. She is one of 1,500 avalanche blasters in the United States and is trained to seek out potential

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Rural Regions Pay Doctors More Than Urban Areas

By Brenda Neugent New research finds that doctors in rural areas such as the American West are paid more than physicians in highly competitive regions such as Boston or San Francisco. According to the San Francisco-based startup Doximity, a networking site for physicians, high-cost municipalities actually pay less in salary than rural areas of the country. Making that dream job at a prestigious medical center

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Wal-Mart expansion may play role in America’s obesity epidemic

Not only can Wal-Mart take some blame for the loss of many locally-owned businesses, the chain’s Supercenters could also be responsible for the nation’s expanding waistlines. According to researchers, the nation’s obesity problem directly corresponds to the rise of Wal-Mart, which has made junk food more accessible to residents than ever before. “We live in an environment with increasingly cheap and readily available junk food,”

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Wearing Some of the First Insulin Pumps

By: BRENDA NEUGENT The progress on the diabetes front, or lack of it, is a source of serious frustration for David Thomas. Especially given the role he played in the design and implementation of new technology. Thomas was diagnosed with viral-onset type 1 diabetes when he was three years old, and by the time he was 11, was testing the first generation of insulin pumps.

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Majority Still Want Health Insurance Subsidies By Brenda Neugent

According to a new poll, insurance subsidies are an important part of the Affordable Care Act. If the Supreme Court rules to erase the subsidies in some states, Americans believe Congress should act to restore them. The nation’s highest court is set to hear King v. Burwell. The lawsuit argues that wording of the Affordable Care Act, suggests that financial assistance is only available to

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Cost of Having Diabetes Has Doubles By Brenda Neugent

As cases of diabetes go up, so do the costs associated with the disease. According to new analysis, the costs associated with diabetes have more than doubled in the past two decades. With the average diabetes patient spending $2,890 more per year – more than half of that on medications – than they did in 1987. “People need to be mindful about the substantial increase

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The Ten Healthiest Cities In America By Brenda Neugent

Despite the stress of politics – revealed through President Barack Obama’s new head of gray hair – if you live in Washington, D.C., you’re living in the healthiest city in the nation, according to a new study. Based on analysis of more than 4,300 hospitals in the United States, iVantage Health Analytics ranked the 10 “healthiest” metropolitan areas, taking into consideration wellness, cost of health

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