Type 2 Diabetes in Youth: How Serious Is It?

While three decades ago it was rare for a child or teen to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, today, the American Medical Association (AMA) estimates that there are about 3,700 new cases a year among youth in the United States. While the majority of new diabetes diagnoses in children are still type 1 – about 13,000 a year – the escalating numbers of type

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Runner With Type 1 Takes On Seven Marathons In Seven Days

The first time Gavin Griffiths ran a marathon to raise money for his local diabetes clinic, the local newspaper reporter told him, “you’re plucky, but you don’t stand a chance.” Spurred by the words of anti-inspiration, Griffiths – nicknamed the Diathlete, a superhero moniker for a tough endurance athlete – ended up running the 29-mile coastal race in England’s county of Kent in just a

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The Link Between Diabetes and Hormones

Diabetes begins as a metabolic syndrome that features a combination of hormonal and nutritional imbalances. If these imbalances aren’t corrected, a pre-diabetic condition can turn into full-fledged diabetes. These hormonal imbalances can result in an inability for your body to produce the insulin that it needs to convert glucose into energy, a condition that is known as insulin resistance. When this occurs, your blood glucose

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7 Ways to Save on Your Diabetes Prescriptions

Are you paying more for prescription drugs? The stats say that you probably are. I recently wrote an article about the prescription drug industry. Through my research, I learned that nearly 7 in 10 Americans are on at least one prescription drug and more than half of Americans take two drugs. It’s a $326 billion industry and growing – that breaks down to an average of $1459 per person

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AskNadia: Why Type 1 Diabetes?

Why did my daughter get Type 1 diabetes? I wish I had it instead of her. BK San Francisco CA Dear BK, I have been asked this question many times over the years. Especially by parents like yourself who are learning to cope with their newly diagnosed child. A type 1 diagnosis means that your daughter’s immune system is attacking her pancreatic insulin beta cells.

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AskNadia: Substituting Lantus Insulin for Levemir Insulin

Dear Nadia, I would like to know, if I normally use Levemir pen insulin, and I run out before my health insurance kicks in, can I use Lantus insulin until I can get coverage for my Levemir ? Rita U Dear Rita, Levemir and Lantus are similar insulins.  Our advisory board member Jane Jeffrie Seley, DNP MSN MPH RN GNP BC-ADM CDE CDTC suggests that

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Ask Nadia: High Blood Sugars and Symlin

Ask Nadia I have diabetes and am having trouble with high blood sugars.  I am thinking about asking my Doctor to put me on Symlin. Andrew Madison WI Dear Andrew, Symlin is a brand name for the hormone Amylin.  Amylin is a  hormone produced in your pancreas from the same beta cells that also make insulin.  It’s released into your blood stream after a meal

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Living With Type 1 Diabetes: Timing of First Solid Food Intake Linked to T1 Risk

New parents might not want to rush the introduction of solid food into their baby’s diet. That’s not to say they want to put it off, either. According to the results of a study, babies who ate their first solid food either before four months or after six months of age were more likely to develop type 1 diabetes than those who were exposed to

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Diabetes Health Type 1: Carrie Miller Not Deterred From Living Her Own Indiana Jones Life

Carrie Miller had one goal when she was a child-become the female counterpart to Indiana Jones. If nothing else, she wanted to live a life infused with that blockbuster’s level of adrenaline rush. And she had no intention of letting her diagnosis of type 1 diabetes at age 7 interfere with that goal. “I always wanted that sense of adventure,” says the Cleveland native, 24,

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Type 1&2 Diabetes: A 15 Minute Walk Can Curb Chocolate Cravings

By Michele Stanten, Walking Coach and ACE-Certified Group Fitness Instructor There are countless physical activities out there, but walking is one the easiest ways to make a positive change and effectively improve your health. Studies have found that even two-minute walking breaks can improve the function of disease-fighting and metabolism-boosting genes. And as little as one minute of walking at a heart-pumping pace can help keep

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