6 Lessons On Healthy Living From Damon Dash, A Hip-Hop Mogul With Diabetes

6 Lessons on Healthy Living From Damon Dash, a Hip-Hop Mogul With Diabetes

6 Lessons on Healthy Living From Damon Dash, a Hip-Hop Mogul With Diabetes

Fashion and music tycoon Damon Dash has a did that list. Items include mastering the music world (he co-founded Roc-A-Fella Records with Jay-Z) and conquering the film, art, and fashion industries. Check, check, and check. But perhaps the most unexpected addition to this Herculean list of accomplishments? This past month, the hip-hop mogul launched Dash Diabetes Network to spread awareness and slash misconceptions of diabetesand to convince all of us to live as well as he does.
Dash, whos had Type 1 diabetes since he was 15, wanted to create a supportive and educational network for people with diabetes. But he also wanted to fill a prominent gap. The disease, one that inflicts 30.3 million Americans , hasnt had a celebrity spokesperson who can speak to millennials. So Dash decided to become that person. I think the biggest misconception about diabetes is that it doesnt happen to cool people, he half-jokes (but is serious).
Dash Diabetes Network showcases musicians, artists, filmmakers, holistic doctors, and everyday people to enlighten people on medical innovations, culinary recipes, and wellness tips. Episodes are available on Dashs streaming service ( www.damedashstudios.com ), the Dash Diabetes App, as well as the networks social media accounts.
We spoke to Dash and his partner Raquel Horn about living with diabetes and the lessonsthey say are most important to consider.
1. Be conscious of how much sugar goes into your body
People with diabetes oftentimes end up eating more sugar than everyone elseand they dont feel guilty about it since they say theymust, says Da Continue reading

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Screening For Diabetes Is Working Better Than Thought

Screening For Diabetes Is Working Better Than Thought

Screening for Type 2 diabetes involves a blood test, and if results are concerning a second test is recommended. ERproductions Ltd/Blend Images/Getty Images hide caption
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Screening for Type 2 diabetes involves a blood test, and if results are concerning a second test is recommended.
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Undiagnosed diabetes may not be as big of a public health problem as thought.
That's the takeaway from a study published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine that says that some previous efforts have likely overestimated the number of people with undiagnosed diabetes because they relied on a single positive test result.
By contrast, this new measure used the American Diabetes Association's diagnostic criteria , which recommend that people with one positive fasting blood glucose or A1C test should have a second test to confirm a diagnosis in all but the most severe and obvious cases of Type 2 diabetes. That's because there's some inherent variability in the tests and because blood sugar levels fluctuate naturally because of exercise, illness and even the time of day.
If left untreated, Type 2 diabetes can contribute to kidney disease, nerve damage, high blood pressure and stroke.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has applied the less stringent standard to data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and the U.S. Census to come up with an estimate of 33.3 million people with diabetes in 2015, 7.2 million of whom, or almost 24 percent, were undiagnosed. When researche Continue reading

Overhyped Activity Trackers and Diabetes Mobile Apps?

Overhyped Activity Trackers and Diabetes Mobile Apps?

Thanks to our correspondent Dan Fleshler in New York, who continues his 'Media Matters' column here at the 'Mine with a different perspective on the many mobile health devices out there...
The diabetes community is deluged with news stories proclaiming that mobile health technology will change our lives. Some news is genuinely exciting, like recent reports that a “smartband” on the Apple Watch could display data from Dexcom continuous glucose monitors (CGMs).
But some breathless headlines about “activity trackers” worn on the wrist focus on a more dubious claim: they will help you lose weight. In fact, steadily accumulating research shows you’re likely to be disappointed if you expect a mobile health device to help you take off pounds.
These devices -- which track steps taken, calories burned, hours of sleep and other health indicators -- have been overhyped when it comes to weight loss, an important goal for many people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
What’s more, when used by themselves, the apps’ impact on diabetes management appears to be very small, although they do show great promise when linked to CGMs (more on that later).
And while they certainly provide some overall health benefits when used properly -- as noted here -- they also might have downsides.
Disappointing News on Wearables and Weight Loss
Stanford researchers recently showed that while 7 different wearable health devices accurately measured people's heart rates, they didn't effectively measure the calories burned by users.
Another study, called TRIPPA, showed while the apps increased Continue reading

From weight loss to preventing diabetes, is the raw food diet the answer you're looking for?

From weight loss to preventing diabetes, is the raw food diet the answer you're looking for?

From weight loss to preventing diabetes, is the raw food diet the answer you're looking for?
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Among the core ideas behind the raw food diet, which practitioners prefer to call the raw food lifestyle, is the belief that other than a few genetically inherited abnormalities, there is only one illness: toxemia. The theory is that toxemia, an uncleanness of the blood and tissues, is caused mainly because of poor diet and lifestyle.
According to Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram, founder of the US-based non-profit cooperative Rawfully Organic, it is toxemia that manifests into all other disease conditions that arise in the body.
And so what the raw food lifestyle aims to do is not load the body with toxic residue, allowing the body instead, to clean its blood, tissue and organs and thus eliminate the need for most medicines.
In fact, a glimpse into raw food websites will tell you that the human body reacts to cooked food or food heated above 47 degrees Celsius the same way that it reacts to foreign pathogens.
The only way to overcome this, say experts, is by including more raw food into the diet as a lifestyle choice.
According to fullyraw.com , a raw food diet is made up of fresh, whole, unrefined, living, plant-based foods: fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, nuts, and seeds, which are consumed in their natural state, without cooking or steaming. People who adopt this diet are often referred to as raw fooders or raw vegans.
Image courtesy: Anjali Sanghi; Multipurpose dip and dressing with gr Continue reading

Chef Charles Mattocks On Creating The First Diabetes Docu-Series

Chef Charles Mattocks On Creating The First Diabetes Docu-Series

Celebrity chef, Charles Mattocks is on a mission to change the face of diabetes. Nephew of the late reggae legend Bob Marley, Charles is bold and a zealous champion of the cause. The award winning producer, turned international diabetes advocate is gearing up to witness his long-awaited vision become a reality - in the creation of Reversed: the first diabetes docu-series, to air on Discovery Life Channel in July.
Filmed at the exquisite Millbrooks Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Charles brought together five guests struggling with diabetes, along with health experts to support them.
In a recent conversation, Charles discussed with me his relentless commitment to bettering the lives of those with diabetes, as well as his own personal struggle with the condition.
SD: So, Charles we've just finished shooting the show and I was thrilled to be part of your expert team as the nutritionist and diabetes educator. Am eager to hear how it all began. What was the inspiration?
CM: It all started when I was diagnosed 8 years ago. I didn't know much about diabetes and thought I was going to die. It was lonely and scary. I took it upon myself to search online and felt lost with the overwhelming amount of information. I decided to document my experience to better understand my journey. I refused to accept that this couldn't be beaten. I knew I needed to lose weight and change my diet and start exercising. And, it was this change in lifestyle that changed my vision. My uncle, Bob Marley inspired my vision. Like him, I want to leave something very special for others and I feel this is my way Continue reading

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