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November Is Diabetes Month

November is Diabetes Month

November is Diabetes Month

Taking small steps can have huge impacts!
Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. It can cause blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease, and other health problems if it’s not controlled.
One in 10 Americans have diabetes — that’s more than 30 million people and another 84 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This means about half the adult population have prediabetes or diabetes.
The good news!
People who are at high risk for type 2 diabetes can lower their risk by more than half if they make healthy changes. These changes include: eating healthy, getting more physical activity, and losing weight.
Over the last decade, the incidence of new-onset diagnosed diabetes in U.S. adults has increased by 90% (1). Although there has been a steady rise in type 2 diabetes, the rate of increase markedly changed around 1990 (2). Interestingly, this rate of increase parallels the rate of increase in chemical production and consumption of increasingly calorically dense processed foods.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 84 million Americans are living with prediabetes, yet almost 90 percent don’t know they have it. This means they may be unaware of the long-term health risks associated with progressing to type 2 diabetes and the increased risks of heart attack and stroke (3).
Diabetes is a condition when your blood becomes too sweet, that is too say, that your body is no longer able to maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Although there are many factor Continue reading

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Diabetes and Discrimination: A Real Life Case

Diabetes and Discrimination: A Real Life Case


www.diabetes.org > Living With Diabetes > Know Your Rights > Discrimination
Diabetes and Discrimination: A Real Life Case
What if you were arrested and not given access to your insulin? It happened in Philadelphiaagain and again. But it won't happen anymore.
by Marie McCarren. Taken from Diabetes Forecast (September 2003)
Note: Updated Diabetes Care Article (2009)
A Philadelphia club owner walks into a lawyer's office and tells his tale: He was arrested for a liquor code violation. He uses an insulin pump. He told the arresting officer and later his jailors that he had diabetes and that he needed his medical supplies and some food in his cell.
First, his blood sugar dropped too low. A man in another cell called for help for him. According to the man, the police officer's reaction was, "He doesn't look so bad. Call me if he passes out." Steve Rosen was finally given something sweet to drink. Two hours later, his pump ran out of insulin. He told the cell room officer. Nothing was done. Finally, after 23 hours in custody and nearly 12 hours after his pump had run dry, Rosen was able to convince the police he was in serious medical distress. He was transferred to the ER. His blood sugar level was 446, his blood pressure was 200/120, and he had ketoacidosis.
Someone familiar with type 1 diabetes might have been shocked and outraged at the treatment Rosen got. And the lawyer, Alan Yatvin, was familiar with diabetes. But he wasn't shocked. Because this wasn't the first such case Yatvin had worked on.
In 1982, after a lawsuit over a person falsely imprisoned while experie Continue reading

Top 10 tips for taking Type 1 diabetes back to school

Top 10 tips for taking Type 1 diabetes back to school

The start of the school year is just around the corner and it is critical to have as much information as possible to support those impacted with type 1 diabetes (T1D) returning to the classroom.
It requires paperwork, special planning and many conversations with teachers, school nurses and other students about T1D and how it’s managed at school.
JDRF has put together helpful materials and information to ease this transition; they can be found at typeonenation.org/BacktoSchool, and includes information about 504 Plans, building a School Diabetes Emergency kit, the JDRF School Advisory Toolkit and more. Additional materials can be found in the JDRF Back to School Resource Library.
Here are 10 tips for taking T1D to school:
1. Contact your endocrinology care team: Make sure the endocrinology team has filled out the required paperwork (DMMP- diabetes medical management plan and letter of type 1 diabetes diagnosis) – this will ensure the school qualifies the student for additional accommodations to be put into a 504 plan or added into the IEP.
2. Set up a meeting with school personnel: Contact the school before end of year or the beginning of August to discuss your child’s medical needs, and ask for a meeting to be attended by all the teachers, school aides, and bus drivers. This is also a good time to talk about specific needs such as the food served in the lunchroom, when recess will take place (ideally after lunch) and field trips; and include who is going to do the education on training everyone on the fundamentals of T1D.
3. Create a 504 Plan: In addition to the DMMP, Continue reading

What is Type 3C (Pancreatogenic) Diabetes? Causes, Complications & Treatment

What is Type 3C (Pancreatogenic) Diabetes? Causes, Complications & Treatment


What is Type 3C (Pancreatogenic) Diabetes? Causes, Complications & Treatment
What is Type 3C (Pancreatogenic) Diabetes? Causes, Complications & Treatment
People are aware of the two main types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2 and the complications that these involve. However, not many are aware that there exists another type of diabetes known as Pancreatogenic diabetes or type 3c. In this article, we shall try to find out more about this type.
So, come and join in for the article What is Type 3C (Pancreatogenic) Diabetes? Its Causes, Complications, & Treatment.
This is a type of diabetes which is mainly associated with the exocrine pancreas. It also has to do with the digestive functions of the organ. The Pancreatogenic diabetes is actually considered to be a secondary form of diabetes. When you have problems associated with the exocrine pancreas, you more often than not suffer from what is known as chronic pancreatitis.
Pancreatogenic diabetes, which is also known as type 3c diabetes mainly results from destruction of the normal functioning of the pancreas that is a result of inflammation of the pancreas, surgery, as well as various types of tumors caused in the pancreas.
What are the Causes of Pancreatogenic Diabetes?
The major causes of the type 3c diabetes are being researched by the experts. However, there are a few known causes of the condition and the same is explained in the section that follows. The following are a few major causes of the same:
Dysfunction of the digestive organs and malnutrition in the individuals
Resection of the pancreas which mainly re Continue reading

Psychosocial care in the management of diabetes: America’s recommendations follow Indian guidelines

Psychosocial care in the management of diabetes: America’s recommendations follow Indian guidelines

by Dr Sanjay Kalra, Endocrinologist – Bharti Hospital Karnal and Vice President, South Asian Federation of Endocrine Societies
BIDIRECTIONAL RELATIONSHIP
Diabetes, one of the most psychologically demanding chronic illnesses, has several associated comorbid conditions. The impact of diabetes on a person’s mental and emotional well-being is one of the most overlooked aspects of diabetic care.
Studies have shown a bidirectional relationship between mental health disorders and diabetes. It is postulated that depression and related symptoms may develop due to stress or metabolic effects of diabetes on the brain. It is also established that depressive symptoms correlate with poor glycemic control and diabetic complications.
Recent research has shown that mental health issues associated with diabetes have a much wider spectrum. Panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder are also common among those living with diabetes, irrespective of comorbid depression. As the disease incidence continues to rise, the following recommendations bridge the much-needed health care gap for the persons living with diabetes.
AMERICAN RECOMMENDATIONS
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has released its first Position Statement on ‘Psychosocial care for people with diabetes’. The guidelines encourage comprehensive, personalized mental health assessment and treatment as part of routine care of diabetes.
The key recommendations are as follows:
• Psychosocial care should be integrated with collaborative, patient-centered medical care and provided to all peo Continue reading

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