Playing For Syracuse, Andrew Armstrong Keeps A Positive View On Type 1 Diabetes

Playing for Syracuse, Andrew Armstrong keeps a positive view on type 1 diabetes

Playing for Syracuse, Andrew Armstrong keeps a positive view on type 1 diabetes

Playing for Syracuse, Andrew Armstrong keeps a positive view on type 1 diabetes
As many as 3 million adults in the United States have type 1 diabetes, and about 30,000 more individuals are diagnosed with the disease each year . In 1999, I became part of that statistic at 11 years old, and have dealt with it for the 18 years since. Syracuse Orange linebacker Andrew Armstrong received his own diagnosis a lot more recently in life, as a senior at Cardinal Mooney High School.
Everyone deals with diseases -- type 1 or otherwise -- on their own terms. And for me, its only recently been something I discuss openly. However, Andrew was more than willing to take the time to discuss how he deals with type 1. He and I spoke on the phone after Thursday mornings practice.
I was actually diagnosed my senior year of high school, in November, he said. I played my junior year of football prior to being diagnosed. I felt real sluggish throughout the season, had frequent urination, mood swings, I wasnt eating or drinking a ton -- I just didnt feel right.
So when my parents brought me to the doctor and they ran some tests and my blood sugar was in the 400s. They rushed me to the emergency room, and there they diagnosed me with Type 1.
For people with working pancreas, blood sugar levels typically range from 70 or so up to 120/130. Their body produces insulin to help break down sugar in the bloodstream, regulating that number to stay within a certain range at all times. If a non-diabetic eats a lot of sugar, their body balances that out with insulin. And if theyre very active or havent ea Continue reading

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Chiropractors and Diabetes Gimmickry

Chiropractors and Diabetes Gimmickry

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The more I study the activities of chiropractors, the more I find myself comparing them to striptease dancing as depicted in my favorite humorous musical number from the 1962 movie Gypsy.
The scene is a dressing room in a burlesque theater in Wichita, Kansas. Louise Hovick (who eventually becomes striptease star Gypsy Rose Lee) is a young woman with a booking at the theater to sing and dancebut not strip. She encounters three seasoned strippers. She explains to them that she doesnt have any talent for stripping.
One of the strippers, Miss Mazeppa, assures her: To be a stripper, all you need to have is no talent.
Another stripper, Tessie Tura, counters: Pardon me! But to have no talent is not enough. What you need to have is an idea that makes you strip special!
And so begins a performance of You Gotta Have a Gimmick.
Miss Mazeppas gimmick is to do it with a horn, which she proceeds to blow. Tessie Turas gimmick is to do it with ballet dancing. Miss Electras gimmick is to do it with a costume lit up like a Christmas tree.
Chiropractors also have gimmicks. I see their gimmicks as much more seductive than the gimmicks of strippers in Gypsy.
Chiropractics identity as a profession depends on a gimmick: promoting the implausible notion that chiropractor Continue reading

No More Routine Finger Sticks(1) for Americans with Diabetes: Abbotts FreeStyle Libre Approved in the U.S.

No More Routine Finger Sticks(1) for Americans with Diabetes: Abbotts FreeStyle Libre Approved in the U.S.

No More Routine Finger Sticks(1) for Americans with Diabetes: Abbotts FreeStyle Libre Approved in the U.S.
ABBOTT PARK, Ill., Sept. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --Abbott (NYSE: ABT )today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System as a replacement1 for blood glucose monitoring (BGM) for adults with diabetes in the U.S. This revolutionary new glucose sensing technology eliminates the need for routine finger sticks1 and is the only personal continuous glucose monitor (CGM) that does not require finger stick calibration. Designed to be approachable, accessible and affordable for the 30 million people with diabetes in America6, the FreeStyle Libre system reads glucose levels through a sensor that is worn on the back of the upper arm for up to 10 days, making it the longest lasting personal glucose sensor available in the U.S.
No More Routine Finger Sticks(1) for Americans with Diabetes: Abbotts FreeStyle Libre Approved in the U.S.
No More Routine Finger Sticks(1) for Americans with Diabetes: Abbotts FreeStyle Libre Approved in the U.S.
Th Continue reading

5 Fanatstic Benefits Of Curcumin In Diabetes

5 Fanatstic Benefits Of Curcumin In Diabetes

Diabetes is the condition where glucose/ sugar levels in the blood are too high due to malfunctioning of glucose metabolism in the body.
Glucose is metabolised by the enzyme insulin produced by the organ, pancreas. In diabetes, either insulin is not produced, or it is not used well by the body resulting in high blood sugar levels.
Diabetes is identified as mainly three types, type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the cells of the pancreas that produce insulin are damaged (by the immune system or some other factor) and cannot produce insulin.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common type. In this type, insulin is not produced well or not used effectively by the body. Gestational diabetes occurs in pregnant women and usually goes away after the baby is born.
Children and young adults are commonly found to have the type 1 diabetes. People with this type require insulin tablets every day otherwise it may be fatal. The type 2 diabetes may develop at any age but most frequently observed in the middle-aged and older people.
The risk of developing type 2 diabetes increases with age, obesity, physical inactivity, etc. People with a family history of diabetes, high blood pressure, prediabetes (a condition with high blood sugar but not high enough to be called diabetes), gestational diabetes and polycystic ovary syndrome are also at a high risk.
The common symptoms of diabetes include dehydration or thirst, frequent urination, fatigue, weight loss or gain, hunger, blurred vision, etc.
The persistence of high blood sugar levels in the blood gives rise Continue reading

Denying Health Care to Diabetics Makes Just About Zero Sense

Denying Health Care to Diabetics Makes Just About Zero Sense

Denying Health Care to Diabetics Makes Just About Zero Sense
Denying Health Care to Diabetics Makes Just About Zero Sense
Denying Health Care to Diabetics Makes Just About Zero Sense
Last week, the Trump administration made a new enemy: the American Diabetes Association. During a panel discussion at a forum for health care luminaries at Stanford University on Thursday, Trumps budget director Mick Mulvaney told an audience that the GOP bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act would take care of people with pre-existing conditions, but only to an extent. It doesnt mean we should be required to take care of the person who sits home, drinks sugary drinks, doesnt exercise, eats poorly, and gets diabetes, he said.
Diabetes affects nearly 30 million Americans, most of whom did not take kindly to the jab. Almost immediately, they took to Twitter to explain that both kinds of diabetestype 1 and type 2are the result of a both genetic and environmental factors. The ADA backed them up on Friday with a public statement decrying the notion that diabetes is a disease of choice: Mr. Mulvaneys comments perpetuate the stigma that one chooses to have diabetes based on his/her lifestyle. We are also deeply troubled by his assertion that access to health care should be rationed or denied to anyone.
Even if you subscribe to the notion that denying people health care is a morally acceptable way to get them to exercise or start eating better, there are still a few big problems with Mulvaneys assertion.
The first is an issue of bio Continue reading

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