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Type 1 Diabetes And The Young Athlete

Type 1 diabetes and the young athlete

Type 1 diabetes and the young athlete

Youth sports are woven into the fabric of society and are a large focus of many families. Regardless of the sport, the ability to play them is almost a foregone conclusion to many.
For some, it’s a daunting task. Like my family.
In August 2011, my wife and I learned our son, Keaton, was a Type 1 Diabetic. As people with little connection with Type 1, we embarked on a quick study. Type 1 diabetes is where the cells that produce insulin in the body are destroyed by the immune system. As the number of active insulin producing cells falls, the ability to regulate blood glucose falls and life-threatening situations can occur. The Type 1 patient embarks on a life of injecting insulin into their bodies daily to survive. Nothing a person did in terms of eating less nutritious food, lack of exercise or being overweight caused it. This point was emphasized to my wife and I, as when we were at the hospital with our son, a family with an infant was in our classes as this young gal was also Type 1.
In a nutshell, lifestyle choices may impact persons with type 2 diabetes. They have no bearing on type 1 as it’s an autoimmune disease.
One thing that we weren’t prepared for: how Type 1 diabetes affects sports and how you need to manage it to be successful.
Keaton loves to play sports, although they all play second fiddle to his true love, hockey. Sadly, his career as a goalie hasn’t been without complications.
At times, he is forced to sit out until his numbers stabilize. One time, at age 11, he wasn’t able to participate in hockey practice and he told his mom, “My diabetic care Continue reading

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Nearly a Quarter of People with Diabetes Don't Know They Have It

Nearly a Quarter of People with Diabetes Don't Know They Have It


Nearly a Quarter of People with Diabetes Don't Know They Have It
Diabetes symptoms are easy to miss, but it's becoming more vital than ever to recognize the signs. According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 30.3 million people in the U.S. have diabetes as of 2015, but nearly a quarter of those people (7.2 million) are undiagnosed. In addition to that, about a third of U.S. adults (84.1 million) have prediabetes, a precursor to type 2 diabetes, yet only 11.6 percent of them reported being told by a doctor that they have it.
It's important to note that most estimates of diabetes in this report included both type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes.
However, we know that the overwhelming majority of diabetes cases is type 2, a chronic condition that affects the way the body processes blood sugar. According to the report, only about 5 percent of U.S. adults are thought to have type 1 diabetes , a chronic condition that typically develops in childhood in which a persons pancreas produces little or no insulin.
Rates of diabetes tend to increase with age. According to the report, 4 percent of adults aged 1844 had diabetes; 17 percent of 45- to 64-year-olds had the condition; and 25 percent of people 65 and up had diabetes. The rates of diagnoses were also higher among American Indians/Alaska Natives, non-Hispanic blacks, and Hispanics when compared to Asians and non-Hispanic whites. New diabetes diagnoses were steady, but the researchers point out that diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2015, which isnt something to Continue reading

Transmission of Diabetes Prion-Like Aggregates Triggers Disease Symptoms

Transmission of Diabetes Prion-Like Aggregates Triggers Disease Symptoms

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Previous post mortem and animal studies have suggested that islet IAPP aggregation is linked with key T2D features, including the loss of beta cell mass, but the how these IAPP deposits cause disease development or progression isn’t yet understood. One Continue reading

Whole Body Vibration Could Be As Effective As Exercise in Treating Type 2 Diabetes

Whole Body Vibration Could Be As Effective As Exercise in Treating Type 2 Diabetes

A new study on mice suggests that whole body vibration—in which a person lies or stands on a vibrating platform to mimic the effects of exercise—might be just as beneficial in promoting weight loss, and in preventing and treating type 2 diabetes, as lacing up your running shoes and hitting the open road.
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The results came from a study on two types of mice and three intervention groups, with six to 10 mice in each group, McGee-Lawrence says. One type of mice was normal and another was obese, with type 2 diabetes. Those two types were split into groups with one running daily on a treadmill for 45 minutes and another undergoing whole body vibration, or WBV. (a third group was a control group that were sedentary, and did not undergo WBV or the treadmill.)
After 12 weeks researchers discovered that mice who underwent WBV and those who spent time on the treadmill enjoyed similar metabolic benefits.
“Both groups had increased insulin sensitivity and the obese mice who did WBV gained less weight than obese mice who did nothing,” McGee-Lawrence says. “Another benefit was that those mice who underwent WBV, and exercised on the treadmill, also showed increased markers for bone formation and improved muscle size.”
While thi Continue reading

Baptist camp helps kids fight diabetes

Baptist camp helps kids fight diabetes

Camp Day2Day is a free camp for youth diagnosed with diabetes or prediabetes sponsored by Baptist Memorial Health Care and the American Diabetes Association. Jim Weber/The Commercial Appeal
Like any kid at summer camp, Russell Johnson enjoys the usual offerings of swimming, badminton and touch football, but what will stick with the 12-year-old most from the event he's attending this week is a lesson about how to shop at the supermarket.
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Russell was among 32 kids registered for Camp Day2Day, an event for youngsters diagnosed with diabetes or prediabetes, along with those considered at-risk for the disease because of family history and other factors. It's put on free of charge at The Kroc Center Memphis by Baptist Memorial Health Care and the American Diabetes Association.
The camp's attendance is up 45 percent from the 22 on hand last year, a reflection, perhaps, of the growing awareness of the perils of diabetes and its grip on the Memphis area.
The city lies within a "diabetes belt" -- a region covering 644 counties in 15 states -- identified by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It's an area where at least 11 percent of the adult population has been diagnosed with diabetes, an incurable disease characterized by an excess of glucose in the blood, which can lead to nerve damage, blindness, kidney disease, heart trouble and death.
In Shelby County, more than 82,000 residents had been diagnosed with diabetes in 2013, the most recent year for which figures are available, and some 250 people die f Continue reading

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