Friday, July 31, 2015

Diabetes: Let's get serious

The way some people talk about diabetes, you'd think they were talking about toejam. It's not really something to worry about, the thinking goes-just "a little sugar." And there's nothing you can do about it, anyway.

False. And false.
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Diabetes chat
093008_PHILADELPHIA, PA_Headshot of Becky Batcha, features reporter at the Daily News. ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS
Becky Batcha oversaw a live chat with doctors and experts on the prevention and treatment of diabetes this morning. You can read the transcript here.
The American Diabetes Association tells patients they'll need a team of health-care specialists. West Philly's Bernardet Cash has a village.
Handy tips on weight loss and exercise from local diabetes experts.
CHILDREN'S Hospital of Philadelphia is part of a national study called the Today trial, which is investigating ways to treat Type 2 diabetes in children and teens.
THRIVING WITH TYPE 2 The education edge JAMES COLEMAN, a Germantown resident and retired SEPTA bus driver, was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 1989, and he has taken the situation in stride.
Thriving with Type 1 diabetes
Breakthroughs and hopes for Type 1

Reminders to carry with you about diabetes prevention and care

Four words you shouldn’t ignore
If your doctor said you have “a touch of sugar,” it could mean you have pre-diabetes: a blood-glucose level that’s higher than normal but not yet diabetes. And that’s serious.
The American Diabetes Association warns that some damage to your body — including your heart — may already be under way. “There is no such thing as a touch of sugar that is not harmful,” said Dr. Guenther Boden, chief of the division of Endocrinology at Temple University Hospital.
If you go on to develop full-blown diabetes, you could double or quadruple your risk of dying from heart disease, among other dire consequences.
The good news: At the pre-diabetes stage, it’s possible to prevent Type 2 diabetes by making healthier food choices, losing 7 percent of your body weight and walking briskly for 30 minutes a day, five days a week.
We know you can do it. The big national medical study that proved it, known as the Diabetes Prevention Program, included 155 participants from right here in Philly.

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