The 57 million Americans currently living with "pre-diabetes" could benefit from a group weight loss program, like Weight Watchers, according to a new study published in this month's American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. Researchers found that after a 6-month Weight Watchers group program, overweight or obese adults who attended at least two thirds of the weekly sessions, not only lost weight, but also significantly reduced fasting glucose and insulin levels - important indicators of diabetes risk.
Dr. Stan De Loach is a bicultural, trilingual, Certified Diabetes Educator (one of the first 13 in Mexico) and clinical psychologist, not to mention a pianist, composer, and writer. Born and educated in the U.S., he has been a resident of Mexico for decades, and his first love is the annual bilingual diabetes camp that he co-founded, the four-day Campamento Diabetes Safari in Mexico..
As part of an extensive program to support the needs of adults with type 1 diabetes, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International announced the introduction of a key support program, the JDRF Adult Type 1 Toolkit, to meet an immediate need for resources and community for adults more recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes - a chronic autoimmune disease often first diagnosed in children.
The North Carolina-based not-for-profit DiabetesSisters (DiabetesSisters.org) is pleased to announce that registration for the first annual Weekend for Women conference to be held May 22-23rd in Raleigh is two-thirds full, and will likely close by April 1.
I have never been one to make New Year's resolutions. This probably stems from my life experiences. Every year at my fitness club, the place is flooded with new faces from January until late February. Then, as the days tick by, the club becomes less and less crowded.
Taking Control Of Your Diabetes TCOYD (www.tcoyd.org) and DiabetesSisters (www.diabetessisters.org) are nationwide non-profit organizations with similar missions of motivating and educating people with diabetes. In 2010, TCOYD and DiabetesSisters are partnering to bring a unique, life-changing learning experience to women with diabetes. The First Annual Weekend for Women Conference hosted by DiabetesSisters and TCOYD will begin at 5pm on Saturday, May 22nd (immediately following the TCOYD Conference) in Raleigh, North Carolina and end at 5pm on Sunday, May 23rd. The Weekend for Women Conference will take place at Marriott City Center in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. All participants will receive a single room at the hotel.
Alexandria, VA (September 10, 2009)-This year, thousands of people in communities across the country will come together to demonstrate their support in the fight against diabetes by participating in the American Diabetes Association's Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes® event. Step Out is a fundraising walk that takes place in more than 160 cities to raise awareness about diabetes and to raise much needed funds to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
The American Diabetes Association estimates that about 18 million Americans have diabetes. Given that millions of people have lost their jobs during the current recession, the law of averages would suggest that at least a few hundred thousand folks with diabetes are now unemployed. Loss of a job, unfortunately, usually means a concurrent loss of health insurance. For those hundreds of thousands of people with diabetes, no health insurance means big trouble.
Could the medical community be overlooking 2.5 million people who have diabetes? Currently, 23.6 million children and adults in the United States, or 7.8 percent of the population, have diabetes. Although an estimated 17.9 million of them have been diagnosed, 5.7 million (nearly one quarter) are unaware that they have the disease. If lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) people comprise 10 percent of the U.S. population, then 10 percent of people with diabetes are part of the LGBT community-about 2.5 million people.*
The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) is working hard to change people's attitudes about diabetes. A federally funded program sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the NDEP has more than 200 partners at the federal, state, and local levels, all working together to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with diabetes.
The connection between smoking and cancer is well documented. Less well known, however, is the fact that smoking exacerbates complications for people with diabetes. Smokers with diabetes are eleven times more likely to have a heart attack or stroke than people who don't have diabetes and don't smoke.
The following is a Q&A with Judith Waldrop, who participated in Living Well, a week-long residential program designed for women with type 2 diabetes. The program is a joint effort of the healthy weight loss pioneers at Green Mountain at Fox Run and the Joslin Diabetes Center. This year, Living Well will take place April 19-25, 2009.
This marks the beginning of a new era of living with diabetes! The time has come to end the limited way in which we view, address, and manage diabetes. The perspective that diabetes is solely a medical condition is archaic and is limiting our progress toward improving the lives of all those who live with diabetes. One's experience with diabetes is not determined exclusively by one's medical care. As those who live with diabetes know all too well, diabetes affects nearly every area of their lives. To date, there have been virtually no concerted efforts made to assist people with the array of "non-medical" components that come along with living with diabetes: that is, until now.
According to a global survey studying children with diabetes, current healthcare systems are failing to give adequate social and psychological support to young people with diabetes. This lack of support often leads to poor control of their disease, resulting in long-term health complications.
With more than 2,500 facilities serving 10,000 communities that run the gamut from big-city downtowns to small rural sites, the YMCA (Young Men's Christian Association) could turn out to be a powerful tool in the fight to prevent diabetes.
The National Diabetes Education Programhas developed a curriculum designed to provide program leaders with the tools they need to increase diabetes prevention and control within African American communities.
How would you describe a minor hiccup in your daily care that just happens out of the blue, especially when just moments before, you felt fine and everything seemed perfect? That’s a ‘diabetes bad hair day’ according to Divabetic, a national nonprofit diabetes outreach organization, currently on tour with its free national diabetes outreach program, ‘Novo Nordisk Presents: Divabetic – Makeover Your Diabetes.’
A survey of people's experience with healthcare in seven countries - Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States - shows that we Americans don't stack up very well.
Sponsor a pig and you can help a unique collaboration between Spring Point
Project and the University of Minnesota to begin transplanting insulin-producing
islet cells from pigs to humans within the next two years.
Project HOPE, an international health education and humanitarian assistance
organization, has launched The India Diabetes Educator Project. The four-year
program will train 5,000 healthcare professionals to help counter the near
epidemic level of type 2 diabetes in India.
Sometimes having diabetes offers saving graces and pleasurable moments. That's
certainly the intent of the Gary Hall, Jr. Foundation, which has just announced
that it will offer a five-day Caribbean cruise, starting December 1, 2008, for
people with diabetes and their loved ones.
In a recent study, 81 youth with type 1 diabetes, aged eleven to sixteen years, were divided into two groups. One group received care as usual, but every member of the second group got six sessions with a "diabetes personal trainer," during which they talked about self-monitoring, goal setting, and problem solving.
In a recent survey of over 1000 adults, 82 percent knew someone with a chronic illness. Only 34 percent, however, were willing to offer advice to their chronically ill friend about handling their self-care.
American Youth Understanding Diabetes Abroad, Inc., also known as
AYUDA, is a small organization with a lofty goal: to bring the
diabetes camp experience to underprivileged children and youth with
type 1 diabetes around the world.
Kamaal Washington was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was
nine. He's thirteen now. In those four years, he's become an
advocate for diabetes and the author, with his brother Malcolm and
help from his parents, of a diabetes educational superhero comic
book that's swept the nation beyond their wildest expectations. But
it all started when he began to be really, really thirsty.
These days, it doesn't take much imagination to envision a weapon,
bomb, chemical, or biological threat occurring at school. Such a
situation, although unlikely, is a possibility in today's world. Consequently, parents must consider whether their diabetic child is
properly prepared for a crisis. An examination of your child's
school emergency plan may be well worth your time.
On January 27, in Phoenix, Arizona, ten-year-old Andrew gave up his beloved miniature
horse, Zig Zag, to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
He had to think about it hard; they’d been together since he was six. But he
swallowed his sorrow and donated his pony to the JDRF’s gala auction because he
believed “Zig Zag could help find a cure.”
Death Valley is hardly a common place to be raising awareness of diabetes. This past
fall, however, several hundred people with diabetes, healthcare professionals, and
other bicyclists passionate about improving diabetes care rode 105 miles at upwards of
90 degrees to raise money for diabetes research in the Juvenile Diabetes Research
Foundation (JDRF) “Ride to Cure Diabetes 2006.”
Hundreds of women affected by diabetes across the country are
feeling great about themselves and learning to stay that way,
thanks to an innovative diabetes outreach campaign presented by a
world leader in diabetes care, Novo Nordisk. Called “Novo
Nordisk Presents Divabetic—Makeover Your Diabetes,” the
program combines personalized diabetes education with free salon and
spa services in a crash course designed to help every woman’s
“inner diva” take charge of her own and her
Started as a t-shirt fundraiser, the Divabetic phenomenon is
beginning to take on a life of its own. Max Szadek, personal assistant
to the late Luther Vandross, once decided to begin selling t-shirts with the word
“Divabetic” on them to empower and educate women living
with, at risk of, or affected by diabetes.
Diabetes Teen Talk is a new online community aimed at educating and inspiring
teens with diabetes. The site, www.diabetesteentalk.com,
launched in January 2006, and it will offer interviews, articles, a message
board and a chat room where teens can learn more about diabetes and connect
There here, they’re there, they’re everywhere! It’s the Diabetes Police—your family, friends and others who criticize your diabetes behaviors. They disapprove of your food choices, point out your weight gain, accuse you of skipping your medication and nag you to exercise more. These well-meaning individuals care about you, but they make life with diabetes more difficult and can create tension in a relationship. Here are some examples of ways that the Diabetes Police operate in our lives:
Healthcare Professionals Look for the “CDE”
The Certified Diabetes Educator designation is the gold standard for diabetes educators. Professionals with the “CDE” credential have achieved a level of expertise that is recognized by the American Association of Diabetes Educators. They have completed a required number of patient care hours, passed a comprehensive written exam and participate in continuing education opportunities. Different health professionals including physicians, psychologists, nurses, dietitians, podiatrists and pharmacists can earn the “CDE”. A “CDE” should provide reliable information.
Medtronic, Inc., now has an event finder at their Web site (www.minimed.com) to help patients locate free diabetes management classes in their communities. Patients can simply enter their zip codes to learn the dates, times, locations and directions for free local classes.
Imagine going to a spa-like resort to spend 19 days focusing on your health and diet and learning how to cook tasty foods for weight loss. Throw in some massages, nearly countless hours of physician attention and a guaranteed improved lifestyle when you return home.
Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, California, is seeking participants for a study that involves a six-week online workshop teaching self-management skills for people with heart disease, lung disease or type 2 diabetes.
Kidney School is a new, free interactive learning resource on the Web. It offers educational materials designed to teach kidney patients about kidney disease, treatment options and day-to-day coping skills.
Fourteen entities have joined forces to form Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet, a collaborative effort to test new approaches to understanding, preventing and treating type 1 diabetes. Recruitment for the first trials is expected to begin in early 2003.
A multinational 10-year study, known as the Trial to Reduce Insulin-Dependent Diabetes in the Genetically at Risk (TRIGR), is enlisting the participation of newborns who have a parent or sibling with type 1 diabetes.
In an effort to help fight the diabetes epidemic among the Latino population in the United States, organizations in four states have received $10,000 each from the Aventis Adelante! Diabetes Community Excellence Awards. The Spanish word "adelante" means "to preserve" or "to move forward."
"Si Tiene Diabetes, Cuide Su Corazón" (If you have diabetes, take care of your heart) is a campaign launched in late July 2002 by the U.S. National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) to call attention to the fact that Hispanic and Latino Americans with diabetes are at higher risk for heart disease.
With the World Health Organization estimating that 70 percent of all new cases of diabetes are expected to appear in developing nations, Novo Nordisk has committed $60 million over the next decade to the World Diabetes Foundation (WDF). Funding for the WDF also will be sought from other sources.
Low-income senior citizens can buy a 30-day supply of Pfizer prescription medicines for $15 per prescription using the Pfizer Share Card, the drug manufacturer announced on January 15. Beginning March 1, the new card will cover more than 80 Pfizer medicines, including drugs for diabetes. Pfizer said the program will last until the government designs a longer-term solution.
The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) is offering a tool to help people with diabetes find educators in their area. The "Find an Educator" feature on the AADE Web site provides links to diabetes educators in towns and cities within all 50 states. The listings include the names and phone numbers of local educators who can provide diabetes self-management training, including blood-sugar testing, advice on medications and meal and exercise planning. Both patients and health-care professionals can also contact the AADE by phone to receive the information. The AADE Web address is www.aadenet.org. The phone number is (800) 832-6874.
Diabetes can seem like a thankless job—all work and no pay. That's why the Joslin Diabetes Center and the Eli Lilly Company give out awards to people with diabetes who have lived with the condition for long periods of time.
There is no doubt that camps are an educational and fun experience for kids with diabetes. But what about the big kids? Diabetes camps for adults age 17 and older do exist, and like camps for kids offer similar experiences.
Father's Day is a good time to reflect upon the gift fathers give to their children and families when they assume an active role in the management of diabetes. Fathers play a pivotal role in helping the child and family cope effectively with the diagnosis and daily challenge of living with diabetes.
Carlos's HbA1c had been above 10.2% for the last three clinic visits. We were frustrated because he was 16 years old, had a great personality and knew a lot about diabetes management. Every time he came to clinic without his blood-sugar records, he would promise to bring them next time and also promised to get his HbA1c down. It was hard not to believe him because he was such a nice guy.
According to a press release from the Braille Institute of America, people with diabetes who have lost their vision now have access to a free program that helps maintain their motivation and independence.
Testing hurts my fingers. No one will want to marry me. My skin looks bumpy at injection sites
Insulin makes me look fat
It's not fair that I have to think about diabetes all the time
I'll have a bad insulin reaction, especially at nighttime
High (or low) blood sugars make me moody
Each high blood sugar reading is a nail in my coffin
Complications are "time bombs" waiting to explode
I'm sick and tired of taking care of my diabetes
I have to keep my diabetes a secret or I'll lose friends
I feel as if my doctor is judging me
My insurance won't cover diabetes supplies, treatment or education
-Courtesy of Alan Jacobsen, MD, Joslin Diabetes Center
Both the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and American Diabetes Association have regional offices in every state that keep an updated list of all support groups in their particular geographic areas. You can call either organization for the office nearest you that offers support groups specifically for parents of children with diabetes. Many regional affiliates also keep a referral list of professional counselors familiar with diabetes and family issues. Both organizations also have excellent Web sites.
Most parents never consider the possibility that their child will develop diabetes. Yet every year over 13,000 children are diagnosed with diabetes, more than all forms of childhood cancer combined. Every year 13,000 children struggle to learn diabetes control while 13,000 families fight against diabetes' control over their lives.
If you have just started on the pump, or if you feel like you need to catch up with technological advancements in pump therapy, a support group could be the best place for you to begin. Undoubtedly, the advice of a peer who has experienced the challenges of going on a pump can be the best help for a pumper just starting out.
The following is the behavior change protocol presented by Funnell and Anderson. These questions are intended to be asked of patients by health care professionals, but they can be used individually and can be helpful to keep in mind when trying to make significant lifestyle changes.
If you're looking for encouraging words and education, but the very words "support group" bring forth images of half-naked men pounding bongos in the forest, don't despair. With over 800 groups in the United States for people with diabetes and a whole host of computer-based discussion groups springing up on the internet every day, there's really something for everyone.
When people think of New Orleans, the first thing that comes to mind may be Mardi Gras or red-hot jambalaya. Faye Dyer Englade has made it her job to change people's perceptions of New Orleans-within the diabetes community at least-through the Lakeview Diabetes Wellness Program.
Two years ago Julie Farabee's four-year-old daughter was diagnosed with diabetes. Farabee not only had to deal with the worry and fear of having a chronically ill child, she had to suffer in what seemed like solitude.
On August 17, Animas Corporation and the Diabetes Trust Fund announced the creation of The Diabetes Trust Fund Insulin Pump Plan, valued at $200,000. The program will be aimed at offering insulin pumps and supplies to type 1 children and teens in financial need.
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