After 50 years, type 1 Suzi Vietti Has Mastered Her Disease

One thing most people know about 63-year-old Suzi Vietti is never to say “never” to her. It might be one of her most detested words; given the number of times she has heard it. As a teenager, Suzi was required to test her glucose levels by dipping yellow paper strips in her urine, and then comparing her results to the colors on the chart. Learning

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Diabetes Health Type 1: Mixed Martial Arts Reveals Hidden Strengths

Rob Cooper isn’t one to shy away from a challenge. After the Illinois native’s diagnosis of type 1 diabetes at 14, the teen who never really thought of himself as an athlete began mixed martial arts training, a rigorous physical workout that merges mind and body while pushing participants to their limits. “I wanted to know how to defend myself,” said Cooper, who was 17

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Bollywood Dancing- An Effective Weapon Against Type 2 Diabetes

CURE-D is the first Bollywood dance research and intervention study designed for South Asian immigrants in the United States. Success with Zumba and Latin hip-hop to manage diabetes in other populations contributed to this study. It’s a culturally meaningful dance, and an effective weapon against Type 2 diabetes says, Dr. Latha Palaniappan, medical director of clinical research at Palo Alto Medical Foundation. 24-year-old Natesan, a

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Carrying a Pancreas Outside My Body

One of the pluses of having a working pancreas is that you do not often lose it. The organ just comes along for the ride, as it were, safe inside your abdomen. Type 1 diabetics have the unenviable job of carrying their pancreas-equivalent with them. If they use insulin injections, they need to have their needles and vials of medicine. If they’re on a pump

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Camp 1inspires Me to be Awesome!

Hey Campers, Staff and Alumni – Does Diabetes Camp Inspire You? This summer, over 30,000 young peoples’ lives will be inspired at diabetes camp. Have you ever been one of them? By sharing the story of how diabetes camp helped make you the person you are today, you’ll help us raise awareness and make camp possible for others. The Diabetes Education and Camping Association is

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How Do You Stay So Positive?

My class was discussing why we cannot just do pancreas transplants so we can cure diabetes,” said a dear friend that volunteers for me at work. It is a lot more complicated than that, sadly. I was touched that he and his college classmates were discussing ways to cure us. As we chatted about the challenges of diabetes and our wishes for a cure, a

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Type 2 Drug Slashes Dementia Risk

A new study has surprising implications for a generic diabetes drug. Pioglitazone, which is often prescribed for patients with Type 2 diabetes, also appears to reduce the risk of developing dementia. The drug was not studied specifically to see if cut the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Instead, researchers from the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases combed through a giant database of German health

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Key Steps in Diabetes Care

Living with diabetes means you need to take extra care to stay healthy. The good news is that even small changes in your lifestyle and habits can make a big difference in managing your blood sugar, staying healthy, and preventing complications. Changes can be challenging. These steps help you manage diabetes, and make changes one step at a time. You can also create a customized

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BI-Lilly Alliance Creates Formidable Drug Development Combine

Pharma giants Boehringer Ingelheim (BI) and Eli Lilly and Company (Lilly) have formed the BI-Lilly Diabetes Alliance, a joint effort, involving the development of several drugs aimed at treating type 1 and type 2 diabetes patients. The Alliance recently showed up in force at the 74th American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions in San Francisco, June 13-17. It made more than 40 presentations on drugs and

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What Type 2s Can Do When Blood Sugar Soars

The emergency condition most type 2s dread is hypoglycemia, where plummeting blood sugar levels can bring on a dangerous semi-conscious state, and even coma or death. However, hyperglycemia, high-blood sugar levels consistently above 240 mg/dL, can be just as dangerous. Left untreated, at its most extreme high-blood sugar, can induce ketoacidosis, the build-up of toxic-acid ketones in the blood and urine. It can also bring

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