Tag: diabetes

Ain’t nothing sweet about “the sugars”

Ain’t nothing sweet about “the sugars”

by Pam Coyle

Actor Halle Berry, politician Mike Huckabee, chef Paula Deen, Randy Jackson, actor Tom Hanks, rocker Bret Michaels.

Which celebrity doesn’t fit with the others?

If you picked any of the six, you’d be wrong. All have Type 2 diabetes. All have what older movies, and some of our older relatives, quaintly call “sugar diabetes” or “the sugar sickness,” or simply, “the sugars.”

But there’s nothing sweet about diabetes. Untreated, it can cause loss of limbs, blindness, and death. In Tennessee, diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death. In 2011, the most recent year with complete data, […] Read More

Get Outdoors and Start Moving

Get Outdoors and Start Moving

By Pam Coyle
I sit too much. I blame work and Netflix.
Sitting too much has some serious consequences, as researchers have discovered. People who sit for long periods – whether in front of the television, computer or steering wheel – significantly increase their health risks.

Stepping outside is one of the easiest ways to introduce more movement. Gardening, a walk to the corner store, a stroll around the block with the dog, a game of catch in the park – such moments improve circulation and thinking. They can be the foundation for lasting, healthy lifestyle changes.

How about dancing – or at least […] Read More

Red Meat Linked To Premature Death

From the Washington Post:

THE QUESTION Eating red meat is associated with a greater risk of developing such chronic diseases as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some types of cancer. But is it also associated with a higher mortality rate?

THIS STUDY analyzed data on 121,342 adults, most in their late 40s to early 50s, who were free of cardiovascular disease and cancer at the start of the study. During a span of more than two decades, 23,926 of them died, including 5,910 from cardiovascular disease and 9,464 from cancer. Read More… […] Read More

What Health Screenings Do Women Need and Why?

Why is it necessary to get certain preventative health screenings? In order to live your healthiest life (and therefore enjoy life even more!) you need to make sure you stay healthy. Women make 80% of all healthcare decisions for their family. If the woman in the family takes care of herself then she will be better able to care for the rest of her family.

What type of preventive screenings should you get? Here’s some of the information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Visit their website for more complete information.

Breast Cancer:
The number and timing of mammograms is […] Read More

Ask an Expert: Laura Harris on Diabetes

Have a question for our experts? This line is open until Friday, January 28th. Laura will then answer the top questions and we’ll post the answers right here.

Q: Who is at Greater Risk for Type 2 Diabetes?

People with impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) and/or impaired fasting glucose (IFG)
People over age 45
People with a family history of diabetes
People who are overweight
People who do not exercise regularly
People with low HDL cholesterol or high triglycerides, high blood pressure
Certain racial and ethnic groups (e.g., Non-Hispanic Blacks, Hispanic/Latino Americans,Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and American Indians and Alaska Natives)
Women who had gestational diabetes, or […] Read More

Ask an Expert: Sangita Nair on BMI and Weight

Have a question for our experts? This line is open until Friday, January 7th. Sangita will then answer the top questions and we’ll post the answers right here and on the forums.

Q: I just used an online BMI calculator and it said I was overweight! Should I be worried?

A: The BMI–or Body Mass Index– is one of many measurements that clinicians use to evaluate your overall risk for chronic diseases like diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. It is a calculation that takes into account the ratio of your weight to your height, which at the population level has […] Read More