Diabetes and You


Nation’s health rankings improve
The Desert Sun

For the first time in 15 years, the national obesity rate didn’t worsen, new health rankings released Tuesday show.

Health improved nationally in 2013 across the board in measures that also included smoking and physical inactivity, according to the United Health Foundation’s America Health Rankings.

California hovered in the middle, ranked 21st in health outcomes, with bright spots such as its smoking rate being second in the country.


Does retirement affect adherence to medications?

There is a decline in adherence to medication after retirement among men and women with hypertension and men with type 2 diabetes….


New method to predict dementia risk for type 2 diabetics
The California Report

An international team of researchers says it’s developed a tool that predicts the risk that a senior with type 2 diabetes will develop dementia in the next 10 years.


Bipolar disorder may vary depending on weight, eating disorders

Binge eating tied to other mental health problems, obesity to physical symptoms in study patients

MONDAY, July 29 (HealthDay News) — Bipolar disorder develops differently in obese people and among those who binge eat, a new study finds.

Up to 4 percent of Americans have bipolar disorder, a serious mental illness that causes extreme mood swings. Just less than 10 percent of people with bipolar disorder are binge eaters, which the authors of the new study said is a higher rate than in the general population.

This study found that bipolar patients who binge eat are more likely to have other mental health problems, such as suicidal thoughts, psychosis, anxiety disorders and substance abuse.


Price reductions for diabetes care supplies
New York Times

Starting next month, changes are afoot for Medicare beneficiaries who order diabetes supplies — testing strips and lancets — by mail. About 50 percent to 60 percent of diabetics on Medicare prefer to receive supplies in their mailboxes, a cheaper and often more convenient alternative to local pharmacies and storefronts.


How exercising at work saves money
The Atlantic

Creation of worksite wellness programs is promoted by parts of the Affordable Care Act. If your office doesn’t have a gym, it soon might — out of the company’s interest.

Ever since Karen Straub had her thyroid removed because of cancer in 1999, she has struggled with her weight. She became diabetic and suffered from terrible acid reflux. So when her boss, California State Controller John Chiang, started a worksite wellness program for his staff, Straub decided to give it a try. She joined new Weight Watchers at Work meetings during lunch on Thursdays. She beams activity data from her accelerometer to the Healthrageous website, which allows her to track her activity and interact with her co-workers through a social media platform.


State diabetes program focuses on regional hot spots

Stopping the rise of diabetes is an ongoing effort in California, especially in counties such as Monterey, where the rates of the illness are higher than the state average. In Monterey, local and regional programs are working to prevent the chronic illness, which carries a hefty price tag and toll on health, with support from statewide efforts.


California health report card shows lower rates for most diseases
89.3 KPCC

California is reporting statewide improvements in key public health measures, including rates for many chronic diseases, sexually-transmitted infections, motor vehicle crashes and accidental deaths, according to the  County Health Status Profiles 2013 report released today.


What is diabetes?
The Facts

Your body changes most of the food you eat into glucose (a form of sugar). Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas that allows glucose to enter all the cells of your body and be used as energy. You have diabetes when your body doesn’t make enough insulin or it doesn’t use insulin properly.


Who’s at greater risk for type 2 diabetes?
Risk Factors

Do you know your risk for diabetes? Perhaps you have diabetes and don’t even know it. One out of 10 Californians has diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Diabetes is a chronic medical condition characterized by high levels of blood glucose (a form of sugar). Nearly 2 million California adults have diabetes, about 8%of the state’s population, according to a recent study from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.


Diabetes management
Prevention Tips

Before people develop Type 2 diabetes, they almost always have pre-diabetes, which means their blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Recent research has shown that some long term damage to the body, especially the heart and circulatory system, may already be underway during pre-diabetes. There are 57 million Americans with pre-diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association.


A new prescription for diabetes: Exercise guidelines help fight the disease
AARP Bulletin

If you’re one of the 12.2 million Americans age 60-plus with diabetes, the American Diabetes Association and the American College of Sports Medicine have a new prescription for you.

An exercise prescription.

The first guidelines for physical activity that are aimed specifically at diabetics have been released jointly by the two organizations.


More soda tax measures may be coming
San Francisco Chronicle

Richmond’s soda tax may have faltered badly on election day, but the idea is now bubbling up in other Bay Area cities and counties.

Officials in San Francisco, Berkeley, Alameda County, Vallejo, El Cerrito and other jurisdictions have discussed, or plan to discuss, placing soda taxes on ballots.


Health Tip: Taking medication to manage diabetes

Questions you should ask your doctor

(HealthDay News) — Medication can help keep diabetes under control, but it’s important to understand what you’re taking and how to take it.

The American Diabetes Association poses these questions to ask your doctor about diabetes medications:

  • Could any of my medications cause low blood sugar?
  • When should I take my diabetes medications?
  • How much medication should I take?
  • Should I continue to take my diabetes medications when I am sick?
  • Do I need to adjust my medications before I exercise?
  • Do I need to adjust my medications if I skip a meal?

November is Diabetes Awareness Month
Learn your risk

November is Diabetes Awareness Month and Californians for Patient Care would like to help you become more aware of the signs and symptoms of this chronic disease - diabetes – as well as what you can do to prevent type 2 diabetes.

Click here and take this quick test today to learn your risk for type 2 diabetes.

What are the warning signs and symptoms of diabetes? How can you reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes? Click here to learn more.


Program shown to work in fight against diabetes
San Diego Union Tribune

Project Dulce, a 15-year effort to fight diabetes in San Diego County’s Latino population, is getting national attention for delivering solid results.

The project combats diabetes by recruiting counselors from the community to work directly with patients, changing eating habits, exercise routines and a host of other factors that can reverse the chronic disease before it results in painful consequences.


Diabetes care tailored to Asian subgroups
San Francisco Chronicle

No one has ever accused Dr. Bhupendra Sheoran of packing on the pounds. At 5 foot 10, the Oakland resident is a healthy 175 pounds. A physician for most of his life, he habitually avoids fast food and hits the gym.

So it came as a shock five years ago when he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes – a disease traditionally associated with being overweight or obese.

A phone call home put the situation in perspective, said Sheoran, 40, who lived in his native India until he moved to the Bay Area in 2005. He discovered that his sister and two uncles have the disease, and his father had symptoms.


Diabetics need to take special precautions when exercising
San Diego Union Tribune

Exercise is at the forefront in the prevention, control and treatment of diabetes. As we approach American Diabetes Awareness Month in November, the San Diego-based American Council on Exercise offers some practical advice for individuals with diabetes who want to increase their level of physical activity.

There is a right way and a wrong way to embark on an exercise program, according to ACE . For the nearly 26 million children and adults with diabetes in the United States, that distinction is even greater.


Tribal clinic uses native foods to fight diabetes
California Watch

To walk into the central gathering space of the Potawot Health Village in Arcata, a multi-tribal health clinic, is to be made instantly aware of the concept of traditional native food as medicine. “Got Acorns?” reads a poster. “Got salmon?” “Got seaweed?” 

Built, administered and owned by American Indians, Potawot is at the front line of a national resurgence among native peoples to address the link between the loss of ancestral native foods and disproportionate rates of diabetes and other chronic diseases.


Look for new benchmarks in diagnosing gestational diabetes

Each year, between 4 percent and 8 percent of all pregnant women in the United States are diagnosed with gestational diabetes. The condition is found in women who have never had diabetes but whose blood sugar, or glucose, levels are elevated during pregnancy.

Eight percent doesn’t sound like a lot.