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
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
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
MERCED — When Palee Moua teaches Hmong elders how to manage
adult-onset diabetes, she usually starts with a metaphor.
As the director of cultural services at the Merced-based Healthy
House, she might relate tackling diabetes to crossing a
treacherous river, like the Hmong did during the Vietnam War when
they fled to Thailand after the Communist invasion of Laos. Those
who stayed behind and chose not to make the change might have
found it easier at first, but then they risked injury or death.
She says choosing to ignore or deal with diabetes is a similar
choice with similar consequences.