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.
Though the new guidelines don’t differ greatly from the
last recommendations, there’s a greater sense of urgency as the
majority of American adults and one in three children are deemed
overweight or obese.
WASHINGTON — New federal dietary guidelines released Jan.
31, 2011, urge Americans to avoid oversized portions, choose
products that are lower in sodium, opt for water instead of
sugary drinks and eat more fruits and vegetables — half a
The guidelines are not radically different from the last version,
released in 2005, but come with a sense of urgency driven by
growing rates of obesity, diabetes and other diet-linked health
problems among Americans.
November is Diabetes Awareness Month and Californians for Patient
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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.
Obesity in the central San Joaquin Valley is too big a problem
for any one institution to solve, but people working together can
make communities healthier, Fresno leaders said Tuesday [August
“It’s a problem we all share and we’re all part of the solution,”
said Deborah Nankivell, chief executive officer of the Fresno
Business Council, which organized an obesity panel discussion
with Kaiser Permanente Fresno.
Hundreds of hopeful and needy people received free dental
services at Cal Expo on Friday [August 24, 2012] in what’s become
a dubious tradition in this do-without economy: another big-tent,
M*A*S*H-style health care bonanza, this time exclusively for oral
Inside Cal Expo’s cavernous buildings C and D, the California
Dental Association assembled a cadre of volunteer dentists and
their crews for what’s called CDA Cares, a two-day free clinic
that concludes today. Organizers said they hoped to serve 1,500
to 2,000 people by closing time, having seen 1,000 people Friday.
If you have diabetes or kidney problems and have been taking a
combination of drugs to control another issue — hypertension –
you might want to consult your doctor to make sure you’re using
the pharmaceuticals safely. The FDA issued an alert to healthcare
professionals “of possible risks when using blood pressure
medicines containing aliskiren with other drugs called
angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs) and angiotensin
receptor blockers (ARBs) in patients with diabetes or kidney
(renal) impairment. These drug combinations should not be used
(are contraindicated) in patients with diabetes.”
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.