Diabetes, if left unmanaged, has many serious complications such as loss of vision. It is imperative for anyone with diabetes to follow their doctor’s treatment plan. The plan may include dietary changes, exercise and medication. Exercise is important as it will help your body to use sugars naturally. It also has many other health benefits such as stress management, decreasing high blood pressure and preventing osteoporosis.
Two weeks ago I had the pure pleasure to interview Zoe Heineman. While Zoe is an acquaintance of mine and I’ve met her several times, I had no idea she had run two marathons and was about to run her third. While that’s impressive enough, Zoe runs with Type 1 diabetes. No easy feat.
Throughout his life my father, Leonard DeVito, was very physically active and competitive. Had his mentor not suggested pharmacy school he would have chosen coaching. He played competitive basketball as an adult, golfed at every opportunity as a ten handicap, took yoga, worked out and accepted every invitation to alumni vs. current student sporting events.
Under stress, both psychological and physical, the body’s sympathetic nervous system or SNS goes into overdrive. Pain, fatigue from fighting the disease, the side effects of treatment all place stress on the body and generate difficulties with sleep, digestion, elimination, growth, repair and cell reproduction.
Multiple Sclerosis or MS, is considered a neuro degenerative disease and inflammatory immune condition that can cause problems throughout the body. MS affects approximately two million people each year with no known cure, making it a “chronic disease”.
It’s no secret that America has a weight problem. According to the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control, more than a third of U.S. adults are obese — nearly 79 million people. On top of that, obesity also affects our kids, with nearly 18 percent of children and 21 percent of adolescents categorized as obese. The price tag for our girth as a nation is equally impressive.
People with bone loss in the spine are often concerned about changes in the spine or the backbone that cause it to curve forward. This curve is called kyphosis. It can happen when a person with osteoporosis breaks several of the bones that form the spine. These bones are the vertebrae.
Living with Type 1 diabetes is neither a fire walk nor a piece of cake. Pardon the pun. But often it feels like a fire walk. Every day and night watching your blood sugar to keep it in a safe place. Calculating and guessing all day long how everything you do will affect your immediate and long-term survival.
A woman walks into a room and asks, “By show of hands, who wants to get older?” Let’s pretend you are in the room. Will you be one of those who shoot up your hand excitedly at the prospect of getting older? Or, perhaps you will begrudgingly partially uncross one arm, rotate at the elbow and point your fingers toward the sky