Actor takes on a new role to fight diabetes

A star of the stage, film and TV best known for her role as Lt. Anita Van Buren on “Law and Order,” S. Epatha Merkerson has won numerous accolades for her performances over the years. A Golden Globe, an Emmy Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, …

Wound care common in diabetics

Diabetes affects how the body controls blood glucose (or blood sugar), and is classified as either a chronic condition — Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes — or a reversible condition, such as gestational diabetes or pre-diabetes. In any case, diabetes now affects more than …

Learning to live with, manage diabetes is essential

Although the number of people being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes is increasing, patients with diabetes can manage their condition by following a few simple guidelines, according to experts. Type 2 diabetes results from a resistance of the body to the action of insulin, and …

Modern-day meds: Diabetes technology adapts for 21st century lifestyle


From touch screens to glucose sensors, there are several new and user-friendly ways for people to manage diabetes. “There are all kinds of innovations,” said Betty Wickman, a diabetes educator at the Edward Diabetes Center at Edward Hospital in Naperville. One of the newest and …

Now hear this: Diabetes can damage your auditory health


Most people know that diabetes can cause vision problems. But did you know that the disease can also damage your hearing? “Outside of the medical world, very few people know about the link between hearing loss and diabetes and even fewer people understand it,” said …

Getting fit one step at a time

Walking is great exercise, and people of just about any age and fitness level can get out and walk. According to Dr. Andrew Weil, an author and expert in integrative medicine, walking is such a good exercise because it makes use of all muscles, promotes …

Can vitamin D prevent diabetes? Study aims to find out


Researchers have begun the first definitive, large-scale clinical trial to investigate if a vitamin D supplement helps prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes in adults who have prediabetes, who are at high risk for developing Type 2. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the …

Living with diabetes? Watch your mouth


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people with diabetes are two times more likely to develop gum disease. In fact, about one-third of people with diabetes have severe gum disease. Why are those with diabetes more vulnerable to gum disease? High blood …

Experimental monitor could eliminate need for pricking

A team of German researchers has devised a novel, non-invasive way to make monitoring easier. Using infrared laser light applied on top of the skin, they measure sugar levels in the fluid in and under skin cells to read blood sugar levels. They describe their …

ADA requests photos of people living with diabetes

During American Diabetes Month this November, the American Diabetes Association is asking people to submit a personal image to the Association’s Facebook mosaic representing what A Day in the Life of Diabetes means to them to showcase the extraordinary effort it takes to live a …

Walk in the shoes of someone with Type 1 diabetes

Throughout the month of November, JDRF invites people to step into the shoes of someone with Type 1 diabetes (T1D) by participating in its T1D for a Day challenge, a free text message campaign presented by Lilly Diabetes. By texting T1D4aDay to 63566 any time now …

How you can fight diabetes at church


The American Diabetes Association seeks participants for its “I Decide (ID) to Stop Diabetes” Day at Church Nov. 10. The “ID” Day is part of the association’s Live Empowered program, which strives to increase awareness of the seriousness of diabetes within the African-American community. Today, …

Scientists identify possible treatment target for Type 2 diabetes

Earlier this year, researchers at the National Institutes of Health clarified in rodent and test tube experiments the role that inflammation plays in Type 2 diabetes, and revealed a possible molecular target for treating the disease. The researchers say some natural messenger chemicals in the …

New nutritional guidelines suggest one size does not fit all

The American Diabetes Association recommends all people living with diabetes make nutrition therapy a part of their diabetes treatment plan, but emphasizes that there is no single eating pattern that is best for everyone, according to a position statement published online Oct. 9 in Diabetes …

Service dog saves the life of his diabetic owner

Maria Tello's service dog, Mallachi, demonstrated the importance of insulin-dependant diabetics owning a serivce dog in the case of an emergency. He is among a growing number of service dogs that can detect a drop in blood sugar and alert their human partners. Malachi, in particular, has saved Tello's life five times in the past year.

Youth with Type 2 diabetes expected to rise by 49% by 2050 

If incidence rates remain the same, the number of youth with Type 2 diabetes in the United States is projected to increase by a staggering 49 percent over the next 40 years, while the number with Type 1 is expected to climb 23 percent, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, published in the December issue of Diabetes Care. However, if incidence increases, the number of youth with Type 2 could quadruple and the number with Type 1 could triple, the researchers concluded, with an increasing proportion of youth with diabetes from minority populations.

More diabetes means increase in eye trouble

Rates of visual impairment doubled among poor people and those who’d had diabetes for a decade or more, according to a new study. Researchers defined impairment as anything worse than 20/40 vision that can’t be corrected with glasses, a problem that disqualifies people from driving in many states.

Northern Illinois, Northwest Indiana responding to a deluge of diabetes diagnoses


As of January 2011, the epidemic known as diabetes affects 25.8 million people in the United States. In Indiana, 711,200 adults are living with diabetes; In Illinois, 1.4 million people live with diabetes. Of that 1.4 million in Illinois, 1,132,600 people are living in the Chicago area, according to statistics reported by the Centers for Disease Control.

CDC: Diagnosed diabetes has grown at a dramatic rate

The prevalence of diagnosed diabetes increased in all U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico between 1995 and 2010, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Regionally, the largest increases in diagnosed diabetes were in the South, followed by the West, Midwest, and Northeast.

Illinois and Indiana obesity levels are on the rise

Studies show that maintaining a healthy weight and physical activity help reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. However, obesity rates are on the rise. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates the following percentage of adults were obese in 2004 and 2009 in the following Illinois and Indiana counties:

8 easy ways to work exercise into your daily life


The Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggest that people with pre-diabetes, diabetes, or the general adult public should aim for a minimum of 30 minutes most days. Walking, gardening, doing yard work, swimming, or cleaning house will all work to meet this goal. Anything that increases your heart rate and causes you to break a light sweat. In addition to formal exercise, there are many opportunities to be active throughout the day. Here are some ideas.

A diabetic’s guide to reading food labels


Proper monitoring of nutrition is essential to diabetes patients. A person’s ability to interpret nutrition labels is key to their success. Here’s what you should look for.

Keeping an eye on your vision health


Diabetes can damage the blood vessels of the eye, potentially leading to blindness. While those with diabetes are at an increased risk of vision problems, most people with diabetes have no or only minor eye disorders.

American Diabetes Association to raise awareness during upcoming ID Day

To mark National Diabetes Awareness Month, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) will reach more than 40,000 Chicago-area church congregants through its I Decide (ID) to Stop Diabetes Day on Sunday, Nov. 11.

Diagnosis diabetes: Changed man with new attitude


Sandy Thorn Clark and her husband, Rev. Jerry Clark, admit they gorged and relied on food — when happy, depressed, stressed, bored — whenever their emotions could only be comforted by food. By then Jerry was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, and they knew their affair with food had to end.

FDA approves first generic Actos to treat type 2 diabetes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first generic version of Actos (pioglitazone hydrochloride) tablets on Aug. 17. Along with diet and exercise, pioglitazone is used to improve blood glucose control in adults with type 2 diabetes.