Finding out your child has type 1 diabetes can be terrifying, and figuring out how to work diabetes care management into your life can be downright overwhelming. If you are a two-parent family, sit down, cry a little, and then read this list together and divide up the tasks. Communication between parents as you approach the steep diabetes learning curve will be essential. Below you'll find a checklist for parents of newly diagnosed children with diabetes. If you are a single parent, don’t be overwhelmed! The tasks may seem a lot to handle, but as you build a routine it will become much easier. 1. First of all, don’t panic. Right now you probably feel overwhelmed, confused and scared for your child. That’s normal. But keep in mind that type 1 diabetes is not what it used to be. There are still many myths about diabetes because until insulin was discovered in the 1920s, it was a fatal disease. Now, it is a very manageable chronic disease. The medical establishment ha...
In a recent sharepost I discussed lowering blood pressure (BP) and mentioned the new guideline from the National Health, Lung, and Blood Institute of lowering BP to under 120/80 mmHg. As of late, the most recent advice has simply been, "Lower is better!" Epidemiological studies seem to support this idea noting that those who start with lower BP tend to live longer. It is also known that BP in children and adolescents start out significantly lower and increase as we age. Yet we have most recently received conflicting information from new reports studying BP in diabetics.
We all know that diabetes is a major risk factor for heart disease and that those with diabetes are often advised to treat risk factors such as BP aggressively upon a diagnosis of diabetes. Among heart disease risk factors, high BP is #4 on the famous Framingham Risk Factors list (several places above smoking). Major studies such as the ADVANCE trial concluded that relatively small ...
Right whales are in trouble, and no one knows why. Some people think they're facing extinction.
Right whales, or great whales, are large whales that eat copepods and krill that they catch by straining them through baleen plates in their mouth. They were favorites of whale hunters in the 19 th century, which accounts for their name.
But recently, large numbers of right whales have been found washing up on the coast of Argentina. According to news reports , many of the corpses had unusually thin layers of blubber.
Naturally, anything that would shrink layers of blubber sounds interesting to me, so I decided to interview a few of the whales that have survived.
I first interviewed Wilhelmina, a large female with a skinny calf, and asked if she knew what the problem was.
"Not really," she said. "I'm trying to do the best for my calf, so after he was born, I went to see a dietician. The dietician told me my calf needs lots of fruits and veget...
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