Reprinted with permission of Amy Tenderich of DiabetesMine .
Back in 2003, when I was diagnosed, nobody seemed to know anything
much about the connection between Type 1 diabetes and celiac disease.
Or at least it wasn't mainstream, certainly not for my doctors at the
time. Celiac is of course an intolerance to gluten ,
a composite of proteins contained in wheat, rye and barley. Having it
therefore means eating no foods that contain those grains. Picture that !
my point was that suddenly, I seem to see the topic of diabetes &
celiac popping up all over. I was amazed to find an article in this
month's edition of Diabetes Forecast , called "A Tricky
Diagnosis: Why You Should Learn About Celiac Disease" that explains the
classic and atypical versions of this disorder:
* Classic = nasty gastrointestinal (GI) problems when you eat gluten
* Atypical = mild or no GI symptoms, but a skin rash (dermatitis
herpatiformis - yikes) that can appear on your face, elbow...
Asthma is often believed to be a children's disease that you either outgrow as an adult or never develop once you're an adult. But that is not the case. People who develop adult asthma are often puzzled by their asthma symptoms . Once diagnosed with asthma, they have a hard time accepting it. They would rather suffer at home than seek asthma treatment. But when the respiratory therapist gives them a treatment they will say, "Wow, I didn't even realize I was short-of-breath." Famous Olympic swimmer Dara Torres may have been this kind of asthmatic. But now, I'm sure, she is a Gallant asthmatic. Asthma Attitude: "I don't have asthma. I'm an adult! Asthma Strengths: They may seek as much information about their symptoms as possible and ask their doctors a lot of questions to make sure they have the right diagnosis. Asthma Weaknesses: Denial can stop these asthmatics from getting the asthma treatment they need to live their full, active lives. Lessons to L...
Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is basically pain in front of or behind the kneecap (the patella ) that doesn't always have a clear cause. PFPS is a common knee condition, especially among athletes. The pain is often felt after sitting for a long time, going up and down stairs, and when squatting or kneeling. There are many causes of PFPS. Knowing these causes could help health care providers choose the best treatments. Medical researchers have long believed that abnormal tracking of the patella may contribute to problems of PFPS. The patella normally runs (tracks) in a groove on the front of the thigh bone (the femur ). Two muscles of the thigh--the vastus medialis obliquus (VMO) and the vastus lateralis (VL)--attach to the patella and help control its position in the groove as the leg straightens. The VMO runs along the inside of the thigh, and the VL lies along the outside of the thigh. If the timing between these two muscles is off, the patella may be pulled off track. The theory...
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