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Treatment The immediate goals are to treat diabetic ketoacidosis and high blood glucose levels. Because type 1 diabetes can start suddenly and have severe symptoms, people who are newly diagnosed may need to go to the hospital. The long-term goals of treatment are to: Prolong life Reduce symptoms Prevent diabetes-related complications such as blindness, heart disease, kidney failure, and amputation of limbs These goals are accomplished through: Blood pressure and cholesterol control Careful self testing of blood glucose levels Education Exercise Foot care Meal planning and weight control Medication or insulin use There is no cure for diabetes. Treatment involves medicines, diet, and exercise to control blood sugar and prevent symptoms. LEARN THESE SKILLS Basic diabetes management skills will help prevent the need for emergency care. These skills include: How to recognize and treat low blood sugar ( hypoglycemia ) and high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) What to eat and when How to take insulin or oral medicat...
I have always loved athletics. In my family, playing sports was as natural as breathing. My grandfather was an Olympic medalist in the 1920 Olympics, my mother was an all American hockey player, my father was a swimmer and for my brothers and myself participating in sports was just part of our lives. None of us equaled the weight of my grandfather's success, but we all embraced competition, and now well into our 40s and 50s, we still love being active and competitive.
So when I became a massage therapist, 20 + years ago, it made sense for me to work with athletes. I understood so much about the demands on their bodies. Often I would dabble with a sport to understand the movement of the body. I loved watching the finite movement and effort that makes the difference between the winner and second place.
I worked extensively with world class runners, triathletes, wrestlers, swimmers and cyclists. I had a crew of Olympic and wor...
T he news reports about the H1N1 influenza pandemic (popularly known as "swine flu") keep coming, but one aspect of the story is constant: although the majority of the cases are mild, the H1N1 influenza virus is occasionally a killer.
This morning's news report is that the first doses of the vaccine should be available in early October, rather than mid-October. Last week, it was that the H1N1 vaccine probably will only need a single dose to be effective (previously, it had been surmised that perhaps two separate doses of H1N1 might be needed to protect against the virus). And we hear of colleges with thousands of students isolated or quarantined because they all have symptoms consistent with H1N1 flu. But most concerning is the reports that over 3,000 people have died from swine flu since the new virus became apparent in Mexico in April.
The deaths are frequently described as occurring in people with underlying diseases, but occasionally in healthy young adults. The underlyin...
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