With a sedentary lifestyle and fat rich diet, the whole America seems to be gaining weight today. The number of obese or overweight adults has risen by 50% over the last decade. In the same period, obesity driven diseases have claimed 33% more lives. Obesity is the most important factor that accelerates the onset of diabetes, particularly Type II diabetes. According to recent studies, 1/3 rd of the children born today will be affected by Type II diabetes which is primarily obesity induced. Obesity is a contributory factor in not only diabetes which, in turn, increases the risk of blindness, kidney problems and limb amputation, it also induces heart diseases and strokes.
A research team led by a Michigan State University professor has discovered a link between diabetes and bone marrow nerve damage that may help treat one of the disease's most common and potentially blindness-causing complications. The key to better treating retinopathy - damage to blood vessels in the retina that affects up to 80 percent of diabetic patients - lies not in the retina but in damage to the nerves found in bone marrow that leads to the abnormal release of stem cells, said Julia Busik, an associate professor in MSU's Department of Physiology. "With retinopathy, blood vessels grow abnormally in the retina, distort vision and eventually can cause blindness, " said Busik, whose research appears in a recent issue of the Journal of Experimental Medicine.
We are all aging. At the same time, 10% of the American population has type 2 diabetes. The rate seems to be increasing! Some folks call the rising rate of type 2 diabetes an epidemic. Consider aging and Alzheimers where the mental capacity of the individual is severely impaired? If you have no pain, all your toes, good kidney function and diabetes, what is the big deal if your blood sugar is not well-controlled? With the aging process, their is some loss of mental capacity. Senior moments, if you will. However, when the aging process is combined with type 2 diabetes, the incidence of severe loss of mental capacity goes up 3-fold, according to a recent report.
The Diabetes UK 'Diabetes Challenge' website - http://www.diabeteschallenge.org.uk - has won the Interactive Media Awards' (IMA) 'Best in Class' award, with a score of 481 out of a possible 500. The award is the highest honour bestowed by the IMA. According to the IMA it "represents the very best in planning, execution and overall professionalism. In order to win this award level, your website had to pass successfully through a comprehensive judging process, achieving very high marks in each of our judging criteria - an achievement only a fraction of sites in the IMA competition earn each year." Fantastic recognition Amanda Neylon, Digital Media Manager at Diabetes UK, said: "It's fantastic to receive recognition for our Challenge website, which we created with web developers Chameleon Net.
Well, I have spent the past hour or so wandering around the house, avoiding one of my least favorite subjects. Exercise. Now, in the past, it has been one of my favorite things. I used to ski, skate, play baseball, hike, camp, and most weeks I danced at least 5 nights of 7. As often as I could get someone on the dance floor. I was very active and, of course, felt the better for it. Then I had several pretty severe injuries and was unable to be as active. A few more things, like arthritis in the hips and knees, and I was sidelined. Now I'm an insulin dependent diabetic and an important element in good control of diabetes is exercise.
A US study this week reported that giving up smoking increases the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. The researchers looked at 10, 892 middle-aged adults who were followed for up to 17 years and found the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes was highest in the first three years after giving up smoking. 70 per cent increased risk The study found quitters had a 70 per cent increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes in the first six years without cigarettes compared with non-smokers, due to them tending to put on weight. "If you smoke, give it up. That's the right thing to do. But people have to also watch their weight, " said researcher, Dr Jessica Yeh.