Can Sugar Cause Diabetes

Many people have the mistaken idea that eating too much sugar causes diabetes. Since diabetes used to be called Sugar Disease and is so closely linked with the blood sugar called glucose, it is easy to see the reason for this mistake. But evidence shows that simply eating lots of sugar does not cause diabetes. According to family practitioner John Messmer, A much bigger problem is that people are substituting refined sugar for fresh food and consuming sugary foods rather than whole grains,...

Nicole Johnson Baker

Today, diabetes does not have to stop people from doing much of anything. With proper planning and care, combined with the exciting new medical technology available, a person with diabetes can follow his or her dreams, even all the way to a crown, as Nicole Johnson Baker did. When Baker was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age nineteen in 1993, she had no idea she would later be crowned Miss America in 1999. In fact, her doctors warned her against competing in the pageant because they said the...

Native Americans Returning to Traditional Diet to Combat Diabetes

Native Americans have the highest rates of diabetes in the United States. To become healthy again, many tribes are returning to eating their traditional diets instead of the highly processed foods many of their people eat. The Oneida Nation, near Green Bay, Wisconsin, has created an organic farm, orchards with thirty-seven varieties of apples, and a cannery. They began raising a herd of buffalo for their meat, which is leaner and healthier than beef. The Oneida Indian Nation Health Department...

Tissue Engineering

Tissue engineering is an amazing process that scientists recently developed to help replace damaged parts of the body. Someday they hope to be able to grow various organs, even hearts and lungs, in the lab for people who need transplants. However, tissue engineering is still very new, and skin is about the only body part that so far can be successfully engineered in a lab for use in humans. Engineered skin is made by taking skin cells from a person who, for instance, has suffered severe burns...

Books

Jean Betschart-Roemer, Type 2 Diabetes in Teens Secrets for Success. New York John Wiley & Sons, 2002. This book for teens with type 2 diabetes was written to help them and their families understand the illness and how to cope with it. It has a special section of tips and suggestions for parents. Sheri Colberg and Steven V. Edelman, 50 Secrets of the Longest Living People with Diabetes. Cambridge, MA Marlowe Da Capo, December 2007. Written by two experts in the field of diabetes and who both...

Symptoms of Type Diabetes

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Some people with type 2 diabetes have few or no symptoms for a long time, but they will eventually develop various symptoms. Just as with type 1 diabetes, people with type 2 urinate frequently and have great thirst. They also feel weak and tired. In addition, diabetes harms the white blood cells, which help the body heal and prevent infections. Therefore, having type 2 diabetes means that infections of the skin, gums, and urinary tract heal very slowly. Blurry vision can also occur because as...

Chapter One What Is Diabetes

Quoted in Greg Critser, Fat Land How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World. New York Mariner, 2004. 7. Richard H. Carmona, prepared remarks delivered at American Enterprise Institute Obesity Conference, June 10, 2003. 003.htm. 9. Richard H. Carmona, telephone interview by author, April 19, 2004. 10. Quoted in Daniel Trecroci, Mark Consuelos Encourages Type 2s and Their Loved Ones to Take 'Diabetes Freedom' Pledge, Diabetes Health, November 1, 2005. www.diabetes 11. Becky Allen, The...

Space Age Implantable Insulin Pumps

In 1986 Sam Zaccari, now almost seventy, had one of the first implantable insulin pumps surgically placed inside his body. In 1998 he said, It's wonderful because without this technology that we got today I wouldn't have the control I have and maybe I might not be here. Zaccari's insulin pump, made of titanium, was developed in part from the technology of the mechanical robot arm of the first space probe sent to Mars. The pump had a similar design to the portion of the arm the Viking spacecraft...