Friday, June 24, 2005

D.C. with Diabetes

Hattie and Olivia(r) blending in with the locals at the National Zoo. I told Olivia we should have taken pictures of her getting her BG checked in famous places. Posted by Hello


Blogger BLANCHE said...

Diabetes Mellitus is a chronic disease where the body cannot process glucose (sugar) properly for growth and energy. The body needs Insulin (a hormone produced by the pancreas) to transport glucose from the blood into the cells, where it can be used for energy. With Diabetes the glucose (sugar) stays in the blood, either because the pancreas does not produce Insulin or that the available Insulin is not effective, causing blood glucose levels to rise. At the same time, however, the cells of the body are starved for glucose. Diabetes can lead to poor wound healing, higher risk of infections, and many other complications involving the eyes, kidneys, nerves, and heart. There are two types of diabetes Type I, also called insulin dependent (IDDM), and Type II or non-insulin dependent (NIDDM) . In Type I (IDDM) the pancreas cannot make the insulin because the cells that produce Insulin have been destroyed, this type of diabetes usually appears in children or young adults.. In Type II (NIDDM) the pancreas often makes enough insulin but the Insulin that is made is not effective because of low Insulin sensitivity, this type of Diabetes usually appear in adults over the age of 40. Vitamin and mineral intakes contribute to the prevention and treatment of diabetes. Poor intake of vitamin E may alter blood sugar levels and it has been shown that people with low levels of vitamin E are more likely to develop NIDMM. Diabetes may also increase free-radical activity and result in an increased need for antioxidants such as vitamin E, vitamin C and alpha-lipoic acid. Insulin sensitivity has been shown to increase with vitamin B6. Many minerals can help as well. Chromium functions in the prevention of NIDDM. Zinc levels tend be low in people with IDDM and magnesium intake seems to reduce the risk of common complications of diabetes since it functions in the release of insulin and helps transport sugar into the cells.

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Blogger Erik Mann said...

Hi - I was searching for blogs about associations and found yours. Reason I was searching for associations is I have one and I'm looking for ways people run theirs.

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Blogger Sharon said...


7.9% of the United States population is suffering from a form of Diabetes. That is over 23 million people! Now, more than ever, it is important for organizations such as yourself. We here, at (a site dedicated towards disease and their treatments), believe in the work you do and would like to coincide for the fight against diabetes. If you could, please list us as a resource or host our social book mark button, it would be much appreciated. Separately, we can make advancements, but together we can find a cure.
If you need more information please email me back with the subject line as your URL.

Thank You,
Sharon Vegoe

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