It’s a simple sentence formed with simple words. But these words were in a sense the big bang, the cannonball that started a revolution around diabetes and exercise. When Paula Harper was first diagnosed with diabetes in 1972, medical advice at the time was often not to exercise. For her long distance running, she got only negative or poor medical support for her training and distance running pursuits.
Welcome to my new column, Diabetes Mo(tivated)ToMove that speaks about diabetes, activity, exercise and sports. I will focus on balancing diabetes and athletics and the people who inspire us by doing so. The articles will largely be excerpts from my new book The Sisterhood of Diabetes as well as stories about other PWD’s who play hard, move fast, and seek out challenges.
Forty years ago, while busy being a rebellious teenager, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I didn't know the difference between a carrot stick and celery rib. All that really mattered was how I could sneak a hot fudge sundae.
Statistics reveal that celiac disease affects nearly 1 out of every 133 people. That is quite astounding unto itself. However, the great majority go undiagnosed. Symptoms such as fatigue, skin irritations, gastric problems, bloating, joint pain, bone loss and anemia are treated separately with a laundry list of medications. The reason for this is that celiac is very difficult to diagnose.
Two gifts of nature that begin with "O", Oranges and Olives
The holiday season welcomes a brush with exotic, adventurous food. Visualize the marriage of the bright orange orange and the lustrous black or green olive. Then imagine what they will taste like in the same delightful, healthy dish.
All across the country, athletes, housewives, business people, kids, seniors, everybody seems to have some yoga in their lives. We know how revitalized our bodies feel after stretching, bending and taking long deep breaths. We know that yoga is an ancient practice, but for many the information stops there. Let's delve a bit in pursuit of answers to educate ourselves on the way of yoga and how it enhances diabetes care.