Life changes 'can save millions from diabetes'

A major review of scientific evidence concluded that diet and exercise are vital for staving off the illness, which affects 3.8 million people in Britain.

Combined with stopping smoking and regular checks on blood pressure and glucose levels, Type 2 diabetes can be prevented altogether, the team from the University of Alberta, Canada, said.

Last month, Diabetes UK said losing weight, eating more fruit and vegetables and taking regular exercise is all people need to do to significantly slash their chance of developing Type 2.

Sainsbury fronts up over diabetes

Concerned dad joins drive to fight back against incurable illness

Mark Sainsbury with his diabetic son, Hunter. Photo / Marty Melville

Mark Sainsbury has spent decades in the limelight, but has always kept his twin children out of it … until now.

The popular broadcaster is speaking out about his son’s battle with incurable type-1 diabetes in a bid to raise money and awareness.

The former Close Up host will compere a fundraising dinner on Saturday night for Diabetes Youth Auckland, an organisation he says was a major support when his son, Hunter, was diagnosed with the auto-immune disease at the age of 10.

“It was a huge thing for him, suddenly having to inject himself with insulin several times a day,” Sainsbury said. “You think, you poor little guy, how is he going to deal with this? It seems so unfair.

“But if you spend any time in a children’s ward you learn there are people with bigger issues.”

He said the first sign was Hunter becoming lethargic and drinking a lot of water. “He got more and more gaunt. He was misdiagnosed at first, but on that weekend he looked so emaciated we took him straight to the children’s ward.

“After a blood test, a doctor told us he was diabetic – which we knew nothing about.”

Youth Diabetes case workers were fantastic, he said, guiding the family through what to expect. “There’s the whole thing of being different and having to shoot up. I injected him the first time and after that he did it all himself. He was really amazing. He basically took charge.”

Sainsbury recalls a couple of times when Hunter experienced a frightening drop in sugar levels, including on a disastrous family skiing trip.

“The brand new 4WD broke down and he suddenly started acting really strangely. We thought he was just goofing around but it was actually a massive low and we had to get a glucose shot into his thigh.”

He said the incident also proved an eye opener for his twin sister and her friend. “I think they sometimes thought we were easier on him, and suddenly they saw the fitting and stuff and it was real to them. Not just a sympathy card, but very dangerous and frightening. It made everyone realise just how serious it was.”

Of all people with diabetes, it is estimated about 10 per cent have type 1, which most often occurs in childhood but can occur at any age. Early symptoms include thirst, passing more urine, weight loss, being very tired and mood changes.

Sainsbury says Hunter, who recently returned to Wellington after time in the Northern Territory with his sister, gets an eye test every year and keeps a close watch on his circulation.

Sainsbury insists children with type-1 diabetes can live a regular life but stops short at describing it as normal – and says as a parent the concern is always there.

“Even when they leave home you can’t help but worry about what will happen if they don’t eat, and what if they have a low,” he said. “But at the end of the day they have to manage it themselves. You can’t sit and watch them 24 hours.”

Sir Bob Jones will be the guest speaker at Saturday’s fundraising dinner. The proceeds will support local children and teens with type-1 diabetes.

Herald on Sunday

By Amanda Snow Email Amanda

May reveals she has type 1 diabetes

Theresa May, the home secretary, has insisted she will continue to pursue a frontline political career despite being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

May, 56, revealed that doctors told her two months ago she was suffering with the chronic illness and must now inject herself with insulin at least twice a day for the rest of her life. The Conservative politician, widely tipped as a future party leader, said that while the illness had caused health setbacks, these would not interfere with her role as a prominent member of David Cameron‘s government.

“The diabetes doesn’t affect how I do the job or what I do. It’s just part of life … so it’s a case of head down and getting on with it,” May told the Mail on Sunday.

The home secretary’s revelation follows speculation that she had undertaken a drastic weight-loss programme over the past 18 months as part of a style makeover in preparation for a possible Conservative leadership bid. She said, however, that although she had been attempting to adopt a healthier regime since taking office in 2010, her illness was partly the cause of her weight dropping nearly two stone.

“It was a real shock and, yes, it took me a while to come to terms with it,” she said. “It started last November. I’d had a bad cold and cough for quite a few weeks. I went to my GP and she did a blood test which showed I’d got a very high sugar level – that’s what revealed the diabetes.

“The symptoms are tiredness, drinking a lot of water, losing weight, but it’s difficult to isolate things. I was drinking a lot of water. But I do anyway. There was weight loss but then I was already making an effort to be careful about diet and to get my gym sessions in.”

May’s admission follows an intense period of political activity for the home secretary due to issues such as the deportation of radical cleric Abu Qatada and enforcing cuts to police budgets. Her emergence as a strong presence in the cabinet has fuelled rumours that she harbours ambitions to challenge Cameron as Tory leader. Dismissing claims of a “machiavellian plan” to seize power, she demurred when asked whether her illness would prevent her from one day taking the top job. “There is no leadership bid. We have a first-class prime minister and long may he continue.”

Shortly after details of May’s diabetes were revealed, Justin Webb, the BBC journalist and Today presenter whose son also suffers from type 1 diabetes, offered his support via Twitter. He wrote: “Much sympathy for Theresa May who is diagnosed with T1 diabetes. Sonia Sotomayor [US supreme court justice] has it so no bar to high office!”

Tony Ellis, a former assistant editor of the Liverpool Echo now working in the health sector, criticised the Mail on Sunday interview for “ignorant, trivialising and scaremongering” reporting of type 1 diabetes.

According to May, when doctors told her she had the condition, which means her body does not produce insulin, they initially thought she had type 2 diabetes. Around 90% of diabetics have type 2, thought to be primarily caused by obesity, and 10% suffer from type 1, caused by the destruction of islet cells in the pancreas. Despite the more serious diagnosis that followed, May said she is comfortable with the daily regime needed to maintain her health.

“It doesn’t and will not affect my ability to do my work. I’m a little more careful about what I eat and there’s obviously the injections, but this is something millions of people have … I’m OK with needles, fortunately,” she said. “Tiredness – speak to any politician and they will tell you the hours they work. Tiredness can be part of the job. It is full on.”

The Maidenhead MP has been married to banker husband Philip for 32 years. The couple have no children. She first made an impact on politics by declaring in 2002 that the Tories had become “the Nasty party” because of a perceived tough line on issues such as race and welfare.

“There’s a great quote from Steve Redgrave who was diagnosed with diabetes before he won his last Olympic gold medal. He said diabetes must learn to live with me rather than me live with diabetes. That’s the attitude,” May said.

Theresa May reveals she has type 1 diabetes

Theresa May, the home secretary, has insisted she will continue to pursue a frontline political career despite being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

May, 56, revealed that doctors told her two months ago she was suffering with the chronic illness and must now inject herself with insulin at least twice a day for the rest of her life. The Conservative politician, widely tipped as a future party leader, said that while the illness had caused health setbacks, these would not interfere with her role as a prominent member of David Cameron‘s government.

“The diabetes doesn’t affect how I do the job or what I do. It’s just part of life … so it’s a case of head down and getting on with it,” May told the Mail on Sunday.

The home secretary’s revelation follows speculation that she had undertaken a drastic weight-loss programme over the past 18 months as part of a style makeover in preparation for a possible Conservative leadership bid. She said, however, that although she had been attempting to adopt a healthier regime since taking office in 2010, her illness was partly the cause of her weight dropping nearly two stone.

“It was a real shock and, yes, it took me a while to come to terms with it,” she said. “It started last November. I’d had a bad cold and cough for quite a few weeks. I went to my GP and she did a blood test which showed I’d got a very high sugar level – that’s what revealed the diabetes.

“The symptoms are tiredness, drinking a lot of water, losing weight, but it’s difficult to isolate things. I was drinking a lot of water. But I do anyway. There was weight loss but then I was already making an effort to be careful about diet and to get my gym sessions in.”

May’s admission follows an intense period of political activity for the home secretary due to issues such as the deportation of radical cleric Abu Qatada and enforcing cuts to police budgets. Her emergence as a strong presence in the cabinet has fuelled rumours that she harbours ambitions to challenge Cameron as Tory leader. Dismissing claims of a “machiavellian plan” to seize power, she demurred when asked whether her illness would prevent her from one day taking the top job. “There is no leadership bid. We have a first-class prime minister and long may he continue.”

Shortly after details of May’s diabetes were revealed, Justin Webb, the BBC journalist and Today presenter whose son also suffers from type 1 diabetes, offered his support via Twitter. He wrote: “Much sympathy for Theresa May who is diagnosed with T1 diabetes. Sonia Sotomayor [US supreme court justice] has it so no bar to high office!”

Tony Ellis, a former assistant editor of the Liverpool Echo now working in the health sector, criticised the Mail on Sunday interview for “ignorant, trivialising and scaremongering” reporting of type 1 diabetes.

According to May, when doctors told her she had the condition, which means her body does not produce insulin, they initially thought she had type 2 diabetes. Around 90% of diabetics have type 2, thought to be primarily caused by obesity, and 10% suffer from type 1, caused by the destruction of islet cells in the pancreas. Despite the more serious diagnosis that followed, May said she is comfortable with the daily regime needed to maintain her health.

“It doesn’t and will not affect my ability to do my work. I’m a little more careful about what I eat and there’s obviously the injections, but this is something millions of people have … I’m OK with needles, fortunately,” she said. “Tiredness – speak to any politician and they will tell you the hours they work. Tiredness can be part of the job. It is full on.”

The Maidenhead MP has been married to banker husband Philip for 32 years. The couple have no children. She first made an impact on politics by declaring in 2002 that the Tories had become “the Nasty party” because of a perceived tough line on issues such as race and welfare.

“There’s a great quote from Steve Redgrave who was diagnosed with diabetes before he won his last Olympic gold medal. He said diabetes must learn to live with me rather than me live with diabetes. That’s the attitude,” May said.

Here's to Your Health: Diabetes-Not Enough Sweets?

By Mitzi Reed

Las Vegas Informer

Diabetes affects millions of people world wide. What causes diabetes? What is diabetes? Diabetes is basically a disorder of the bodily system that regulates the amount of glucose in the bloodstream. Glucose is the body’s chief source of energy, and is manufactured by metabolizing carbohydrates in the diet.

They have lost the sweet aspect of their life, the world, and the universe. somehow they have disconnected their inner soul from communicating to the universe.

According to Henry Wright, author of  A More Excellent Way, Type 2 Diabetes, may be considered to be an anxiety disorder “where the white corpuscles interfere with the function of the pancreatic tissue,” but leaves the tissue intact. Possible spiritual roots might be fear of failing others, fear of failure, fear of man, performance and excessive ambition. Type 2 Diabetes may also be rooted in an “inability to receive love, projected rejection, unloving spirits and a spirit of death.

The pancreas is the gland linked with the solar plexus, which deals with emotions, desires and all intellectual activities. Adult diabetes can occur during times when you feel under-nourished emotionally or to a loss of love or fear of intimacy, Sometimes people overeat to compensate for these feelings and then gain weight. People with diabetes are devoted people that expect much from themselves and others. They also tend to expend excessive energy to respond to others needs. They have  an inner sadness from an unmet desire to be loved. Diabetes is a signal that you need to learn to let go and let things happen at your own pace. Stop trying to control the course of events and trying to make everyone happy. Recognize the goodness that flows freely in your life and enjoy the sweetness and joy of it all.

Children who feel insufficiently acknowledged may develop diabetes. They are exhibiting an inner emptiness that seeks some form of compensation. “Children can develop diabetes at a time of parental conflict, such as divorce or death, feel that they are the cause of the loss, or that the parent no longer loves them, or due to a smothering, excessively adoring parent,” Deb Shapiro, author of Your Body Speaks Your Mind.

“One of the things I have discovered about diabetes is that it requires being in the present. It forces us to be diligent. It requires us to manage our lives – every little tiny thing: food, sugar, sleep/rest, testing, insulin, exercise, treatment options. It requires we take responsibility for ourselves. Our health, our quality of life depends on our ability to act responsibly.” Carolyn Myss

You can prevent and control diabetes. Be proactive and take care of yourself on all levels. You are worth it!

To Your Health,

Mitzi Reed

The health information provided in this column is for education purposes only.  Mitzi Reed assumes no responsibility in the treatment or cure of any disease or illness and does not claim to be a medical professional, and only speaks from her own experience. The information provided is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her physician.

Mitzi Reed is the founder of World Wide Wellness, llc , www.worldwide-wellness.org and is dedicated to raising the awareness,  promoting healthier lifestyles and to empowering people in all aspects of wellness. She is also the founder of SpiritDove, a ministry dedicated to being a messenger of Love, Peace, and Happiness. Mitzi’s  passion and purpose is inspiring others to tap into the power and beauty of their soul. Event Coordinator/promoter. Life and Holistic Business Coach, Author and Speaker, Peace and Sacred Activist, Angel Reader, Certified Theta Healer® Practitioner, Reiki Master.

 

Selena Gomez in hospital

Selena Gomez has been admitted to hospital in the Los Angeles area following a TV appearance with Jay Leno on Thursday.

“Last night after Selena’s appearance on The Tonight Show, she wasn’t feeling well and was taken to the hospital. She is currently undergoing routine tests,” her representative told the magazine People.

Justin Bieber is a heartthrob (apparently)

TMZ states it received information that 18-year-old Gomez was feeling horrible during and after the show and complaining of nausea and a severe headache.

Gomez went on the Tonight Show to promote her upcoming movie “Monte Carlo”. Jay Leno asked the emerging starlet about getting her driver’s license and her mom meeting her boyfriend – the teen pop sensation Justin Bieber. She did not appear to be ill at that time.

Gomez also cancelled her performance the following day at Santa Monica Place, an outdoor mall in Los Angeles, also intended to promote her upcoming film.

Despite the illness, Gomez and Bieber seem to be pretty happy. They were spotted having a great time in a private suite at last week’s Dallas Mavericks-Miami Heat game.

Selena Gomez

“They were kissing and laughing while Selena sat on Justin’s lap drinking a bottle of water,” a source tells People. “She was wildly cheering on the Mavericks while Justin pointed out great plays to her. They were very cute.”

They also recently took a romantic vacation in Hawaii and it’s been reported that Bieber has taken Gomez to meet his family in his native Canada.

Click here to read more about Roxy Music star Brian Ferry being “seriously ill” in hospital and how to know whether you have concussion.

Please share your comments on this media circus.

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Love Sensation Loleatta Holloway passes away aged 64

The American soul star of the 1970’s and 80’s Loleatta Holloway has passed away aged just 64 after a short period of illness. The exact cause of death is as yet undetermined but the news was made public last night by her manager, Ron Richardson.

Her musical career really got underway after she signed a recording contract with Aware, an Atlanta based soul label. Prior to that she’d been a gospel singer but her distinctive voice carried her into public awareness on the back of the 1972 Loleatta and 1975 follow up album Cry To Me.

Holloway’s most famous hit, Love Sensation came in the 1980’s; a disco anthem which was a dance club favourite. The song was sampled by Black Box in 1989 and although Holloway wasn’t credited on the release she successfully sued the band and was awarded royalties from sales of Ride On Time. That song too was a club favourite and is still widely used as a dance floor filler today.

Her voice was sampled quite heavily throughout the 90’s, popping up on dance hits all over, but her work wasn’t exclusive to the disco era as was proved by her vocal part in Dan Hartman’s classic soul song Relight My Fire. Although her voice wasn’t sampled in their cover, Take That recorded a version of the song which featured Lulu as a guest vocalist. It was one of their biggest selling hits.

She also made a cameo vocal appearance on Salsoul Orchestra’s classic Runaway.

Her twitter page has been inundated with tributes and messages of condolence from fans since the news of her death broke last night.

Please share your thoughts about the life and work of Loleatta Holloway by leaving a comment.

Read about other soul stars who have recently passed away such as Solomon Burke; Teena Marie; Teddy Pendergrass; James Phelps and Marvin Sease.

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Martina Navratilova forced to quit Kilimanjaro climb after falling sick

The tennis legend’s dream of hitting tennis balls off Africa’s highest peak –Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro —  was dashed when she had to turn back five days into the challenging climb after she began to feel ill.

Navratilova and the team, who have been climbing the mountain to raise money and awareness for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, have been battling havey snows and mist, and yesterday the 54 year old took to her blog to give a heads up on their struggles: ‘The weather is a little better, but the going is getting tougher and tougher.”

‘It seems to be constantly steep and as we started to approach the highest point yet, 4,500 metres (14,765 feet) above sea level, sheer exhaustion sets in for much of the group, and with heavy legs and chests pounding due to a lack of oxygen, every step becomes an effort.”

Navratilova earlier admitted that she has always wanted to climb the mountain but “that she was petrified of failing because then the whole world would know”.  She had no worries about not being fit enough to make it to the top, but rather that the altitutude would pose a problem.

Navratilova, who was leading a group of 27 fundraisers, was “in good spirits” but disappointed that she had to abandon the climb up the 19,340-foot mountain, the sports charity said. She was helped down the mountain by porters and taken to a medical center for assessment. The rest of the team hopes to reach the summit on Saturday.

Around 25,000 climbers attempt the climb each year but less than 45 percent make it to the top, with 10 climbers dying from altitude sickness.
Read hear about Lady Gaga and Alicia Keys, among others, who took part in the Digital Death campaign to raise awareness and money ofr World AIDS Day.

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Margaret Thatcher admitted to hospital

Lady Margaret Thatcher has been admitted to Cromwell Hospital in London following an infection thought to be caused by an earlier bout of flu.

The 85-year-old Conservative was forced to cancel her birthday party at 10 Downing Street last week after falling ill with suspected flu. She sent a message to David Cameron saying “on this particular occasion I have had to accept that the Lady is not for returning. Please, please enjoy yourselves,” the Telegraph reports. The current PM had arranged the party, with 150 people on the guest list, in Thatcher’s honour.

A spokesperson said Thatcher’s condition is not serious and she is expected to leave hospital within a few days. The Baroness was reportedly admitted for “routine” tests and treatment, which were better carried out under supervision than at home.

The BBC points out that in 2005, Thatcher was advised by doctors not to make any more public appearances due to some minor strokes. In March 2008, she was taken to hospital after falling ill during a dinner at Westminster. She spent one night there before being discharged.

The former leader, who served as PM between the years of 1979 and 1990, was also admitted last June when she broke her arm following a fall at her London home.

Other celebrities who have recently been hospitalised include socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor and musicians John Otto and Wyclef Jean.

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