Diabetes, The Silent Killer A Guide to Diabetes Diabetes is one of the major health issues in the developed world. While Type 1 diabetes remains relatively rare, Type 2 diabetes is reaching epidemic proportions in the US, with the rest of the developed world following close behind. Type 2 diabetes used to be known as “adult-onset” diabetes, overweight teens in the US are being diagnosed in ever-increasing numbers. In these early-onset cases, most medical professionals believe the modern child’s diet — high in processed carbohydrates and sugars — causes the body to develop the insulin resistance that underlies type 2 diabetes. After years of a diet that causes wild blood sugar spikes, and average blood sugar levels much higher than is healthy, the body’s blood sugar regulation system simply “wears out.” Such patients could possibly have entirely prevented their diabetes (and in some cases, may be able to control it) with dietary changes. However, in many other cases (such as true “adult onset” cases, with patients in their mid-life or later), type 2 diabetes may be a genetic problem that simply manifested in a matter of time. Sometimes, even fit, healthy mid-life adults find themselves diagnosed with diabetes, and simply can’t figure out why. In either case, lifestyle changes and proper medical monitoring and care can keep diabetes from becoming a death sentence. There are many relatively simple things a diabetic can do to maintain their health, and continue living a “normal” life. For example, exercise for diabetics is crucial, and often a modest increase in exercise can make a significant difference. The important thing is to really master you diabetes management. From proper dietary precautions, to finding the best diabetic medication for you, to foot care and other daily concerns, an informed diabetic is a healthy diabetic. The biggest risk to diabetics is ignorance of the facts. This site is my attempt to help resolve that situation. Why the Drama? Diabetes is on the increase, and it is killing more people each year. Those it doesn't kill can still fall victim to any of a number of serious complications. The biggest single problem is not the diabetes itself, it is lack of knowledge. Sometimes this is simply not being aware that you have diabetes - there are often no obvious symptoms of diabetes - but more often it is a failure to understand the seriousness of the problem. 'Pussyfooting' around the issues doesn't help anyone. You need to know what diabetes is, you need to know how damaging it can be, and you need to act now, not later when the damage is already done. 'Pussyfooting' around the issues doesn't help anyone. You need to know what diabetes is, you need to know how damaging it can be, and you need to act now, not later when the damage is already done. According to Cheung, important studies that look at prevention and treatment for people with type 2 diabetes use Caucasian patients primarily. “Due to differences in body size, physiology and cultural differences between Asians and Caucasians, results may not be applicable to Asians,” she states. A classic example of this, she says, is the body mass index (BMI). “At a lower BMI, Asians tend to accumulate more body fat compared to Caucasians,” which she says underscores the need for different BMI thresholds for Asian American patients. Diabetes refers to a loss of the body’s ability to regulate blood glucose levels by reduced (or absent) activity of a hormone called insulin, which normally helps the body cope with the complex sugars we intake and convert into energy. Too much or too little glucose in the body can produce catastrophic effects on health, and can even be fatal; thus patients with diabetes require close monitoring of their blood glucose levels. Type I diabetics (diagnosed in children) suffer from an inability to make insulin and must inject insulin multiple times a day to keep their blood glucose levels within normal ranges, while Type II diabetics develop an insensitivity to their naturally produced insulin, which can become It’s tempting to, as a community, stick our heads into the sand about issues like health and disease, particularly when we are not confronted on a daily basis with the statistics that show that Asian Americans should care about something like diabetes. After all, diabetes affects all Americans, so it’s not a problem we should specifically make a stink about, right? Sadly, no, diabetes, like several other diseases, is of particular concern to racial minorities like Asian Americans, and yet we spend comparatively little time sponsoring private studies, or petitioning for federal studies, to help shed light on these health risks. These diseases are the silent killers in our community, and we must do more to bring the facts about these illnesses out into the open.progressively worse as they age. Facebook Tweet The eyes of the world focused on Japan on Friday, after a horrific 8.9-magnitude earthquake, whose epicenter was close to Tokyo, struck off the country's coast. Experts are labeling the geological disaster the strongest ever in recorded history to rock Japan and one of the largest quakes on earth in the past 100 years. The official death toll, so far, is more than 1,000 people, Japanese media outlets are reporting. As a result of the earthquake, a tsunami overtook cities and farmland in northern Japan and signaled coastal alerts in Hawaii and up and down the Pacific coasts of North and South America. Waves as high as eight feet began crashing into the northern California coast in Crescent City shortly after 7:30 a.m. Friday, creating surges that pried some boats loose from docks as coastal residents throughout the state rushed to higher ground. Japan is seeking – and receiving – help from foreign countries in the rescue effort, with President Barack Obama offering condolences to the people of Japan and assuring them that the United States stands ready to help. Soon after news of the disaster reached America, the president called Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, while Secretary of State Hillary Clinton later confirmed that the U.S. Air Force transported vital coolant to a Japanese nuclear-power plant affected by the quake about 170 miles northeast of Tokyo. Japan earthquake: timeline of the disaster, from tsunami to nuclear crisis As the disaster at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant worsens, we look at how events have unfolded since the earthquake and tsunami on Friday. The tsunami wave crashes over the sea wall in Miyako City and (right) the smouldering remains of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex Photo: REUTERS/AP 10:15AM GMT 15 Mar 2011 • Friday March 11 At 0546 GMT (1446 in Japan) a massive earthquake, 8.9 on the Richter scale, unleashes a huge tsunami which crashes through Japan's eastern coastline, sweeping buildings, boats, cars and people miles inland. In Tokyo - hundreds of miles from the quake - large buildings shake violently and workers scramble into the streets for safety. More than 50 aftershocks follow - seven at least 6.3 on the Richter scale, the size of the quake which struck New Zealand on February 22. Sendai airport, north of Tokyo, is inundated with cars, trucks and buses and thick mud cover its runways. A large fire erupts at the Cosmo oil refinery in Ichihara city near Tokyo and burns out of control, with 100ft flames whipping into the sky. Related Articles Japan earthquake: as it happened Mar 19 19 Mar 2011 The UK Foreign Office sets up a crisis centre to co-ordinate Britain's response and offer advice to anyone concerned about relatives or friends in Japan. The Government's Cobra emergency response committee convenes to discuss Britain's response. Britain is poised to give whatever help is needed. The afternoon sees the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh extend their sympathy to the people of Japan and Emperor Akihito, expressing their sadness at the "tragic loss of life". A "state of emergency" is declared at one of the country's nuclear power plants after the Fukushima reactor, around 30 miles inland from the north east coast, suffers a cooling system failure. Around 3,000 people are evacuated from a 6.2-mile exclusion zone. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall send a message of condolence and support. The evening sees confirmation of hundreds of dead. • Saturday March 12 Japan's government launches a massive rescue mission mobilising thousands of troops, 300 planes and 40 ships amid fears more than a thousand people have died. US military vessels and aircraft carriers are sent, along with relief teams from Australia, New Zealand and South Korea. Japan requests help from the UK. There is an explosion at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant. Operators at the plant's Unit 1 detect eight times the normal radiation levels outside and 1,000 times normal inside Unit 1's control room. A team of UK search and rescue specialists and medics flies out. Japan's government spokesman says the explosion that tore through the nuclear plant did not affect the reactor. The death toll rises to at least 1,300 dead but thousands more are missing - including 10,000 from the coastal town of Minamisanriku. More than 215,000 people are living in 1,350 temporary shelters in five prefectures, or states, the national police agency says. More than one million households have no water. Four million buildings are without power. • Sunday March 13 Japan's nuclear safety agency says the cooling system of a third nuclear reactor at Fukushima has failed - experts constantly monitor levels of radioactivity in the quarantined area. The British embassy in Tokyo has a "long list" of people who are unaccounted for. Around 170,000 people have been evacuated from a 12-mile radius around the Fukushima number one nuclear plant. A government spokesman says the blast destroyed a building which housed a nuclear reactor, but the reactor escaped unscathed. The Japanese government doubles the number of troops pressed into rescue and recovery operations to about 100,000. Save The Children launches an appeal to raise £1 million for Japan's youngsters. 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By participating in the census, you can help create a better future for you and those important to you. Complete and return your form when it arrives. To learn more, visit 2010census.gov Obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have an adverse effect on health, leading to reduced life expectancy and/or increased health problems. Body mass index (BMI), a measurement which compares weight and height, defines people as overweight (pre-obese) if their BMI is between 25 kg/m2 and 30 kg/m2, and obese when it is greater than 30 kg/m2. Obesity increases the likelihood of various diseases, particularly heart disease, type 2 diabetes, breathing difficulties during sleep, certain types of cancer, and osteoarthritis. Obesity is most commonly caused by a combination of excessive dietary calories, lack of physical activity, and genetic susceptibility, although a few cases are caused primarily by genes, endocrine disorders, medications or psychiatric illness. Evidence to support the view that some obese people eat little yet gain weight due to a slow metabolism is limited; on average obese people have a greater energy expenditure than their thin counterparts due to the energy required to maintain an increased body mass ... Read more: http://www.righthealth.com/topic/Pictures_Obesity#ixzz1KoUj1Bpv The Changing City Bookmark this page Urban life in Balkans sharply disrupted by Hun and Ostrogothic invasions. Anastasius’ and Justinian’s fortifications were mainly palliative. Little urban life in these settlements in the 6th century – building and signs of culture dry up together; Stobbi in Yugoslavia, Nicpolis and Philippopolis in Bulgaria. Greece late 6th century Argos, Corinth and Sparta abandoned for safer places. Archaeological evidence not always confirms this but urban settlement changing significantly in later 6th and 7th centuries. Conrinth – people retreated to fortified height of Acrocorinth – became typical of Byzantine settlements in Greece. Bulgaria and Yugoslavia regrouped around a defensible acropolis or such positions elsewhere. Byzantine walls at Sparta, as elsewhere, fortify only ancient acropolis not civic centre; place of refuge at time of attack. Urban change prompted by danger of raids or invasion Chronicle of Monemvasia connects movement of Greek populace with Slav invasions of 580 – highly contentious and exact dates difficult to establish. Talks of movement from Lakedaimon to Monemvasia – but movement was more gradual and different factors bring it about – including a change in economic activity. 582 Athens suffers attacks from Savs and Avars but ever occupied – new building if any was shoddy involving sub-divisions of existing rooms, former fine buildings as olive presses etc. Similar phenomenon on Africa. Subdivision and encroachment on the sites of former grand buildings seen in different regions. Grand houses maintained into 6th and 7th century are split up int smaller dwellings, mud brick flooring over mosaic. – frequently traders and artisans take over public spaces for dwelling – late antique forums taken over, or even palaestra (Anemurium, southern Turkey). Started early after disruption be Persian invasion in 3rd century – artisanal activity flourished. Late 6th and 7th centuries baths, aqueducts no longer functioning, Sbeitla, Tunisia an 7th century olive press sits on top of the former main street. Carthage and North Africa burial in centre, public spaces or sites of old fine houses shows a change in attitude toward common space. Tempting to think of economic necessity – squatting 0 some textual evidence t Carthage – influx of refugees from other areas Local factors – Luni near La Spezia on west coast of Italy – decline of marble trade from nearby Carrera must have affected the town – though survived into 7th century decline in material wealth from 6th century can be seen. Loca conditions differed – major cities Asia Minor (Ephesus, Sardis) enjoyed prosperity and expansion in late antiquity – maintained late antique civil life until Persian invasions of early 7th century. Urban change is so widespread – connected not only with plague or invasion – but administrative and economic factors – above all relation provincial cities to central administrative organization. Antioch suffers a serious of such problems: 1. Second city of Eastern Empire 2. Plague 3. Earthquake 4. Persian invasion mid 6th century 5. Deportation many citizens to Persia 6. 7th century invasions and Arab conquest Laodicea and Damascus parallel situations – main feature is encroachment of colonnaded streets of late antiquity by little chops or artisanal buildings – tempted to read as prototype of medieval souk. This part of the empire what medieval development owed to Islamic conquest? Wider process already going o over a much bigger geographical area – despite influential local variants.
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