2 posts tagged “National Diabetes Alert Day”

Living with diabetes: An interview with Dr. Richard A. Jackson

Posted June 18th, 2013 by

For many, living with diabetes can be an overwhelming experience that comes with serious health concerns including heart attack, stroke, kidney complications and eye problems. However, Dr. Richard Jackson thinks there is another reason diabetes patients may feel overwhelmed… the medical establishment. “A typical diabetes education program series might tell you 150 things, but that might be 148 things too many.”

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Dr. Jackson is Director of Medical Affairs, Healthcare Services, a Senior Physician and the former Director of the Hood Center for the Prevention of Childhood Diabetes at The Joslin Diabetes Center. He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He has been studying diabetes for over 30 years, led the first National Institutes of Health clinical trial to study diabetes prevention, and works to find the most effective ways to get the best information out to the patients themselves.[1] National Diabetes Alert Day was not too long ago, and Dr. Jackson took some time to share his thoughts. Here’s just a snapshot of some of the questions he answered. Click below to hear the entire interview.

      1. Why are more people developing diabetes?
      2. What can I do to help someone I know with diabetes?
      3. Why is diabetes so overwhelming and what can be done about that?

 

If you’re living with type 1 diabetes, or type 2 diabetes, find others just like you in our growing communities on PatientsLikeMe. Learn what others are doing to manage their condition with symptom and treatment reports, and share your own experience with a personal health profile or in the community forums.

 


[1] http://www.joslin.org/diabetes-research/richard_a_jackson.html


American Diabetes Assocation Alert Day – Is Today Your Wake-Up Call?

Posted March 26th, 2013 by

Today, March 26, 2013, is American Diabetes Association Alert Day, so we are doing our part at PatientsLikeMe by putting out our own alert.  Are you at risk for type 2 diabetes?  Take the American Diabetes Association’s Diabetes Risk Test right now to find out now.

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One in three adult Americans is estimated to have prediabetes – marked by high blood sugar levels – so don’t think it couldn’t happen to you.  Fortunately, lifestyle changes such as weight loss and increased physical activity can delay the onset of type 2 diabetes, or even prevent it altogether.

Not only will you find out your risk level by taking this free and fast test, but you’ll help raise money to fight the growing diabetes epidemic (26 million children and adults in the US).  Boar’s Head is donating $5 to the ADA for every person who takes the test between March 26th and April 9th – up to $50,000.

So take a moment and answer a few simple questions about your weight, age, family history and other potential risk factors.  You’ll be helping yourself potentially avoid a serious disease, and you’ll be helping others no matter what.  Take the test now.

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