Diabetes Lifestyle - Volume 2016, Issue 1, 2016
Volume 2016, Issue 1, 2016
Source: Diabetes Lifestyle 2016 (2016)More Less
A diagnosis of diabetes means a lifelong commitment to managing your health risks. The CDE Programmes of care, and CDE-Accredited healthcare professionals, facilitate the clinical management of your condition. But, the reality is that, to a very large extent, the final health outcome of every person with diabetes depends on each person's response and actions.
Author Cecil AlexanderSource: Diabetes Lifestyle 2016, pp 10 –25 (2016)More Less
On the 7th of April, 1989, my journey of life changed direction forever. My Volkswagen Beetle and I collided with an upright pillar. We were both badly injured and I was taken to Johannesburg Hospital where the doctors literally had to help me breathe with a tracheotomy and surgically re-arrange my face. I only gained consciousness 3 months later! As I re-entered the conscious world, I heard someone calling my name repeatedly. Everything around me was black. Where was I? In Heaven or Hell or Purgatory?
Cycle4Diabetes Relay - 2015
Two keen cyclists with diabetes, waiting in the wings... : living with diabetesSource: Diabetes Lifestyle 2016, pp 23 –26 (2016)More Less
The relay started at the Novo Nordisk Head office in Rivonia on Thursday 5 November, and ended at Mary Fitzgerald Square, in Newtown, Johannesburg on 7 November. Kyle and I did the first leg of the relay which was about 30 km, and I then also did the final stage from Germiston to Mary Fitzgerald Square. I was amazed at the atmosphere when all the cyclists got together before the last stage. They were so positive and upbeat, even after cycling through the night and through temperatures close to 40 degrees.
Author Hamish Van WykSource: Diabetes Lifestyle 2016, pp 28 –31 (2016)More Less
Often people tell me "the reason for the increase in obesity is because we're just not as active as we used to be". But, is this true? A 2012 study looking at changes in physical activity from various countries around the world, found that total physical activity had only slightly decreased -whilst occupational physical activity may have decreased, leisure time activity had increased (e.g. gym and fitness classes, running, cycling and 'Warrior' races to name a few). So why was there a slight decrease in physical activity overall? The explanation was that 'knowledge' workers spend a large portion of their time sitting.
Author Tarryn SpargSource: Diabetes Lifestyle 2016, pp 32 –38 (2016)More Less
When doing hearing screening for people with diabetes, it is not uncommon for patients to report noise in their ears, known as tinnitus. This prompted me to write about the common link between tinnitus and diabetes that many know little about.
Tinnitus is the perception of a sound in the ears that has no external source. It is often described as a buzzing, ringing, roaring, hissing or humming. It can be constant or intermittent and can occur in one or both ears. It is relatively common; one-third of adults experience some degree of tinnitus in their lifetime and 10-15 % suffer with prolonged tinnitus.
Source: Diabetes Lifestyle 2016, pp 44 –47 (2016)More Less
As you get older, your mobility decreases, but regular exercise may help to slow or reverse this process. Inactivity can increase the rate of loss of physical function and impede your mobility. Being immobile can threaten your independence. According to the latest statistics, two thirds of people over the age of 65 do not exercise on a regular basis. Research on inactivity in the older person has proven that regular activity is vital for activities of daily living. In addition, regular activity can help reduce your chance of falls and bone fractures, or developing acute or chronic illnesses. In this article, we discuss certain conditions which occur more frequently in older people and demonstrate how regular physical activity can play a role in the management of such conditions. Remember, there is no age limit to the benefits of regular exercise!
Source: Diabetes Lifestyle 2016, pp 48 –49 (2016)More Less
Author Kerry KalweitSource: Diabetes Lifestyle 2016, pp 50 –56 (2016)More Less
The Bakken Invitation is a programme of Medtronic Philanthropy. It is an award for people, who with the help of medical technology, are contributing to communities all around the world through charitable service, volunteering and leadership. Each year Bakken Invitation Honourees are recognised for their achievements by attending a celebration in Kona, Hawaii. Each Honouree is allowed to bring a guest with to Kona and also receives a USD 20 000 grant to direct towards a charity of their choice.
Author Paul BakerSource: Diabetes Lifestyle 2016, pp 60 –63 (2016)More Less
I am a keen cyclist that happens to be living with type 1 diabetes. Sometimes, things just don't go according to plan...It's the second day of the iSimangaliso 4-day mountain bike stage race and I have just landed on my head. The guy cycling next to me cycled over a branch that flicked up and was caught in my spokes. I dropped like a brick. My partner and I had come third the day before, so we were quite keen on being out in front. This fall meant that not only was my back wheel terribly buckled; we were no-longer in the front bunch. This was the first of many things to go wrong on the day..