Website offers support for women with diabetes
Updated: 05/21/2012 09:56 AM
By: Claudine Chalfant
Diabetes affects more than 25 million Americans.
There are plenty of places to go for help to figure out how to deal with the disorder. A website called Diabetes Sisters includes a wealth of information for those living with the condition. It offers information and help through blogs, expert advice and forums.
Doctors diagnosed Brandy Barnes at age 15. Barnes created Diabetes Sisters to let others know you don't have to go through this alone.
Doctors say diabetes is very different for women than men.
"Organizations like Diabetes Sisters are fantastic things for women with diabetes. Diabetes Sisters, in particular, offers a wide range of support mechanisms for women with diabetes. Women like to talk to other women, they like to learn from each other, they like to have that support system," said Dr. Laura Young, from the UNC Diabetes Care Center.
Young says women are at increased risk for many health issues including depression, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and others.
Part of controlling diabetes is eating right, and a new study shows that if you eat at home instead of out, you'll live longer. The study found in a connection between cooking at home and longevity.
Taiwanese and Australian researchers tracked men and women in Taiwan for more than 10 years. They found that frequent home cooking along with other lifestyle choices such as grocery shopping and not smoking led to a longer life. The study is published in "Public Health Nutrition."
Your doctor could soon monitor your vital signs from his own home.
The Federal Communications Commission plans to allocate spectrum bandwidth for use of body sensors that would monitor a patient's vital signs wirelessly. The spectrum will work specifically with MBAN, medical body area network sensor devices.
The idea is that doctors could monitor patient's vital signs at home or in hospital via low-cost wearable sensors attached to the patient's body. FCC officials say the amount of radiation involved with these devices is so low that they would pose no health risks.
The FCC is scheduled to vote on the plan within the week.
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