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Big Alzheimer's News out of Washington PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Alzheimer's Association   
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 14:23

Today was an important step forward in the fight against Alzheimer’s, and YOU made it happen! Thanks to the hard work of Alzheimer’s advocates, the Alzheimer’s Accountability Act was fully incorporated in to the recently signed funding bill. Because of this critical legislation, scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will now directly tell Congress how much funding they need, on an annual basis, to reach our national goal to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer's by 2025. The Alzheimer’s Association and its sister organization, the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM), were the only Alzheimer's advocacy groups to work on this key legislation.

Additionally, the funding bill includes a $25 million increase for Alzheimer’s research, coming on the heels of an unprecedented $122 million increase for Alzheimer’s research, education, outreach and caregiver support earlier this year.

Passage of the Alzheimer’s Accountability Act is an incredible milestone for our movement, but we can’t let up. In the weeks ahead, Congress and President Obama will prepare the federal budget for next year, and they need to hear from you.

Take a moment and tell your elected leaders to continue their support in the fight against this devastating disease.

The current political environment in Washington is challenging, and it’s hard to win such a significant victory, but your tireless efforts made all the difference in the halls of Congress this year.

Continue the fight and tell President Obama and leaders in Congress to make Alzheimer’s a national priority.

From the Alzheimer’s Association and our partners at the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement, thank you again. We look forward to working together with you in 2015.

Want To Keep Momentum Going? Join Us Next Year In Washington D.C. for the Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Forum!

Top 4 Diabetes Diet Myths Exposed PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Everyday Health   
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 11:59
By Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, CDE, LDN, Special to Everyday Health

If you were recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, or even if you have had diabetes for a long time, you may be confused about how to eat to manage your blood glucose levels. It seems that everyone has an opinion, and many of these opinions contradict each other.

So what are you to believe? And what truly works at helping you maintain your glucose levels in a healthy range?

Let’s take a look at some of the biggest diabetes diet myths, why they don’t work, and what actually will.

Myth No. 1: If You Have Diabetes, You Must Avoid All Sugar

The Truth: Excess sugar good for anyone’s diet, regardless of whether they have diabetes or not. However, just because you have diabetes, not all sugar and sweets are off limits. All carbohydrates, including simple sugars as well as complex carbohydrates, are broken down into glucose during digestion. This glucose is then used as energy in your cells. Because all forms of carbohydrates break down into glucose and therefore raise your glucose levels, you need to monitor your total carbohydrate intake, especially at one sitting, for optimal glucose management.

Although you must be careful not to overeat carbohydrates at one sitting, you can still indulge in a few sweet treats at times. Complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, whole fruits and vegetables, and low-fat milk are the best choices for everyone, due to their rich nutrient and fiber content. But you can enjoy a food containing simple sugars, such as a cookie, in moderation without spiking your glucose levels, as long as you keep the portion under control. Keep in mind, however, that when it comes to simple sugars, moderation is key for everyone, not just people with diabetes.

Myth No. 2: Any White Food Is Bad

The Truth: When you think of white foods, what comes to mind? White flour, white sugar, white bread? What about white potatoes, cauliflower, and onions? Are all of these white foods bad for glucose levels? Definitely not! Sure, some white foods are highly processed, such as enriched flour and sugar. But just because a food is white in appearance doesn’t mean it will be rapidly converted into glucose in the body and therefore spike your levels. In fact, white vegetables such as cauliflower and onions are excellent for blood glucose control as they are very low in calories and high in fiber, and provide few carbohydrates.

White potatoes get a bad rap as well. It is true that sweet potatoes are digested more slowly and prompt a smaller elevation in glucose levels after eating, but that doesn’t mean you need to avoid white potatoes if you have diabetes. In moderation, and as part of a balanced meal – with vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats – you can enjoy white potatoes as your starch and still maintain healthy glucose levels.

Myth No. 3: The Only Way to Lower Glucose Levels and Weight Is to Follow a Low- or No-Carb Diet

The Truth: If you are newly diagnosed with diabetes, you may feel as though everyone around you is telling you to steer clear of all sources of carbohydrates. Since carbohydrates are found in everything from fruit to bread to milk and even vegetables, you may feel as though there’s nothing left to eat. But the good news is that you can still eat carbohydrates. Managing diabetes is about keeping your glucose levels in a healthy range. Too-high glucose levels can damage your body, but too-low levels can be dangerous as well. Eating carbohydrates as part of a well-balanced diet will help you keep your levels within a healthy range.

Instead of avoiding carbohydrates, focus instead on choosing the healthiest types. Select whole vegetables and fruits, whole-grain bread, and low-fat dairy for a diet rich in nutrients and fiber. Space your carbohydrate intake out throughout the day by balancing your plate with carbs, lean protein, and healthy fat at each meal. A balanced diet will not only help you achieve optimal glucose levels, it will also improve your overall health.

Myth No. 4: Sugar-Free Foods Won’t Impact Blood-Sugar Levels

The Truth: Sugar-free foods do not necessarily equal carbohydrate-free foods. Many foods marketed as sugar-free have replaced sugar with sugar alcohols. Sugar alcohols provide fewer calories and make less of an impact on glucose levels than regular sugar, but they can still elevate glucose levels if you consume them in large amounts. In addition, bread-based sugar-free foods, such as sugar-free desserts, are typically rich in carbohydrates from sources such as flour and grains. It’s essential to read labels carefully on sugar-free foods. Look at the total grams of carbohydrates and not just grams of sugar. If you focus only on the marketing claims, such as “sugar-free,” you may struggle to lower your glucose levels without knowing why.

As you can see, there are many diet myths surrounding diabetes. But managing your glucose levels doesn’t have to be complicated. A balanced diet rich in whole foods and limited in processed foods and simple sugars – the same diet that we should all follow, regardless of whether we have diabetes or not! – can help you keep your glucose levels in a healthy range.

Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, CDE, LDN, is a nationally recognized nutrition and fitness expert who has contributed to national media outlets such as the CBS Early Show, The Doctors, and the Chicago Tribune. She serves as a media spokesperson, nutrition consultant, and speaker. Erin is the author of multiple publications including Belly Fat Diet For Dummies and 2-Day Diabetes Diet, and co-author of Flat Belly Cookbook For Dummies. She specializes in the areas of diabetes, adult and child weight management, sports nutrition, and cardiovascular disease. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

What It’s Like to Have Complications From Type 2 Diabetes PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Everyday Health   
Monday, 15 December 2014 09:42
The long-term effects of type 2 diabetes can be challenging, but the right treatment and support can help you succeed through these setbacks.

Living with type 2 diabetes is a full-time job. When you also are experiencing complications from your condition, the job gets even harder. That’s why, with your doctor’s help, you need to develop and stick to a comprehensive health plan.

You have diabetes complications because your elevated blood sugar took a toll on either your circulatory or nervous system, or both. Keeping your blood-sugar levels under control remains central to your battle to stay healthy. It’s also critical to keep your blood pressure and your cholesterol within a normal range

Know the Risks

People with diabetes have twice the risk of developing heart disease compared to people without diabetes, and diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure among Americans. Neuropathy, or nerve damage that causes burning, numbness or complete loss of feeling in your hands and feet is another problem. The loss of feeling can put you at risk for burns and sores that you are unaware you have. Untreated, these sores may develop into tissue damage that leads to amputation.

People with type 2 diabetes also are at increased risk for serious eye problems that may threaten their vision, including diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and cataracts. Diabetes can also make you more prone to dental problems, including gum disease.

Know the Signs of Danger

With such serious problems, it’s important to know the signs of trouble and be ready to act when they happen.

Heart attack: Symptoms may be severe and appear suddenly or they may be subtle, with only mild pain and discomfort. If you experience any of the following heart-attack warning signs, call 911:

  • Chest discomfort that feels like pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain in the center of your chest and that lasts for a short time or goes away and returns
  • Pain elsewhere, including the back, jaw, stomach, or neck; or pain in one or both arms
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea or lightheadedness

Stroke: Immediate emergency treatment can mean the difference between life and death when someone has a stroke. Call 911 if you suddenly experience any of the following stroke symptoms:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially if it occurs on one side of the body
  • Feeling confused
  • Difficulty walking and talking and a lack of coordination
  • Developing a severe headache for no apparent reason

What You Can Do

To keep track of the constellation of problems that can accompany type 2 diabetes, it’s critical to stick to a schedule of medical visits:

  • See your primary care doctor or endocrinologist every three or four months.
  • See your dentist every six months.
  • See your ophthalmologist every six months or more often if you have active eye problems.
  • See your podiatrist once a year or more often if you have active foot problems.
  • Consult with your dietitian, exercise physiologist, or mental health counselor as needed.

Managing the complications of diabetes is daunting — but doable. Advances in medical care in recent decades have made type 2 diabetes and its side effects more treatable — and new solutions are being developed all the time. Don’t give up!

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Written by Patricia L. Shorter   
Saturday, 13 December 2014 10:39

Davenport, Iowa (December 10, 2014) – The Scott County Sheriff’s Office has taken a pledge to keep tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products out of the hands of Scott County youth.

Known as I-PLEDGE, the program is a partnership with the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division (ABD) to educate local retailers and to enforce Iowa’s tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor product laws. Due to a change in Iowa law, alternative nicotine and vapor products are now considered age-restricted products and will be part of the I-PLEDGE program’s compliance initiatives this year. Since the program’s inception in 2000, the statewide tobacco compliance rate has grown to 93%. By participating in the program, the Sheriff’s Office has committed to do its part to increase the compliance rate even more this year.

I-PLEDGE places emphasis on retailer training. Clerks who successfully complete an online training course and then pass an exam will become I-PLEDGE certified. This allows a retail establishment to use an affirm­ative defense against a civil penalty if the certified clerk makes an illegal sale. Although not required to retake the training if currently certified, ABD encourages clerks to repeat the training after October 3rd, in order to familiarize themselves with the newly age-restricted products.

“I-PLEDGE’s retailer training is a great way for clerks to prepare themselves to refuse illegal tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor product sales,” Sheriff Dennis Conard said. “The training also assists retailers to ensure they maintain a compliant and responsible establishment.”

Deputies will also be conducting compliance checks on local establishments as part of the I-PLEDGE program. Underage customers, under the supervision of law enforcement officials, will enter establishments and attempt to buy tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products. Clerks who make the illegal sale will be cited on the spot.

Criminal penalties for selling tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products to a minor include a $100 fine for a first offense, a $250 fine for a second offense and a $500 fine for third and subsequent offenses. However, handing out citations is not the intent of the I-PLEDGE program.

“By partnering with the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division, we hope to educate clerks and maintain a com­pliant retail environment in our community,” Sheriff Conard said. “Moreover, we pledge to help keep tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products out of the hands of Iowa’s youth.”

To take the I-PLEDGE training or search certification records go to

Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Side Effects of Treatment PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Erin Williams   
Tuesday, 09 December 2014 16:38

Muscatine, Iowa (December 2014) – Gilda’s Club and Komen Quad Cities are partnering to host Judy Howell, Trinity Nurse Navigator who will discuss strategies to manage treatment side effects such as fatigue, hair loss, anemia, infection and pain. Learn how to manage emotional distress and optimize your quality of life during and after cancer treatment. The workshop will take place on Thursday, December 11th at 1st Presbyterian Church in Muscatine 401 Iowa Avenue, Muscatine, IA. Dinner will be served at 5:30 Presentation at 6:00.

Advanced Registration is preferred as dinner is included.

For more details and registration call Gilda’s Club at 866-926-7504

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