People with diabetes

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Diabetes education and empowerment: a role for youth

In 1996, American Youth Understanding Diabetes Abroad (AYUDA) was set up by two teenagers after they had witnessed the economic and emotional hardships faced by José Gabriel and other young people living with diabetes in Latin America.They envisioned a youth-led organization that would educate young people with diabetes about diabetes issues, and help empower them to work effectively for positive change. AYUDA is now a growing organization, which campaigns to raise diabetes awareness and promote sustainable development for diabetes communities throughout the world.

Discrimination on high: flying on insulin

For the safety of the passengers and crew of an aeroplane, it is imperative that an airline pilot maintain a high level of fitness. There are a number of medical conditions which, once diagnosed, may prevent a pilot being allowed to fly a plane. If they can be stabilized, some conditions may allow a return to work. Other conditions are classed as 'non-medically certifiable'. Upon diagnosis of a non-medically certifiable condition, a pilot's medical certificate will be denied, and if already issued, it will be revoked.

Mountains, inspiration and conquering diabetes

"Some things are quite beyond the reach of the imagination. When Jerry Gore describes life clinging to a 1500 m cliff in sub-zero temperatures in one of the remotest corners of the earth, the mind struggles to conjure up the image." So began the motivational presentations to business of the mountaineer, Jerry Gore. However, despite many years' experience overcoming extreme and challenging conditions in the mountains, when Jerry, aged 40 years, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, he felt as if one of his life-lines had been severed.

Exploring the world mythology of diabetes

Myths are defined on the one hand as traditional stories concerning the early history of people or explaining a natural or social phenomenon; alternatively they represent a widely held but false belief. There are many half-truths, exaggerations and distortions of reality surrounding diabetes which fall into both of these categories. Myths, often passed from generation to generation as oral history, represent a link between the past and present generations. As such, they often contain elements of the truth.

Double transplant: a diabetologist's return from diabetes

When she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 12 years, Silvia Iancu began a long and at times frightening voyage through care. At the time, she lived with her family under the constraints of the difficult regime in Romania; her parents' reaction to the diagnosis was one of fear and desperation. Given the hardships of life under the dictatorship, her parents did not know whether they would be able to provide the insulin and other diabetes supplies that Silvia would need to survive the condition.

Sisters Together: move more, eat better, prevent diabetes

Populations around the world are getting fatter. People of all ages are showing signs of diabetes and other conditions which are associated with being fat. It has been found that people of African, Asian and Hispanic origins are at particularly increased risk from obesity and obesity-related conditions such as diabetes. Due to a variety of cultural and socio-economic factors, women from these populations seem to be at especially high risk from the dangers of overweight.

Latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA)

Diabetes is classified into two major types: Type 1 (insulin-dependent) diabetes, and Type 2 diabetes. However, it is apparent that there are some forms of the condition which do not fit comfortably into these categories. Indeed, there is one form of diabetes which appears to straddle the two major types. While it appears to affect adults with Type 2 diabetes, it shows many of the genetic, immune, and metabolic features of Type 1 diabetes, and carries a high risk of progression to insulin dependency. This form of the condition is known as 'latent autoimmune diabetes in adults' (LADA).

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