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By: Elena_Ivanova

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Life is moving.... - Aug 05
Have not been here for a while - family and work completely took all my time. I was working on the project for Eastern European countries where the level of diabetes and ...
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Green Light to Fresh Tomatoes - Jul 18
Finally FDA declared that the cause of Salmonella was not tomatoes - my FAVORITE tomatoes. I eat a lot of them - of different sizes and shapes - but def. the tastiest veg. ...
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overweight + type 2 = breast cancer - Jul 07
  A friend of mine from London sent me the link to the breast cancer research and added: "I am screwed". Jen has always been a pretty big woman. Her mother's ...
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Statistics-statistics - Jun 11
NEW YORK (Reuters) -- Relative to their peers without type 1 diabetes, patients who are diagnosed with the disease in young adulthood are at greater risk for death than ...
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Not Fare... - May 28
My mum phoned me last night: our neighbor Natali died yesterday from a kindey failure, which was a complication from diabetes .She died on her way to the hospital.I was completely ...
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Life is moving....
Posted: Aug 5, 2008 16:18:18 0 Comments.
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  • Have not been here for a while - family and work completely took all my time.

    I was working on the project for Eastern European countries where the level of diabetes and esp. Type1 is increasing sooo fast. The biggest issue with implementing any type of a medical program for people with diabetes in Eastern Europe is all the "biases" around the disease.  It took a multicultural extr. open-minded country such as the US a while to realize that people with diabetes are the same as everybody else: they are not contagious  - they have to fight with the disease on a daily basis and never know what to expect from it. With Eastern Europe everything is still on the first stage - people with diabetes try to hide they are diabetics as much as possible. At the massive celebrations they still consume alcohol and eat all "the bad" food for us. They are scared to be judged - judged by the society. There are not that many specialized places where they would accept diabetics adn most of the people can not afford to buy a pump or a BG meter. Going back to the project I was working on: we tried to develop a social program,which would involve people with diabetes and their family/friends. The center will be located in multiple clinics only in 1 country at the moment. The budget did not allow us to do more at this point but we really hope the program will have it's success in the future!

    Maybe anybody else had worked or created smth similar in other countries outside of the US. Please share your opinions - I will really appeciate it :)

     

    HOPE

    Green Light to Fresh Tomatoes
    Posted: Jul 18, 2008 10:10:26 0 Comments.
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  • Finally FDA declared that the cause of Salmonella was not tomatoes - my FAVORITE tomatoes.

    I eat a lot of them - of different sizes and shapes - but def. the tastiest veg. in the world - tomatoes. I am so glad they are back in all the stores and restaurants. The summer vegetable - red juicy TOMATO!

    Please try my summer salad I make frequently:

    You need (for one portion and about 120-150calories):

    1. 2 small fresh tomatoes or 1 medium tomato

    2. 2 small cucumbers

    3. 1 medium radish

    4. 3 table spoons of sour cream + salt

    OR

    olive oil + pepper + salt

    The salad is very refreshing and filling at the same time. Take a try and you will love it forever!

    overweight + type 2 = breast cancer
    Posted: Jul 7, 2008 17:01:53 0 Comments.
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    A friend of mine from London sent me the link to the breast cancer research and added: "I am screwed".

    Jen has always been a pretty big woman. Her mother's weight was about 260 pounds when she died of a heart attack at age 50. I remember Jen (at that time age 25) mentioning to me a couple of months after her mother's death that she started watching her diet and exercising regularly: "I need to be healthy. I am naturally predisposed to being overweight. I do not want to have any overweight problems at older age". I thought she was doing great when in a couple of months Jen sent me a picture of her in a swimming suit and her new boyfriend Mark on one of the beaches during their trip in Turkey. She became much slimer and had lost 40 pounds by then (she still weighted about 190 pounds with her height of 5-06). Seemed like Jen must have been happy but our next conversation proved the opposite: "I am unhappy. I am sick of watching what I eat and when I eat. I am stressed out all the time. I simply want to relax sometimes and have a slice of pizza in front of a TV at 9 pm while watching my favorite show. But my doctor says there is long way to go"...

    ...during our next conversation in a couple of months I found out that Jen had given up dieting and started "enjoying food world fully". She gained her 40 pounds back but Mark was still crazily in love with her. She was happy to be with her lovely man and enjoy her favorite foods...she called me a week later..."I have diabetes. Why me?" Mark was supporting Jen but refused giving up his food habits. As a result, she could not start eating healthier either. It has been a constant fight for Jen between food habits and diabetes during last 2 months. She gained another 20 pounds and is not happy about herself anymore. Mark left her a couple of days ago unable to deal with her fast change in the moods and constant reminding of diabetes in the life. And now Jen read this article:

    OVERWEIGHT women putting themselves at risk of diabetes are also increasing their risk of advanced breast cancer, Melbourne research has found.

    She feels depressed as she understands there is a looong way to go in order for her to be healthy. You will be fine, my friend. You simply need to give up your food and see this world in a different way - HEALTHY WAY.

     

     

     

    Statistics-statistics
    Posted: Jun 11, 2008 11:45:07 0 Comments.
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  • NEW YORK (Reuters) -- Relative to their peers without type 1 diabetes, patients who are diagnosed with the disease in young adulthood are at greater risk for death than those diagnosed in childhood.

    So, dear diabetics, if you were diagnosed at age 0-15 think you are the lucky ones. Those, who were in their 15-26 - should know that there is a curse on you, which is called diabetes research! :)

    It's so funny how the scientists always try to subdivide all the people into the categories. Imagine a conversation between two friends who have diabetes: "I was diagnosed at age 8, What about you?" - "I was 17, although seems like I could have had the disease for a while without knowing about it" - "So maybe we should stop being friends as I do not want to hang out with a cursed person".

     

    Not Fare...
    Posted: May 28, 2008 15:10:01 1 Comment.
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  • My mum phoned me last night: our neighbor Natali died yesterday from a kindey failure, which was a complication from diabetes .She died on her way to the hospital.I was completely shocked and devastated...and still am...

    I knew Nat since I was 15 - we just moved to our new house and she was the first one to stop by and say "hello" to us.She lived together with her parents and was finishing a college near by.We became great friends and went joggin a lot together.Nat was always very careful about foods - she watched what she ate and counted all the fats and sodiums, etc. Later I found out that she has a "rich" diabetes history in her family: her father was a diabetec for 30 years and her cousin had Type 1 diabetes since he was 6 years old.Although Natali always knew she was under a big risk of having diabetes she was always optimistic and believed in preventing the disease by regular exercising and healthy eating.

    By age 27 Natali lost both of her parents.

    Her son was born when she was 29 and became the main purpose of her life.She continued being active: to regular jogging she added belly dancing,kayaking,and climbing.

    ...

    Why did it happen to a person who loved this life so much?who was so passionate about everything she did?who was the kindest person i have ever met?why-why-why...DIABETES?

     

     

    Diabetes and Love
    Posted: May 8, 2008 10:03:52 0 Comments.
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  • I am always fascinated by the relationship stories of my friends with diabetes. Some stories make me sad, others make me laugh crazily. You never know how "the normal" person will react to the fact that you have diabetes. I think it's due to the fact that there are sooo many stereotypes about getting the disease such as diabetics eat sugar with spoons and are careless about their weight. In reality, many people with diabetes are very attractive looking (Halle Berry who just had her first baby) and because they have to watch what they eat many of them are in pretty good shape (Gary Hall - US Olympic Gold Medal Winner). I know the story of a couple where the guy had Type 1 diabetes since he was 4 years old. He started dating Anna who had never known anybody with diabetes but who fully accepted his disease and his frequent insuline injections. In 6 months Anna found out that she had Type 2 diabetes - frustrated as nobody in her family had diabetes and frightened she told her boyfriend about it. He gave her all support and helped to get used to new life with diabetes. They married 2 months ago and are on of the happiest couples I have ever seen. Anna loves to joke that diabetes made their relationship stronger and definitely more "diabetic" :)

    Sasha's Story
    Posted: May 2, 2008 15:47:44 0 Comments.
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  • In a few months Sasha's dad had a terrible heart strike. She spent days and nights at the hospital hoping he would survive. Right half of his body was paralized and for the first time in his life he admitted that he was helpless without his daughter and his wife (Sasha's mom). He was lucky to have the best doctors in the city and his friends also made sure he would get the best recovery medicine too. Unbelievable also happened: Sasha's dad quit smoking and never drank again. By now he is almost fully recovered, although some of the functions of his right hand such as strong grasping were completely lost. For the first time in many years Sasha's dad came back into the family: regular family dinners and gatherings became a normal part of their lives again.For the first time in 10 years they went on a family trip. For the first time in many years Sasha experienced what it feels like to have dad.

    How many of us really have to come through all these struggles in order to realise that their family and close people are the most important part of their lives?! How many of us think that diabetes is harmless and can wait until we are done with "more important" things in our lives such as work and money?! I wish people could spend at least an hour every day with their families and on monitoring their diabetes.So simply and so hard at the same time.

    Diabetes among us...
    Posted: Apr 24, 2008 12:18:59 1 Comment.
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  • My best friend found out yesterday that she had diabetes...She called me and said she needed to talk. Poor Sasha, she was always afraid of diabetes. Her father has had diabetes disease since he was 45. Sasha believed he could still escape it by leading healthy style of living. Instead, he was spending all his time at work trying to maintain two of his business offices, smoke 2 packs of cigarettes per day and was drinking heavily during the weekend while going to a sauna with his buddies. By age 44, Sasha's father,Mike, gained more than 40% of his original weight and started having heart problems. The situation got worse, when the specialists found out that Mike had had diabetes for a while and he needed to go to the hospital. Sasha's father not only refused to go to the hospital but also continued working and smoking lots.... to be continued...
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