How ESPN’s radio host Mike Golic controls his type 2 diabetes – Fox News

As a former NFL player, ESPN’S Mike Golic is used to talking sports news and game drama on his radio show Mike and Mike in the Morning. Now, he’s discussing a more serious topic, type 2 diabetes. Since being diagnosed with the disease 12 years ago,

Golic has been on a mission to raise awareness and help people learn how to manage their blood sugar

“My advice to people with type 2 diabetes is get everybody involved in your life. It’s not something to run from, hide from, [and] keep it a secret from everybody else. You’ve been diagnosed with it, you have to deal with it,” Mike Golic, now 54, told Fox News.

Golic admitted that during his time as a defensive lineman he never thought anything could be physically wrong with him other than a few bruises or tears. But in the back of his mind, he knew his father had type 2 diabetes, which raised his risk.

“While it was a, ‘Oh man’ there was like a ‘Yeah, OK, my dad was right about this age when he was diagnosed,’ so while it was surprising it wasn’t shocking,” he said.

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), having a parent or sibling with the disease can increase your risk. Other risk factors include being overweight, having an unhealthy diet and high blood pressure.

Growing up, Golic said his father kept his condition to himself and didn’t talk about it with his family.

“It was just kind of his thing to deal with,” he said. “But I wanted to be very proactive and involve my wife, involve my family, I have three kids [and] two boys are large football players whose grandfather had type 2 diabetes and I have type 2 diabetes, so I wanted to keep them in the loop on this and what needed to be done.”

After teaming up with Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Golic and his doctors came up with a game plan to keep his blood sugar levels in check. Type 2 diabetes can be treated with a variety of different medications. He turned to INVOKANA® (canagliflozin), a prescription medicine his doctor recommended.

In addition to medicine, eating healthy and regularly exercising can also help manage the disease.

If left untreated, type 2 diabetes can cause serious and even deadly complications.

“You can have retinopathy or eye disease, you can have kidney disease and ultimately it can lead to kidney failure and you can have neuropathy which is a disease of the nerve ending which ultimately can cause amputations,” Dr. John Anderson, a board-certified Internist at Frist Clinic in Nashville, Tenn., told Fox News. “You’re also a 2- to 3-fold increase risk of heart attack and stroke.”

Early diagnosis should be accessible during routine exams or physicals when physicians check a patient’s blood sugar level. But other signs and symptoms may include thirst, frequent urination, blurred vision, fatigue and weight loss, Anderson said.

“We have about 89 million people in the country with prediabetes, that means their numbers are not quite in the range that you’d diagnose diabetes but they’re on their way,” Anderson who is a long-time volunteer for the American Diabetes Association (ADA), and has served as Chair of National Advocacy said. “That’s why you need to be seeing your health care  professional, getting your screenings, getting your glucoses checked, being proactive.”

Today, Golic gets his A1C1 test, a blood test that measures the average level of glucose in the blood, every three-to-four months and has kept his diabetes under control.

“This is a situation that can have some complications in your life if you don’t treat it the right way, so why not get people involved, why not start with your doctor— ‘OK this is the game plan,’ and then you go to the people in your family— ‘this is the game plan my doctor gave me, this is what I need to do and I need all your help to do it,’” Golic said.

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Diabetic retinopathy: Tim’s story

I’ve always grown up with diabetes. It’s just become part of my life. But I’ve never really thought about side-effects. They had always been something you could get but I wouldn’t get, or something I might get in the future when I was really old rather than now. There’s loads of them, blindness, amputations, kidney failure, an increase in heart disease, there’s an increase in most things if you’ve got diabetes. And you’re like, “Yeah, yeah, yeah. It’s never gonna happen to me.” In 2004, I was asked to go for a routine eye test at a hospital in Ealing. So I turned up and it was a full-on eye test. The old eye tests had not really done much investigation, whereas this was an actual photograph of the back of my eye. What they do is take a photograph of your retina. So you put your chin on a ledge and they put the lens literally next to your eyeball.

Big flash and they take a photograph. They blow it up on a screen and they can see all the detail of your eye, all the blood vessels. Then they can work out where there’s a problem, if there is a problem. And they found out that I had retinopathy from that photograph. My understanding of retinopathy is that it’s a problem with the blood vessels in the retina, where they’re leaking and it’s that leak that has to be sorted out, because if it gets near the centre of vision then it can become dangerous and can make you go blind.

So with retinopathy you have to try and stop the leaking blood vessels. It was actually quite far gone, which was the scary thing, so if I’d gone five years earlier, or two years earlier maybe, it could have been better, because they would have caught it sooner. But I was a heavy smoker at the time, I was partying and drinking a lot, smoking a lot and having fun. And the consultant said to me, “Unless you give up smoking, you will go blind.” I was like, “What?!” It was a really stunning thing to be told. It’s just all down to me. To improve your eyesight you just have to make lifestyle changes. I gave up the smoking, obviously, which was the really big thing. And it’s all about getting your HBA1C long-term blood sugar down a bit.

I’ve had no other treatment at all, it’s just been a case of watching what I eat and living a slightly better life than I was before. I’ve still got background retinopathy but it’s under control. But if I went back to my old ways, then it would reappear very quickly, which is why you have an eye test every six months. Because six months is quite a long time in the health of an eye..

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How To Read A Food Label– for people with diabetes

Wondering how to read a food label. Once you get the hang of it, labels are easy to read because you don’t actually have to read the whole thing. There are just a few key pieces of information you need to find to help you understand how what’s inside  will affect your blood glucose. So, let’s  take alook at a typical label… The first thing you want to consider is the serving size. All the information  is based on this particular serving size. Servings per container is also listed at the top and that shows how many servings are in the whole bag, can or bottle. This is important, because the container is probably more than one serving. For example you’d probably eat this bag of chips in a single sitting but according to the label, the bag has three servings in it.

So if you’re going to eat the whole bag of chips and you want to know how many calories or carbs you are eating, you’ll have to multiply the number on the label by three. The calories are listed here and they’re important to keep an eye on as you’re planning meals and snacks.

Here are some general calorie guidelines for people with diabetes. The most common mistake people with diabetes make when reading labels is to focus on the line labeled sugar, but that only tells part of the story. If you want to know how a food will actually affect your blood glucose, you need to look at the Total Carbohydrate count, right here.

That number includes the grams of sugar, and the higher the Total Carb count is, the more that food or drink will raise your blood glucose. In general, a woman shouldn’t have more than 45 grams of carbs in an entire meal and a man shouldn’t have more than 60 grams of carbs in a meal. Ask your doctor or diabetes educator what is right for you. Think of that number as your “carb budget” for the meal. In a lot of ways, it’s like a household budget—you only have so much money and you have to pay your rent, the light bill, the gas bill and so on. To budget your carbs, you need to look at each part of your meal.

Does your drink have carbs? Your main dish? Your dessert? Add them up. If you are over budget, reduce the serving size of some of your items, or substitute a lower carb item for one of the higher carb items. And that’s how to read a label. To wrap up, what you need to check on a label are the serving size, the calories and the carb count. The higher the Total Carbohydrate number, the more the food will raise your blood glucose. You can use your recommended carb budget to budget your carbs and lower the blood glucose impact of your meals. Thanks for watching—see you next time..

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Sugar Free, Gluten Free, And Vegan Are NOT Carb Free !

Diabetes can pose a number of challenges to those with the diagnosis.

With a heavy emphasis on foods, content and the impacts of those choices, understanding nutrition labels can be a daunting task.

“There’s a lot of label confusion, so we’re here to help,” said Patricia Zimmerman, a registered dietitian and a certified diabetes educator with the Diabetes Support Group through Monongahela Valley Hospital.

“A lot of people have questions about better choices,” said Zimmerman. “We also have questions from people about whether they need supplements.”

Zimmerman said a common misconception is associated with sugar-free items.

“Sugar-free doesn’t mean lower carbs. They forget there’s other forms of carbs,” she said. “We want to steer them in the right direction.”

McClain said one of the keys to success is going with, and sticking to, a shopping list.

“Don’t shop when you’re hungry,” McClain said. “And stick to the perimeter of the store. There’s where the dairy, meats, fruits and veggies are located.”

“If you have to go into the inner aisles, get what you need and get out,” she added with a laugh. “It’ll also cut back on impulse buying.”

McClain also stressed the importance of understanding labels, noting that basic label reading can help people eat less, lose weight and focus on the food’s contents to help blood sugar controls.

“Most of us eat on autopilot. We eat because it’s there in front of us, whether we need it or not,” she said. “Label reading will make you more aware. It’s the first step.”

Pantry items include canned vegetables, rice, tuna, pasta and nuts.

Remember Gluten Free or Vegan does not mean carbohydrate free .  It is important to look at the number of carbs, grams of sugar, grams of fiber per serving and the number of servings in the container. If the food is in a package get in the habit of looking at these numbers and evn when your tempted to eat those peasnut butter cups or cookies one look at the label should shock you back into reality.  

Educate the public about diabetes | Letters To The Editor … – LancasterOnline

Mar 2017 04:33:29 GMT


Educate the public about diabetes | Letters To The Editor ... - LancasterOnline Educate the public about diabetes | Letters To The Editor … – LancasterOnline



Mark’s Note: This nurse’s comments in a local paper ring true.  One of the drivers of our sky high medical costs is the Diabetes epidemic in our country.  She is correct also that the newsmedia needs to pay more attention and help educate the public. Use caution when purchasing used test strips.

I am writing in regard to the Feb. 24 online article “Diabetic test strip prices spur shady secondhand market.” As a registered nurse, I wish to commend you on  on your diligence to shed light on a public health issue. 

Diabetes mellitus is a huge concern in Lancaster County and the surrounding areas; roughly 15 percent of people in Lancaster have diabetes. Diabetes is a multifocal problem. Patients are more likely to have high blood pressure, a stroke, heart disease, blindness, poor circulation to the lower extremities, and even mortality.

Per 100,000 people in Lancaster, 362 will die as a result of diabetes. When diabetes is poorly managed, the risks for complications greatly increase. It is extremely important for diabetics to always have the supplies they need to control their blood sugars.

As your article mentioned, supplies are often too costly to buy. This leaves patients buying cheaper, expired supplies that may be faulty.

Nationally, we spend $174 billion annually on diabetic care. This number will continue to rise as more people are diagnosed with diabetes. I urge you to continue to write well-informed articles on diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure. We can bring more awareness to the disease by sharing these alarming statistics.

Rather then just writing on the cost of the disease, I encourage you to increase the knowledge of Lancaster residents. The newspaper is a prime opportunity to educate people who are at high risk for diabetes and how they can decrease their risk. We must try to decrease our rates of countywide diabetes or we will continue to see these problems.


Attacking Diabetes with Tech and Low Carb Diet

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In this video, Kerri Sparling, shares her struggles with Diabetes Burnout. Diabetes is unique in that it is a disease that is long term and is a disease that has to be dealt with on a daily basis without fail and without a break. No one is perfect and there wil be times despite your best efforts that your blood sugar numbers will not be ideal or that you will have complications due to your disease. You may feel guilty or a family member or friend may ask you what you did wrong? It is easy to get discouraged and to want to give up, not take your medication, abandon your healthy diet, etc. Being aware of the mental aspects of your disease is important. Remember you are dealing with a complicated disease and don’t beat yourself up or allow someone else to discourage you. Keep your sense of humor and realize they are not living with the disease and don’t understand what you are dealing with. Take care of yourself and get back on track.

Dallas Stars Owner’s Diabetes Fight

Tom Gaglardi’s hotel business takes him all over the world, and wherever he goes, whenever he sees a tell-tale needle, he offers his credentials.

His son, Wilson Gaglardi, 11, was diagnosed five years ago, not long after his father bought the Stars out of bankruptcy. His symptoms were typical. Thirsty all the time. Once doctors confirmed the diagnosis, Gaglardi educated himself on the incurable condition and the maintenance it requires. An insulin shot before every meal. Another at bedtime. Blood sugar checks. Pumps and pricks and test strips. Highs and lows. On and on and on.

In Wilson’s case, his parents check him three times a night. First at 10, again at midnight, then once more at 3.

If his blood sugar is off at 3, they give him something for it, then check him again at 4.

“It’s a tough slog,” Gaglardi said. “We gotta solve it.”

He doesn’t just mean his family’s lack of sleep. This is why he sees, say, a restaurant employee giving himself a shot and starts asking questions. What kind of insulin do you use? Ever thought about a pump? In this particular case, the guy tells him he can’t afford one. Can’t even check his blood sugar as much as he should. Test strips are too expensive.

“And that just kills you,” Gaglardi said. “I look at what we spend, and unless you’ve got a major plan, who can afford that?

This is why Gaglardi does more than ask questions. He’s donated money and raised more for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund. He’s met with leading researchers. He promotes funding for advances in maintenance, but he’s more interested in potential remedies. Encapsulation, for example, where a credit card-sized device is implanted beneath the skin and releases insulin automatically as needed.

What he wants is a cure, and he believes it may be as close as three or four years.

Toward that end, the JDRF will honor Gaglardi at its Dream Gala banquet on April 8 at the Omni Dallas. Jim Lites, the Stars’ president, is the corporate chair. This year’s fundraising goal: $1.5 million.

Every night, Gaglardi is reminded of the need to meet the JDRF’s goals. He’s reminded when Wilson looks up at him and says, “I’m tired of having this. I don’t want it anymore.”

“I say to him, ‘Buddy, we’re gonna get a cure,'” Gaglardi said. “And he believes me.”

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