Tag: Diabetes

Five Things You May Not Realize Can Affect Your Mental Health

My roundup of the top five crossover issues affecting mental health include the following.  Physical illnesses of all kinds can affect your mental health and behavior (and vice versa) like diabetes does because the human body works with integrated symptoms of vast complexity. You cannot make changes to one network without causing changes to the […]

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Black Coronavirus Patients Land in Hospitals More Often, Study Finds

As the coronavirus spread across the United States, sweeping through low-income, densely populated communities, black and Hispanic patients have been dying at higher rates than white patients. Crowded living conditions, poorer overall health and limited access to care have been blamed, among other factors. But a new study suggests that the disparity is particularly acute […]

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Fighting Fat Discrimination, but Still Wanting to Lose Weight

Anne Coleman considers herself to be “body positive,” part of a social movement that accepts different body shapes and sizes. She takes pride in her appearance and has attended size acceptance events like the Curvy Con, an annual convention celebrating plus-size brands and individuals, and an early screening of “Fattitude,” a film about weight stigma. […]

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Nearly All Patients Hospitalized With Covid-19 Had Chronic Health Issues, Study Finds

A new study of thousands of hospitalized coronavirus patients in the New York City area, the epicenter of the outbreak in the United States, has found that nearly all of them had at least one major chronic health condition, and most — 88 percent — had at least two. Though earlier research has shown chronic […]

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How Poor Diet Contributes to Coronavirus Risk

That day I was researching food insecurity and soaring rates of metabolic disease as an often overlooked reason for the high risk of Covid-related illness and death among African-Americans, Hispanics and people in poor communities. The article told of staggering food waste — tens of millions of pounds of fresh food, including 3.7 million gallons […]

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How Covid-19 Is Making Millions of Americans Healthier

Rachael Ray, Blue Apron and Michael Pollan all tried in their own ways. But Covid-19 has done what none of them could do. At a scale not seen in over 50 years, America is cooking, a healthy move in the middle of a pandemic. Yes, we are using restaurant delivery services more and demand for […]

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How ‘Fast Carbs’ May Undermine Your Health

In recent weeks, foods of all kinds have flown off the shelves at grocery stores as Americans stocked up to weather the coronavirus pandemic. But sales of “comfort foods” like potato chips, pretzels, pancake mix and cookies have seen a particularly dramatic surge. That may not be surprising: They are cheap, satisfying and shelf stable. […]

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The Racial Time Bomb in the Covid-19 Crisis

Early Monday morning the email arrived. The subject line began, “ALARM AT THE GATE,” written in all caps. Someone had died. That is always what that phrasing means. The message came via a group email list maintained by the fraternity I joined in college some 30 years ago. A younger member, a rising chef in […]

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Americans Are Already Too Diseased to Go Back to Work Right Now

Public health measures to slow the spread of Covid-19 have already taken a staggering toll on the economy, with the prospect of worse to come. The strategy at the heart of prevention, physical distancing, will continue to be tremendously disruptive to society. With businesses facing bankruptcy, schools closed and sports events canceled, President Trump and […]

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Coronavirus Threatens Americans With Underlying Conditions

The new coronavirus is a serious threat to the elderly, as federal officials have been at pains to note recently. But they have stepped gingerly around advice for another group of Americans also at special risk from the infection: those with chronic health conditions. It is not a small group. An estimated 60 percent of […]

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Insulin Costs May Be Capped in a Medicare Program

A new Medicare pilot program would lower the cost of insulin to $35 a prescription for older Americans who need the lifesaving drugs, the Trump administration announced Wednesday. If insulin manufacturers and insurers agree to offer the plans — which are voluntary — then people 65 and older who need insulin could save an average […]

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Black Women Take A Stand For Heart Health

The ever-growing heart disease epidemic disproportionately impacts Black women. Studies show that 49 percent of African American women, aged 20 and older, are battling with cardiovascular diseases. Women of color across different industries are taking a stand and using their platforms to spread awareness about heart health disparities. For professional softball player A.J. Andrews, the […]

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How Insulin Became the Poster Child for Medicare for All

Nicole Smith-Holt, a college financial aid specialist in Richfield, Minnesota, got the call on a Tuesday in June 2017. Her son Alec had been found alone in his new apartment, slumped over and ice-cold. In shock and disbelief, Nicole assumed that an intruder must have broken in. After Nicole and her husband, James, arrived at […]

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