Diabetes brings with it. . .a greater chance of getting the flu and suffering the worst of symptoms.'
- LOCAL CONNECTIONS
Friday, November 23, 2012
by John C. Riley It takes only moments to protect yourself from the fever, aches, sweats, fatigue and other symptoms by getting your annual flu vaccine. People with diabetes must be especially cautious. November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes and another 79 million Americans have pre-diabetes and are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes brings with it another relatively unknown risk – a greater chance of getting the flu and suffering the worst of symptoms. “Now is the time to ensure you’ve gotten your flu shot, but it’s also important to make sure all of your immunizations are up to date. Even local hospitals are making it mandatory for physicians on staff …
Rock climber with diabetes on national tour to showcase how those with the ailment can manage it instead of letting it manage them.
When he was diagnosed with Type-1 diabetes at 16, Steve Richert decided he wasn't gong to let it stand in his way of doing the things he set out to do. A chronic illness, Type-1 diabetes is when the body's own immune system destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas used to process nutrients such as sugar. Richert, a serious mountain and rock climber, is in the midst of a national tour called Project 365 through his LivingVertical non-profit foundation. The goal of his one-year rock climbing challenge is to show people, especially kids that although it's a serious illness, they can manage it; they don't have to let it manage them. His tour brought him to Georgia on Wednesday to meet with diabetics from metro Atlanta at the Stone …