DID YOU KNOW?
The Hampshire County Diabetes Coalition is offering 5 scholarships to the MOVING ON program at the Hampshire County Wellness Center. This is an 8 week program for diabetics that provides a personal trainer and an exercise program. For more information contact Pam Francis at 304-813-6588 or Chris at the Wellness Center at 304-822-7255.
Use EXTEND nutritional snack bars? Need a coupon? Contact Pam Francis Diabetes Educator for one. Also available are coupons for Chobani Yogurt.
According to Endocrine Today- Stephan Martin MD of the West German centre For Diabetes and Health found that diabetics who participated in a 12 week interactive exercise video program improved their blood sugar and quality of life. The study which used Nintendo’s Wii Fit Plus showed also that “Exercise games may potentially be used in a home setting as a tool to reduce inactive behavior in people with Type 2 Diabetes.”
The 6th Annual WALK FOR DIABETES AWARENESS will be held on Saturday May 17th 2014 at the Hampshire County Wellness Center. The 2 mile Walk will begin at 9 am. All participants will receive a t-shirt and an educational packet. Door-prizes will be given on the day of the Walk.
Registration will be $10.00 per person or $30.00 for a team of 5. New this year will be the opportunity to register and then walk independently beginning April 17th the 2 miles using the honor system. If registered the participant will receive a t-shirt and be eligible for the door prizes on the day of the walk. For more info contact the Wellness Center or Pam Francis.
The 4th Annual Diabetes Kid Camp will be held on July 24 and 25th beginning at 9 am.
The Camp is open to Type 1- Type 2 and Pre-Diabetics ages 8 to 18. For more information or for an application contact Pam Francis.
Gestational Diabetes Mellitus- a type of diabetes that develops only during pregnancy and usually disappears upon delivery, but increases the risk that the mother will develop diabetes later in life.
A DIABETIC LOVE STORY
Eva Saxl was born in Prague Czechoslovakia in 1921. She married her husband Victor, a scientist- at age 20. World War 2 broke out and she and Victor fled to Shanghai China. It was shortly after that Eva was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941 security was tightened and Eva soon had no access to insulin. When her supply ran out there would be no more to purchase.
Victor – desperate to save the life of the woman he loved decided to do the unconventional – make his own insulin. A Chinese chemist lent them a small laboratory and it was there that Victor learned to extract insulin from the pancreas of a water buffaloes. After much work- using a medical book as a model -he developed a brown colored insulin.
With time running out and no other choices the day came when Victor was forced to try the brown insulin on his beloved wife. He was so tense that he had to leave the room as they waited to see if there would be a fatal reaction to his homemade brown insulin.
The results were amazingly successful. Eva could not believe how well she felt. 2 patients at a local hospital were given the insulin woke up from a diabetic coma and did
With his new insulin perfected, Victor manufactured insulin for all people with diabetes I in the Shanghai ghetto. In all 200 people survived by using the dark colored insulin- each coming to the lab daily to receive an injection.
Eva and Victor left Shanghai after the war and immigrated to the United States. She became a spokeswoman for the American Diabetes Association and Victor worked for the United Nations.
During the 1940′s and 1950′s the general public was misinformed about diabetes and there was a real stigma attached to the disease. Most diabetics tried to hide the fact they had the disease.
Eva Saxl was a pioneer in educating the public about diabetes and the true facts about the disease. She appeared on television- did speaking engagements and even met with the President.
When Victor died she moved to Chile where her only sister lived. For the rest of her life she devoted herself to diabetic education. Hers was a life well lived – possible only by the love of her husband who risked all to develop the insulin that saved her life.