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No Wedding Day for Jay Cutler – Diabetes

In ALL ARTICLES on October 24, 2011 at 6:59 pm

No Wedding Day for Jay

by on July 26, 2011 in Entertainment, Sports

It appears Jay Cutler will not be walking down the aisle next spring. The Chicago Bears quarterback broke off his engagement to The Hills star, Kristin Cavallari just weeks before the start of football season. Cutler, now 28, was diagnosed with diabetes three years ago. He has Type 1, sometimes referred to as “juvenile diabetes,” which is a misnomer. While the onset typically occurs in children and adolescents, people of any age can be affected. Cutler himself was 25. He exhibited all the classic signs of diabetes: weight loss (he went from 238 pounds to 203 in a few short months), frequent urination, insatiable thirst, and lack of energy. As a result of untreated diabetes, his game suffered. It was not until a routine blood test (required to participate in offseason training), that Cutler learned he had diabetes.

Diabetes, generally speaking, is a condition in which the body’s cells do not receive adequate supply of sugar, in particular, a sugar called glucose. When our food is digested,  glucose makes its way into our bloodstream. Our cells use the glucose for energy and growth. But glucose cannot enter our cells without insulin. It is insulin which enables our cells to take in glucose. Without insulin, the sugar levels in the bloodstream rise.

Cutler’s adult-onset type 1 diabetes highlights the importance of distinguishing the three different types of diabetes:

Type 1 may more accurately be termed “insulin-dependent” diabetes. This is because people with the condition require daily, subcutaneous injections of insulin for the rest of their lives. In type 1, the body’s immune system attacks cells in the pancreas that make insulin.

Type 2 diabetes is sometimes referred to as “adult diabetes.” This is another misconception. In fact, recent studies conducted by the CDC have found that children and teenagers are being diagnosed with the disease at an alarming rate. About 95% of those children were obese at the time of diagnosis. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the pancreas does not make enough insulin, suffers from “insulin resistance”, or both.  Insulin resistance means that the cells no longer respond properly to the insulin present.  An unhealthy weight is a major risk factor.

A third type, gestational diabetes, occurs in pregnant women, and is usually temporary. Complications can still endanger the health of the woman and her fetus.

There is also an uncommon medical condition called diabetes insipidus which actually has nothing to do with insulin. In diabetes insipidus, the kidneys are unable to conserve water as they filter blood. This problem arises either directly from the kidney, or from a part of the brain called the hypothalamus, which produces a hormone, called ADH, that controls water conservation.

Despite the differences between type 1 and 2, the complications are often the same. The higher the blood sugars over an extended period of time, the greater the risk for complications such as blindness, stroke, nerve damage,  limb amputation, kidney failure, and premature death.

Celebrities with Diabetes (type 1 or 2)

Type 1

Type 2

  • Halle Berry – actress
  • BB King – musician
  • Sugar Ray Leonard – boxer
  • Drew Carey – actor; comedian; game show host
  • Tommy Lee – drummer for Motley Crue
  • Billie Jean King – tennis player

Salma Hayek (gestational diabetes)

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TERRELL OWENS GETS STEM CELLS

In ALL ARTICLES on September 20, 2011 at 9:58 am

THE DAM IS BREAKING AND STEM CELLS ARE POURING IN…

OR RATHER, OUR ELITE ATHLETES ARE POURING OUT OF THE USA TO GET STEM CELLS!!

FOLLOWING THE PATHS OF BARTOLO COLON AND PEYTON MANNING, 37 YEAR OLD TERRELL OWENS GOES FOR STEM CELL TREATMENT ON HIS ACL IN A BID TO REJUVENATE HIS KNEE AND RETURN TO THE NFL.

NFL.com Staff

Published: September 20th, 2011 | Tags:

NFL WIDE RECEIVER Terrell Owens, refusing to abandon his attempted return to the NFL, has traveled to Asia for treatment on the anterior cruciate ligament he tore up during the offseason.

“Mr. Owens starts with therapy Monday, followed by the collecting and storing of his stem cells the next day”

Owens becomes the second big-name player to travel abroad for stem cell-related therapy after Peyton Manning went to Europe for a stem-cell procedure before his most recent neck surgery.

– Marc Sessler

PEYTON MANNING GETS STEM CELLS FOR 3rd NECK SURGERY

In STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on September 19, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Peyton Manning receives stem cell therapy in an effort to avoid another surgery on his neck, but the procedure isn't effective, and the Colts QB requires his third neck surgery in 19 months.Peyton Manning tries to avoi a third surgery on his neck by traveling to Europe for stem cell treatment, according to a report on Fox's NFL pregame show.

Report: Peyton Manning underwent stem-cell procedure for neck surgery

Peyton Manning underwent a stem-cell procedure before having neck surgery recently, Fox’s Jay Glazer reported today.

The treatment is not used in the United States and Manning sought a number of consultations and therapies before undergoing anterior fusion surgery Sept. 8. Manning, 35, has had three procedures on his neck in 19 months, but the Colts continue to hope he’ll be available this season. He remains on the active list and reportedly made his first appearance at the Colts’ facility Friday and Saturday.

According to ESPN, Manning received therapy and watched part of practice Friday.

Report: Peyton Manning underwent stem-cell procedure in Europe before having neck surgery – The Early Lead – The Washington Post.

 

World Cup Soccer Players Could Benefit from Stem Cell “Repair Kit” – twitter moms: the influential moms network

In VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on June 24, 2010 at 12:26 pm

A decade ago, stem cells and World Cup soccer would have been considered an unusual pairing yet today they can easily be found on the same playing field. Recent reports indicate that some players in top-tiered soccer leagues are storing their infants’ stem cells for possible use as a “repair kit” for future injuries.

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“As a footballer, if you’re prone to injury it can mean the end of your career, so having your stem cells – a repair kit if you like – on hand makes sense,” said one unnamed Premier League player from England in a 2006 story in the London Times. “We decided to store our baby’s stem cells for possible future therapeutic reasons, both for our children and possibly for myself.”

Stem cells defined as ‘mesenchymal’ stem cells are of increasing interest to the field of regenerative medicine because they are able to become many different types of cells including bone, cartilage, tendon and more. One example of a possible application for these cells would be for the treatment of damaged knee cartilage, which is a very common athletic injury that can occur while playing sports or exercising. As a result of the injury, the joint becomes inflamed and painful. Injection of stem cells can potentially lead to cartilage rejuvenation.

via World Cup Soccer Players Could Benefit from Stem Cell “Repair Kit” – twitter moms: the influential moms network.

Djourou shocker

In STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on September 7, 2009 at 7:38 pm

Sunday, 6 September 2009

Djourou shocker

The bad news about Johan Djourou’s knee means that he is going to be out of action for around 6 months. I suspect the problem with Johan’s knee is an osteochondral defect, I shall try to explain this to those of you without the medical knowledge. An osteochondral defect means an area where the smooth joint lining, the cartilage, has been damaged, this is different to the meniscus of the knee which is the cup shaped bits which are made of fibrocartilage.

If Johan had torn his meniscus then one would expect him to have it tidied up with key hole surgery and he’d be back relatively quickly. Either he is having a repair to his meniscus which would take a lot longer to get back to football from, or he has an area of damaged cartilage, an osteochondral defect. There are different treatments for osteochondral defects and none of them are perfect by any means.

One can try to regrow a sort of cartilage in the hole by ‘microfracture’ treatment, one can transplant cartilage from the patient or from elsewhere, plus there are some emerging stem cell treatments. All require a substantial period of rehabilitation to allow the new cartilage to bed down as it were. Good luck and a speedy recovery Johan, it’s a shame to lose such a talented young player when he was showing such signs of developing into a very solid centre back.

via Another Arsenal Blog: Djourou shocker, honest Wayne and BBC inadequacy.

Soccer dads tackle injury by storing baby stem cells – World – smh.com.au

In ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on February 18, 2009 at 4:16 pm
SOCCER INJURIES PROMPT STEM CELL SAVING

SOCCER INJURIES PROMPT STEM CELL SAVING

Soccer dads tackle injury by storing baby stem cells

LONDON: Top British footballers are storing stem cells from their newborn babies as a potential future treatment for their own injuries on the pitch.

Five professional footballers are known to have frozen cells taken from the umbilical cord blood of their babies, which could be used to treat cartilage and ligament problems, The Sunday Times reported.

via Soccer dads tackle injury by storing baby stem cells – World – smh.com.au.

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