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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)

The acute and long-term effects of intracoronary Stem cell Transplantation in 191 patients with chronic heARt failure: the STAR-heart study — Eur J Heart Fail

In VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on June 28, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Another study that proves that “Intracoronary BMC (bone marrow [stem] cell) therapy improves ventricular performance, quality of life and survival in patients with heart failure.”


The acute and long-term effects of intracoronary Stem cell Transplantation in 191 patients with chronic heARt failure: the STAR-heart study

1. Bodo-Eckehard Strauer*,

2. Muhammad Yousef and

3. Christiana M. Schannwell

+ Author Affiliations


From the Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, Pneumology and Angiology, Heinrich-Heine-University of Düsseldorf, Moorenstr 5, 40225 Düsseldorf, Germany

1. *Corresponding author. Tel: +49 211 8104848 Fax: +49 211 8118396 Email: strauer@med.uni-duesseldorf.de

* Received February 11, 2010.

* Revision received April 12, 2010.

* Accepted April 16, 2010.


Aims Despite accumulated evidence that intracoronary bone marrow cell (BMC) therapy may be beneficial in acute myocardial infarction, there are only limited data available on the effectiveness of BMC’s in chronic heart failure. The aim of this study was to quantitatively investigate ventricular haemodynamics, geometry, and contractility as well as the long-term clinical outcome of BMC treated patients with reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) due to chronic ischaemic cardiomyopathy.

Methods and results Patients with chronic heart failure (n = 391 LVEF ≤35%) due to ischaemic cardiomyopathy were enrolled in the present study. Of these, 191 patients (mean NYHA class 3.22) underwent intracoronary BMC therapy. The control group (mean NYHA class 3.06) consisted of 200 patients with comparable LVEF. Assessments of haemodynamics at rest and exercise, quantitative ventriculography, spiroergometry, 24 h Holter ECG, late potentials, and heart rate variability were analysed. Over 3 months to 5 years after intracoronary BMC therapy there was a significant improvement in haemodynamics (e.g. LVEF, cardiac index), exercise capacity, oxygen uptake, and LV contractility. Importantly, there was a significant decrease in long-term mortality in the BMC treated patients compared with the control group.

Conclusion Intracoronary BMC therapy improves ventricular performance, quality of life and survival in patients with heart failure. These effects were present when BMC were administered in addition to standard therapeutic regimes. No side effects were observed.

via The acute and long-term effects of intracoronary Stem cell Transplantation in 191 patients with chronic heARt failure: the STAR-heart study — Eur J Heart Fail.

LeBron Had Cancer Scare Last Season

In CELEBRITIES & STEM CELLS on October 23, 2009 at 2:27 pm

LeBron Had Cancer Scare Last Season

Lebron James thankful to be finished with cancer scare

NBA Star Feared Growth Was Malignant

POSTED: 9:38 am CDT October 20, 2009

In an interview with the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cavaliers star LeBron James admits that his biggest worry last season wasn’t basketball. It was waiting to hear if he had cancer.


Lebron James

James had a biopsy on a growth on his parotid gland, which produces saliva, in January. According to the newspaper, doctors told James that 70 to 80 percent of tumors like his were benign, but still, they needed to be sure.

“It was a nerve-racking experience, but I knew at that point I had to get it done,” James told the Plain Dealer. “I was on edge for those few days; I was lucky the season was going on and we were playing really well so I could concentrate on basketball. My family was nervous.”

The biopsy showed that the mass was benign, but according to the Plain Dealer, James was told that it could become cancerous if it were allowed to grow. The NBA star made arrangements to have the growth removed after the season on June 3, just two days after the Cavaliers were eliminated from the playoffs.


The Kid Can Play

According to the newspaper, the procedure took more than six hours, which was more than twice as long as doctors expected the surgery would take. The Plain Dealer reported that Dr. Frank Papay performed the procedure, which ended up being so time consuming because he needed to work around nerves and muscles that controlled James’ facial movements.

The Cavaliers’ star needed to stay in bed for about a week to recover and he told the Plain Dealer that during that time he didn’t want to talk or eat very much.

“I just relaxed and got some of the best sleep I’ve had in my life,” James told the Plain Dealer.

James now has a thin scar around his right ear.

via LeBron Had Cancer Scare Last Season – Sports News Story – KHBS NW Arkansas.

How many is too many? | Michigan Tech Lode

In ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on February 20, 2009 at 11:16 pm


How many is too many?

Written by Katie Wysocky on Tue, 02/17/2009 – 19:52

In this new age of medicine, many different medical advancements have come under attack. From stem cell research to cloning to having the ability to determine babies’ characteristics before they are born, modern medicine is embarking on a never-explored frontier. This progress can perform miracles, save lives and give hope where there was none before. But with great power comes great responsibility. How far is too far in the world of medicine? Can a doctor play God?

for more… How many is too many? | Michigan Tech Lode.

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