Lifestyle changes that make an impact

During 2017, scores of Yakima physicians referred patients to Virginia Mason Memorial’s Diabetes Prevention program, and 398 of you enrolled.  Generous gifts to The Memorial Foundation and grant funding help support this life-changing program. Developed by the Centers for Disease Control, the goal is for those at risk to learn a lifestyle of healthier choices Read more about Lifestyle changes that make an impact[…]

“All of my doctors said I was overweight, but when I requested my medical records it said, “obese.

MaryKathleen Carpenter did not like going to the doctor. A lot. “All of my life I’ve hated going. My back and my knee go out occasionally, and I have a bad hip. But no matter what problem I had – my knee, whatever – the doctor would say it was because of my weight. They Read more about “All of my doctors said I was overweight, but when I requested my medical records it said, “obese.[…]

“Three years — and more than 200 pounds — ago”

Yakima resident Maury Riker has been a lot of things during his years spent in the working world: paramedic, facilities manager, recycling specialist, company owner, billing expert. But in retirement, he’s got an entirely new gig: healthy lifestyle crusader for Virginia Mason Memorial’s Diabetic Prevention Program. “My wife’s doctor suggested the program to her. We Read more about “Three years — and more than 200 pounds — ago”[…]

Common genes raise diabetes risk, study finds

July 26, 2016— Experts have long known that a person’s risk for getting type 2 diabetes is partly related to genes. But now, a large new study is shining a much brighter light on the disease’s genetic component. Type 2 diabetes is a serious health problem that affects roughly 1 in 10 people worldwide. Learning Read more about Common genes raise diabetes risk, study finds[…]

Sugary drinks up diabetes risk regardless of weight

Aug. 8, 2015—Whether you’re overweight or not, drinking sugar-sweetened beverages—such as sodas and fruit-flavored drinks—may increase your risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The findings, from a study published in the BMJ, suggest that drinking just about a cup of these liquids each day may be dangerous to your health. About half of America indulges Read more about Sugary drinks up diabetes risk regardless of weight[…]

Tap the power of superfoods to help control diabetes

Nov. 16, 2014—From the grocery store to your kitchen table, what you eat is a major player in diabetes control and prevention. November is National Diabetes Month, so it’s a great time to dish up some nutrition know-how. If you have type 2 diabetes, choosing the right foods in the right amounts may help you manage Read more about Tap the power of superfoods to help control diabetes[…]

November is National Diabetes Month

Nov. 12, 2014—This November, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is recognizing National Diabetes Month and urging Americans to take steps to reduce their risk of developing the disease. It’s also a time for those who have the disease to guard against related complications. People with diabetes are nearly 2 times more likely than those Read more about November is National Diabetes Month[…]

Diabetes prevention classes at Memorial

Diabetes Prevention Classes at Memorial Prediabetes is a condition where the blood sugar is higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. Memorial’s prevention program helps people lower their risk of type 2 diabetes. Participants meet in groups with a trained lifestyle coach for 16 weekly, one-hour sessions and Read more about Diabetes prevention classes at Memorial[…]

When given the choice, teens don’t want to walk 5 miles for a sugary soda

Nov. 4, 2014—If you saw a sign that said you’d have to walk 5 miles to burn off the calories in a single regular soda, would you: A. Lace up your walking shoes? B. Swap the sugary drink for a low-or no-calorie alternative? If you were a teenager, such a sign might motivate you to choose Read more about When given the choice, teens don’t want to walk 5 miles for a sugary soda[…]