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Arrest made in Shell station robbery

Arrest made in Shell station robbery

 
On April 14th, 2015, Drumheller RCMP responded to an armed robbery at the She...
Mixed Chorus, Hand Bell ensemble to perform at Kaleidoscope Monday

Mixed Chorus, Hand Bell ensemble to perform at Kaleidoscope Monday


    
    Music fans are in for a unique treat this Monda...

RCMP recovers stolen property

RCMP recovers stolen property

On April 23, 2015 the RCMP executed a search warrant on a residence in Drumheller.&...
Rhett Duggan selected to play in prestigious Senior Bowl

Rhett Duggan selected to play in prestigious Senior Bowl

    A Drumheller Titan has taken his talent to the next level, being...

Drumheller pool league wraps up season

Drumheller pool league wraps up season


    
    The 2015 BCA (Big Country Amusements) Drumhelle...

Breaking ground on skatepark

Breaking ground on skatepark

Town crews and New Line Skateparks were on site to line out the new skatepark and b...

Laughlin found guilty of manslaughter

Laughlin found guilty of manslaughter

Calvin Wade Laughlin was found guilty by a jury of aggravated assault and manslaugh...

Drumheller Town Council Meeting

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Why Weight Loss Increases Gallstone Risk

Why Weight Loss Increases Gallstone Risk

Apr 26, 2015
As for everything in life, weight loss too has its pros and cons. While the health benefits of weight loss are numerous and powerful, there is an increased risk of gallstone formation, particularly if the weight loss is fast.Gallstones are very common, being present in 17% of women and 8% of men (most don't know that they have them!).... Read More
Gut Bugs and Obesity

Gut Bugs and Obesity

Apr 19, 2015
There is a lot of interest and excitement in the research going on about the microscopic organisms that reside in our intestines (called 'gut microbiota'). And so there should be! Did you know that human beings are not actually 100% human, but that we are actually made up of 90% gut microbiota cells and only 10% human cells? Mind... Read More
Gut Bugs and Obesity

Gut Bugs and Obesity

Apr 19, 2015
There is a lot of interest and excitement in the research going on about the microscopic organisms that reside in our intestines (called 'gut microbiota'). And so there should be! Did you know that human beings are not actually 100% human, but that we are actually made up of 90% gut microbiota cells and only 10% human cells? Mind... Read More
Does Metformin Decrease Heart Risk In Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?

Does Metformin Decrease Heart Risk In Polycystic…

Apr 12, 2015
Metformin is a medication that is considered the first line treatment for type 2 diabetes globally. One of the reasons why is because it is the only diabetes medication that has data to suggest that it decreases the risk of heart disease. Metformin can also be used to regulate menses in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)-... Read More
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May Day celebrates legacy of mining history in…

Apr 11, 2015
Alberta Treasury Branch (ATB) has signed on as a sponsor for this year’s May Day Festival. The Atlas Coal announced the partnership for the event that runs the first weekend of May. Kelly Eddy, Program Director at the Atlas says May Day speaks to the importance of the history of mining in the valley. “May Day is a legacy to the men who paid the… Read More
Is Lifespan Shortened by Obesity?

Is Lifespan Shortened by Obesity?

Apr 05, 2015
What is the impact of obesity on our lifespan? The answer may be more complicated than you might think.An interesting study published in Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology looked at data from nearly 4.000 people, where they built a statistical model to estimate the effect on lifespan of having a body mass index (BMI) in the overweight... Read More
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Drumheller Institution under lockdown again

Apr 03, 2015
On April 3, 2015, at about 5:40 a.m., a lockdown was put in place in the medium security unit at Drumheller Institution, to enable staff members to conduct an exceptional search. The search was ordered to ensure the safety and security of the institution, its staff and inmates. Normal operations will resume as soon as it is considered safe to do… Read More
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Following the Way of The Cross

Apr 03, 2015
Drumheller Christians celebrated Good Friday together doing an outdoor Walk of the Cross. The dedicated group meditated on the Stations of the Cross as it wound through the streets of Drumheller. http://youtu.be/Nd4HiwW5rqE Read More
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Legacy Tree grows on memories

Apr 03, 2015
“It’s not how much you give but how much love we put into giving.” - Mother Teresa Would you consider a unique lasting way to recognize a special someone or event? To commemorate that special someone with a lasting memory? The Legacy Tree will be a special and unique way to do so. The Legacy tree will be displayed permanently and prominently in… Read More
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Farmer family continues to give back to Neonatal…

Apr 03, 2015
A family who felt love and support from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Foothills Hospital is continuing their support, especially for families served by the facility. The Mail brought readers the story of Lonnie and Korilee Farmer in its April 2, 2014 edition. The family was doubly blessed with twins on May 11 of 2013, at just over… Read More
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Provincial budget dismays local MLA

Apr 03, 2015
With the release of Alberta’s provincial budget late last week, Drumheller-Stettler MLA and Wildrose Opposition member Rick Strankman is disappointed at the tax burden to Albertans in the budget presented by the Progressive Conservative government. “Flabbergasted,” is the word the MLA said best sums up his reaction to the provincial budget. “As an… Read More
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Still no flood mitigation money for Drumheller

Apr 02, 2015
The train bridge in Newcastle shows the rising Red Deer River prior to the flooding in Drumheller in June, 2013. Floodway mapping first, funding second for Drumheller When the province of Alberta announced its 70 million dollars flood mitigation funding for 21 projects on Thursday, April 2, Drumheller was left off the project list. The Honourable… Read More
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Golden Hills assessing Greentree School damage

Apr 02, 2015
Golden Hills School Division is assessing damages caused by Wednesday afternoon’s windstorm that tore a portion of the roof off Greentree School. At about 2:30 p.m., the roof of the school was peeled back by strong winds felt in the area. “We are still looking at it to determine exactly what our costs are going to be,” said Golden Hills… Read More
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Drumheller RCMP arrest break and enter suspects

Apr 02, 2015
The office at Juniper Manor apartments was broken into March 31, 2015. RCMP are currrently investigating. Over the past several days, Drumheller RCMP have been investigating reports of break and enters to residences within Drumheller. During the course of those investigations, a Warrant to Enter a Dwelling-House was executed Wednesday afternoon on… Read More
Skinny Slow Cooker Chicken Marinara

Skinny Slow Cooker Chicken Marinara

Mar 29, 2015
Love this slow cooker permutation of chicken marinara - SkinnyMom wins the award for an awesomely healthy recipe that didn't need any 'doctoring' to make it DrSue.ca approved. Imagine how much you'll love coming home from work, cracking open the front door to find the delicious scent of your dinner wafting out to great you....Ingredients2... Read More
Testosterone Treatment in Men - Risk To The Heart?

Testosterone Treatment in Men - Risk To The Heart?

Mar 22, 2015
At the Endocrine Society’s recent ENDO 2015 meeting in San Diego, I managed to score a seat in a packed-to-overflowing symposium discussing some of the controversies surrounding testosterone therapy in men.At the heart of the discussion ws the fact that testosterone prescribing in men has dramatically increased over the last several years,... Read More
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Limerick writers treated to pizza

Mar 20, 2015
Congratulations to three Drumheller poets whose wordsmith skills were rewarded. They entered The Drumheller Mail/Inside Drumheller’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Limerick Contest and earned Boston Pizza gift cards. They are (l-r) Dave Wood, with Shari Christensen of The Drumheller Mail, Eleanor Jensen and Mary Pearson. Winning Limericks were published… Read More

Dragons eliminated from playoffs by Camrose…

Mar 20, 2015
The Drumheller Dragons have been eliminated from the AJHL playoffs. The Dragons headed to Camrose Thursday night to play game five in the series, and after two over time periods, Camrose scored winning the game 3-2 and taking the series 4-1. Dakota Zaharichuk scored both goals for the Dragons.  Read More

Obituaries

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PaulaSandau

SANDAU, PAULA BEATRICE

Apr 27, 2015
SANDAU, Paula Beatrice (nee Newman) September 1, 1949 - April 22, 2015 Paula Sandau of Drumheller passed away peacefully at Red Deer Regional Hospital surrounded by her family on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at the age of 65 years. Paula was born at Bella Bella, BC and later moved to Revelstoke, BC then to Calgary and to Hanna and then in 1998 to… Read More
JackRoome

ROOME, JACK

Apr 27, 2015
ROOME, Jack 1939 - 2015 Jack Roome, formerly of Drumheller, passed away peacefully April 19, 2015, at the Red Deer Hospice with his family by his side. He is survived by his wife Margaret and daughters; Lynlee (Alan), Bev (Jim), Trudy (Tony) and his two grandsons. Jack had taught both Junior and Senior High School in Drumheller and as well worked… Read More
ElsieBurt

BURT, ELSIE

Apr 27, 2015
BURT, Elsie October 17, 1914 - February 5, 2015 Elsie Burt, age 100, passed away peacefully with family by her side the morning of February 5, 2015 at Pincher Creek Alberta. Elsie was born to Jakob and Maria (Mary) Haag at Dennewitz, Bessarabia. Her mother, widowed after Elsie’s birth, later married John Delker. In July 1927 their family of 5… Read More
FredLangford

LANGFORD, FREDERICK FOLDEN

Apr 27, 2015
LANGFORD, Frederick Folden October 19, 1942 - April 20, 2015 With sadness we announce the sudden passing of Fred, age 72 at Foothills Hospital. Fred was born in Drumheller where he lived all his life. He was the oldest child of Roland and Telma Langford. He worked as a bricklayer, first with his father, uncles Leonard and Bud, and brothers Larry… Read More
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BALLAST NANCY NICOLE

Apr 21, 2015
BALLAST, Nancy Nicole April 5, 2015 Passed away suddenly on Sunday April 5, 2015 at the age of35 years, Nancy Nicole Ballast, of Winnipeg, formerly of Brooks AB, Treherne, MB, Dominion City MB & Steinbach. Nancy leaves to mourn her passing her beloved children Katerina, Colby & Nash Thiessen of Drumheller AB, the children’s father Riley Thiessen… Read More
Bennett-Ina

Bennett INA (nee Shpur)

Apr 21, 2015
BENNETT, Ina (nee Shpur) July 30, 1934 - April 12, 2015 With profound sadness, the family of Ivanna Olha Bennett (Ina) announces the passing of our beloved mother and Baba. Born in Ardrossan, Alberta and raised in Vegreville, Ina met Harold Bennett in Banff where they were both working at summer jobs. Hal and Ina were married in 1959 and started… Read More

There Should Be No Shame in Having Diabetes


I came across this excellent article online yesterday on msnbc.com, which discusses the stigma often associated with having diabetes.  The personal stories made me sad, then made me mad, and then I decided to take matters into my own hands and discuss this very important topic as this week's blog.
Mary's story is one that I hear from my patients on a regular basis - there is often a feeling of shame associated with having type 2 diabetes.   Because type 2 diabetes is often seen in association with overweight, there is a stigma upheld by many members of the general public that people who have diabetes are lazy, eat too much, don't exercise, and are not interested in their health.
What people need to realize, is that it is not the fault of the individual that they have diabetes.   There is a very strong genetic basis for developing diabetes (as blogged previously), and a very strong genetic basis for obesity as well (read more here), which we are learning more about every day as new genes involved are continuously being discovered.  Furthermore, there are many people out there with type 2 diabetes who are not overweight or obese - this speaks to the very strong genetic tendency towards developing diabetes in these individuals.   While it is true that eating well and exercising are the cornerstones of the management of type 2 diabetes, and can certainly improve diabetes control, it is not possible for most people with diabetes to make it go away with these lifestyle changes.
When I am discussing optimization of diabetes control with my patients, they often tell me that they feel embarrassed to check their blood sugars in public, or to administer medications or insulin in front of other people.  As a result, they may choose to forgo checking sugars or administering medications at times like lunch, when they are often out in public.   It breaks my heart each time I hear this - how can our society be so cruel and judgemental?
It's high time that our society gets a grip on what it actually means to have type 2 diabetes.  This disease has a strong genetic predisposition; our extremely toxic, fast food, sedentary enviroment is conducive to bringing it out in many people who are genetically prone.
People with diabetes who are seen checking blood sugars or administering insulin in public are showing committment and motivation to watch their numbers, and to do everything they can to optimize their glycemic control and their health - they deserve a HIGH FIVE! from all of us!
And a High Five to msnbc.com for writing this fabulous article - I hope their far reach will do well to get this message out to many.  Feel free to pass on this article as well, to everyone you know!
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