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Girls softball season underway

Girls softball season underway

    The bases are loaded and it’s all about the fun.
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Bring ideas for Beautification

Bring ideas for Beautification

    Residents wanting to learn more about making Drumheller a more b...

Hussar Show and Sale Sunday

Hussar Show and Sale Sunday

    The Hussar 4-H show and sale is coming up Sunday and this year h...

Atlas Coal Mine anticipates strong season

Atlas Coal Mine anticipates strong season

    The tourism season officially began in Drumheller with the Victo...

Time to Boogie in the Badlands

Time to Boogie in the Badlands

    It has been waiting in the garage all winter. All it takes is ma...

Colberg in top 3 for People's Choice following preliminaries

Colberg in top 3 for People's Choice following preliminaries

Madison Colberg is on top of the world following the preliminary pageant of the Mis...

Provincial music festival nominees to perform Sunday

Provincial music festival nominees to perform Sunday

     Drumheller and area students of performing arts will have ...

Drumheller Town Council Meeting

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Eating Disorders and Obesity

Eating Disorders and Obesity

May 17, 2015
As regular readers will know well, obesity is much more than just an imbalance between calories in and calories out. Amongst the list of possible contributors are a number of eating disorders which often go overlooked, and are important to identify so that a person suffering from these conditions can be helped and treated. Two of the... Read More
What Determines Our Daily Energy Burn?

What Determines Our Daily Energy Burn?

May 10, 2015
Whether we gain, lose, or maintain weight depends on the balance between calories in, which is what we eat and drink, and calories out, which is the energy that we burn.So, what exactly determines the calories out side of the equation? Our daily calorie burn, also called energy expenditure, is divided into several components: 1.... Read More
Obesity Management In Canada - A Long (But Promising!) Road Ahead

Obesity Management In Canada - A Long (But…

May 02, 2015
At this week's Canadian Obesity Summit meeting, I have had the great pleasure of chairing, speaking, and participating in a diverse array of educational sessions, ranging from studies of lifestyle alterations, to government policies, to medications treating obesity, to bariatric surgery. One of the themes that rang strong is this: Canada needs... Read More
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Advance polls open today

Apr 29, 2015
Advance polls are opening this week for what could be one of the most exciting provincial elections in quite some time. Election Day is Tuesday, May 5, however advance polls in the Drumheller-Stettler Riding open as early as today, Wednesday, April 29 and run through Saturday, May 2. Advance polls in the Drumheller-Stettler Riding are at the… Read More
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

Obituaries

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JOHNSON, RANDOLPH THEODORE

May 22, 2015
JOHNSON, Randolph (Randy) Theodore September 25, 1940 - Cereal, ABMay 20, 2015 - Bellevue, AB It is with great sadness that we announce that Randy passed away on Wednesday May 20, 2015 at the age of 74 after a long and brave battle with cancer. Randy was born on September 25, 1940 to Milton and Alma Johnson. He was the eldest of three more… Read More
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CONTENTI, MARJORIE EVELYN

May 21, 2015
CONTENTI, Marjorie Evelyn (Madge) (nee Sparrow) July 5, 1919 - May 19, 2015 With sadness, great respect and a sense of celebration, we announce that our Mother and Nonna, Madge Contenti, passed away peacefully, Tuesday, May 19, 2015, in the presence of family and surrounded by the Drumheller hills she so loved. For 95 years, fiercely independent… Read More
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DOYLE ARMIDA nee (Guidolin)

May 19, 2015
DOYLE, Armida nee (Guidolin) December 15, 1930 - Drumheller, AB May 7, 2015 - Calgary, AB It is with immense sadness that our family announces the passing of our mother, grandmother and dearest friend, surrounded by her loving children and grandchildren at her bedside singing music that she loved. She now joins her beloved departed husband and… Read More
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HANNAH KEN

May 19, 2015
HANNAH, Ken June 10, 1928 - May 13, 2015 Ken Hannah was born June 10, 1928 in Tompkins, Saskatchewan. He left this world on May 13, 2015 in a car accident at the age of 86 years. He leaves behind his wife, Ruth, and one daughter Kathy (Darcy) Downs, grandson, Jeremy, and great granddaughter Leandra, brother, Bob Hannah, brother –in-law, Bill… Read More
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STEEN HELEN FREDA (nee Storch)

May 19, 2015
STEEN, Helen Freda (nee Storch) October 14, 1927 - May 15, 2015 Helen Steen, a longtime resident of the Rumsey Community passed away in Drumheller with her family by her side on May 15, 2015 at the age of 87 years Helen was born and raised in the Morrin area. She was the 5th of 11 children born to the Storch family. Helen married Leonard Steen of… Read More
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GRAHAM JEAN ELIZABETH (Weaver)

May 19, 2015
GRAHAM, Jean Elizabeth (Weaver) January 21, 1929 - May 3, 2015 Jean Elizabeth (Weaver) Graham of Airdrie, AB suddenly passed away May 3, 2015 at the age of 86. Jean Graham was born in Telkwa, British Columbia, Canada, January 21, 1929 to Alfred William Weaver and Elizabeth Jean (Wiseman) Weaver/Paulhus. Jean was predeceased by her parents, Brother… 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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