To Your Health

Delaware diabetic teen visits Congress

Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted : From left, Steven Habbe, ADA state advocacy director for the Northeast; Kyle Smith; Mary Merritt, ADA executive director in Washington, D.C.; Elizabeth Connolly, legislative aide for U.S. Rep. John Carney; and Sandy Grzybowski of Ocean View got together in Washington recently for the ADA’s Call to Congress.Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted : From left, Steven Habbe, ADA state advocacy director for the Northeast; Kyle Miller; Mary Merritt, ADA executive director in Washington, D.C.; Elizabeth Connolly, legislative aide for U.S. Rep. John Carney; and Sandy Grzybowski of Ocean View got together in Washington recently for the ADA’s Call to Congress.“Think about how you live your life… You have a routine, get up, get ready for your daily activities, take a break to get a snack. You don’t think about how many grams of carbs your snack is. You don’t have to wonder about what your blood glucose level is. The tips of your fingers don’t hurt or bleed. You don’t think that, before you eat, you have to get a shot in your arm. Every meal, every snack, every day, every year for the rest of your life…”

That’s the opening of a letter to Congress from 15-year-old Newark, Del., teen Kyle Smith, who has been living with Type 1 diabetes since the age of 4.

Smith and his grandmother, Sandi Grzybowski of Ocean View, were able to travel to Washington, D.C., in March for the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) Call to Congress.

“You have to apply,” said Grzybowski, who has served as an advocate for the ADA since 2004. “I thought, ‘Oh, the Call to Congress — I wonder what this is all about.’ I thought, ‘Well, alright, I’ll apply.’ Well, I got picked. I took my 15-year-old grandson with me, because who better to tell them than him?”

According to the ADA, diabetes is a “group of diseases characterized by high blood-glucose levels that result from defects in the body’s ability to produce and/or use insulin.”

Preseason baseball in injury-awareness time for parents

Spring is here, and not a minute too soon. I’m sure you are as happy as I am about putting this winter behind us. Grass is greening up, plants are coming to life and it’s baseball spring training that has so many kids, as well as the pros, getting ready for the season.

Group offers support to caregivers dealing with Alzheimer’s

Caring for a loved one with a debilitating disease can be a rewarding experience, but it can come with a great deal of stress, exhaustion and, at times, heartbreak.

Paddle Second Chance to return June 26-27

Paddle Second Chance recently announced that it will hold its third annual Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) board day of racing and fundraising for Operation Second Chance (OSC). OSC is a non-profit 501(c) organization committed to serving wounded combat veterans and their families’ recovery and transition back to active duty or into civilian life.

Are you suffering from peripheral neuropathy?

A few weeks ago, a patient told me he wanted me to write an article about diabetic neuropathy. As I was thinking about it, it occurred to me that there are so many kinds of peripheral neuropathy that I wanted to make sure I help all of you who are struggling with it or might be soon.

Community raising money for National Kidney Foundation

“My story starts when I had a stroke in 2006. My life on dialysis started one year later. I was a dialysis patient for five years. My passion as a patient advocate is what kept me going. The other motivation was that one day I would receive a kidney.

Poor posture can ruin your health

If I had a nickel for every time my mother told me to stand up straight or sit up straight, I’d be rich. I’m betting most of you heard the same thing. I thought it was annoying, but years of education and experience have proven that my mom was right. Poor posture can cause many serious health issues, and it’s really a shame, because it’s something each of us can control.

Is ITBS causing your knee pain?

I recently had a call from a former patient who still gets the Coastal Point, even though she has relocated. She called me for advice because, after her knee-replacement surgery, she developed iliotibial band syndrome, or ITBS. She asked me if I could write an article about it to help her, and others suffering with this distressing and very painful problem, understand it.

Don’t let ankle injuries sideline you

Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a dedicated amateur athlete with that “all-in” attitude, you’re a high-probability candidate for an ankle injury.

Free health fair at Bayside Chapel is for mind, body and spirit

Hoping to provide a healthier new year, Bayside Chapel will host its first Winter Health & Wellness Event on Saturday, Feb. 7.

“One of our members thought that, since it’s a new year and a lot of people are thinking about being more fit and trying to make resolutions to be a better you, [we’d] try to meet the need in the community,” said the Rev. Jim Penuel.

Influenza: Nothing to cough at

With the influenza A (H3N2) viruses sickening many people around the country, medical professionals have been urging community members to get their flu shots this year.

“I recommend everyone get a flu shot,” said Dr. Nicole Alu, a family physician with Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Laurel, Del. “I think it’s the best protection.”

Piriformis syndrome is a serious pain for runners

It causes intense pain and it can keep you sidelined for weeks or even months. Piriformis syndrome is often light-heartedly referred to as a real pain in the butt for runners, but it’s no laughing matter. No matter how experienced you are and whether you are a marathon runner or a casual running fan, you don’t want to mess around with this one.

Ten Sisters of Dewey Beach sets dates for summer run/walk series

That 2015 resolution can be a healthy one when people start their exercise routines to get ready to run or walk the annual Ten Sisters of Dewey Beach Run/Walk Series 2015, which will begin on May 25 and end with the 39th Bottle and Cork 10-mile run.

Fun Fit Vibe makes some good vibrations in Millville

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Greg Mervine stands atop a Power Plate at his store, Fun Fit Vibe in MIllville, while using a paddle.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Greg Mervine stands atop a Power Plate at his store, Fun Fit Vibe in MIllville, while using a paddle.Greg Mervine believes that being proactive with his health is the least expensive form of health care. That’s why he brought his business, Fun Fit Vibe, to the corner of Central Avenue in Millville.

Fun Fit Vibe is not a gym, but pairs clients with coaches to work one-on-one, using the Power Plate.

The Power Plate is a small, round platform that vibrates at 25 to 50 times per second. Like most exercise machines, it has a handle and computer monitor attached.

People can stretch or exercise while the platform vibrates, stimulates muscles and encourages blood flow.

That stimulates muscles “down to a cellular level,” Mervine said. As the muscles expand and contract around the bone, the bone strengthens, and density increases. “It’s not overbearing. It’s low impact, high results.”

The vibration “naturally increases gravity by accelerating the platform you stand … on,” reads the Fun Fit Vibe website.

Although it can be used while people are stationary, Power Plate is even more effective during exercise.

A New Year’s resolution worth keeping: A healthier you in 2015

It’s the gift that keeps on giving, so why is it so hard? Every holiday season, I hear from so many people about their New Year’s resolution to get healthy with a commitment to become physically active. Chances are you or someone you know has made that resolution before. What’s a shame is that for too many of us it doesn’t last long.

What you should know about core strength

It’s always interesting to see how trends come and go. Leisure suits, hip-huggers, mini-skirts and Members Only jackets in the ’70s and ’80s were fashion must-haves. The same is true in fitness. Remember the sauna suits and the ThighMaster?

Guest Column: Meatless Mondays: Here’s the real inside dish from Beebe

Across the country, the Meatless Monday campaign has gained momentum as a new way of thinking, shopping, and eating.

Beebe’s Halstead travels to India for medical mission

As soon as Claudia Halstead’s plane touched down in India, she said, she could feel the swell of humanity. Driving the six hours from the airport to the orphanage she would call home for the next 10 days, humanity was everywhere. Swells of people rose and fell along the roads, even on the rural roads.

Beebe among hospitals with lowest mortality rates after heart attack

Becker’s Healthcare publication “Infection Control & Clinical Quality” recently compared the nation’s hospitals in terms of deaths within 30 days of a heart attack, and the report, published Nov. 12, found Beebe Healthcare to be among the 48 hospitals with the lowest 30-day heart attack mortality rates in the nation, as determined by data from Hospital Compare.

Do you know the top 10 most common running mistakes?

I am a huge fan of running because it is one of the best ways to increase your health.

It boosts your immune system, preventing a variety of diseases and health problems, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, while raising your good cholesterol levels. Medical research has shown that people who run have a more agile brain that functions, like that of someone much younger, too.