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November is National Diabetes Month. While it’s unfortunate that the disease is on the rise, treatment options continue to improve. In this issue, we’ll offer some background on the condition and then inspire you with stories of a few well-known diabetics who are living well. • Despite popular myth, diabetes is not caused by consuming too much sugar. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder – the body’s immune system destroys the pancreatic cells that create insulin, which regulates sugar in the blood. Type 2 diabetes (which constitutes 90% of diabetes cases in the U.S.) is a metabolic disorder that usually occurs later in life. It may be the result of heredity, lifestyle, or several other factors. • Excess weight and a sedentary lifestyle are key contributing factors for Type 2 diabetes. A healthy diet and regular exercise are important preventative measures, and regular doctor check-ups are important! • Diabetes is not a “modern” disease – it was first recorded some 3500 years ago. The papyrus notes of an Egyptian physician named Hesy-Ra described a condition that resulted in the “passing of too much urine.” • Actor Wilford Brimley has appeared in several TV commercials for diabetes testing supplies. He’s also been the subject of many Internet video parodies due to his deliberate pronunciation of the disease as “dy-uh-BEEtuss.” While some dictionaries list both pronunciations as correct, the more common “dy-ah-BEE-tees” rendition is widely considered to be the correct one. • Worldwide, one in 17 people is diabetic. What country has the largest number of diabetics per capita? No, not the United States. It’s India, with around 10 million. China is also experiencing what experts are calling a diabetic pandemic. In Western nations, obesity is a leading cause of Type 2 diabetes. But most of the rural Indians an (continued)

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LIVING WELL IS THE CURE (continued): Moving? Renovating? Bored with your and Chinese that are being diagnosed today are not beautiful pieces? Call us. Buying & Selling overweight. Scientists believe that they have a gepre-owned furniture is popular in our “green” netic predisposition to insulin resistance. world. Let us make it easy for you. • Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas: it helps the body convert glucose (sugar) into energy. The identification of insulin and its effect on the body came in 1921. The first patient to have his diabetes treated with insulin was a 14-year-old boy named Leonard Thompson. He was a “charity” patient at a your mom and pop convience store Toronto hospital, and lived for several years after his Since 1923 diagnosis thanks to daily insulin injections. He died New OwnersNew Merchandise of pneumonia in 1935. • Premium Craft Beer - Make your own 6pk. • A relatively new treatment for Type 1 diabetics is • Groceries • Ice • Oregon wines called islet transplantation. Islets are cells found in • Clothing • Tools • Camping the pancreas that produce insulin. These cells are • Agates • Tackle • Bait taken from deceased organ donors and transplanted Steamed Tamales into the diabetic patient. The hope is that the recipiBiscuts and Gravy ent’s pancreas will begin to produce insulin. As with Sausages - Nachos all transplants, there is both a risk of rejection and d ________ Hot Dogs a shortage of donors. Islet transplantation has only An Our Famous been around since 1999, and is still considered exATM perimental at this stage. 10 Miles South of Newport • Star Wars creator George Lucas learned that he (541) 563-3930 had diabetes during his Army physical. His Type 2 not only kept him out of Vietnam, it also frightened How’s that for Catch of the Day? him into what friends and family describe today as a Contributed By Sue Ary “squeaky clean” lifestyle. He doesn’t smoke or drink, and watches his diet. It’s a major change from his My English “Ex” Husband and I went Bottom teens, when the former chocoholic devoured Hershey Fishing on a “Puker” out of San Diego. bars “by the truckload.” We rented the Gear and proceeded to “Fish”. • Emmy Award-winning actress Mary Tyler The next thing I saw was Terence Casting --- over Moore is a Type 1 diabetic. Even though this version board went the sinker and line, followed by The Pole! of the disease is often referred to as “juvenile diabe- I said not to worry ( $ 350.00 replacement tes,” Moore was diagnosed in her 30s, when she was value) and gave him another pole. working on The Dick Van Dyke Show. Initially, she About 30 minutes later he “Caught” a Fish and dismissed her dizziness, fatigue, and occasionally- started to reel it in much to his surprise, and everyone 12/20/2008 blurred vision to the long hours she was working. on board, he reeled in his first fishing pole! She learned the truth when she finally went to the How’s that for “Catch of the Day” doctor after passing out on the set. • Fifteen-year-old pop star Nick Jonas of the Jonas you should never stop (or start!) taking any mediBrothers Band was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in cation without the approval of a physician. November 2005. He experienced two typical symp- • Mick Fleetwood, the drummer for rock band toms: he’d lost about 15 pounds in only two weeks, Fleetwood Mac, was too shy, busy, or frightened to and was constantly thirsty. To be safe, he now wears see a doctor. He’d suffered from odd symptoms for an insulin pump when performing live. In fact, his over a year, and (frighteningly) convinced himself young female fans have launched a new game: study that he had a brain tumor. He finally sought help in Nick’s photos and spot his OmniPod device! 1979, and was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. • Singer Patti Labelle knows why diabetes is commonly called “the silent killer.” She had no symptoms • Two of the leading ladies from TV’s Designing Women are diabetic. Jean Smart, who played (and never even felt sick) until one night in 1994 when she fainted while performing live. She thought Charlene, was diagnosed with Type 1 when she it was merely exhaustion, but tests at the hospital the was 13. Today, she keeps jellybeans in her pocket next day revealed that she had Type 2 diabetes. for those times that her blood sugar dips. Beauty Labelle’s mother had the disease as well, queen Delta Burke, who played Suzanne, was diwhich made her a likely candidate. But like many of agnosed with Type 2 in 1997. She is now a spokesus, Patti only went to the doctor when she was sick. person for a new diabetes medication, Byetta. Her failure to get regular check-ups led to the delay • Jerry Mathers, the title character on the classic in diagnosis.

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• In 1989, Oscar winner Halle Barry collapsed on the set of her short-lived sitcom Living Dolls. Doctors diagnosed her with Type 1 diabetes and started her on a regiment of insulin. Barry has since revealed that she believes she has “cured” herself using diet and exercise. She even claims that she no longer needs to take insulin. But medical experts say that Barry was either misdiagnosed (and actually has Type 2), or is stretching the truth about her insulin use. Regardless,

TV show Leave It to Beaver, was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 1989. He’d packed on some pounds, and his doctor told him that losing weight would help his diabetes. Unfortunately, Mathers attempted a radical diet approach: skipping breakfast and lunch, then eating a large dinner. This only sent his blood sugar levels on a rollercoaster ride that worsened his condition. Today, he follows a sensible diet prescribed by his physician and has his disease well under control.

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The celebration takes place at all four facilities of the Society: the Burrows House, Log Cabin museum, and The Carriage House all located at 545 SW 9th and the Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center on Newport’s Bayfront. A new exhibit, entertainment, refreshments, and authors’ book signing are among the events scheduled. Entrance to the museums and all activities are open to the public. FMI 541 265-7509 FREE Nov. 20, Newport Lincoln County League of Nov. 16, Newport Heritage Festival l1-4 PM Women Voters 12-1:30 PM meets on the 3rd Thurs. Event: includes opening a new exhibit to kickoff of the month. The McAfee Room Newport Public Library FMI Frances Van Wert 541-265-9312 FREE the 150th anniversary of Oregon becoming a state in 1859. Titled “A Sea of Opportunity: The Nov. 20, Lincoln City Thanksgiving Side Dishes Class at Pacific Coast Center for Culinary Arts.Chefs Era of Statehood on Oregon’s Central Coast,” Sharon Wiest (PCCCA) and Ken Henson (Pelican the exhibit features some of the oldest artifacts and photographs from the Society’s collection, Pub and Brewery) will lead you in an exploration of sides for the big meal from salad to vegetables to

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Dear Ultimateuntourist, My grandmother lived from 1920-2008. When through her effects I found her diary. I always thought she was very happy but her diary is full of what ifs. After reading her diary I looked at my life and realized that I was not achieving what I wanted do you have any suggestions for me? Mary S. Bend, OR Mary, What Counts in your life? Does Your Life reflect what matters to you most? How much time do you spend on activities that matter to you? To use your time most wisely, don't get bogged down on unimportant activities. Spend most of your time on the specific activities that have the highest payoff for your time. Check your To Do List to see how many of today's items really deserve to be there.What activities help you to achieve what counts in your life. What items are you doing that is not as necessary as others? I have found that if I can maintain my focus on goal oriented activities I can achieve more which allows me more time to spend on my fun things in my life. When I evaluated how my time was spent, I found that I was spending a lot of time on things that were not important to me. I was shocked with how much of my time was spent with busy work. I needed to learn how to say "NO" It was really hard at first, but steadily I was able to achieve more just by eliminating time wasters in my life. (Continued)

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Medicare Part D Open Enrollment Have you decided whether you want to make changes to your Medicare Part D drug plan? We can begin making those changes on Nov. 15. Open enrollment for the drug plan will run through Dec. 31. If you’re already signed up with Medicare, you should have received your Annual Notice of Change. It will let you know about anything new that will take effect in January in your plan: a change in benefits, cost and service area, plus any changes to the formulary. Take a close look at it so you can decide if you want to stay with the same plan or make changes. If you’re going to change plans or are signing up for the first time, try to do it before Dec. 1. That will help to ensure that all goes well at the start of the year when your plan is to begin. Remember the Florida study that determined that the Medicare Web site isn’t easy to use? Unwieldy as the site is, I managed to find a certain drug and identify 72 plans in my state that have the drug in their formulary. So far, so good, but I was told there is a way to compare costs at a pharmacy versus having the drug sent by mail, and I couldn’t find it. I’ve decided there’s too much at stake here, so I’m going to use SHIPs -- State Health Insurance Assistance Programs -- for help in deciding about a new drug plan. To find one in your area, go to the Medicare site and put “SHIP contact” in the search box. Or call Medicare at 1-800-633-4227. If you want to try it yourself online, go to the Medicare plan finder at Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to (c) 2008 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Quality life is yours to have and enjoy if you are proactive in your own life. My suggestion to you is to sit down and write out how you want your life, set your goals, take a good look at what your values are. Are you living them? It is hard to be happy at the end results if you are not living up to your own values. What don't you like in your life? Recognition is the first step to eliminating those life wasters out of your life. Remember you can either be your best friend or your own worst enemy. What accomplishment do you want to celebrate in your life the most? Focus on those things and go forth and do them UltimateUntourist reqrets that she cannot answer each letter personally, but address each email that she can through her articles. Write to her at

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Domiciliary RehaCaramel Corn • Cheese Corn • Coney Dogs • Hot Dogs • Baked Goods • Ice Cream • Malts • bilitation and Treatment pro- Sundaes • Shakes • Smoothies • Salt Water Taffy • Soft Drinks • Espresso • Coffee • Wraps gram is for veterans who can take care of their own daily self-care, but need treatment for medical, psy- The Sack Lunches I put my carry-on in the luggage compartment and sat chiatric, vocational, educational or social dysfuncdown in my assigned seat. It was going to be a long flight. tions because of substance abuse, mental illness or ‘I’m glad I have a good book to read. Perhaps I will get a homelessness. short nap,’ I thought. The VA says that the domiciliaries give care in a Just before take-off, a line of soldiers came down the “safe, secure, semi-structured homelike environaisle and filled all the vacant seats, totally surrounding me. ment.” The “community method” of integrated I decided to start a conversation. ‘Where are you headed?’ therapeutic programs is used by “interdisciplinary I asked the soldier seated nearest to me. ‘Chicago - to teams,” meaning that the care involves using all types Great Lakes Base. We’ll be there for two weeks for special of resources to bring about the needed changes. training, and then we’re being deployed to Iraq‘ After flying for about an hour, an announcement was made that This is all well and good, but the Office of the Inspector General for the VA took a close look at basic sack lunches were available for five dollars. It would be issues of safety, security and privacy, and uncovered several hours before we reached Chicago, and I quickly decided a lunch would help pass the time. As I reached for problems. Then the IG went back and checked for my wallet, I overheard soldier ask his buddy if he planned compliance.Most of the facilities, 94 percent, had at to buy lunch. ‘No, that seems like a lot of money for just least one issue with security or safety. The audit con- a sack lunch. Probably wouldn’t be worth five bucks. I’ll cluded that three issues need to be addressed: wait till we get to Chicago ‘ His friend agreed. I looked 1. Procedures for unannounced room inspections, to around at the other soldiers. None were buying lunch. I include checks for contraband and for controlled sub- walked to the back of the plane and handed the flight attenstances that should be locked up. (Ninety-two percent dant a fifty dollar bill. ‘Take a lunch to all those soldiers.’ She grabbed my arms and squeezed tightly. Her eyes wet of the patients have substance abuse issues.) 2. Additional safety and privacy for all the veterans, with tears, she thanked me. ‘My son was a soldi er in Iraq; but especially women (4 percent of the population). it’s almost like you are doing it for him.’ Picking up ten sacks, she headed up the aisle to where the soldiers were The audit revealed that not all domiciliaries have seated. She stopped at my seat and asked, ‘Which do you locks on bedroom and bathroom doors for women. like best - beef or chicken?’ ‘Chicken,’ I replied, wonderIn two facilities, access into rooms could be made ing why she asked. She turned and went to the front of through ceilings. plane, returning a minute later with a dinner plate from 3. Some facilities are not reporting their progress in first class. ‘This is your thanks.’ After we finished eating, meeting guidelines, which makes it difficult to deter- I went again to the back of the plane, heading for the rest mine if corrective actions have indeed been taken. room. A man stopped me. ‘I saw what you did. I want to be part of it. Here, take this.’ He handed me twenty-five dolEarlier this year, funds were provided to quickly lars. Soon after I returned to my seat, I saw the Flight implement key-card systems, but it wasn’t done in all facilities. As of now, there are 49 domiciles, with Captain coming down the aisle, looking at the aisle plans to open four more next year. numbers as he walked, I hoped he was not looking Write to Freddy Groves in care of King Features Weekly for me, but noticed he was looking at the numbers Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or only on my side of the plane. When he got to my row send e-mail to he stopped, smiled, held out his hand, an said, ‘I want (c) 2008 King Features Synd., Inc. to shake your hand.’ Quickly unfastening my seatbelt I stood and took the Captain’s hand. With a booming voice he said, ‘I was a soldier and I was a military pilot. Once, someone bought me a lunch. It was an act of kindness I never forgot.’ I was embarrassed when applause was heard from all of the passengers. Later I walked to the front of the plane so I could stretch my legs. A man who was seated about six rows in front of me reached out his hand, wanting to shake mine. He left another twenty-five dollars in my palm. When we landed in Chicago I gathered my belongings and started to deplane. Waiting just inside the airplane door was a man who stopped me, put something in my shirt pocket, turned, and walked away without saying a word. Another twenty-five dollars! Upon entering the terminal, I saw the soldiers gathering for their trip to the base. I walked over to them and handed them seventy-five dollars. ‘It will take you some time to re ach the base. It will be about time for a sandwich. God Bless You.’ Ten young men left that flight feeling the love and respect of their fellow travelers. As I walked briskly to my car, I whispered a prayer for their safe return. These soldiers were giving their all for our country. I could only give them a couple of meals. It seemed so little... A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life wrote a blank check Made payable to ‘The United States of America ‘ for an amount of ‘up to and including my life.’ That is Honor, and there are way too many people in This country who no longer understand it.’ All too often we just send jokes, either off color or clean and we forget to send the ones that mean so much. God Bless.

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