The Tour de Cure event hosted by the American Diabetes Association of Northeast Ohio has already raised $250,000 for diabetes research


CUYAHOGA FALLS — The Tour de Cure event hosted by the American Diabetes Association of Northeast Ohio has already raised $250,000 for diabetes research in the region, according to Melissa Sutton, the event manager.

The annual event leads riders through a bike route as long as 100 miles. However, riders could also bike shorter distances.

The Saturday ride kicked off at the Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy on Wyoga Lake Rd. in Cuyahoga Falls.

Participants could also enjoy on-site activities geared towards fun and information about diabetes.

Sutton, who has lived with type one diabetes since she was 9-years-old, says she hopes the ride will combat the stigma the disease faces. “My pancreas stopped working and there’s not a darn thing I can do about it,” Sutton tells Channel 3’s Hilary Golston. “It stops working. So I take it particularly personally when people think it’s a lifestyle disease.”

According to the ADA, 330,000 people have diabetes in Northeast Ohio. “Red riders” or those living with the disease donned red shirts to denote they have diabetes and are participating in the race.

Riders were asked to raise at least $200 to participate, but some raised much more. 11-year-old Gabe Grizwald was able to rake in $2,000. He’s also living with type one diabetes. “I ride for diabetes because it’s just a horrible disease to have and it’s really just changed my life and I think it helps so much when people ride for us and raise money and it really could lead to a cure,” Grizwald tells Golston.

Brian Travalik is Tour de Cure’s red rider ambassador. Decked out in a tutu for flare, he not only lives with diabetes, but represents the so-called “red riders.” Red riders are those who have diabetes and are also participating in Tour de Cure. “It’s a chance to be honored as a hero,” Travalik said. “To see other people with diabetes, it’s a good feeling to be around that comradery of other people that are dealing with that same disease.”

It’s not too late to donate to the cause. You can head over to to give.


Calorie restriction cures diabetes? What study says

(CBS) Have scientists hit upon a simple cure for diabetes? New research shows that calorie restriction goes a long way toward eliminating the health problems that go hand in hand with type 2 diabetes.

To test the effect of calorie restriction, Dutch researchers enlisted 15 obese men and women with type 2 diabetes and used MRI scans to check their hearts for fatty deposits that are known to impair cardiac function, according to a written statement released by the Radiological Society of North America. Then they had the volunteers follow a 500-calorie-a-day diet for four months and re-scanned their hearts.

What happened? The volume of pedicardial fat fell significantly – from 39 milliliters to 31 milliliters. At the same time, the so-called “E/A ratio,” a common measure of cardiac function, rose from 0.96 to 1.2. And body mass index (BMI), an indicator of body fat, fell from 35.3 to 27.5.

A BMI of 30 or higher indicates obesity, while a BMI of 25 to 29.9 indicates overweight, according to the website of the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. The BMI of normal weight people ranges from 18.5 to 24.9.

Perhaps most striking, all of the volunteers were able to discontinue their insulin injections after embarking on calorie restriction, study author Dr Sebastiaan Hammer of the department of radiology at Leiden University Medical Center told Medscape. “It is striking to see how a relatively simple intervention of a very low calorie diet effectively cures type 2 diabetes mellitus,” he said in a written statement.

Dr. Hammer – whose research was presented in Chicago at the society’s annual meeting – said the benefits of calorie restriction persisted even after the volunteers went back to their usual eating habits and regained weight. “These effects are long-term, illustrating the potential of this method,” he said.

But calorie restriction may not be for everyone with diabetes, Dr. Hammer said, adding that  diabetics considering trying it should consult a doctor beforehand.

The CDC estimates that diabetes affects 25.8 million people in the U.S., or roughly 8 percent of the population. The vast majority of cases are type 2 diabetes, the type associated with obesity.

The American Diabetes Association has more on diabetes.

Parenting Style Impacts Type 1 Diabetes Control in Children, Adolescents

Parenting style can play an important role in improving glycemic control in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes, according to a study published in the August issue of Diabetes Care and its accompanying editorial.

Researchers at the Israel Diabetes Center of Schneider Children’s Medical Center of Israel found an association between fathers who parent authoritatively and improved glycemic control in their children, while a sense of helplessness in both fathers and mothers was associated with worse glycemic control and worse adherence to treatment among their children.

The study included parents and children/adolescents ages 11-18 years who had been living with type 1 diabetes for at least a year. Researchers examined the children’s glycemic control (based on their A1C values); their adherence to their diabetes treatment plan; their parents’ parenting styles and sense of helplessness; and demographic information. The parenting styles were classified as authoritative (characterized by setting clear limits to the child in a non-coercive manner), permissive (few efforts by the parents to direct and limit their child’s behavior), and authoritarian (coercive, harsh and punitive).

Higher authoritativeness of fathers, but not mothers, was associated with better treatment adherence and improved glycemic control in the children, the researchers found. Among mothers, a higher level of permissiveness was associated with poorer treatment adherence. Authoritarian parenting styles were not associated with either glycemic control or treatment adherence, but when the analysis was limited to boys, a higher level of maternal authoritarianism was associated with poorer treatment adherence. Finally, a higher sense of helplessness in both fathers and mothers was associated with worse glycemic control and worse adherence to treatment in the children.

“The findings may help health care providers and parents in determining appropriate parental involvement in the daily management of children and adolescents’ diabetes needs,” said lead researcher Joseph Meyerovitch, MD, of the Jesse Z. and Sara Lea Shafer Institute for Endocrinology and Diabetes, National Center for Childhood Diabetes, Schneider Children’s Medical Center of Israel.

“The association between paternal level of authoritativeness and diabetes control measures highlights the importance of fathers’ involvement in children’s diabetes management. Unfortunately, our clinical experience along with empirical evidence suggests that when compared with mothers, fathers tend to take a too-small role in their child’s diabetes management. We believe fathers should be encouraged and educated to be more engaged in their child’s routine diabetes care, specifically by adopting a more authoritative stance,” Meyerovitch said.

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In an accompanying editorial, Barbara Anderson, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, notes that previous studies have shown that authoritative parenting styles (specifically having high expectations for child self-control) are also associated with having a lower prevalence of overweight children; conversely, research has shown that children of permissive mothers were twice as likely to be overweight when compared with those of authoritative mothers.

“In other words, we should not overlook the critical role that a parent plays in creating a home environment and expectations that can seriously impact a child’s health,” Anderson said.

Taken together, this research, she concluded in her editorial, “implies that for optimal family management of type 1 and type 2 diabetes, as well as for prevention of overweight and type 2 diabetes in youth, clinicians must be trained to assist parents of all cultural backgrounds to strive for an authoritative parenting style with respect to management of diabetes and feeding, while remaining sensitive to other stressors impacting the parents and family.”

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The American Diabetes Association recognizes the challenges of raising children with diabetes and has published a book designed specifically to help parents deal with these additional complexities. The third edition of American Diabetes Association’s Guide to Raising a Child with Diabetes, by Jean Betschart Roemer, MN, MSN, CRNP, CDE, features the latest advances in diabetes care and parenting advice from diabetes experts. Full of problem-solving examples and easy-to-use tables, this book shows parents how to adjust insulin to allow for foods children like to eat; how to care for a child with diabetes; manage sick days; and plan nutritious and balanced meals. The guide also addresses the emotional side of raising a child with diabetes, such as how to help your child maintain a busy schedule and still feel healthy and strong, negotiate the twists and turns of being “different,” and accept both the physical and emotional challenges that life with diabetes includes.

Roemer is a pediatric nurse practitioner and certified diabetes educator in the Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. She has written extensively for health care professionals, parents, children, and teens, and has worked with children with diabetes and their families since 1980. Roemer, mother of three, and grandmother of three, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1968.

The Guide to Raising a Child with Diabetes, 3rd edition, is available at, at bookstores nationwide, or by calling 1-800-232-6733.

The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to stop diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.

Colleen Fogarty
American Diabetes Association
(703) 549-1500 ext. 2146