Empower yourself: know the signs & symptoms of diabetes

Why empower?  Empowering yourself with knowledge about the signs and symptoms of diabetes is an important step in recognizing the disease.  Many symptoms do not seem out of the ordinary, and thus leave diabetes undiagnosed.  The longer it goes undiagnosed, the greater the chance of complications.  Educating yourself is empowerment – and can lead to making  healthy choices for yourself,  making changes in your lifestyle, and helping prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes.  As a community, we can spread awareness about diabetes, proactive choices, and prevention.

Know the Signs & Symptoms

Type 1 Diabetes

  • Frequent urination
  • Unusual thirst
  • Extreme hunger
  • Unusual weight loss
  • Extreme fatigue and irritability

Type 2 Diabetes*

  • Any of the type 1 symptoms
  • Frequent infections
  • Blurred vision
  • Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
  • Tingling/numbness in the hands/feet
  • Recurring skin, gum, or bladder infections

*Often, people with type 2 diabetes have no symptoms

American Diabetes Association, 25 June. 2012

If you show these signs, please consult your healthcare provider.

For more information, go to http://www.unite4wellness.org

Taking Control of Your Diabetes Risk Factors


By Kelly Constant, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon.
It’s no secret that two of the biggest risk factors for developing diabetes are a family history of diabetes and being overweight. There’s not much you can do about your family history, but there is a lot you can do to work toward a healthy and active lifestyle.

However, getting started (or restarted) on a weight loss program or fitness routine to manage your risk factors can be intimidating. Although we’ve likely all heard the basics – eat better, manage your portions and move more – they are often easier said than done. Here are some tips to help you start integrating better nutrition and more movement into your life:

  • Set up your environment in such a way that you don’t have to make the choice to be healthy. For example, fill your fridge with only healthy foods, so you don’t have to choose between an apple and ice cream.
  • Try exercising first thing in the morning. Get up, and get it done so you don’t spend the whole day thinking of excuses not to do it.
  • Stand when you normally would sit. From a health perspective, standing is far superior to sitting, and it’s something easy to integrate in your life.
  • Start with activities that are easy on the joints: walking, elliptical machine, biking, swimming or yoga.
  • Park several blocks away from your office and walk to work. If you ride the bus, hop off a few stops early.
  • Experiment with new recipes. You don’t have to give up your favorite guilty pleasures. Just try making them with alternative ingredients.

One of the biggest challenges with any significant lifestyle change is just sticking with it after the first couple of weeks or days. We tend to set big, often unattainable goals for ourselves. Instead, try some of the following suggestions for wellness success.

  • Find a support network. Most people who are successful in changing a lifestyle factor have support and accountability. This can be a spouse, personal trainer, friend, even an online community.
  • Start with one or two small changes, like cutting back on desserts or eating more vegetables, instead of changing everything about your wellness routine at once.
  • Make your wellness goals specific and manageable – such as “I am going to walk for 30 minutes before work two times next week,” instead of a tougher goal like, “I’m going to lose 50 pounds.”
  • Focus on the healthy things you can add to your diet, such as whole wheat or fruit.
  • Make it easy on yourself. Working out doesn’t have to mean an expensive gym membership or a complicated routine. It can just be putting on a pair of tennis shoes and going for a walk.
Kelly Constant is a certified personal trainer and wellness coordinator at Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon. Regence is the platinum sponsor of Circle on the Court, the event that kicks off Pacific Northwest Diabetes Health & Wellness Week.

Dudley Camp 2012!

We have had an amazing week out at Dudley Camp!

Monday we had the Portland Trail Blazers’ strength and conditioning coach, Bobby Medina, join us for a morning of conditioning.  In the evening we we’re privileged to the first ever CDBC “Fashion Show”.  We had a great time laughing at the crazy costumes that our counselors put together, including but not limited to the infamous cow presented by our very own Ben Rue.

Tuesday we got the chance to meet to Keith Houlemard, president of Nike’s Jordan brand, who has type one diabetes.  We loved getting to hear his story and inspiring words and the campers loved getting to ask him about his favorite shoes!  We also got to spend some time with Coach Herb Brown who shared his knowledge of basketball with the campers and staff.  We started out the afternoon with our annual CDBC volleyball tournament and the ever thrilling slip-and-slide.

Today, Wednesday, we celebrated Canada day with Coach Street, including the Canada Run, Canadian national anthem, and so many Canadian outfits!  We had a beautiful day and were able to enjoy the slip-and-slide, volleyball tournament, and, of course, plenty of basketball games.  Tonight, we had a great time at our annual talent show.  Acts included our own version of Pokerface by Ben Rue and Hayden Gehr, an arm wrestling contest, some amazing piano skills, and crazy skits from our counselors and coaches!

We’re looking forward to another amazing day tomorrow and are sad that this week has gone by so quickly!

Dudley Camp 2012 – Sunday, July 29

Today was filled with hugs between returning campers and excitement to welcome newcomers to our Dudley Camp family!

We spent today catching up, getting to know each other, and splitting into teams to get the week started!

We’re looking forward to a week filled with splash contests, slip-and-slide, good food, great friends, and lots and lots of basketball!

Stay posted for more exciting updates from Dudley Camp 2012!

Camp Training Day





We’re kicking off another year of basketball camp! All the camp counselors arrived excited to reunite and have another great year, starting with staff training today.

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Chris Dudley Featured in Sports Illustrated 13th Annual: Where Are They Now?



When he was diagnosed at age 16 with type 1 diabetes, Chris Dudley refused to let his condition stop him from playing basketball. Told by doctors that he would never be able to play in college or professionally, Dudley walked onto the Yale basketball team and was drafted 75th overall by Cleveland in 1987. He played for five teams in 16 seasons and retired in 2002. In 2005 he became a partner in Filigree Advisors, a Portland-based wealth-management company that specializes in helping current and former professional athletes manage their finances. In 2010, Dudley ran for governor of Oregon and lost in one of the closest gubernatorial races in state history. Today he manages the Chris Dudley Foundation, which aids diabetic children and runs a basketball camp annually for 75 diabetic teens. “It’s incredibly difficult for someone with diabetes but don’t let it stop you,” Dudley said.

What does Bowling and Diabetes have in common?

Find out by joining the Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center for an afternoon of fun and education for you and your teen with diabetes!  Great information and resources to help navigate and answer many of your questions! Contact: Kimberly 503.494.8788 ASAP!

A month to honor our Dads!

From the NBA to Disneyland with the family, Chris Dudley is a slam-dunk dad.


Happy Father’s Day from the Chris Dudley Foundation

We are honored to highlight a great man that has inspired so many people inlcuding his kids!

To hear more information on great dads: http://www.facebook.com/DisneyDads

Welcome to Team Dudley!

Welcome Kelsey…To Team Dudley

Kelsey grew up on Mt. Hood with her parents and 2 twin brothers.  When she was 7 years old, her family went on a trip to Disney World and, while there, she got very sick.  When they got home, she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.  That summer she attended Gales Creek Camp for kids with diabetes for the first time and continued to go to Gales Creek every summer until she was old enough to start attendingthe Chris Dudley Basketball Camp (CDBC).  She was an 8 year camper at CDBC and will be back for her 3rd year on staff this August.  She also works as a counselor at Gales Creek Camp and this will be her 3rd year there.  Kelsey will be a junior next fall at George Fox University, where she is a psychology major with a minor in camp administration.  In the future, she hopes to work with camps and other organizations for kids with type 1 diabetes.

I am sure you will be hearing more from Kelsey as she continues to inspire and empower people living with diabetes!  We are thrilled to have her join us as we continue to serve our diabetes community! Thank you Kelsey for your passion, dedication and inspiration you offer so many people you touch!!

“Big Mike” Dreaming BIG so cast your votes!!

Help “Big Mike” by voting today!! Deadline is less than 24 hours away.  Let’s help Mike win a Sports Marketing trip for a fellow diabetic that has empowered many of us to live active with diabetes!!

Thank you for your support!!