Mountain View teen won't let diabetes sink her fun

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Cipriana Sorenson, right, with brother Kai and parents Holt and Beth, maintains an active lifestyle despite her Type 1 diabetes diagnosis.

Studies show that approximately 1.25 million Americans are living with Type 1 diabetes, and Mountain View resident Cipriana Sorenson is among them. The teen was diagnosed four years ago – just as she and younger brother Kai were training for their scuba diving certification.

Their mom, Beth Sorenson, wondered if Cipriana would able to continue scuba diving. Her doctor told them she could do that and everything else she had done before her diagnosis.

Planning for end-of-life care

When facing the end of life, most people fear the multiple ways they may suffer from losing their health, according to Atul Gawande, M.D., a Harvard University physician.

Even more than that, they fear isolation from others who have given their lives meaning and losing control of how they will spend their last days.

YMCA proves a quiet ally in lifelong health for all ages

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Students in the El Camino YMCA EnhanceFitness class undergo their exercise regimen.

In the El Camino YMCA’s EnhanceFitness classes, students ages 60 and up get their exercise whether they use a wheelchair or not. On one recent Tuesday, a handful of students braved the storm to visit the Y and boost their heart rates.

“This low-impact class is for individuals who want to start out or enhance their fitness levels,” said the instructor, who wished to remain anonymous. “It’s great having it at the Y because we’re a community. It’s more than just a gym – everyone interacts with one another.”

Benefits of yoga extend beyond the mat

Perhaps you have never personally envisioned yourself practicing yoga. Does the idea of putting yourself in the downward-facing dog position seem too silly?

If you take a closer look at yoga, you might be impressed by the significant benefits it offers your body and long-term health.

Home is where the heart is when aging with a chronic illness

Arthritis doesn’t have to rob people of the pleasures of life. Nor does diabetes, heart disease or asthma. Many long-term chronic illnesses can be managed so that people can still live rich and satisfying lives.

Most of us can learn the skills to make a chronic illness easier to live with so that we minimize disability, pain and emotional distress, according to “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions” (Bull, 2012), written by six experts in chronic disease management. The authors take a realistic view: “You will not find any miracles or cures in these pages,” they write. “Rather, you will find hundreds of tips and ideas to make your life easier.”

Flu visitor restriction to keep kids away from El Camino Hospital

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Flu shots, like the one delivered here, can help during flu season.

El Camino Hospital in Mountain View has enacted a visitor restriction during the flu season to keep children under the age of 16 from visiting the hospital, a move aimed at limiting the risk of flu from spreading within the hospital.

“It’s something we do pretty much every year when the flu season is particularly bad,” said Carol Kemper, El Camino Hospital’s medical director for infection prevention. “A lot of hospitals in the area do it. It’s not an uncommon thing to do during flu seasons.”

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