More than one third of American adults are pre-​diabetic. This means a person’s blood sugar levels are higher than normal, putting them at increased risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Patrice McNeely of Hazelwood falls into this group but is determined not to follow in her family’s footsteps.

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When Steve Lawthers takes a golf swing, his arm rubs against a small device attached to his skin, near his belt. “Other than when I play golf, I don’t know it’s there,” says Lawthers, 61, of McCandless.

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    Diabetes 101

    People with diabetes either don’t make enough of the hormone insulin (type 1 diabetes — previously known as juvenile diabetes) or can’t use insulin properly (type 2 diabetes). Insulin allows blood sugar (glucose) to enter and fuel every cell in the body. When someone doesn’t have enough insulin or can’t use it effectively, blood sugar builds up in the blood. Over time, this can lead to heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, and amputation of toes, feet or legs.


    Prediabetes alert

    Ninety percent of the estimated 86 million Americans with pre-​diabetes don’t know they have it. DoI​HavePre​di​a​betes​.org offers a seven-​question test to find out if you’re at risk. The site launched in 2016 as part of the first national pre-​diabetes awareness campaign.

It’s early morning on Christmas Eve in the town of Economy, Pennsylvania. The year is 1828. Twenty-​seven-​year-​old Catharina Langenbacher awakens to the five o’clock gong of the grandfather clock in the sitting room downstairs. By the time she clambers down the crude staircase, her widowed mother is preparing breakfast. Catharina’s 35-​year-​old brother, Romelius,…

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One of the most spectacular places to visit in western Pennsylvania is an old-​growth forest in the Hearts Content National Scenic Area within the Allegheny National Forest. A timber company gave the property to the U.S. Forest Service in the early 1920s, and today this area is home to one of the last…

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