Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Your Diabetes, A Blessing or a Curse

We have all thoughts about why we ended up with a disease that lives with us forever.
And since it does a number or our emotions, we have to constantly question whether it is a blessing or a curse.

I think it is a BLESSING because:

  1. It keeps me thinking about what I eat.
  2. It makes me wants to move and exercise
  3. It makes me think about my mental health and its impact on my life
  4. It makes me care more for others who suffer diseases
  5. It reminds me of my mortality

I think it is a CURSE because:

  1. I cannot eat whatever I feel like, so never free.
  2. It is a constant pain in the butt to plan the day especially when you travel.
  3. Waking up with high sugars is a big downer for the rest of the day
  4. I am constantly thinking about what will go bad in my body next
  5. I am spending lots of money on medications
Overall, I think like anything else in the human condition, it is a mixed bag. 
So my dear readers, let hear your comments on where you believe you are on this issue.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Diabetes and Stress : Playing Ping Pong with you

I used to love playing ping pong as I was growing up. I loved a rally where the ball was bounding between the two sides for a long rally.

These days I see myself being the little ball that is being bounced around between a stressed out life and a relaxed one. I can see my diabetes as the table and my life as the ball. I keep getting pushed from the life being stressed emotionally not able to control myself, depressed, in the dark, manipulating, fighting all on one side. And the other side is a nice happy person who can take anything that comes his way and is confident and reliable.

The amount of sugar in my bloodstream sure messes up the way I respond to emotions. I recently learnt that feelings are just our ways to adjust to needs that are not fulfilled. The more I think about it, the more it makes sense. But it just is so hard to remember it when your brain and body are in a high sugar moment :-)

So my dear readers, what do you do when your sugars have their highs and your emotions start to play their ping pong with you ?

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Eating Less Processed Foods

Life has complicated in the last few decades for all humans.

We have been separated from our sources of food and eat more food that has been stored or processed. It is held in storage or moved long distances across continents.

There is good and bad that comes out of this.

The good is that humans can have access to food resources even if they are running out of them in particular places. We are able to create food in places that are better to grow them because they are closer to rich resources like water. So areas with less water can conserver the water for the beings and not focus on using it to grow the food.

But on the other hand the processing of the food has created more chemicals in our diet. The companies processing the food are adopting practices that are focussed on maximising their profits over the well being of the consumers that they are serving.

This processed food is a direct link to our health and to our diabetes.

Recently discovered an interesting site with folks who are working on this problem. They have published a study about retailers in the US that are working to reduce the bad chemicals in the food. Interesting to see how few are even making a B grade. But it is positive to know that they are starting to deal with this. Any company that believe in a longer term advantage show focus on this as you do not want to be on the wrong side of the next revolution of health.


Sunday, August 18, 2013

Teaching Aids for Diabetes

Saw this great Video about using a Teddy Bear to solve the problem of teaching little kids how to deal with Type 1 Diabetes.
Very novel idea.
It would be good to design more things like this for adults. I am tired of explaining the difference between Sugar and Carbs :-)

Jerry The Bear. Teaching about Diabetes

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

New Year, new resolutions, new challenges

So now a new Year rolls by.
Not sure why, but most of us seem to give this some importance and take it upon ourselves to resolve to do some things.
So I am resolving to do -
1) Exercise regularly.
2) Check sugars more consistently.
3) Always remember to take my medications
4) Work on being happy with life

Things looked up on the first day of the year.
Then on the second day I got a voicemail that my trainer decide to go back to school and quit the gym.
That is a bummer. Now I need to find a new trainer and do not know if that will work good or not.

So signs from the universe are that challenges will come with resolutions :-)

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Experimenting with medicine timings

I am not always open to moving the timings around, but I tried it out last week and now it seems to be working better.
I used to take my 24 hour insulin in the night before I went to bed. It was working great for my wake up sugars, but the day time numbers were not doing so great.
So last week I tried to move the insulin to the mornings and lo and behold I have a lot more control during the day.
So happy to report that changing the timing can sometime actually help make things better.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Taking a stand against your disease

Sounds crazy but sometimes I think that I am in a war situation against diabetes.

The disease and my mind are both striving to control the same resource, my body.

My brain is the benevolent ruler of the the domain. It currently control all the pieces of the body and tries to do the best job so that they are all coexisting together in harmony. It tries to keep things going and if something fails, it tries to compensate and see if others can take over.

The diabetes is like an invader. It wants to take over this strong resource and use it up and leave it for dead. It does have accomplices that help it invade the body. It works slowly and methodically. It slowly starts to open up various different fronts to start to make it harder for just one brain to keep fighting. Diabetes is a fearful foe as it does not need any rest. And when it takes over an organ it has no intention of making it better, stronger, faster. All the diabetes wants to do is conquer, use it all up and leave it behind to rot and die.

So what is my body supposed to do?
Simple, the body needs to know that the brain needs to be helped. So at every point each organ and muscle needs to do everything to help the brain in the fight.

So send good vibes through your system and tell it to stand strong and not let this external foe get a strong hold on you.