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Libre flash monitoring – “freeing” you up to live life

What is flash monitoring ? Well it’s a button you wear on your upper arm (under normal sleeves) and use your phone (many compatible android and iphones) to swipe across the button and voila- a sugar reading. It then records on a graph on your phone.

We have come a long way since 1922 when without insulin type 1 patients essentially died. Crass but the truth sadly. And here we are in 2019 and we do not even have to rely on finger pricks. Yay! Progress and science and so much of happiness all around.

Flash monitoring does have a lag, and that is quite individual. Safe to say the “real time” sugar is ahead ie the flash is behind real time but the trend remains the same – I hope that makes sense. The beauty is being able to see where you have come from and are headed towards. So, if you are heading down you can snack or watch and wait depending on the circumstances : ie food, exercise, illness and same for heading up. And you can flash in 5 minutes to see.

So I very much advise against knee-jerk reaction to the blood sugar on flash monitoring but rather watching and waiting and “learning” from experiences of exercise and cake eating etc. As for adjustments in insulin doses and timing of insulin and what does what. For example stress affects certain people in one way and others in another and the beauty of the flash is that you get to learn what your body does and adjust to that.

In the UK this device is now relatively largely widespread and with great great results of way better control, time in range and very importantly better quality of life for type 1 patients. It is being funded by the NHS at large thanks to the Diabetes warrior doctors who have literally “gone to war” to get this funded.

In south africa we battle “the funders” to do what actually benefits them downstream but happy to say that I do feel that progress is being made in this arena too. Our “war” also slowly slowly being won for the betterment of both funder and patients.

Flash monitoring – glucose readings regularly not requiring finger sticks/pricks – accurate, timeous and life changing – allowing patients to live full lives rather than survive.

#abbottlibreflash a multitasking device that adds value at every level

Walk for diabetes awareness 16 nov 8am 3km on saturday (2 days after the 14th-which is world diabetes day) …:)

We are walking on saturday 16 november for diabetes awareness at 8 am for 3 km from the cascades parking lot in pmb. Call 0832898351 for info you may need.

It’s FREE and you will receive a FREE water bottle. πŸ™‚

We will walk in the forest weather permitting πŸ™‚ see you tomorrow πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

What is aesthetics?

An Art form I believe.

Botox has both a good and a bad name. It can be used well and poorly. It is a toxin, botulinum toxin that paralysis muscles that are tending to overwork and create wrinkles. A small dose of botox is called baby botox and renders a very natural subtle youthening look smoothing out fine lines and divets in the ageing forhead.

Filler works like a charm in the cheek zone to lift : jowls, marrionette lines and generally also a youthening effect. Filler also really does wonders for very thin lips and uneven lips or if you really are wanting a pout.

So yes it does make you younger but if you do it in small doses it is subtle and smoothing and just very pretty.

And an art.

November is BLUE #diabetesawareness

Sugars are sticky

Sugars are icky when low or high

november is blue but we are not blue

because there is a solution for many of the problems

sugars …SOLVE them make them stay tight in rangenovemberblue.jpeg

The power of the double x ;)

via The power of the double x πŸ˜‰

Diabetes type 2 and diabesity …yes there is a link but fat shaming is a shame :(

Why is it that there is so much emotion and sentiment around diabetes. Even recently on some american programme there was “fat shaming” in conjunction with diabetes type 2 and yes there is a fair amount of “blaming” patients regarding their diabetes and a sentiment that diabetics just shovel food down their throats.

This is not the truth and couldn’t be further from it.

There is a really big difference between type 2 and type 1 and for some reason often the type 1’s who generally get labelled “the bad kind of diabetics” get accused of “causing ” their condition – which really is pure ignorance.

Then add to the confusion the diabesity/obesity epidemic that plagues us and you get even more confusion.

One would think though that journalists/tv folk would empower themselves with knowledge.

Anyway the long and the short boils down to what I often say – a relative (type 2) or absolute (type 1) lack of the hormone insulin – which takes a glucose molecule (much needed by the cells (all of them)) into the cell.

It is true that lifestyle is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes, however it is not the only risk factor. Age above 40, genetics, demographic as well as a whole host of other things like stress and medications are risk factors too.

It’s not simply you eat too much therefore you get diabetes type 2.

Also every one of us is actually at risk as we are all going to be over the age of 40 one day and that in itself is an independant risk factor and the analogy I like to use is that the pancreas is like a part in a car – and parts get worn and torn.

So next time you think of fat shaming, think again. Think about things just a bit more deeply. Subcutaneous may be deep but it isn’t always shallow…




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