Hello. Today is the first of December. November (diabetes month) officially over. “Ca dover”.
Diabetes is a growing problem. Most people do NOT choose it. More so type 1 – spontaneous destruction of all beta cells of the pancreas making you insulin dependent (like alcohol dependant only a little different (this is a little joke so don’t get too upset about this statement if you are prone to getting upset).
Type 2 can be lifestyle induced but that does not mean you should judge the person. Or that anyone has given you the power to do that. Or the right.
Insulin only comes in the injectable form. Yes that means you have to inject anywhere from one to 6 x a day. Then you also have to test your sugar – another “prick” required.
So don’t be a prick to diabetics as having dealt with so many already they can’t tolerate you too. And for that matter the moms and dads of diabetic children also fall into the category of not needing any more pricks in their lives – they are hard enough. Grow some empathy. Please? Even if just for the festive season.
So, in december, the festive season. Not everyone in this life is as blessed as you : health and wealth and mental health wise. If you only do this this festive season let it be that you are kind. To all around you. Truly kind not the falsely kind of kind.
November is diabetes month – awareness around what it is and treatment etc. There is actually quite a lot of strange information that circulates, “fake-news” so to speak regarding diabetes at large.
So let’s dispel some myths.
1.) Diabetes is caused by poor diet : firstly type 1 has nothing to do with diet and is bad luck essentially. It seems to be an auto-immune disease and essentially destroys the b cells of the pancreas creating an absolute lack of insulin.
Type 2 diabetes is a lifestyle related as well as genetic disease and even more complex in nature.
Insulin resistance is a condition more and more prevalent due to lifestyle as well as stress – a big factor. More about this another time.
2.) IF you eat properly you will get better : well firstly type 1 diabetes, without insulin – you die, children in the era before 1921 died. Only since 1921 and Banting and Best’s discovery do type 1 ‘s survive with normal life expectancies.
Concerning type 2 diet is critical and important (as it is with type 1) carbs are key and obviously healthy eating and exercising are key but eating 100% correctly will unfortunately not bring back b cells that have died.
3.) Type 1 diabetics should never eat carbs : whilst one should be mindful of the type and quantity of carb and dose the insulin accordingly it is by no means advised that type 1’s exclude all carbs. This is a tricky one and best discussed in consultation with a dietician.
Last chance to book for meet the team 😉
WE will be available on the 15 March 2017 for any one interested to meet the team. We will serve a “healthy” treat and explain how we approach diabetes and chronic disease management from a team point of view.
Please do RSVP : 033 3431826
The event will kick off at 530 sharp and end at 630 and children are welcome – we will have some games in the garden for them.
Innate Diabetes Hilton is situated at 26 hilton avenue and we aim to provide a team for all your diabetes needs : GP with a diploma in diabetes and pump centre, dietician with a passion for diabetes, podiatrist, diabetes educator as well as the bonus of 2 beauticians who do a whole range of wonderful treatments. We also have and educational psychologist as well as a psychologist on site and a life coach who specialises in addictions and relationship difficulties.
Come and meet the team 🙂
One of the very few things our government have proposed this year that will have an excellent “effect” on its citizens in so many ways is the sugar tax. I could not honestly have come up with a better idea myself.
Is sugar the devil ? Indeed. If you would like to argue – honestly look around you and use that brain hiding between your two ears. Sugar is the devil in so many many ways. Reeking havoc with our children, learning, society, body image, depression, suicide, waste of resources. I could go on.
One hundred years ago – apparently – we consumed a LOT less sugar per day. These days we just pile it on in all forms breakfast, snack, lunch, snack and then supper some more. We exercise less, we eat more, we spend far less time “resting” and “relaxing”. We work too hard and to sustain it we use sugar. This is a toxic mix.
Not only a logarithmic rise in type 2 diabetes from children to the elderly, but a sharp rise in heart disease, cancer and a few other killers.
Our government – perceptive as they are – propose we try and curb the abuse of sugar by taxing it. Clever on two counts. If you insist on munching continuously you will be taxed and it will hurt your pocket, but also it will fill the government coffers.
I wish people would rub the sleep out of their eyes and stop the madness. Sugar is the devil. Wake up : exercise, eat vegetables, drink water, rest, relax, LIVE. Live a quality life.
In a recent attempt to begin painting with oils I started a painting of daisies. When I took the unfinished piece home my very observant husband asked if they were fried eggs. So I guess back to the drawing (painting) board on that one. Learning a new skill does take time effort and patience.
Another new almost hobby I am trying to cultivate is crocheting and I seem to at least be able to get a few things to resemble what they are supposed to look like.
Patients with diabetes who are initially diagnosed also have to learn a whole new set of skills, particularly type 1. In a child’s case the whole family needs to upskill. This is daunting. Especially when there is technology attached to the skill set. Starting with a glucometer and needles/syringes etc and moving towards more integrated pump/continous monitoring systems is a steep learning curve – one that inevitably will result in some eggs dropping on the floor.
When you learn to cook you usually start with boiling eggs- they are generally hard to flop but even they can be “flopped”.
Don’t let learning a new skill get on top of you, don’t let anyone discourage you. Very soon you will be painting daisies that anyone can recognise.
The pendulum doth swing from one end to the other. At the moment eggs are in. What is a good start to the day? Especially if you are not wanting to have a carb “excursion” it bodes well to have a protein start to the day. Breakfast is a very important meal, perhaps the most important and affects metabolism for the rest of the day. There are studies that link skipping breakfast to the development of type 2 diabetes. Other studies that link general good health to eating a good healthy breakfast.
There is so much rubbish out there for breakfast including just about all the cereals on the market though some are worse than others. They are jam-packed full of sugar.
Not everyone is happy to have eggs for breakfast – there are some other options : jogurt (no sugar added kind), fish (though if not keen on eggs less likely to be keen on fish I think) and then there is a whole range of future life breakfast that needs to be dosed in the correct portion and I would suggest the no sugar added one.
But back to scrambled eggs – easy to do, easy to flavour with just about anything from a touch of salt to cheese or even more adventurous toppings. If you are diabetic and you have protein for breakfast – it is “free” and does not require a dose of insulin. Bargain.