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.
Report back : We had a marvellous discussion about pumps on wednesday evening. Highly enjoyable and informative, even our pump patient learnt something.
JOIn us today : On wednesday night 530 pm in Hilton Pietermaritzburg we will be holding an informal hour discussion about pumps -insulin pump therapy. What is pump therapy ? Who “qualifies”? What is the benefit. Is it for everyone who injects insulin?
Feel free to join us for free for an hour to explore the “pump market” in south africa and get first hand feedback from “pump” patients 😉
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 🙂
There are various teams around the world – dedicated scientists and enthusiastic people working on all aspects of diabetes – trying to find prevention, cure, treatments – better, onwards and upwards. The diabetic scientific community at large strive for better quality of life.
There are also many snake juice paddlers as there are fake news folk. Do not be duped or sucked into some scam.
It’s a pity that in the light of such a huge and devastating epidemic there would be folk peddling snake juice and basically lying to a vulnerable subset of people. But that is life and ours the task to engage the brain and always question.
New treatments, closed loop technology and cures are on the horizon and I salute the many people working around the clock to accomplish that. Please the internet if FULL of rubbish – surf wisely.
Is type 1 on the rise or is it just that we are better at diagnosing it?
Type 1 diabetes is where your pancreas or B cells are not able to produce any insulin and thus your cells are not able to get any glucose into them and literally “starve” and are forced to metabolise other substrates in order to attempt survival. This is what causes the massive weight loss associated with initial diagnosis.
The anniversary for the first successful insulin being dosed was yesterday.
1921 – Banting and Best (accredited -though there were more people involved).Ninety six years ago. So before that if you had type 1 diabetes you would not really survive.
Now however type 1 ‘s sometimes outlive non-diabetic patients.
We have come a long way.
Is type 1 hereditary ? In part so that is one reason why we do have an increase in type 1 diabetics. It is not the whole story.
However type 2 diabetes has risen out of proportion to any other chronic disease on the planet. To say it is a tsunami logarithmic disaster is to be polite about it.
Type 2 is preventable as well as treatable. And yet! we have this huge huge burden on our health economics worldwide. Does not make sense.
So a challenge for the new year – are you on a trajectory to developing type 2 ? You have the power to stop that. IF you are already type 2 there are so many things you can do to get better control as well as control the progression and not go onto the inevitable : insulin.
For inspiration and ideas : follow Fran Steart on Facebook for wonderful recipes, get exercising (in any way that takes your fancy) and see a team of practitioners who can get you to target. 🙂
It’s a brand new year and great excitement after a really good rest and break.
I started using ryzodeg as it hit the shelf (I had been anxiously awaiting its arrival for months). I have reviewed most of the patients started on it now and wow!! incredible results. Even more incredible when combined with a libra pro sensor!!
This is cost-effective, accurate and well tolerated treatment for type 1. Most patients have stopped having hypos and certainly all have stopped having bad hypos. All of the patients average sugars have dropped significantly and variability come back to a much more acceptable range. Patients are happier, have better quality of life and generally walk in with a smile on their dial.!! Yay!! Yay yay!!!
I could not ask for a better way to start the year 🙂
This is a video link of how the new long-acting insulin works: on youtube: Tresiba® (insulin degludec injection 200 Units/mL) Pharmacology
Ryzodeg (avail in SA) is part (1/3) short acting (novorapid) and part long-acting (48hour half life) degludec as in the video.