A lot of life and health and death boils down to your genes. Your genetic make-up. The code of your life. It’s all written in 2 helixes that are gleaned, garnered from your parents. Two strands that make one human. The linkages, a code, for the whole life.
And now, we are starting slowly to ply the genetic code open and so doing find cures for diseases and also finding ways to “snip” the code where it is “wrong”.
True though, and seeing as we now really seem to value life and living long and living well it’s a science that is here to stay and also here to help and also here to “cure”.
The EASD had literally 100s of presentations of researchers who have dedicated their lives to the study of this field in order to progress and at the height of it : medicine.
Humans, genetics, researchers, heroes, my folk :), hard hard work yes, working on days that other humans don’t work = for the greater good 🙂
My daughter of 5 and I listened to a sermon on sunday about essentially the power of words and the impact they can have on relationship reconciliation.
It is indeed profound to me at how she just got it : “I love you mommy” , ” I am sorry, please forgive me”. So easy for a 5 year old to snap and seemingly so impossible for older folk to get this simple simple concept.
The power of the spoken word is immense. As the preacher said God said of His own son : “this is my son whom I love”. If the God of the universe and of creations feels the need to speak such an obvious statement and was able to speak the universe into being how much more should we not speak out loud affirmation and love to our loved ones.
The sermon has literally come up at least 10 x since sunday in her little head and in such a positive way.
Words are tools- power tools. Most days I really underestimate them.
So funny to me how there is still a lack of acknowledgment as well as a bit of head in the sand when it comes to this massive diabetes epidemic. WE seem to think we are all fairies in a fairy tale and bad things will never happen to us despite our bad behaviour.
We are currently in a pickle. A sticky soup mess of diabetes by the gazillions and yet you see no REAL action. Why?
Especially problematic to have this many children “suffering” mostly silently from undiagnosed disease.
So much knowledge available and yet so little interest even.
Until the day it hits you or your family. In terms of type 2 especially in children there is so much we can do as well as reverse this if found early. So why are we not going out and actively diagnosing it?
Unfortunately in type 1 in children through no fault of their own, their bodies have attacked their pancreas and essentially killed the pancreas. And without insulin they would die.
More awareness, less scaremongering, less head in the sand, more action. More at least attempt to slow the log curve of growth. Why don’t we at least try to slow the log.
So rarely in one lifetime is one treated to 2 royal weddings as spectacular as that of Diana and that of Meghan the Marvellous Markle.
My heart shon with joy all day long.
What absolutely divine presence of God during the entire day!
The love -pure love between Harry and Meghan is something that God desires for all of us. The fact that it is so rare is sad and a travesty.
NEVER under-estimate the power of love. That reading from Song of Solomon personifies what God intended for love and the outflow and the overflow of love.
Yes I am lyrical. Indeed. This is what my heart has always told me quietly and boldly.
Also the fact that I discovered a beautiful example of love quite by chance. I had always just assumed that Harvey (Gabriel Macht) was a player. Wow what a lovely special gift to see he’s been married for 14 years and #Ilovemywife, was his comment – it made! my day.
Yes LOVE does exist. Indeed.
Meghan you are a diamond and Harry the way you love is how every gentleman on earth should!
We are all people, we share the “commons”” of man of human kind so to speak. And yet we make it all so complicated. God ordained for us to love each other as we love ourselves. Yet so little self love in this world and so little love for one another – despite creed, culture or colour. Be the love today. Thanks Meghan and Harry and Diana for your shining example with NO words of pure redeeming LOVE.
So what a hugely ignored region of the body feet are. The very base of us. The very instrument of motion. Disregarded at large by most. Diabetic and non-diabetic.
Why do some diabetics have problems ? The long and the short is that largely this area can be protected, well taken care of as well as preserved.
Diabetes is a systemic disease that affects the whole body, including the feet. The blood vessels and nerves going to the feet are tiny calibre vessels, easily damaged. Think of coke rushing through your arteries and veins and what stickiness that would cause?
An ulcer on a foot is a serious thing. In fact any break in the skin is something that has to be dealt with asap. The thing with diabetic feet is that often the nerves are damaged first and there is no proper feeling and damage occurs much more easily and worse damage due to no feeling.
The human body is an amazing thing and can do spectacular processes of healing.
There are so many awesome wound treatments these days, no amputations should be taking place if the correct care at the correct time takes place.
If in doubt ask a caring practitioner to take a look.
So I have blogged about this before, but they are upon us now.
What should you be doing/not doing or doing differently during the holidays.
We all know that glucose control is one way in the week and quite a different way on the weekend and holidays. This is partly because we are human and life is well just not always easy and letting your hair down usually goes with a bit of alcohol (if you are old enough) and a bit of cheating (dare I say it).
So all things considered, where does this leave you with your diabetes?
Consider it. Be mindful of it. Carb count it. Accurately.
With the holidays come a little bit of time – that we don’t usually have. Choose to exercise – must be something you love. Be creative. Horse ride or bike ride or dance!
Factor the exercise in. IF you are not sure how to do this, consult someone. Even if you are on holiday – trust me most of us (health care folk) are at work : dieticians, GP’s, nurse educators etc.
Don’t just go ape on yourself. It’s so much harder to get back the lost ground.
Enjoy yourself but be fair about it. Restraint is required.
Give yourself a Christmas present of being present more often. This will carry through to the new year and be a wonderful asset.
Top sites that I feel are invaluable : http://www.fatsecret.co.za – south african ,excellent for carb counting and so much more!, pinterest has awesome pictograms of diabetes.
Feel free to share your best app, resource with me.
Whilst the world (rightly so) is horrified at the current state of zuma/zupta/corruption in south africa to the absolutely insane attacks in the UK but ALSO the ongoing terrible and unacceptable carnage in syria, iraq, afghanistan (this list is way longer and way worse than most of what the “west” has seen).
I would like to bring all of your attention to something that is “silently” killing way more people. Diabetes. Don’t believe me – look at the horrendous stats. They do speak for themselves. In both the west as well as the east as well as the poorest of the poor.
Diabetes is a scurge that is on the surge. And with no even small little sign of stopping.
What is type 2 ? A disease of wealth but also of abnormal eating. There is no reason to get type 2 diabetes unless you have actually “abused” your body OR if you have had cancer or a tumour of your pancreas.
It is a disease of too much sugar into the body. Too many simple carbs stuffed into a single body and the pancreas says ok well enough is enough and all of a sudden once you have lost 50% of them pancreas cells you find yourself diabetic.
Type 1 however is a different story. This is a case of severely unfair dishing out of disease. Mostly children and young adults who out of the blue have total pancreas failure. And become dependant (i.e. you die without it) on insulin.
Type 1 is NOT avoidable by anything you do or do not do.
Type 1’s rely on insulin, without it they die.
Diabetes is killing and causing loss of quality of life for many many people.
Educate yourself and be aware of what you say. Prevent yourself from getting type 2 and help others understand the difference.