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.
There are many lovely TED talks about anxiety and mental disorders but I recently watched one about some research using fruit flies to determine brain function. So interesting to realise that the brain is superbly complicated and yet we can actually get to understand things at molecular as well as genetic level.
Can you untangle the mind of a fly and genetically modify the circuit? Well yes!
Who would have thought. And this has taught us – the human race quite a lot about the finesse of operations of the brain.
The brain is not a bag of chemical soup and we can not change the flavour of the soup to treat psychiatric disorders. This specific researcher likens using “broad spectrum” anti-depressants to treat disorders to pouring oil over the whole engine rather than into the oil holder. WE need to be more specific in order to get better results and have fewer side-effects.
On another note, the brain is also intuitive and there are many many ways in terms of anxiety that one can tone down or up. Deep “proper” breathing is one of them. Also our bodies are designed to move a whole lot more than we do these days and you will be surprised at how much you can unwind your mind by winding and unwinding your body.
Food for thought – fruit flies brains can actually teach us a whole lot about our wonderfully complex brains and yet some of the answers we so desperately seek are actually in front of our very own eyes.
Oh yes definitely ! There is indeed a HUGE difference between a 10 on its way up and a 10 on its way down. For 10 on its way up depending on where you are meal time wise you need more insulin. For a 10 on its way down you would approach “fixing” it quite differently.
The same goes for a 3 on its way up and a 3 on its way down!
Continous monitoring affords one the “luxury” of “learning” your diabetes and understanding your individual response to certain situations and conditions without over or under correcting (once you learn to do this properly).
Anyone with type 1 themselves or a type 1 child will know the absolute helplessness you feel when you/your little one goes low or runs high.
In my personal opinion 4-6 injections with 4-6 finger sticks is such a “patchy” way of dealing with diabetes.
It’s 2016 and we have options !!
WE have pump therapy with and without continuous monitoring, we have continuous monitoring ! this has revolutionised care and quality of life of patients.
And now (drum roll) we have on the horizon non-invasive (i.e. not sore no prick) continuous monitoring !!! arriving sometime later this year – this is truly revolutionary.
Yes knowing your number is important. It not only adds quality to your life but gives loved ones the peace of mind they need.
So I have 5 patients on Dexcom – continuous monitoring for diabetes. They are all type 1 patients (but type 2s could use this device too). It has made the hugest difference in terms of almost NO hypos ! Why? Because you see it dropping and you react !
Seems obvious but if you are diabetic you know how @@$$%% awful a low is. And being able to prevent is like a magic trick.
Also a lot less high excursions – you see the trend of it going up and you can exercise, run a temp basal or if really high like >15 do a correction bolus (aiming for not too aggressive otherwise you induce a see-saw pattern we are trying to avoid).
Delighted I am for them as well as all the other patients in the future that is it going to help.
The technology is simply one that works – an amazing little filament with embedded sensor that detects change that is fed into an algoryhtm. It is accurate, hard working, simply a wonderful armentarium in the diabetes tools.
Can I ask anyone out there to give feedback on their dexcom tips?