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Diabetes does not have to be


To be or not to be – TYPE 2 I mean. Lifestyle induced diabetes. This is a disease that we hardly saw 100years ago. It’s a new thing really.

A question of quality of life I believe. Both to prevent it and to “cure” it. Type 2 diabetes is essentially “toxicity of life” disease. Too much sugar, too much bad stuff, mainly sugar that causes inflammation generally but is specifically bad for the pancreas and the reason being it is like flogging a horse. Every time YOU demand insulin of the pancreas (every time you eat sugar or carbs) it has to produce it. Only it only has so many b cells to do this and the harder you flog it the harder those cells work and you literally flog your pancreas. At some point – once you have lost 50 % of those cells you become diabetic.

Now here ‘s the interesting thing. At 49.9% you are not diabetic but at 50% you are – go figure. Like with a lot of things there is a spectrum. So, surely you understand that one can “pick up ” this continuum BEFORE you qualify for type 2. SO why not find out??

Once you have type2 for real it is a matter of time before you flog those last 50% and then need insulin to save eyes, heart, limbs etc. However IF you take it seriously and “recruit” dying cells that are about to become apoptotic you can actually turn it around a bit, not back to 100% but you can slow the progress and retard the disease. So why not do that?

To be or not to be ? The choice is yours and the decision in your hands for the grab or not?

 

Josef Pilates – unconventional response


I do just love the story of this man, born in Germany to a father of greek descent. He had “healthy” parents who got the flame kindled for what was to come. He was a sickly child with many obstacles to overcome and born into the world at a challenging time. He was a circus performer who toured England and somehow also got involved in training the scotland yard police in physical training.

When the war broke out he was “interned” on the isle of man due to being german (first world war). It was during this time that he helped prisoners of war who were bedridden to “exercise” by “creating” novel equipment so that they could exercise in bed.

He was a war hero and asked by the kaiser to train german troops but declined the offer and rather went across to America to start a new life (and not partake in world war 2).

In Manhatten he started a “contrology” studio in the same building as some dance studios and the rest is largely history.

I find it fascinating that someone dealt a fairly difficult hand of cards came up so trumps with this “new” form of exercise that now helps millions of people across the globe.

If you have not tried pilates do it today : mind body soul invigoration!

don’t just sit there – phone around, google and go

Diabetes type 1 on the rise?


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. 🙂

 

 

 

 

Diabetes -wish it would trend like Trump- in an ideal world (sigh)


Diabetes is a scourge of modern day living. Why are we not winning ?

This is a simple disease – type 2 that is perfectly PREVENTABLE and perfectly treatable and yet we are losing this battle left right and centre.

Dialysis, amputations, blindness abound and really should not.

WE have the tools but we do not have political will or the will of the people.

We live in an age where as humans we choose easy street time and time again. Easy street in eating, easy street in not exercising, easy street in unhealthy choices.

One hundred years ago we were skinny and ate half of what we do currently and guess what we had a almost nil type 2 problem. Fast forward to 2016 and the numbers are staggering (like a drunkard) – out of control.

For a disease that is preventable and treatable.

A sugar above 10 has an effect much like coke on the floor – everything becomes one sticky stuck together mess – that’s a poorly controlled diabetic’s body.

Keep your sugar below 10 and voila – no problems in fact, keep your sugar at target and you live longer than a non-diabetic !

Easy peasy lemon squeezy – but we are not doing it ?

I urge you to look after your body – the only one you have – check your sugar regularly -pick up diabetes early and treat it. Better still eat healthily and exercise and skip it. It is possible. It is really possible – however if you would rather just be fat and still – have some diabetes.

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How the heck?


Oh my shattered nerves how on earth has 2016 happened and unfolded this way? Is democracy the way forward ?

I am pretty sure that New Yorkers did not vote for Trump, as Londoners did not vote for brexit. Is it just me or are there way too many stupid people out there. Well if Donald Trump can say the things he has and get voted as the president, I think we should take a leaf out of his book and be less pc going forward.

Perhaps honesty may get us somewhere.

And why the heck did the media lull us into a sense of all is ok with the world by saying Hilary would win?

What does this mean? For the world at large??

Where do we stand and is the world at large a safe place ?

Donald strikes me as quite selfish, is he simply going to forget about the rest of the world?

Today, for once I am glad to live in south africa with our version of stupid as president.donald-trumpzumazump

Dubai Diabetes


I was extremely privileged to attend the META (middle-east Turkey Africa) collaborative diabetes conference in Dubai at the weekend. Wow!

I was treated like an absolute princess, divine food! International speakers were out of this world and I thank Boeringher-Ingelheim for a superbly organised time in this wonderful place. I am a big fan of Dubai! (now).

I met 2 new friends and such a rare sparkling gem to have spent this time together. Thank you!

The talks focused on a new class of diabetes drug not yet available in south africa (maybe next year) for type 2 diabetes – SGLT sodium glucose transport inhibitor drug which causes you to pee out the glucose (sugar). This new drug not only has great sugar control BUT prevents heart attacks as well as has a positive effect on kidney disease.

There has been so! much research in the last few years and it is really so exciting to be a part of being able to treat diabetes more efficiently effectively and with fewer

side-effects.

Trump cards! How diabetes relates to bad politics


Do we really know what is the truth and what is a lie? It seems to me that the political arena no matter where on earth is filled with half truths and a very interesting dynamic by which the truth is evaded in very clever ways.

Unfortunately this knocks -onto things like budgets and specifically budgets for health care. At the end of the day the vast majority of patients rely on some form of state care and vastly across the whole world the “care” afforded to the masses is in a severely sorry state. Never mind the state of the nation, the state of the health care of citizens across the world is dire and is not going to improve in the near future.

For me this is a travesty.

Donald Trump thinks he is a hero because he can avoid tax and that makes him “clever”. Well it also knocks on to other consequences like budgets and indirectly health care. I don’t even begin to understand american politics. In my own naivety I thought Obama was trying to do a good thing with Obama care. But being a humanitarian also imparts delusional greater good thoughts.

AT the end of the day money talks. Slush. Finish and “kla” as we south africans say.

The majority of citizens I am afraid are not humanitarian (in my humble opinion don’t even have brains to think that Donald Trump is even up for election) or else we would have far more “white helmet” brigades mopping up messes all around the world. The majority of citizens actually are quite selfish. Nevertheless I feel the majority should be able to access good health care.

Diabetes is a crazy disease -well type 2 at least in that it is ENTIRELY preventable as well as treatable! and yet we have scores of folk dropping dead of heart attacks related in part to diabetes combined with stress. And guess what? It’s a log curve. No sign of it abating, not even a sign of a slow down?

We have some very clever folk on this green earth and if funding could be funnelled to the right places we could actually win with diseases like diabetes and cancer. But somehow “funding” is controlled by the likes of the politicians (not even mentioning ours and our state of corruption). Politicians who think they are heroes standing up in public asking for a reward for dodging tax legally.

I say MORE!

I say móre: the just man justices;
Keeps grace: thát keeps all his goings graces;
Acts in God’s eye what in God’s eye he is —
Chríst — for Christ plays in ten thousand places,
Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his
To the Father through the features of men’s faces. ” (Gerald Manley Hopkins)
Truly speaking each one of us is accountable in the end. Truly speaking the more influence you have over masses of people the harder your job on the day of accountability which you can dodge for as long as you like but I somehow think dodging death is the ultimate superhero trick that has not been mastered by anyone yet.
There is no trump card that wins in the end. In the end humanity IS responsible. We have grown “fat” on our own sense of self importance and supremacy. Whilst countless lives (lives less important) suffer sometimes in silence (like in Syria) sometimes with a voice but most of the time at the hand of another. Even in the case of diabetes and the lack of answers for the “guiltless/blameless” type 1 children.

We are not stupid, we have brains, big brains developed over the tract of time. And yet we are actually very stupid and I think we shall remain that way seemingly by our very own choice.