It’s Friday! And, I’m making an effort to make sure to get out some of the news from the World of Diabetes each week and Friday just seems like a great day to do it. So, without further delay…
The artificial pancreas is still a bit off, but it’s getting closer and that’s great news for Type 1’s. Remember, it’s the pancreas that creates insulin which gets that nasty ol’ sugar into our cells where it will do some good. Read the summary of the study. Why should you care? Because not only will this help the millions with Type 1 – I am fairly certain there will be some benefit to us Type 1’s down the line.
Hot cocoa looks like it can help the obese (anyone with a BMI over 30.0) fight inflammation and diabetes. Read a bit of the article: “Most obesity researchers tend to steer clear of chocolate because it is high in fat, high in sugar and is usually considered an indulgence,” Lambert said. “However, cocoa powder is low in fat and low in sugar.” There’s more. Just click on the quote. But know there is a difference etween hot chocolate and hot cocoa. Read about that here. I am going to try hot cocoa soon!
Did you know stress can elevate glucose levels? So, anything that reduces stress is helpful to the diabetic. Okay, that was pretty obvious. It’s being shown, and has been shown, that meditation reduces stress. Now, this can also be called prayer. Anytime you let your mind relax, stress will be reduced. Prayer and meditation relax the mind and “soul.” If you don’t already, start praying or meditating. Reduce stress and you reduce glucose in your blood. Pretty simple. Can you imagine what prayer/meditation and exercise could do? Wow!
You know, in some parts of the country and world, it’s getting downright hot. When that happens, you drink more fluids. But what kind of drinks should a diabetic consume? Instead of thinking about what you can’t have, take a look at the grocery list of things that we can drink without really effecting our glucose levels. You will be impressed.
Amazing news! Scientists are learning how to transplant cells the will produce insulin. It woun’t be available this year, or next, but we are on the edge of something truly great. Can you imagine the ramifications? Huge. This is like science fiction, but true!
Taking a short walk after eating helps reduce glucose levels. It’s good to see science behind it, but I have done my walk after dinner since the beginning of my battle. Now, it’s been found that any short walk after eating is good and will contribute to reducing the spike in our glucose levels after eating. It’s great to know there it’s still being studied. Think about it: a 10 minute walk after each meal and you have your 30 minutes of activity each day!
Back to the Type 1’s for a moment. There is a new hormone that has been found that helps create insulin producing cells. Big, big news if you are a Type 1. Remember, Type 1 Diabetes is a disease in which the body’s auto-immune system destroys the insulin making cells in the pancreas. To have found a hormone that will encourage the regeneration of these cells is an amazing feat. Just shows you what a bit of money will do in the hands of some really bright people.
A sucker to detect glucose levels? Well, not quite. but a group of folks at he University of Pittsburgh have develop a tool that might mean we don’t have to stick ourselves to determine our glucose levels. Wait. I like making myself bleed for my disease. I like poking myself with a needle just tog et a drop of blood. NOT. Read the article and dream about what life could be like.
There’s more going on, but that is what caught my attention as I read the articles. We live in a time of miracles. It doesn’t matter if they are produced through the use of technology or science – they are still miracles – and we are going to benefit from them. Isn’t that great?!
Fight the good fight and win your War On Diabetes. You can do it.
As always, thank you for reading. And, if you have read this far, do you have any ideas for a better name for these ‘news’ posts? I’d love to hear from you.