And, it’s another installment of News & Views! I can feel your heightened anticipation and can hear your Question: What is he going to reveal today? Right? You are asking that, right? I better get to it.
First, November is Diabetes Awareness Month. There are numerous articles and 1,000’s of words to read if you search on “November Diabetes Awareness Month.” Go ahead, feel free to copy and paste to use for a search. Most of those words will be far more eloquent than mine would ever be. But, there is a blog, Running Without Sugar, I think you might find thought provoking and interesting because a photographer who happens to be a T2 is going to be posting pictures that are all based on the color blue. I am excited to see the pictures they post.
Why blue? Because it’s the color associated with the International Diabetes Federation. Diabetes is a truly international disease striking about 350,000,000 people. Putting that into a little perspective, that is like saying EVERYONE in the United States has Diabetes, plus the entire population of Canada. That’s a lot of people! Not only is finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes important, it’s vitally important that Type 2’s learn how to control their disease and do it. Type 2’s must know that controlling it is within their grasp if they just reach out. How? Start here.
Let’s see what else is going on…
Intestinal Hormone May Correct Type 2 Diabetes. “Researchers from the Helmholtz Zentrum München (HMGU) and the Technische Universität München (TUM), together with scientists in the U.S., discovered that the hormone can act on the receptors in insulin-stimulating hormones GLP-1 and GIP, helping to reduce weight and improve blood sugar in patients.” A new drug that works in the intestine instead of another organ is great news! More tests are needed, but watch for it. I will have to get Katherine, our friendly neighborhood pharmacist, to write about this in words we can all understand.
Will the Diet Debate Ever End? “One of the joys (and burdens) of being a dietitian is the feedback that I get about the merits and pitfalls of various types of diets. Some people ask about certain types of diets because they’re curious or because they want to lose weight/manage their diabetes/live longer, etc. Other people take a firm stance or position (often zealous in nature) that the “X” diet (fill in the blank here) is really the ONLY diet to be following if one wants to lose weight or lower his blood glucose.” There is no one size fits all diet. And, that’s why what works for me, may not work for you. It’s important to discover the right diet for yourself and stick to it; use what works. And, you find that out through maintaining a food journal. It is so important in your War On Diabetes; I can’t emphasize strongly enough to find what works and stick to it; write your own Diabetes Bible – it will be the best resource you have.
Morning Highs. “The goal for the morning blood glucose is to be less than 130. High blood glucose levels in the morning can be caused by a number of factors, such as not taking enough diabetes medication, too much snacking at night, or eating a supper high in carbohydrates.” I know many of you battle some high numbers in the morning. This is a short article with some good suggestions on how to control it.
I’ve rattled on long enough. Want to see all that’s going on – and there’s a lot of it, click here.
As always, thank you for reading!