First, an apology for not posting yesterday. The fact is the last ten days caught up with me – I was tired. And, it seemed that each time I started to write a post (I tried three different posts which I think you will see next week) the brain and fingers could not compose a decent sentence or train of thought that made sense. I finally gave up and went to sleep – where I should have gone in the first place.
Meanwhile, back at Friday the 13th, there’s a lot of great stuff out there, so let’s get to it.
Swiss Study Suggests Sugar Is the Root of Various Health Problems. Obesity levels have reached their historically highest point–surpassing hunger as a global problem–and type 2 diabetes cases could triple by 2050, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. That prediction of a threefold increase–and diabetes levels right now account for more than 10 percent of all healthcare spending–is making doctors take another look at the reason behind the rise in diabetes and obesity–and sugar seems to be the likely culprit. Really? You think that sugar might contribute to Diabetes? And, it took a study to tell you this? Yes, there are other contributing factors, but sugar might be one of the leading players in getting Diabetes. Most Diabetics would not need a study to know this. But, it was the Swiss who did the study – they want to KNOW for sure. It’s an interesting read.
Doctors ask for Diabetes patient input 29% of time. “Results from the global Diabetes Attitudes, Wishes and Needs 2 study (DAWN2TM) presented December 5 at a symposium during the World Diabetes Congress of the International Diabetes Federation in Melbourne, Australia, show that only 29 percent of people with diabetes report that their healthcare team asks for their input when making their treatment plans.” Remember, you are the one with Diabetes, not the doctor. Work with your doctor to develop the plan – and then implement it! Remember your weapons in the War: Diet, Exercise and Meds. This is another good read.
7 Blood Sugar Testing Mistakes to Avoid. “Blood sugar testing – by comparison, an IRS audit might seem like more fun. But it’s an undeniable tenet of diabetes control. Results from a study of more than 5,000 people living with diabetes showed that even those who don’t take medication for diabetes have better blood sugar control if they test regularly.” I can’t stress the importance of testing enough. It’s our scorecard; tells us how we are doing. Read the article and learn not to make these common mistakes.
Vegetarian and Vegan Diets. “When properly planned using foods from all the food groups, vegetarian and vegan diets meet the requirements of the dietary guidelines. Those following vegan diets have to take extra care that they get adequate vitamin D, calcium, vitamin B12, iodine and iron. Vitamin B12 does not exist in the plant world and has to be obtained either through supplements or fortified cereal and soy products.” These diets are an alternative that require a bit more attention, but can be very valuable to fight Diabetes with, if you elect to follow one of them. Another interesting read from Joslin.
Low adherence to diet and exercise changes in Type 2 Diabetes. “Research shows that 60% of patients with type 2 diabetes are not increasing their level of exercise following their diagnosis and 50% have not made changes to their diet.” Why not? Why do so many not make any, or limited changes? You have three weapons to find Diabetes. Diet. Exercise. Meds. Use them all! Please.
Type 2 diabetics ‘have better glucose control’ with exercise game. “Exercise video games are used by many people worldwide to adopt a regular exercise routine, help with weight loss or to simply play with friends. But new research suggests the popular games could help people with type 2 diabetes to improve control of their glucose levels.” I know sometimes that you just don’t want to get out and exercise; it can be boring and not really fun for some. So, get a video game and exercise to it. It might be easier for you to do and would definitely be better during Winter. Please just exercise so you can win your War On Diabetes.
You can find more interesting articles here.
As always, thank you for reading.