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When Diabetes News Overwhelms You

I write about 6 articles a week for Diabetes Daily.

Most of what I do is share information regarding diabetes news and a great deal of that is comprised of studies that effectively help us learn more about the effects of diabetes on our bodies.

If it depresses or overwhelms you to read this types of news, believe me, I completely understand. I felt sick for the first few months of doing this kind of writing because every piece of what seemed like bad news gave me a strong negative physical reaction. I quickly realized I needed to do two things: compartmentalize and use actions to attack my fears.

What many of these studies iterated to me was that I needed to find a way to avoid as many high blood sugars as I could. One of the reasons I feel so strongly about this is that I’ve already dealt with the negative effects of prolonged high blood sugars and if I had been diagnosed last year, I’d likely feel a little less motivated to employ some serious interventions. Yet, maybe not, who knows.

Time and too many high blood sugars has taken it’s toll and I must fight to win back as much health as is humanly possible. I’m stubborn, as I’ve said before many times, and I want not just so-so health, but I want to be as healthy as a healthy person without diabetes. Will I achieve that? Probably not to the degree I’d like but I believe in striving for the best possible outcome, so that when I fall a little short, I’ll still be in a great place and proud of my efforts.

So how did I compartmentalize? Well, I started to read these harrowing news stories almost as if I was outside of my body and I didn’t personalize anything of the data for myself. For example, if I was looking at how many people with type 1 diabetes suffer kidney damage after a certain number of years with type 1, I did not allow myself to apply that to my many years with type 1. I basically pretended I didn’t have diabetes while I read and wrote about this. It sounds robotic, and it certainly kind of is, but my sanity is crucial to my overall health so I needed to get through the information, log it into my brain, and keep it there as pieces of useful data available to guide or influence my future decisions.

Now for the real important bit–attacking fears with action. The best way I know of to feel more in control and more motivated about a situation is to act on it. Action needs to be fueled by knowledge and caution, of course, but action is THE catalyst for any positive outcome we might enjoy. No one ever lost weight by thinking about it or wishing for it.

Here’s the dialogue that plays out in my brain:

What is my fear? That i’ll develop any number of complications.

What causes diabetes complications? If I’m going to generalize and I am, it’s high blood sugars both acute and prolonged over time.

So what should I do to manage my fear? Avoid high blood sugars.

How do I avoid high blood sugars? For about 8.5 years i’ve written about Dr. Bernstein and his low carb recommendations for people with type 1 diabetes. I’ve lowered my carbs gradually over the last 13 years and seen much fewer highs as a result. I’ve continued my efforts to the point of following a very low carb diet in a more consistent manner and i’ve seen even fewer episodes of high blood sugar and fewer episodes of low blood sugar, too. Also, the catastrophic highs and lows are nearly non-existent.

Fewer highs and lows have literally been the remedy to my fears. Now, I still have fears about certain aspects of this condition and I get tired of living with diabetes, but just like any human, I can’t expect to live without fear, I can only hope to manage it in a way that lets me accomplish what I want and be happy with my life.

Each time I read or write about diabetes, I keep it impersonal but I save the information away to use when I need motivation or information with which to make a decision.

I hope that you, too can consider new information carefully versus letting it alienate you from something that might help. Don’t be afraid to talk to a healthcare professional about what you read, too. Some studies are not as reliable as they seem. Others are funded by the very companies that stand to make a profit.

Remain skeptical but don’t turn away from information–it might be just what you need.

#HAWMC Feces Transplant Helps Pre Diabetics?



You say "mmm" your belly says"nooo"        Photo by Simon Howden
You say “mmm!” your belly says”nooo!”    Photo by Simon Howden



I’m still participating in Health Activist’s Writers Month Challenge!  And today’s post prompt is to find a ridiculous headline or news about a cure for our disease and write what we think about it.  I had to read this article so I went ahead and read about the entire thing-not just the headline.

I found this:

Feces Transplant Helps Pre Diabetics With Insulin Sensitivity

For real.  And honestly, besides the cringe inducing factor-this makes sense.  We read more and more about how there seems to be a possible connection between type 2 diabetes and an imbalance in the gut.  Too much bad bacteria over the good bacteria caused from too much of the wrong foods or a sensitivity or allergy to certain foods.  This bacterial balance in the gut is SO important.  So when feces containing a better blend, so to speak, of good bacteria and bad bacteria, were transplanted into other men’s bowels (eww, I know) the men (who were obese and pre-diabetic) experienced improved insulin sensitivity.  They didn’t lose weight, however.  Yet, we know that many overweight people do not get type 2 diabetes.  There are other factors at play for sure.  And I think this study just helps to support that.  Many with type 2 diabetes are at a healthy weight.  With this study it’s too early to really tell anything but it’s certainly interesting.

Also interesting is it was suggested to me by a doctor that I give my newborns probiotics during their first few months of life to possibly minimize their diabetes risk by strongly supporting the healthy bacterial balance in their bellies.  And even now I try to watch out for foods that promote bad bacteria over good bacteria just in case it helps.  It’s one of the main reasons I limit processed foods and desserts with a lot of sugar.  I hope we learn more about this soon, don’t you?

One last question.  How did they find willing participants for this study?

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