Letter To A Diabetic

Or I Understand What You're Going Through

Month: September, 2013

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Richard Franklin and Type 2 Diabetes

Did You Hear That One About Diabetes…?

Hello out there everyone! I am looking for diabetes myths. I will soon be posting an article on them and I would like your contributions. What are some of the best (or worst) things you’ve heard about diabetes?

I’ve been told that I don’t “look” diabetic, that I eat well so I shouldn’t have it, that I am too old to have developed Type 1, and that since my pancreas “just stopped working” something should be able to make it “just start working”. Uh-huh. Yeah, right-o! That’ll be the day.

So, what have you heard slip out of people’s mouths that made you roll your eyes or dive into an explanation? Post as a comment or email me at lettertoadiabetic @ gmail dot com.

 

DNA ‘reverse’ vaccine reduces levels of immune cells believed responsible for type-1 diabetes, study shows.

 

BY BRUCE GOLDMAN

 Lawrence Steinman
 

A clinical trial of a vaccine, led by Stanford University School of Medicine researchers and designed to combat type-1 diabetes, has delivered initially promising results, suggesting that it may selectively counter the errant immune response that causes the disease.

Read the rest of the article here

 

Diabetic Eye Exams and Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is treatable if caught early! Make sure you have annual diabetic eye exams and be sure to tell your eye doc that you have diabetes! Watch this video to learn more.

 

Foot Care for Diabetics

Foot care is SO important for diabetics!

The Little Lady's Kitchen

feetcareDAILY

  • Check feet for blisters, sores, cuts, swollen areas, or infections. Use a mirror if necessary.
  • Wash feet with warm water and mild soap. Dry them completely and sprinkle powder between toes.
  • Moisturize tops and bottoms of feet with lotion or petroleum jelly.
  • Smooth rough calluses with a pumice stone.
  • Check shoes and socks for foreign objects before putting them on.

WEEKLY

  • Trim toenails, cutting or filing them straight across or following the natural curve of the toe.

EVERY YEAR

  • Have feet examined by podiatrist or primary health-care provider.

NEVER

  • Soak feet.
  • Get moisturizer between toes.
  • Cut the corners of toenails.
  • Go barefoot.
  • Let feet get too hot or too cold.

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Stress and Diabetes

Great advice for keeping stress levels low and how high stress levels raise our blood sugar.

The Little Lady's Kitchen

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When you’re stressed, your blood sugar levels rise. Stress hormones like epinephrine and cortisol kick in since one of their major functions is to raise blood sugar to help boost energy when it’s needed most. Think of the fight-or-flight response. You can’t fight danger when your blood sugar is low, so it rises to help meet the challenge. Both physical and emotional stress can prompt an increase in these hormones, resulting in an increase in blood sugars.

Things that can help

  • Exercise
  • Relaxation
  • Positive Mental Attitude
  • Support Systems
  • Keeping Balance

 

Avoid Unnecessary Stress

Here is a list I found on HelpGuide.org of stressors in your life that you can eliminate.

  • Learn how to say “no” – Know your limits and stick to them. Whether in your personal or professional life, refuse to accept added responsibilities when you’re close to reaching them. Taking on more than you can handle is…

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Snappy Diabetes Comebacks

I love what this gal has done. I know I have heard some unbelievable s**t come out of people’s mouths about diabetes? What have you heard that made you do a double take? Add it in the comment section (and your come backs too).

Snappy Diabetes Comebacks Youtube Video.

 

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Hilarious Stand-Up Bit

I know some people think that it isn’t funny to joke about diabetes, but I do. I mean, why shouldn’t I joke about it? Diabetes sure isn’t going to lighten the mood so I take care of that for it and me.

Check out the laughs here.

Having diabetes doesn’t mean we stop living – it means we take it with us, the same as taking our kids or our pets. It just comes along.

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Section 504 Plan – For Parents of Diabetic Students

The purpose of the 504 Plan is to outline protocol for students with diabetes should the student experience high or low blood sugar, injuries, illness, etc. The need for people in school settings with a “diabetes education” is great and can mean the difference between life and death should a student not be able to respond to his or her own medical needs. The plan specifies what the student is able to do for themselves and when trained staff are to step in . Check out a sample here.

If you have a child with diabetes, it is crucial that plans be made for everything from best to worst case scenarios. Educate your child, their teachers, caregivers, and any other people with them on a regular basis. If you have not had the opportunity to do so, check with your student’s school to see what the protocol is for student with diabetes to make sure their needs are met!

You can read more about keeping your child safe at school here.

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