I went to a class for a condition I have had for 14 years. I expected to be bored, but I felt validated instead. The science word was used . so here is what I learned
1) Genetics. yup, that’s the cause. excess fat- that’s from the body not knowing how to deal with glucose. Validation. It is what I have read , what the newer research shows,but what people want to argue with me about.
2) once there is a diagnosis – diet and exercise alone won’t work. Your pancreas is tired- medicine is there to help. Some people need more medications than others- it is body chemistry. But this is why the lowering of number for diagnosis for prediabetes – it is to actually help you stay off medication longer. This validated my experience with food and gave me some information.
3) heat attacks, high blood pressure, high blood sugar etc, are now all grouped together known as metabolic syndrome
just sharing with the class
You will read and you will hear – that walking will make diabetes better.I’ve even hear the word cure. When I was first diagnosed – I could go for a walk and see my numbers drop. Sadly, it doesn’t work that way anymore. In fact it is difficult for me to get my numbers to budge. Even when I trained for walking 60 miles. I know I’m not alone ( I read about a guy who ran his first half marathon – and also hit his highest blood sugar ever, while running it) . So nothing is quite simple.
So What’s the point? Well I actually think everybody that can walk,should walk. There was an article in last week’s chronicle that had some fascinating information. Just 15 minutes of walking, six days a week, can add 3 years to your life. More is better, but a small amount of time can give you three more years to hang with your friends and family. That sounds like a deal to me
There is a group called EveryBodyWalk that is trying to encourage everyone to walk . Check them out.
I put this on facebook, but I need it here for me . In this essay, a woman explains what it is like to live with a chronic disease. She compares energy to spoons – and as you do each task of the day – you lose a spoon. Things are not as bad for me as they are for her, Most of the time. But there are days and even weeks that are. And I need to remember to count my spoons
I Love this article.
Control is a bad word for diabetes. Really. Eat well, exercise — and then fall off your bike . Up goes the blood sugar. Take boot camp – lots of exercise — stress your body — up goes the blood sugar. Take care of someone sick — up goes your blood sugar. Feel for someone’s problems — up goes your blood sugar. Life happens and your blood sugar goes. up . As my Doctor says — diabetes is a progressive disease. – progressively worse.
Influence is a better word. It makes sense from my experience.
I like the word influence for all diseases. You can do everything in you r power to prevent a cold, and still get one. But it is a great word for chronic conditions. Life will always get in the way of control.
I’m not that picky about word choices. In fact, my DH would say I am careless. But sometimes it really makes a difference.