What Causes Type 2 Diabetes?

I found the link to this news at TuDiabetes.com:

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine have discovered that inflammation provoked by immune cells called macrophages leads to insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes. Their discovery may pave the way to novel drug development to fight the epidemic of Type 2 diabetes associated with obesity, the most prevalent metabolic disease worldwide. (Read more…)

I learnt that inflammation may worsen Diabetes, but now it’s been identified as a cause. The article states that obesity may be disassociated with Diabetes directly, but I sure hope more people take the necessary steps, if they are overweight (like me), to improve this aspect of their lives and avoid other complications such as heart disease.

Green tea is good, it seems.

Found at the Diabetes Daily forum:

If you suffer from diabetes, drink plenty of green tea every day.  It’s just as effective – and far safer – than the world’s leading anti-diabetes drug Avandia (rosiglitazone), which also increases the risk of heart attack by 43 per cent.

Read more of this at What Doctors Don’t Tell You.

Food is our curse… Seriously!

I checked my blood glucose this morning, and it was 123 mg/dl. It gets frustrating when I can’t see two digits on the glucometer, but then I remembered I didn’t take my metformin last night (shame on me!). That is what happens when… GASPS!… I don’t eat a complete meal. I’ve been anxious and a little depressed during the last few days, but that is no excuse to neglect my nutrition.

But instead of getting upset, I got pro-active and started making breakfast. Then I read the label on the supposedly healthy bread my husband bought for me. Oh, those omega-3 are good for your health, and the fiber! Wrong! 38 g of carbs per slice, 100 calories per slice, and only 3 grams of fiber. Disappointing. From now on I will get my own stuff, so my poor husband doesn’t have to guess what’s good or not. I’m the one with the information, I should use it.

For those of us who love bread… This could be tricky.

Balanced Sugar Levels

From Diethack, a very good health oriented weblog:

To keep a steady and long lasting flow of glucose to the brain, we need to consume the highly branched carbohydrates so as to avoid eating all day long. This good habit will helps us on the other hand from picking up weight and keep us away from diseases like diabetes. Diabetes is a situation where the body is unable to self-monitor its level of sugar, bringing disorder to the stable organism’s environment. Complications of diabetes include renal dysfunctions which can lead to renal failure, eyes problems and brain damage.

Here are some tips to keep balanced glucose levels.

My Diabetic Tool Kit

I don’t use insulin, being that I have a Type 2 Diabetes that responds well to medication, but I thought I could ask what items should I put in what I want to make my Diabetic Tool Kit (you know, apart from the testing items and the glucose tablets). I have some extra money that I made babysitting, and I decided I’m going to buy me a snazzy looking little purse. 😉

So, what do you usually carry around?

Some sad numbers…

There are 20.8 million children and adults in the United States, or 7 percent of the population, who have diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association, including 6.2 million people (or nearly one-third) who are unaware that they have the disease. Add to that the 54 million people in the United States who have pre-diabetes.

And it is everyone’s job to educate and create awareness. According to the Center for Disease Control there was a 153 percent increase in diabetes diagnoses from 1994 to 2005.

Diabetes 365

I’ve tried to join 365 days groups on Flickr, but I can’t stick with them. I love taking photos, but there are days that I simply don’t have any interesting subject to show. However, when it’s for a good cause, or to stay motivated about my own health, I think it’s a great idea to play.

That is why today, November 1st, I decided to join the Diabetes 365 group on Flickr. I will try… Let’s hope that in a year I will have my mission accomplished.

November = Diabetes Awareness

World Diabetes Day - November 14

Nearly 21 million children and adults in the United States only are living with diabetes, and another 54 million people are at-risk. But those aren’t the only faces affected by [tag]diabetes[/tag]. If you are a parent or loved one caring for someone with diabetes, your face is in the picture too. (ADA)

Halle Berry says what?

I don’t know what’s more outrageous. Halle Berry’s sharing stupid stories about her Type 1 Diabetes “switching” to Type 2 because she doesn’t need insulin, or the media who doesn’t get more informed on the issue. It’s sickening to see this kind of misinformation, it makes me angry!

Type 1 and Type 2 are COMPLETELY different in their etiology, developed in/by two different ways. One does NOT become the other. We would think people these days can differentiate one from the other, but we would be wrong. Come on, some still think diabetes is the result of eating too much sugar, meh! That’s probably one of the reasons why research gets slow at times: IGNORANCE!

Berry says:

I’ve managed to ween myself off insulin, so now I like to put myself in the Type 2 category.

I say: Honey, you better learn more and stop making a fool of yourself in public. Don’t be so freaking stupid and understand that if you’re Type 1, you will never be able to make it without insulin. And it’s wean, not ween. Ugh.

Offensive Diabetes

Interesting discussion in TuDiabetes.com: Is the term Diabetic offensive?

My answer:

If the term Diabetes offends some people, then we patients should educate them. Diabetes isn’t a curse, it isn’t an insult. It’s a condition, of epidemic proportions, so it’s not like people don’t know about it. Some of us could have avoided it, some others didn’t have the choice. Would you find the term Cancer offensive? It’s a disease, like any other. I am not proud to call myself a Diabetic, but I am not ashamed to admit it so. It’s my reality, and it will be forever. Others may as well get used to it.

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