My feet were cold most of the time. Even when I wore thick woollen socks to bed my feet were often so uncomfortable that they interfered with my sleep.
Since I have diabetes, I assumed that my problem was that I had one of the most common complications of our condition, peripheral neuropathy. So I focused all the more on controlling my blood glucose level in hopes of reversing my problem some day. Good strategy in general. But worse than useless when the assumption is faulty. My problem is hypothyroidism. This means that my thyroid gland isn’t active enough in producing certain important hormones. One of the early symptoms is increased sensitivity to cold. I also had a couple more of the early symptoms -- I had a slow heart rate and my skin was dry and itchy. This is because the hypothyroidism gives me a slow metabolism, which can explain why I have such a hard time maintaining my weight loss. I can hardly eat anything without gaining weight! But different people have different sym...
The common cold has been uncommonly common for me in recent months. I typically get maybe one cold a year but this season, in spite of getting the flu and H1N1 shots, I succumbed to the onslaught of viruses hurled my way. I’m currently wrapping up the latest attack – congestion, sore throat, cough, overall tiredness – with a lingering throaty voice that makes me sound like a 30-year smoker or teen queen Miley Cyrus.
When I’m sick I prefer to escape from the world, stay under covers, watch cartoons or Hammer horror films, eat gummy candy and drink Vitamin water. All these things I did do, but in the interest of becoming a more responsible type 2 diabetes patient I read up on what I SHOULD do.
When you are sick, your body reacts by releasing hormones to fight infection. T hese hormones raise blood sugar levels and at the same time make it more difficult for insulin to lower blood sugar. As a result, when you are sick, it is harder to keep your blood ...
A healthy well-balanced diet is an essential part of glucose
control for people who have diabetes. However, having diabetes does
not mean that you have to eat special foods or feel deprived. But
you do need to plan ahead and be more thoughtful when it comes to
what and when you eat.
Carbohydrates serve as the main energy source for the body.
During digestion they are broken down into blood sugar and so too
many or too few carbohydrates can cause your blood glucose levels
to spike or drop. It is important to include them in your diet, in
fact 50 to 60 percent of your daily calories should come from
carbohydrate sources. For optimal blood sugar control, most of your
carbohydrate should come from:
Low-fat dairy products
Eating the same amount of carbohydrates each day helps control
blood sugar. It is also important to spread your carbohydrate-rich
foods throughout the day to keep your blood sugar levels
consistent. If you have diabetes, ...
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