Finding out your child has type 1 diabetes can be terrifying, and figuring out how to work diabetes care management into your life can be downright overwhelming. If you are a two-parent family, sit down, cry a little, and then read this list together and divide up the tasks. Communication between parents as you approach the steep diabetes learning curve will be essential. Below you'll find a checklist for parents of newly diagnosed children with diabetes. If you are a single parent, don’t be overwhelmed! The tasks may seem a lot to handle, but as you build a routine it will become much easier. 1. First of all, don’t panic. Right now you probably feel overwhelmed, confused and scared for your child. That’s normal. But keep in mind that type 1 diabetes is not what it used to be. There are still many myths about diabetes because until insulin was discovered in the 1920s, it was a fatal disease. Now, it is a very manageable chronic disease. The medical establishment ha...
My local Coop recently sent out a newsletter that included a picture of some roasted vegetables. My mouth started watering.
Then I thought a bit. Has my diet changed so much that I now crave vegetables, or was I just hungry? So I tried some photographs of other foods.
Hamburger and fries. Ho hum. Didn’t look good at all.
Chocolate milkshake. I could probably drink that, but it would be too sweet for my current tastes. Not mouthwatering.
Blueberry pie. That was always my favorite, and I’ve often said that if we heard that a comet was heading for Earth so we had only 24 hours before Earth exploded, I’d bake a blueberry pie and eat the whole thing. But would it really taste that good? Again, it would be too sweet, and I can cook blueberries and add a touch of fake sugar plus roasted almonds for crunch. Who needs the pie. Better to spend those 24 hours doing something else. Maybe converting to a religion that guaranteed an afterlife with a mon...
Our mouths are key to diabetes control. And not just what we put in them. How
would you like to reduce your A1C level by 0.67 percent -- like from
6.67 to 6.0 -- without putting less in your mouth or even increasing
your exercise? This third type of A1C control may be the easiest ever. Research
presented at last month's Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes
Association that I attended in San Francisco made this point. Dr.
George Taylor, associate professor of dentistry at the University of
Michigan, reported there on recent studies demonstrating the
association between periodontal problems and the complications of
diabetes. He spoke in the first symposium ever by dentists to ADA
meetings. As long ago as 1993 we have known from the research of Professor Harald Löe
that periodontal disease is "the sixth complication of diabetes." And
now a new analysis of the First National Health and Nutrition
Examination Survey (NHANES I) and its Epidemiologic Follow-up Study (NHEFS)
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