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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...
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)
I've been told, anecdotally, that people with bipolar disorder crave salt. That's certainly true for me. I add salt to foods described as already containing too much sodium.
I also crave the sweet things that are the worst things for someone with diabetes. In the past I've had times where I'd eat four to six Three Musketeers bars a day, or an entire bag of Raisinets after coming home from work. Now I generally have red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting for breakfast.
For a long time the four basic tastes were sweet, sour, salty and bitter. Scientists have now added umami to the basic tastes which, as far as I can determine, just means "delicious." Ayurvedic medicine goes in a different direction, adding pungent (hot and spicy) and astringent (dry and tart). Tart is another favorite of mine - I add vinegar to spaghetti sauce instead of sugar, as many people do, and I prefer apples and tomatoes to be tangy.
In talking with other people who have bipolar, I've fo...
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