My efforts to manage my blood sugar and be a good parent collided last night. Here's what happened:
First of all, some background information. Yesterday Sienna received her six month immunizations. The check-up went well; she's growing perfectly and developing normally. Getting shots always puts her in a little bit of a funk. So, by around 7:00 p.m. she was getting fussy and tired. I'd just enjoyed a delicious bran muffin after going for a walk with my mom and Sienna.
I knew my blood sugar was on the high side, so I tested in anticipation of dinner. My blood sugar was 233 mg/dl. Oops! I bolused 2 ½ units of insulin as we were planning a low carb dinner of homemade cheeseburgers. Dennis and I attempted to feed Sienna some milk and then some oatmeal, both of which she mostly refused. She was getting more tired and fussy by the minute.
"Okay," I announced. "Let's just get her in bed and then make our dinner."
The memory of the recent bolus hit me, ...
For the first time, I'm really noticing the effect of stress on my blood sugar control. This has been Sienna's first week of daycare, and we're both adjusting to the new situation. From what I've been told, it's perfectly normal for babies to have a difficult time when they first start daycare. Plus, Sienna is at the prime age for separation anxiety, so she gets very upset as soon as she realizes I'm gone. Although Sienna is perfectly fine and well cared for, she's not able to fully understand that mommy will return. It's going to take awhile for her to be familiar with her caregivers and the new surroundings. In the meantime, she's upset and so am I. It's so heartbreaking to leave while she's crying and know that I'm the one that can easily calm her fears. The bond between mom and child is so intense. Even though I'm not consciously thinking about her every minute, on some level my mind and body are tense while we're separated. When I pick her up in the evening, and hold...
Most scientists won’t admit it, but some of them are a lot like journalists. Some people in both groups seem to get their jollies and make their reputations by debunking the work of others.
Cinnamon is now important enough for glucose control that the debunkers have jumped on it. A group of five scientists in Maastricht, The Netherlands, carefully studied the effects of cinnamon and found that it doesn’t work.
They found that “Cinnamon supplementation does not improve glycemic control in postmenopausal type 2 diabetes patients ”. The Journal of Nutrition published their research in its April 2006 issue.
Specifically, they contradicted “ Cinnamon improves glucose and lipids of people with type 2 diabetes ” by Richard A. Anderson and his associates at the Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center in Maryland and in Peshawar, Pakistan. Earlier I have written about Dr. Anderson’s work on this blog and my website.
The Dutch scientists used the same type of cinnamon, cinnamomum cassia (...
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