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, ...
Last week I got to stay home from work for three days and play with my sweet little daughter! It was a wonderful break from my busy workweek routine. However, one good thing about my regular routine is that I eat a regimented diet that keeps my blood sugars level. On the weekends I go with a plan of "management indulgence" where I eat more carbohydrates, but I'm prepared to cover it with extra insulin. For some reason, being home during the week threw my eating, and therefore my blood sugars, all out of whack!
It started on Tuesday when Sienna and I visited my office. My coworkers wanted to see her and then we headed out shopping for new clothes for our growing girl! I needed a place to feed Sienna lunch and figured I get myself something to eat too. We stopped at a semi-fast food place that serves semi-healthy Asian food. I wisely skipped the white rice, however the chow mein that came with my chicken entrée was covered in a very syrupy sauce. Plus, the breaded...
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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