Did you miss the first posts in this series? Catch up before reading on!
Little Changes, Big Difference: Introduction
Little Changes, Big Difference - Part 1: Blood Sugar Trends
Little Changes, Big Difference - Part2: Food Composition and Insulin Timing
For me, the single factor that leads to most of my unexpected low blood sugars and those occasional high numbers is forgetting to account for my activity level. Insulin works so much more efficiently in an active body than when we're sedentary. In order to bolus accurately, you have to consider how active you'll be while that insulin is working.
Nearly every weekend our family takes one or two long walks around our neighborhood or Balboa Park. When I carefully plan my insulin bolus and food intake with a walk in mind, I can usually manage my blood sugar quite well. I'll usually plan to give myself less insulin for my breakfast, lunch, or snack (whichever occurs before our walk), and drop my basal rate for an hour prio...
It’s clear that we eat too much salt….and sugar…and the wrong fats ….and food in general. Refined sugars (carbohydrates) in particular, have been linked to a variety of health issues including obesity and diabetes. Hypertension, on the other hand, has consistently been linked to excess salt consumption. So it comes as a bit of a surprise to see new research that links sugar to hypertension.
American scientists recently reviewed a study of 8670 French adults which seemed to find no link between hypertension and salt intake . The study's researchers postulate that instead, consistently high sugar levels cause your heart to beat faster and in turn, cause your blood pressure to rise. A research team, led by Dr. James DiNicolantonio, a heart disease specialist at St. Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City, believes the French study is on to something. Sugar may indeed be a significant risk factor for...
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...
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