I had a rather frightening experience recently. I wasn't scared at the time, but when I look back at it - I shiver.
I developed Type 2 diabetes after gaining 80 pounds on psychiatric medications. I have to admit, I do a poor job of maintaining a proper diet. There have been days lately when I had nothing to eat but sugary drinks and foods.
If you're not familiar with diabetes, it isn't just a matter of high blood sugar, it's a matter of high and low blood sugar. Eating makes your blood sugar go up. Time makes it go down. If you eat something that's all sugar and fat, your blood pressure may spike and then drop too low. That's what my self-indulgent diet has been doing to me.
A few days ago I spent my day eating red velvet cake and drinking Frappucino. An hour before bedtime I took my usual meds, which include three that can cause sleepiness and dizziness - Seroquel (quetiapine), Lamictal (lamotrigine) and trazodone. I also took my evening dose of metformin for dia...
I got an email from my pal, Ginger ! She told me that a week ago she had a really low blood sugar and her vision was really weird. Her friend was passing her gluten free macaroons and she couldn't focus on her. Ginger wrote, "Yeah, my friend Rachel was with me and I couldn't for the life of me get my eyes to look correctly at her! I was looking at her knees while I was trying to see her eyes!" I knew what she was talking about! In 1992, I was working at the Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. Reebok had given me a contract and part of that deal was time in Spain at the Olympics. We were there for 3 and half weeks. Working at something like that is chaotic everyday! I was happy working on athletes, but I also helped out with sponsor's room. Reebok was the footwear sponsor for the Olympics that year. Athletes would come in and pick up their clothing and shoes for the games, business deals were being done with federations to make ...
David Mendosa recently posted a blog about " glycemic variability ." Most people have come to expect that their diabetes control is primarily evaluated by the hb A1C level. Indeed, the hb A1c is correlated with a three-month estimated average glucose level, which is very helpful to know in terms of the effectiveness in medical (insulin or oral) therapy. However, what is less often discussed is the importance of glycemic variability: the ups and downs of glucose values that occur naturally and as a result of medication. How does glycemic variability play a role in the management of diabetes? The latest information to date indicates that glycemic variability is extremely crucial in blood vessel inflammation and in physical/emotional well-being. The rate of those glucose excursions (highs and lows) profoundly effect how one feels emotionally, physically, and now cognitively, according to a recent article in Diabetes Care (a journal associated with the American Diabetes Association) .
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