Question For Diabetics

Question For Diabetics

Whether you are a Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetic, there are ideas, processes, plans and resources that can make life more tolerable.

As a diabetic, what resource or information do you desire the most? Which part of life do you find most challenging and would love “help” with?

Please post in comments below!!

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Diabetic Heresy – Chocolate Cake and Milk At 10PM

Diabetic Heresy – Chocolate Cake and Milk at 10PM

My gorgeous wife and I are celebrating our 10th Anniversary in Santa Fe, New Mexico at the BEAUTIFUL Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado. Santa Fe is charming with great food, art and history.

I particularly like celebrating with food…Lots of the wrong kind. If you’re a diabetic and you like to celebrate with food, that’s a challenge(worse than me trying to play tennis.). My insulin coverage has been like that of the Atlanta Falcons special teams…LOTS OF WORK LATELY. Check out my Dexcom CGM readings…all over the place.

Eating like a crazed lunatic.

Eating like a crazed lunatic.

I mean, last night at 10PM I had a massive piece of chocolate cake with a glass of milk. THAT’S CRAZY TALK IN DIABETIC WORLD. Crazy man. That’s asking for hyperglycemic terror. I basically disavowed having diabetes for five minutes and ate like I was a middle eastern oil sheik.  I, of course, increased my basal dosage for the rest of the evening with a health bolus too.  Again, Dexcom keeps me safe at night…

When we landed in Albuquerque, we were starving. I had a more tamed approach to food at that point. I hadn’t yet lost all will power. Santa Fe is about an hour outside, so we decided to check Trip Advisor for a quick lunch stop. We found The Grove Cafe and Market instantly and ducked off the interstate like a Nascar driver. I had a salad and split some unreal sweat potato and peanut soup with my bride.

The Grove Cage and Market in Albuquerque...I had a salad and split some unreal sweat potato and peanut soup with my bride.

The Grove Cafe and Market in Albuquerque…I had a salad and split some unreal sweat potato and peanut soup with my bride.

Then we arrived at Four Seasons Rancho Encantado…what a little piece of Heaven. They have a great restaurant, Terra, that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. We ate there today for breakfast. Later we plan on renting bikes and touring Santa Fe. I’m trying to mix in as much physical activity as possible without it feeling like training camp. Maybe I can keep a modest hold on my blood sugar levels by staying active. However, I do intend to EAT well while here. You don’t get a ton of opportunities like this. I’m pulling out every diabetic trick in the book in an effort to maximize this experience without struggling through lows and highs. I’m hoping I don’t induce a diabetic waterboarding experience in my mischief…

Four Seasons Rancho Encantado

Four Seasons Rancho Encantado Lobby Entrance

Little Art/Retail Gallery

Little Art/Retail Gallery

Eggs Benedict with Lump Crab

Eggs Benedict with Lump Crab

Egg and Sausage Omelette with Avacado

Egg and Sausage Omelette with Avacado

Terra Restaurant at Four Seasons Rancho Encantado

Terra Restaurant at Four Seasons Rancho Encantado

Beautiful Fireplace and Wine Selection in Terra Restaurant

Beautiful Fireplace and Wine Selection in Terra Restaurant

Cure For Type 1 Diabetes? Vaccine developing…

Cure For Type 1 Diabetes? Vaccine developing…

Sorry for two medical posts in a row folks, but this one kind of hit home. It appears that five strands of virus have been identified, one being the most likely villain, that causes Type 1 Diabetes. They are now at the human test phase, but wow, what would it be like if they had a vaccine that got rid of the enterovirus that shuts down the pancreas(basically)? Go Finland…read the article here.

Possible cure that kills enterovirus in pancreas.

Possible cure that kills enterovirus in pancreas.

Islet Cell Transplant Procedure Offers Improved Outcomes for Type 1 Diabetes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ImageHas anyone been tracking this islet cell transplant movement? When I read the below article, I can’t help but get excited. However, from what I’ve been told by my endocrinologists is that this not a good process yet because once you install “foreign” tissue, cells, etc. into the body, the immune system attacks. So, they have to basically disable the immune system in order to make the transplant work? I didn’t read that in the below article though. This study sounds confident and progressive. I absolutely cannot imagine what it would be like to have a pancreas that worked again, or even for a year at a time!! I’m not above going in for a tune up once a year if it means I’m not pumping or injecting multiple times a day.  What say you?

Islet Cell Transplant Procedure Offers Improved Outcomes for Type 1 Diabetes

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