Yogurt: Diabetes Defender?

Huh?

The newest set of  research data is suggesting just that.

According to a few different sources (I’ll post a few below), eating yogurt a few times a week could help ward off T2d. Now, I’m not sure (and neither are researches yet) if this is because people who eat yogurt regularly jut eat healthier in general, or if it has something to do with the probiotics.

Either way, it’s just another reason to eat yogurt regularly. It’s delicious, generally healthy, and good for your tummy, which is open to a whole host of problems because of the ‘beetus (see this article about Gastroparesis).

 

Here are a few links to those studies, for your reading pleasure:

#REALTALK: Double D’s… An Inner (but important) Rambling

**This is pretty long, but worth it.. If you don’t make it to the end for whatever reason, just know that down there, I ask you to share this post (I don’t care if you share the whole blog, just this one post) because it was hard for me to write, and I want to know that someone, somewhere is benefitting from it. **

I have been meaning to do a post about depression and diabetes for quite some time now, but I just haven’t really had the time. Since I can’t seem to sleep, it seems like I’ve found some.

A really big part of diabetes is the blood sugar (checking, monitoring and the always prevalent “YOU CAN’T EAT THAT”), but there’s another part that people who don’t live with the D seem to pass by: depression.

Think about it, diabetes is a disease of the endocrine system. The endocrine system controls a whole host of hormones and functions. As a matter of fact, if my sugar is too high or too low, I’m completely horrid. Like AWFUL. Cranky, whiney, tantrum-y, and just a plain ol’ bitch (yeah, I admit it.).

There are some times when I’m on a high trend and I just get straight up drepressed. Then, of course, I eat my feelings (and let’s be honest, no one gets sad and eats kale amiright?!) and my numbers get higher (therefore getting deeper into depression) and there you have it! A vicious cycle brought on by too much candy (the depression, not the ‘beetus) that I then have to suffer and break myself.

Coming completely clean, I admit that I tried taking an anti-depressant to try to calm the depression down (this was a few months back) so that I had a fighting chance at fixing the whole thing. You know what? It didn’t work. I know that different things work for different people and all, but I’m pretty convinced that because this was from my sugar, medicine wasn’t going to fix it.

Eventually I broke that whole cycle and started getting things back to normal… But every once in a while, depression starts knocking at the door and I have to shove it off all over again. Watching, I have noticed that this seems to happen whenever I deicde that my numbers aren’t important to check anymore and eat whatever I want. (see what I’m getting at?)

There are a lot of other things that go on inside the mind of someone with the D, and I mean, I can only speak from a young person’s point of view here. I know that, at least for me, the hard time losing weight has always been one of them. Diabetes makes it a little harder to lose weight, and a lot of the oral meds for diabetes make it even harder on top of that. Throw in a slow thyroid (a common problem for diabetics) and have a lot stacked against you. I’m not making excuses here, guys, anything is possible!

Continuing on with my unabashed honesty (I’m chalking this up to the fact that I am exhausted) I have always struggled with weight. The demon in my closet steps on the scale A LOT. It sometimes will remind me how much weight I’ve gained since starting this medicine, randomly in the middle of the day. It comes into the dressing room with me at Old Navy and we try on clothes together (it judges). I hear it’s great friends with my on-again-off again-pal, Depression.

Lastly, don’t forget that people with diabetes get to deal with having some life-long, pain in the ass disease for the rest of their lives! Not to be dramatic or anything… but it’s kinda true. Although you should never let your disease get the best of you, some days it wakes up a little earlier than you and has an extra cup of coffee or something, and just gets a leg up on your spirit for the day, that’s totally normal. 

Is this me coming out as a basket case all over the internet? Heck no. This is me trying to give some people some insight into what goes on inside other people’s minds. Not everyone is willing to share. I’m not even sure I’M willing to share!

Think of this as a Cliff Notes for Diabetics, an, Everything you may not have read about on WebMD about the disease kinda thing.

Share this. Share it with everyone you know. Share it with people who have diabetic friends and family members, people married to diabetics, shit, share this with diabetics themselves and hope it encourages them to share what their demons do and say.

I’m sharing all of this uncharacteristally personal dribble with you guys in the hope that I can help you. Even if I help you help someone else. It’s better than being miserable for nothing.

This isn’t a cry for help, it’s a cry to help.

If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say, Head Over to the Experience Project.

Let me say this: The Experience Project should be a great thing. The concept is good, the idea is there, the only thing that went wrong is the human factor. You just can’t stop people from being judgmental douches.

The internet, and the people who use it, seem to seek out people seeking real help or advice and target them. It’s no secret that the anonymity of the internet has let an entire new breed of douches free in the world. What gets me is that when you sign up for the Experience Project website, you basically sign terms and conditions that supposedly stop you from being said douche. Unless you’re a liar, liar pants on fire (which a lot of people are).

Here’s why I’m bashing this site: when I was pregnant with Harper, I had a tough time getting my shit together to take my blood sugars like I was supposed to. I posted a question in the complicated pregnancy forum asking for tips on motivating myself and these people were pretty heartless. Of the 5 answers I received, 4 were nasty.

questionshitty answers

See? Unnecessary.

So while the idea of the Experience Project is great, you can’t take human nature out of humans, nor the humans from experiences, and thus you get a gaggle of douches waiting to pounce on anyone and anything.

 

Checking in With Another A+1c!

Went back to my endo earlier this week for some good news. A1c is at 6.4…. up .2 from my last test about 6 months ago, but still down from 6.7, which was the result from last November. As long as I keep hovering near control and don’t cross the line, I’ll be content.

BG readings are a little on the higher side after dinner, and getting close to the high side in the morning, I’ll be keeping an eye on that in the future.

Hope everyone is doing as well… Don’t forget to check out my 100 Blogaversary post and giveaway!

 

New Insulin Type: Haterade XL!?

That’s right. Haterade XL. Apparently all diabetics are taking it. It’s injectable, so it’s quick acting, and the “XL” means that it’s extended release; guaranteed to make you an a-hole all day long! I know it’s not just diabetics that are taking it, but that’s what I’m talking about at this time.

All over Facebook, comments in forums, and even on here (*probably) I see this war between type 1 and type 2 diabetics over who has it worse. I’m not here to take sides, and I’m not here to point out the differences.. (you can read up on that here! gotta educate!) My question is: Who cares?

Why does one group have to be sicker, worse off, or anything else than the other? Why be happy about that?! If you want to compete like children, compete to see who can control their numbers best, person for person… not who is more beat than the other. I’m tired of it. Tired of seeing it, tired of feeling guilty reading some of these stories, tired of getting angry when I read a type 1 discredit type 2 diabetes all together, as if it weren’t a real disease because they don’t need insulin, and tired of seeing a type 2 tell a type 1 they are better off because they are “used to it” and “just hook up to a pump”. If you were a decent person, you would put aside your bitterness and cheer on those who don’t have to take the same road you follow; maybe you can help one person be better off.

But we would rather fight each other.

How about, instead, we support each other in our journey and battle, be there when we need someone to listen, and wish each other the best, understand that every fight is different and difficult in its own way?

Just a thought.

 

Give It Away, Give It Away, Give It Away Now! (oh yes, I did.)

I decided that I love my glucometer so much that I’m giving it to someone special. Well, not MINE, but one just like it. I thought really hard about what to do for this giveaway and even consulted my hubby (who came up with the idea even!). We decided that this meter, and all its high-tech greatness, needs to belong to someone who can laugh and give it a good home. No moping. Yuck. So I’m thinking since I happen to feel like if you can’t laugh at yourself, you’ve got nothing left, I want to hear your best diabetes pun/joke. I mean yeah I know, diabetes is no laughing matter, blah, blah, blah…. BUT lighten up!

One of my biggest adversities has been accepting my diabetes and making the best of it, so I’m gonna go ahead and bet that I’m not alone in this one. Leave me a comment with a joke/pun, your email, and your name, and the one that makes me laugh the hardest wins. That’s it. Read the comments, get a laugh, feel better about your sucky situation, and maybe win a super cool meter; you can’t lose!

Here’s a link to the meter!

I’m sure that if you dig through some old blogs that I’ve mentioned my undying love for this thing…. I’m not up to the task myself… I know how much I love it, but you might be. Oh, and while you’re at it, check out my little Stick Me Designs Independent Distributor shop page on here, there’s some really great bags for sale there that you can’t find on their website (and mine are cheaper!). They make great gifts and Mother’s Day is coming up!

I’m thinking since it’s Monday (and Monday sucks) and I’m bringing the good news of a giveaway that I’ll end this next Monday (the 25th) to make next Monday less sucky, too (how great am I?!).

Okay… punny diabetes jokes…… anddddd GO! (good luck!)