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NINJABETIC – Going Offline Is Good For The Soul

NINJABETIC – Going offline is good for the soul

NINJABETIC – Going offline is good for the soul

It’s difficult to put into words how joining the Diabetes Online Community made me feel six years ago. I was welcomed into a small, but vibrant community, filled with kind and caring people whose common interests were to share, support and help other people with diabetes. I’m pleased to say that this continues today, and it has been wonderful to watch the community grow so quickly into a huge family of supporters.
I very quickly found I was a part of something big and that felt really good. I had never felt needed or wanted before, or that I had that “special something” which helped me to belong, but living with type 1 diabetes seemed to give me that. I felt at home in the community and it was wonderful to finally feel like I mattered. It actually came as quite a surprise to me as, previously diabetes had always been a drag, it was unwanted and I had always felt that it held me back. However, being a part of the community showed me that diabetes could give me wonderful friendships and opportunities. This was a much needed change of perspective on my part.
‘Diabetes experience’
Soon I started being invited to all sorts of meetings, to talk at patient, professional, charity and pharma conferences, to be involved with a number of local and national projects, to write for national newspapers and medical journals and to be consulted on the birth and development of new and existing diabetes technologies – all of which were (and still are) a great honour!
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Why Did God Give Me Diabetes?

Why Did God Give Me Diabetes?


"Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope"- 1 Peter 3:15
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On December 19, 2014, I woke up to a phone call from a diabetic educator. This struck me as a little odd because I hadnt been officially diagnosed with diabetes yet (the nurse who called me the day before said I had blood sugar levels they saw in Type 1 Diabetics). I scheduled my appointment with her after meeting with the doctor who would tell me that I do in fact have Type 1 Diabetes.
That day was filled with several activities to keep me busy: a doctor appointment, trying (and failing) to get my insulin, meeting with a diabetic educator, picking up blood sugar testing supplies, successfully picking up insulin, packing my car, and driving six hours home from my university for winter break. I had been so busy doing things, and it had come on so quickly (I hadnt even realized how sick I was), that I didnt really have time to emotionally process my diagnosis.
When I finally paused and reflected on my situation, I felt incredibly frustrated at the utter lack of fairness. I was convinced I had done nothing to deserve this horrible disease. I angrily questioned God about why, after the worst couple months of my life, He decided to give me diabetes. I suppose if I had actually listened to Him, I wouldve gotten through the bitterness a little easier Continue reading

Does Vitamins Help to Prevent Diabetes?

Does Vitamins Help to Prevent Diabetes?


Many of us know that the most important and effective manner to deal with diabetes is to eat a well-balanced diet . However, what many of us do not know, however, is the fact that most of the diabetics suffer from the deficiency of essential vitamins. Research has shown that if you have an adequate quantity of vitamins in your body from an early age, you can avoid getting diabetes. Once you have contracted the condition, you can slow or prevent the progression of the same by maintaining the recommended levels of essential vitamins. In this article, we try to answer the question Does Vitamins Help to Prevent Diabetes?
Advantages of Taking Vitamins for Diabetes
Taking vitamin supplements can provide the following advantages to the diabetes patients:
When you have diabetes, the body has excess amounts of glucose which it is trying to get rid of in the form of urine . In the process, several nutrients, antioxidants, minerals, which are essential for the good health of the body are also washed away. Hence, a diabetic does need various supplements in order to replenish the same.
When you are a diabetic, you have elevated levels of blood glucose. This causes free radicals that lead to the damage of important proteins that your body is known to house. It also depletes the production of nitric oxide with the result that there is a blocking in the essential blood vessels . A lot of complications such as atherosclerosis , heart diseases , etc. are caused. In order to avoid this, supplements such as vitamins are required.
Besides, several research studies have indicated that dia Continue reading

What Diabetes Supplies Do I Take With Me When I Leave The House?

What Diabetes Supplies Do I Take With Me When I Leave The House?


By Elisabeth Almekinder RN, BA, CDE 1 Comment
You may be wondering what you should take with you when you leave the house when you have diabetes. After all, you want to be prepared for anything, and have everything that you might need for your diabetes in case of an emergency. In this article, we will look at what you should take with you when you leave home for several hours, or for a few nights sleepover somewhere.
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Some people with Type 2 Diabetes , who managed it with diet and exercise alone, may not have anything to take with them. They may need to plan for healthy meals, and regular physical activity while they are away.
If you have Pre-Diabetes , or Type 2 Diabetes, and you dont take medications or check your blood sugars, then its business as usual for the most part.
For others with Type 2 Diabetes who must take a pill and check their blood sugars regularly, they will have more to pack. Those with Type 1 Diabetes or Type 2 Diabetes who take insulin will have even more to pack, and those with Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes who have an insulin pump , and a Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) will have the most preparation to do to make sure that they have everything they need when they go off on a short trip.
It could be just leaving the house for a few hours, or going somewhere for a few days. Either way, those with Type 1 Continue reading

S.M.A.R.T. goals for diabetes management

S.M.A.R.T. goals for diabetes management


set goals SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, recorded, timely) colorful sticky notes on cork bulletin board
Self-managing diabetes, whether type 1, type 2 or gestational diabetes, can be very challenging and empowering at the same time. Just remember - change does take time. To be patient with change is very important.
S.M.A.R.T. goals for diabetes management is a tool that has helped people with diabetes experience life-changing improvements. It is a tool that assists individuals break down a goal into smaller specific goals. These smaller goals can be worked on more easily than working on the larger goal, which may be viewed as overwhelming and therefore unreachable.
Small steps set smaller, easy, specific goals, such as taking medication every day. When you are setting up this goal ask yourself the 6 W questions:
Always talk to your health care professional if you have questions about your treatment plan.
Who: Who is involved? My endo team, my husband
What: What do I want to accomplish? For my diabetes to be better controlled: by taking my medication everyday
Where: Identify where you can give yourself your medication
When: Establish a time when medication is to be taken
Which: Identify requirements and constraints, such as where at work can I give myself my insulin that will be a safe place for me?
Why: Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal. By taking my medication daily my A1C should improve, I should feel better.
Check feelings. What do you feel about your goal? This is an important question. The way you feel about your go Continue reading

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