RaeLynn And Diabetes: Getting To Know You

RaeLynn and Diabetes: Getting to Know You

RaeLynn and Diabetes: Getting to Know You

RaeLynn and Diabetes: Getting to Know You
(RaeLynn. Image courtesy of Debby Wong / Shutterstock.com)
From finishing third on The Voice in 2012 to seeing her second single God Made Girls go gold in 2014, garnering two CMT Music Award nominations, touring with Miranda Lambert and Rascal Flatts, and releasing her single Love Triangle in July 2016, country singer RaeLynn moves at a hectic pace. But despite her busy lifestyle, RaeLynn, 23, takes time to manage her Type 1 diabetes, which she has done since her diagnosis at age 12, the same age at which she discovered her love of country music.
This past summer, she joined Novo Nordisks Patient Ambassador Education Program, taking part in community and educational events around the country on behalf of Novo Nordisk.
Having just wrapped up a two-month U.S. tour with her Voice coach and mentor Blake Shelton, RaeLynn spoke to Diabetes Self-Management about her passion for both country music and helping others with diabetes.
DSM: You were diagnosed at age12, the same year you discovered al ove for country music. Coincidence, or are they somehow intertwined?
RaeLynn: I grew up with music always a part of my life. Everyone in my family can sing. When I was diagnosed at 12, for sure it was kind of a scary thing. When you are told you have to take a shot every day, you think the world has ended. But I was taught that it was totally manageable, that I could handle it and still live out my dreams.
My parents wanted me to be able to take care of myself. I went to nutrition classes the biggest adjustment was going from eating sugar Continue reading

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JDRF Calls for Open Protocols in Diabetes Technology

JDRF Calls for Open Protocols in Diabetes Technology

JDRF Creates 'Open Protocols Initiative' Pushing Industry to Embrace Patient Innovation!
Written by Mike Hoskins on October 25, 2017
For those who've been pushing for more support of do-it-yourself diabetes technology over the last five years or so (crystallized as the #WeAreNotWaiting movement), a huge endorsement came last week when JDRF announced a new initiative encouraging the pharma and device industry to be more collaborative with patient innovators.
On Oct. 18, JDRF announced this new initiative calling for open protocols in emerging Artificial Pancreas (AP) technology as part of its ongoing aim to accelerate the development and commercialization of AP systems that automate insulin delivery. This will include both legal support and financial incentives to motivate the industry to follow Dexcom's recent lead in taking steps toward opening their back-end tech, so that innovators from around the Diabetes Community can build the functionality and apps best suited to patients' lives.
OK, that all may sound like mumbo-jumbo to a lot of people... we get it.
Think of it this way: Instead of the closed systems we have now, where each company makes their own "proprietary" devices that work only with their own hardware, software and apps, companies would go open-source and create code and documentation freely available to the public. This would allow partners and independent developers to build upon their tech, and encourage interoperability of devices and data systems.
Many in our community have been championing this cause for years now , and while JDRF's initiative i Continue reading

Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting On A Diet For My Diabetes

Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting On A Diet For My Diabetes

Cases of people being newly diagnosed with diabetes is on the rise. Because of this many people are often misinformed about what it means to have diabetes (type 1 and type 2) and how you should be eating. Before you begin any crazy diabetic diet, its important to take a step back and learn as much as you can about your eating habits. Dont think just because you have diabetes you have to stop eating your favorite foods, this is as far from the truth as it can get.
When I talked to those newly diagnosed about what they wish they knew before they started their new food journey with diabetes, they had some really good tips. I wanted to compile these amazing tips together in one convenient location so that you all could benefit from them.
Before we continue with this article, I wanted to let you know we have researched and compiled science-backed ways to stick to your diet and reverse your diabetes. Want to check out our insights? Download our free PDF Guide Power Foods to Eat here.
When you eat food, it is broken down into glucose, or sugar. Glucose is responsible for providing your body with the energy it needs. In order to use the glucose as energy, your body requires insulin. When you have Type 1 diabetes , your body does not make its own insulin and requires injections for assistance with this.
With type 2 diabetes , your body does not have the ability to make enough insulin or use it properly. Because the cells in your body cannot use the glucose as energy, this glucose stays in your bloodstream which leads to high blood sugar levels and potential problems.
While th Continue reading

Healthy Guide To Living With Diabetes

Healthy Guide To Living With Diabetes

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1.4 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year. In total, more than 29 million people in the Unites States are affected by diabetes, with type 2 diabetes accounting for between 90 and 95 percent of all cases. There are many things we can do in our lives to be healthier, but proper diet, regular exercise, sufficient sleep, and stress management are essential for living well and effectively manage your diabetes.
What is Diabetes?
Insulin is an extremely important hormone produced by beta cells in the pancreas. Insulin regulates the breakdown of sugars, starches, fats, and proteins from the food and beverages we consume. Insulin controls food is broken down to sugar, and how sugar is then used for energy by your body’s muscles, brain, and major organs to function properly. Insulin also regulates other functions of the body’s cells, including growth.
Prediabetes is when the body’s cells become resistant to the effects of insulin. Diabetes is when the pancreas can no longer keep up with the high insulin demand and hence, leads to blood sugar levels reaching toxic levels. When you have diabetes, your body cannot properly use and store food for energy. Our bodies need glucose, the form of sugar most food is broken down to. When our cells become resistant to the effects of insulin, these sugars can no longer be adequately delivered to the body’s cells for energy. In other words, diabetes is when the insulin resistance has become severe enough that the blood sugar remains extremely high. As blood Continue reading

The Cure for Obesity and Diabetes Is Processed Food (Part 3): How Nutrifoods can Actualize Health

The Cure for Obesity and Diabetes Is Processed Food (Part 3): How Nutrifoods can Actualize Health

Continued from: The Cure for Obesity and Diabetes is Processed Food (Part 2): Incentives, Influence, and Innovation .
read international headlines today, based on a randomized controlled trial published in the prestigious journal, The Lancet . Study participants were first taken off their medications for diabetes and hypertension, replaced their usual food with ~850-calorie per day liquid meal replacement shakes for 3-5 months, reintroduced regular foods back into their diets over 2-8 weeks, and also received structured support for long-term weight loss maintenance. The average participant lost an impressive 22lb and a quarter lost 33lb or more!
The clinical outcomes were equally amazing: 46% had their diabetes go into remission, and of those who lost 33lb or more, an amazing 86% had their diabetes go into remission! Almost half the participants were also able to remain off all hypertension medication with no rise in blood pressure. One of the studys lead authors, Professor Mike Lean concluded :
Our findings suggest that even if you have had Type 2 diabetes for six years, putting the disease into remission is feasible and could have extraordinary benefits, both for the individual and the NHS [UKs health care system]
Wait a minute: liquid meal replacement shakes? That cant be healthy right? The evidence suggests otherwise: to a scientist, healthy is relative, and when meal replacements are used to replace high-calorie, low-nutrient processed (junk) food, they can be extraordinarily effective and healthy in comparison.
In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, we discussed Continue reading

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