Type 1 Diabetes: The Yoga Approach.

Type 1 Diabetes: The Yoga Approach.

Type 1 Diabetes: The Yoga Approach.

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I live with type 1 diabetes.
Flowers are pretty, girls are pretty, watching the sunset is pretty. But diabetes—not so much!
Picture this: It’s one in the morning and I’ve woken for the third time and checked my blood sugar, only to find that it’s low.
I take a nightly injection of insulin at nine p.m., and normally that shot will keep my blood sugar at a steady number until five a.m. However, I have LADA type 1 diabetes—Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults—and sometimes my pancreas decides it’s not a useless organ sitting just underneath my ribcage. Instead, it’s a frisky puppy obsessed with a ball and it’s squirting insulin all over the place.
As I haul myself out of bed, don my slippers, and grab my computer, I prepare myself for the long night ahead, food all over the counter, fridge wide open, and way too much Instagram.
It’s during my midnight forays to treat a low blood sugar that I have to stop and remind myself that I haven’t always lived like this. I had a life before type 1 rocked my world.
I was diagnosed nine years ago, almost 25 years into my life. As a yogi and yoga teacher Continue reading

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The Technology That Changes Lives For People With Diabetes - And Why I Think It Should Be Available On The NHS

The Technology That Changes Lives For People With Diabetes - And Why I Think It Should Be Available On The NHS

Most people assume the worst thing about living with type one diabetes is having to inject insulin four times a day. I'm not going to lie, that isn't fun. But for me, without doubt, the most frustrating aspect of daily life with a defective pancreas is testing my blood sugar.
Firing a tiny needle into my finger to draw blood multiple times a day doesn't just hurt - it's not the easiest thing to do quickly and discreetly in the midst of a busy life. This means that, although I know good blood sugar control is important for both my long and short-term health, I probably don't do it as often as I should.
When I was diagnosed, I was given a glucose meter and finger-pricker, prescribed lancets and testing strips and told to check my blood sugar before meals, before driving, before bed, when I think my blood sugar is too high, too low, when I'm ill, when I'm exercising...
On some days, this can mean testing ten times or more - each time, stabbing my finger, squeezing some blood onto a testing strip and then waiting for the meter to reveal my blood sugar level.
In the UK, this is currently the only method of blood glucose testing available free of charge on the NHS. But for those who can afford £1,200+ a year, there is a far easier way of doing it.
Flash monitoring is a new technology - a small sensor that you wear under your skin. It stores your blood glucose levels continuously and you can access your readings whenever you want by scanning the sensor with your glucose meter (or even your mobile phone).
While it doesn't entirely take away the need for finger-pricking, it minimis Continue reading

Festus teenager at the forefront of breakthrough in diabetes care

Festus teenager at the forefront of breakthrough in diabetes care

Audrey McKinney is at the forefront of a major development in technology for managing diabetes, one that many Type 1 diabetics have long waited for.
She’s the first pediatric patient in St. Louis to use what some consider an artificial pancreas made by Medtronic.
The device is able to automatically adjust the rate of insulin pumped into the body by responding to blood sugar levels measured by a separate sensor.
While insulin pumps are not new, the Medtronic MiniMed 670G is able to act on its own — to an extent — relieving some of the decision-making burden for diabetics.
“I think the pump is an amazing advancement in the technology. It’s helped me out so much and it makes me feel like I’ve never been sick,” McKinney, 17, of Festus, said.
Her health has improved as a result of the new technology, according to her pediatric endocrinologist, Dr. Susan Myers of Cardinal Glennon.
She now spends 72 percent of the time in a healthy blood sugar range. That’s an improvement from 50 percent of the time when she was using a pump without the advanced technology, Myers said.
The overall health of a diabetic patient is greatly improved when blood sugar levels are tightly controlled; when they’re not it can lead to long-term complications and stress on other organs.
Many patients were so eager for this type of technology that they began to hack their own insulin pumps to automate them in this way.
Some credit these do-it-yourself patients for helping push Medtronic and the FDA to speed up the process of getting the current device to market.
They were part of the #WeAreNo Continue reading

Diabetes Cure: an unfulfilled wish

Diabetes Cure: an unfulfilled wish

Being suffering from a lifelong condition like diabetes is not an easy task. You get the additional burden of doing daily sugar testing, counting carbs and taking steps to control your diet.
The situation gets more difficult when you find out that the food options that diabetic have to incorporate have very limited availability in the market.
Usually, our market is full of high carb product that the diabetics have to avoid.
Not able to get enough choices of food for diabetics is what makes the condition more difficult.
These daily frustrations force us to seek for diabetes cure.
Daily Issues Faced by Diabetics
Imagine the plight of a student who is suffering from Type 1 diabetes and has to leave the comfort of his home to attend college in the different city.
How difficult would it be for that child to find right food items in the market that is full of junk food?
Checking blood sugar daily and at different times of a day would be a pain;
Then dealing with daily highs and lows apart from other challenges of college would just feel like impossible;
And imagine the plight of parents, they would be living with constant fear considering their type 1 child living in different city;
what would happen if their child gets into an emergency situation?
Is their child giving himself the right amount of insulin dose?
This unimaginable difficulty makes them look after something that can give freedom from this difficult situation.
But is there any permanent cure for diabetes?
Is there any diabetes cure that we are unaware of?
Is it possible for diabetics to get rid of daily injections an Continue reading



Among the challenging health conditions that are increasingly affecting human beings is diabetes. This is a disease condition caused by a metabolic disorder of the body systems as a result of chronic high blood sugar (hyperglycaemia). This sort of health challenge is often associated with disturbances in the metabolism of fat, carbohydrate and protein thereby causing defects in insulin activities and secretion due to the inability of the pancreas to produce enough insulin. This can also be as a result of the failure of the body cells to respond to already-produced insulin.
This health condition has led to several mortalities and morbidities with highest cases recorded in Asia and Africa. According to World Health Organisation, several actions can be put in place to lower the impact of diabetes on human health. These actions can be through adopting healthy lifestyles such as eating healthy balanced diets, engaging in physical exercises and activities, reducing the marketing of unhealthy food products and putting in place health systems that provide standard care and services for the affected individuals.
As diabetes continues to rise, the need to create awareness and adopt plans on how to reduce someone’s risk of being affected, recognise the onset of the disease and determine the best mode of treatment are becoming highly important. There are several means of managing and treating diabetes, however, researchers reveal that natural remedies are more viable unlike the synthetic drugs and oral medications that may pose undesirable side effects to the body. Thank goodness for Continue reading

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