Saturday, May 25, 2019

Take a Pill the Right Way - Maybe

Take a Pill the Right Way - Maybe


Believing Research

I was reading a magazine and came across an article about swallowing  pills.
A German study had concluded there were better ways
and described 2 methods.
I wasn't so much interested in the new methods.
I just wanted to know WHY?
I have no problem taking pills.
Why this study?
I am used to swallowing lot of pills.
Big pills.
I pop all of them in my mouth.
I use my teeth to push the pills to the back of my tongue and mouth.
Yep, I stick out my tongue to push them back close to my throat.
Grab a glass of whatever is handy -
Except hot beverages-
Except warm beverages when taking fish oil -
then I gulp.
Down they go.
So I looked around and found out that people have problems taking pills.
Various reasons too:
Fear of choking
Natural desire to chew before swallowing
Fear of gagging
Fear of pill going down wrong pipe
Harvard looked at the study and made a few comments

Harvard says don't try different techniques at home.


If like me you have never had an issue taking pills - yay!!
If you have a problem, do as they suggest, get with your Dr.


If you never had a problem but do now,
let your Dr. know
as diabetics we are prone to
things like
Acid reflux
Neurological damage
Dry mouth
Thyroid problems
just being diabetic can also be to blame.

If you have problems swallowing, pills or food, ask the Dr. to help you!

I hope you have a great numbers day!




Thursday, May 23, 2019

Diabetes Distress


Diabetes Distress



CDC:Diabetes Distress

My Doctor said I was stressed.
Maybe, possibly depressed.
My complaints?
about possible future complications.
about current complications getting worst
about how high numbers might be affecting me.
When I can’t eat what I want whenever I want
at the cost of medicine, sensors, test strips, and insurance that costs a ridiculous amount and won’t pay for anything.
when I can’t spoil myself or my grandkids because above costs leave me with zero extra cash.
when I eat healthy only to spike and not know why.
at a BBQ or party where delicious carb packed food is overflowing and I have to pick or take 1 bite of a few items
planning my life around food, packing emergency snacks for highs, lows, missed snacks or meals
when I eat and I’m full but I’m not satisfied
when I miss a workout or don’t put much effort into it.
when I pig out or over indulge and spike.
when someone tries to alter their menu or plans to accommodate me
when above effort doesn’t work out
when I don’t put my food in my program to watch my carbs and watch how I eat
since I don’t know if I caused this or might have even sped up the process with my teenage junk food diet
When I don’t eat at parties or pick very small scoops to eat,
 especially when someone notices and comments on my “picky” eating
When someone comments on my weight
When people notice my sensor and just look.  Ask. I would rather say what it is than have someone wonder what is wrong with me or avoid me
He mentioned medication.
Nope, no more meds please.
Amazingly I was cleaning out old magazines and came upon an article about
Distress is a normal reaction to the stress and strain of managing a progressive, chronic disease.
Distress is gaining attention but not enough in my opinion.

This was written in 2013

2014 a summary of research was presented to the ADA

Hello 2019!!!  Where is the new research??

Distress can rise:
when there are changes in treatment
when there is the development of a complication or complications worsen
when insulin is started
when there is poor control
when you feel your Dr.'s aren't listening
Realize distress is normal for both the diabetic and their family
Form or join a social network for support, online or locally
Learn your distress warning signs and find management strategies
Talk about your fears and feelings so others know how to help (Then ask for help and accept the help!)
Learn about diabetes self-management.
For me, some of my distress comes from liking a routine –
Get up, work out, eat, prepare for day and have a schedule
With changes in medication and other life issues I need to be more flexible.
Have 15 minutes? Pick up the weights
Tired of cooking? Boyfriend offered to grab salads from W** which I love, accept offer
Number high? Go walk and find a few golf balls
Eat before BBQ’s and parties just in case
Oh and quit giving food so much power….
My distress level seems to constantly change but it really increases
when time for blood work and doctor appointments
when there is a party or eating at an unknown restaurant
when invited over for dinner
on Thursday when I grocery shop
Got some of my triggers, time to look for strategies!
DO you feel like diabetic distress is a part of your life? What are your triggers?
Have a great numbers day!

Monday, May 20, 2019

So Hard to Say NO

So Hard to Say NO

Ways to say NO

I Have a Hard Time Saying No

So little time!
So much to do!
I thought being
on sabbatical,
laid off,
lacking work,
on a retreat,
or whatever you call it when not formally employed,
I would have all the time I wanted
to do everything I put off while raising a family
working more than full-time.


Seems I am just as busy as ever.
How do I say no?
I realized as I was looking at ways to say NO
that I needed to decide what I wanted to do.
I needed to decide my YES.
We all have the HAVE TO DO's.
Work. Laundry. Food shopping and prep. Cleaning.
Where do I want to SPEND my TIME?
What is truly important to me?
They say to find out what is important to someone just looked at
where they SPEND their
time and money! 
Without knowing where I wanted to spend my time (and money),
then I allow others to make that decision for me.
Uhhhhh, no.
Time to decide what I REALLY want to do
as well as
is this the right time to do it.

Diabetic Care

I have decided to make this a priority.
Watching carbs.
Finding good foods I like.
Exercise, like walking and weights.
Using a program to monitor my food and glucose numbers.
Giving myself time,
by saying no to things others want me to do
I say YES to things I need to do for me.
Things like:
Log food
Meal plan
Practice pickle ball
Call my mom and dad
Set a better routine
Free time for whatever comes my way


saying no to stuff that isn't top priority to you
gives you time (and sometimes money)
to say YES to you and what matters the most in YOUR life.
What are the priorities in YOUR LIFE?
Have a great numbers day!

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Itch Itch Scratch Scratch - Dry Diabetic Skin

Itch Itch Scratch Scratch - Dry Diabetic Skin

Dry Skin

Spring - Coming Out From The Layers

A time of hiding skin under
sweatpants and sweatshirts.
Layers of clothes,
socks and shoes.
A time of showing skin.
and sandals.

Yikes! Dry Skin Alert

Oh my....
as I transition to skin showing shorts and shirts
My skin is dry, flaky, itchy, and, did I mention DRY?
I have bottles of lotion everywhere.
What else can I do?

Prevention Tips

So here are a few tips if you suffer from dry skin.
One thing may not help but put a few tips together
and you just might see a difference.
1. Warm baths and showers.
NOT hot
2. Less frequent bathing.
Wash only what's dirty.
Yes, you know, those places.....
3. Moisturizing soap
4. NO bubble baths
5. Pat dry, leaving skin slightly damp
6. Apply lotion to slightly damp skin
-Lock that moisture in-
Avoiding between toes
7. Use a humidifier especially in drier climates
I have different lotions for different locations.
I am hoping all of this will help me have
Spring Worthy Skin!!
What lotions or creams do you find work the best?
Have a great numbers day!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

REAL Normal Blood Glucose Numbers

REAL Normal Blood Glucose Numbers

If you wonder what blood glucose looks like for people without diabetes, mean glucose is typically 100 mg/dl or less, which corresponds to an A1C of less than 5.7% (the cutoff for diagnosing prediabetes). The cutoff for diagnosing diabetes is an A1C of 6.5%, corresponding to a mean glucose of roughly 135 mg/dl.

What is “normal” CGM Data in Adults and Kids Without Diabetes?

Dr. Roy Beck of Florida’s Jaeb Center, on behalf of USC’s Dr. Anne Peters, shared continuous glucose monitor (CGM) data for individuals without diabetes. Why did they study this? Good question! This study may well help inform targets for optimal glucose control and needed improvements in diabetes management. Researchers analyzed 10 days of Dexcom G6 CGM data from 153 children (6+ years) and adults with a baseline A1C of 5.1%. The primary findings:
  • Among all study participants, the average blood sugar was 99 mg/dl
  • Time-in-tight-range of 70-140 mg/dl was 97% in this group of people without diabetes
  • Average time in hyperglycemia (blood glucose greater than 140 mg/dl) for the group was 2.1% (just 30 minutes per day)
  • Average time greater than 160 mg/dl was approximately 4 mins/day
  • Time below 60 mg/dl and 54 mg/dl were both negligible

Another Opinion

Dr Bernstein claims 4.2% to 4.6% A1c which translates to an average of 83 mg/dL
He says in this article that he sees complications at 6.5%
BUT NOT at 5%
6.5% is an average of 160 mg/dL

Are "Real" Normal Numbers Achievable?

Yes according to low carb advocates.
Yes according to Dr Bernstein.
But I tried Low Carb High Fat.
Not sustainable and my numbers didn't drop to "real" normal numbers.
Plus my stress level went way up.
Plus my satisfaction with eating went way down.
I didn't enjoy my food or mealtimes.
So now I am trying low carb meaning 75g to 100g net carb
(meaning carb minus fiber = net carb)
not high fat, especially animal.
I eat avocados and nuts which have quite a bit of fat
I need calories from somewhere.
I am limiting my cheese which is SO hard for me.
Food seems to always be a work in progress.
I am hoping Cronometer helps me
More on that later!!

Each of us is different in our diabetes journey
Our bodies are different.
Our temperaments are different.
Our food tolerances, like, dislikes, and allergies are different.
Let's do our best while forgiving ourselves when we don't .
I'm aiming for a better A1c 
for  better and healthier life,
physically and mentally.

What are you doing for better numbers?

Have a great numbers day!