It’s no secret that your diabetes tech is likely to show at the beach.
Almost EVERY time I go, people always come up and ask me what my insulin pump is.
Or what my Dexcom is.
Or why I have oddly shaped tape on my body.
Or (fill in the blank with everything imaginable)
While I was in college, a kid came up to me and thought my pump was a video game.
I told him it was an automatic tattoo maker, since it left a nice tan line.
He fell for it.
Most of the time, I simply just say what it is: it’s my insulin pump for my diabetes.
This statement always seems to be taken as an invitation by other people to start listing all the stereotypical statements about diabetes:
“Well you don’t look like you have diabetes.”
“Wait, you’re not fat.”
“Only old people get diabetes.”
What does diabetes even look like?!
A friendly PSA: there is no definition.
I know many who would agree with me in suggesting that more people were aware of terms...
Build some muscle.
Improve body composition.
Increase insulin sensitivity.
Get that AWESOME endorphin rush afterwards where you feel like you can conquer ANYTHING.
Maybe you’ve got some more too that I didn’t list.
But here’s a fun fact you PROBABLY didn’t realize you knew:
Higher blood sugars make it harder to build muscle.
High blood sugars, as you know, make EVERY process in your body a bit more difficult.
But during or after a workout?
It can make building strength considerably tougher than it has to be.
If you’re not able to absorb your nutrition at the rate your body needs, well, you’re running in quicksand while everyone else is running on perfectly manicured grass.
Don’t be that person.
It is IMPERATIVE you get those blood sugars on POINT to make the most of your workouts.
And of course, to feel, look, and be your best.
If you’re finding workout blood...
JDRF would be a cinnamon farm.
Events would be doing lines of cinnamon as a group.
The “cinnamon challenge” would have been figured out years ago.
Worrying about your blood sugar control would be a thing of the past.
Cinnamon does not cure diabetes.
Please do not search “cinnamon diabetes cure” on the internet (Unless you want some massive entertainment and don't take it seriously).
If something this simple existed, the world of diabetes would look a whole lot different.
Despite having diabetes, you don’t have to feel stuck where you are.
While there may not be a simple spice to cure diabetes once and for all, we certainly have a plethora of things to help manage it.
From the incredible discovery of insulin in the 1920s to the widely available diabetes technology we have at our fingertips daily today, we have an incredible amount of resources and help to manage today’s diabetes.
Along with many other things,...
Diabetes is sometimes like those games at the fair where you can win a giant animal if you throw a ring on the bottle or shoot the ball in the hoop.
You pay the $5 and try so hard and you STILL fail no matter what you try.
It LOOKS so easy but blood sugars can be difficult.
You have a stubborn high blood sugar and try to get it down.
It doesn’t budge.
You try again and again.
Your mindset is starting to tank...
It is so damn frustrating when you feel like you’ve tried everything.
You try the insulin.
You try the walk.
You try the water.
You pray to the heavens above.
It works sometimes, but not ALL the time.
The frustration mounts.
Diabetes often feels rigged, where the bottle top is slightly larger than the ring and that hoop is definitely not regulation size.
So how do you breakthrough?
1. KEEP EFFING GOING. Giving up is the fastest way to constantly live in the frustration of the blood sugars. Even if it doesn't work perfectly, use the data you have...
As your friendly neighborhood registered dietitian, we need to talk.
I'll make this pretty simple:
there is a LOT of misinformation out there when it comes to eating with diabetes.
What are the best or worst foods for diabetics is probably in the top number of searches on the internet.
In one corner, you’ve got the ones who won’t touch carbohydrates, since carbs will skyrocket your blood sugars.
In the other, you’ve got the ONLY carbers, who will eat minimal fat and protein since they find that the easiest for them.
Most likely, you are somewhere in the middle but also confused as hell.
You hear people on one end shaming the other and vice versa.
This is a ridiculous practice and does not help anyone.
Here’s what you need to know:
The best way to eat with diabetes?
Is the way that is SUSTAINABLE for you and your blood sugars.
I’ve had clients who eat 400g of carbs per day and I’ve had clients who eat 25g of carbs per day.
Both with A1c...
Exercise certainly helps manage blood sugars and can also improve insulin resistance.
The full impact of exercise on your blood sugar is determined by the intensity and duration of your workout as well as how much energy you burn.
Most of us have constantly been told that cardiovascular exercise lowers your blood sugar while weight training raises your blood sugar.
However, just because that's the case most of the time doesn’t mean that’s always the case.
There are no absolutes and the opposite can be true.
Weight-lifting CAN lower your blood sugar.
Your muscle cells will use sugar in the bloodstream which may cause your blood sugar to drop low during strength training.
Cardiovascular exercise can raise your blood sugar (I’m looking at you sprints).
Adrenaline and cortisol can increase blood sugars during cardio workouts such as running, HIIT, biking, and swimming.
If you’re going to stack anything, stack paper.
Stacking insulin is beyond dangerous.
If you aren’t familiar with stacking insulin, here’s how it works:
If you give yourself an insulin correction within three hours of a previous correction, you are stacking insulin.
1. Your blood sugar is high. You feel (insert any number of adjectives here).
2. You’ve taken a correction dose but your blood sugar didn’t come down.
3. You take another correction, and another, and another...until:
That insulin hits all at the same time.
You’d have a ton of active insulin on board when your blood sugar finally decides to come spiraling down.
This can be extremely dangerous.
The best-case scenario is a minor low blood sugar.
The worst case?
We won’t go there.
It is obvious that we want to lower high blood sugar levels when necessary.
Unfortunately, there is no magic formula that dictates how long it will...
In the event you haven’t been told this before, you have an opportunity to “reset” your blood sugar at any given time.
Your blood sugar is constantly moving.
No matter who you are, your glucose levels are constantly changing, with blood sugars high to blood sugars low.
You have a change to reset it with EVERY decision you make.
There is no “off” button to your blood sugar.
We all know the longest route between Point A and B is the shortcut.
In this case, the shortcut is that “quick fix” or random “reset program” to marginally fix your blood sugar...most likely being pumped by someone who isn’t credentialed to school you on blood sugars.
If you could detox your body of diabetes...wouldn’t we all do it?
– Taking insulin or getting active if you're higher.
– Letting it ride out and do its thing if...
I was talking with someone the other day who told me they were gonna cut out ALL the “bad food” from their life.
By “bad food” she meant anything that could be considered unhealthy food or junk food.
Instead, she would only consume healthy food.
She figured this approach would be very helpful in achieving better blood sugars.
First, let’s address the idea that there are "bad" foods.
There are no bad foods.
There are certainly foods that are less nutritious than others, but there are no bad foods.
Simply put: food is fuel.
It is a mash-up of nutrients that you utilize to fuel your body.
She lasted four days before she broke that restrictive diet.
That "bad food good food" theory just does not exist, nor is it sustainable.
We can’t stick to it.
A healthy diet is not just eating lean proteins, fruits, whole grains, and vegetables.
A healthy diet is eating foods that you can stick to, which includes what I just mentioned, but also...
Mental health is a topic that has reached far and wide over the past year.
I’d be foolish to ignore that there are certain added pressures on a person’s mental health when living with diabetes.
We are constantly required to test our blood glucose levels, ensuring that we know what our blood glucose level is at any given time.
Our blood sugar level determines how much insulin is delivered on behalf of our pancreas that no longer works.
Why am I sharing information with you that you probably already know?
Because seeing the daily process of keeping ourselves alive written out can be a stark reminder of the intense work diabetes care can be.
This repeat process can become stressful and often leads to some people forming an obsession with checking their blood sugar.
While being aware of your blood sugar levels is important, it is not something to obsess over.
For the sake of your mental health, try your best not to check on your CGM every 5 minutes.