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Diabetic Choices

I see a commercial on TV about a pasta sauce that says more people choose one more often than another.  The lady in the commercial starts thinking about what other bad choices she has made.  Of course, you can’t go back and undo a previously bad choice, but I believe that you can learn and change the choices in the future.

I really try to think about major choices that I face in life as a what if choice.  What if I do this, what are the consequences, and if I don’t do this what are the consequences.  And then try to look at which would benefit me more.  Most times it works out ok.  The worst choices I have ever made are the ones where I just simply say, I am doing something, and deal with the fallout when it comes up.  I typically don’t deal with the fallout too well.  But the benefit was fun,  for only a little while.   Up until about 4 years ago, most choices were about spending money, then came diabetes.  Now more  choices are more critical to life and death now.

New choices, while more critical,  are more basic.  Eating, exercising, sleeping, checking, deciding what is best to do now, or wait till later.  Eating is probably the most problematic for me.  I used to think that I ate healthy before.  Well at least once a day, every day.  But that was really it.  One good (debatable) meal a day.  The rest was usually unhealthy snacking.  I tried to snack healthier, because I wanted to lose weight.  I chose baked chips instead of regular chips, dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate or milk chocolate that had nuts instead of just plain.   By the way, the chocolate choices are still the same, just not as much.  I would eat burgers and fries several times a week for lunch.  And soda was always around.  But through all of that I would always make the evening meal, or at least attempt to, a healthy choice.  A large portion of meat, maybe a half portion of vegetables, and usually some kind of pasta or noodles.  Maybe right choices, but in wrong portions.  I have regularly used frozen vegetables for years, rather than canned vegetables,  mostly for economic reasons.

Now I eat more vegetarian foods and not very much meat.  Also no white potatoes.  Pasta, bread and cereal are “whole grain” and to the greatest extent possible no or little HFCS.  I found that the products that say multigrain are usually better as far as my blood glucose goes.  I still like sweet. And there are many choices for sweeteners for people with diabetes.

Artificial sweeteners and natural zero calorie – zero carb have been somewhat troubling for me. So  I took a little time the last 2 weeks to learn more.  It seems most artificial sweeteners have been associated with risks of the other disease that worries most Americans, cancer.  Table sugar and High Fructose Corn Syrup are associated with weight gain and obesity, which in turn can lead to Type 2 Diabetes.  Even some of the other natural sugars are controversial.  Basically, Mayo Clinic and WebMD websites say the secret to all of the controversy is moderation.  The same advice that you would get in just about anything.  After all that time,  I decided that I am going to do the same thing.  I use sucralose for iced tea, honey for breakfast and diet soda (the one with ginseng)  as I have for the last couple years.  Maybe honey is not the best idea for breakfast, but it is what I prefer.  I may change that in my search for something that I find a better choice.

If you have a chronic disease or not, your life is going to be full of choices.  Sometimes you will make good and sometimes bad choices.  I sincerely hope both you and me make more of the good variety.

Sign the Petition Drive

I found this petition on the American Diabetes Stop Diabetes website.  With this being the Presidential Election season, I am sure we are all seeing a lot more of the requests  to sign a petition for something or the other.  It is another choice you have to make.  I have already signed this petition, and think that it is a good choice.  It does not cost you anything except your time.

Please help: Spend 30 seconds and tell Congress to Stop Diabetes by signing the petition:

http://stopdiabetes.com/signthepetition

You can also add your name to a map to show your support stopping diabetes.  Check it out here 

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As a PS today, I would like to add a little bit about chocolate. I was shopping today, picked up 2 GIANT bars of dark chocolate. Ironically, it was the first thing I put in my cart, but I was stopped and asked to do a survey. It was a survey about those well known little nuggets of chocolate in new packaging. For my time I got $10 gift card!. I spent about $3.50 on the bars of chocolate, so I made about 6.50 for less than 10 minutes. Who says that chocolate never did you any good? 🙂

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I Know I am Early, but

National Diabetes Awareness MonthNext month, November is National Diabetes Awareness Month.  There is so much misinformation about the diseases, yes diseases, that even doctors get it wrong many times.  News shows, TV and Radio ads, internet ads (claiming a cure),  all perpetuate the general public’s perception of Diabetes.  There are 3 main types of diabetes, Type 1, Type 2, and Gestational.  Type 1 and Type 2 have different “sub-categories”, usually describing progression and onset of the disease.  There have been different names for Type 1 and Type 2 that probably helped to keep wrong ideas alive in the public.  Remember Juvenile, and Insulin dependent, adult onset and other names? When I tell people that I have diabetes, I usually get a comment like “You are not overweight”, or something other misconceived idea of what diabetes is.  Even my new doctor seemed surprised when I told him I was T1, and was diagnosed at 50.

World Diabetes Day, sponsored by International Diabetes Federation, is Nov 14.  I encourage you to support the cause and wear Blue that day. To find out more visit their site at World Diabetes Day.

There will be many activities next month, if you can show your support and attend an event, spend a few minutes to learn facts about diabetes, if you know real facts, share with someone who may not.  As individuals we can all help to change general perceptions.  Read about what 1 person did at his blog diabetesdad.org and his post “The Worst Kind of Diabetes is…”

I can’t say it better than Diabetesdad, ” If we don’t try to correct the problem, we cannot complain when they get it wrong.  Should you do it, send me a response to let me know the name of the newspaper and in what city and state.  This is an easy one, but one that can surely have an impact….let’s do it together.  ‘Don’t  do nothing’…….and do it today.”

Here are some statistics from the American Diabetes Association:

New Cases: 1.9 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed in people aged 20 years and older in 2010.

* In contrast to the 2007 National Diabetes Fact Sheet, which used fasting glucose data to estimate undiagnosed diabetes and prediabetes, the 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet uses both fasting glucose and A1C levels to derive estimates for undiagnosed diabetes and prediabetes. These tests were chosen because they are most frequently used in clinical practice.
Under 20 years of age

  • 215,000, or 0.26% of all people in this age group have diabetes
  • About 1 in every 400 children and adolescents has diabetes

Age 20 years or older

  • 25.6 million, or 11.3% of all people in this age group have diabetes

Age 65 years or older

  • 10.9 million, or 26.9% of all people in this age group have diabetes

Men

  • 13.0 million, or 11.8% of all men aged 20 years or older have diabetes

Women

  • 12.6 million, or 10.8% of all women aged 20 years or older have diabetes

I believe the stats above include all types of diabetes, but still staggering. It has also been reported that about 5% of all the people with diabetes are Type 1.  A reasonable person would think that general public knowledge would be better informed when close to 1 of every 10 people deal with diabetes daily.  And the number of new cases is increasing,  according to American Diabetes Association in their article “Diabetes Rates Increase Significantly Among American Youth”     This is just too much to not get facts correct.  Too much not to see changes are needed.

 

 

 

 

 

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