Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes

Welcome to the 62+ and Type 2 Blog!!!!

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It is my honor and pleasure to begin this important blog “62+ and Type 2”.  I just turned 63 and I have been living with Type 2 diabetes for 14 years. In this relatively short time I have seen so many changes in the resources available to those of us living with diabetes.  Many of these developments have been outside the doctor’s office. For me personally,  it has been access to information in this digital age and the growth of peer support groups.

What's food got to do with it!

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Hi Ladies! So as the title says what’s food got to do with it? Since I don’t know about you but I feel like food has been incorporated into every aspect of our lives and not the healthy stuff either. From tv and radio commercials, to billboards and ads online so the list goes on and on. Of course the foods ads that we are bombarded with are neither healthy ones either. Eating Healthy are words that haunts many people who are diabetic. It totally feels like a losing battle even though I have made progress in my relationship with food. I have thought about recording my food. But my hesitation is that I really don’t want to start it and not follow through with it. I know people that it has been quite helpful for. Regretfully there has been times I have given up on recording my what healthy items I am putting in my body. Which I’m sure is something we all have done or thought about doing. So no judgement please. You’d think even now that we have technology it would make it easier for me to stick with keeping a record of my food. I think having a different perspective on why eating healthy and keeping a food record would be beneficial for me. SInce I find it so boring and tedious. It would be nice if I could check out for a couple of days and go right back to where I need to be with food. But that doesn’t seem to happen with me at least.
Secondly I think portion control is one of the most important factors to eating healthy. Which we americans have gone way too far in my opinion with all these over-sized products. It would be great for some of us to reach out to our elected officials and let our voices be known that this is not the right direction for the country and would like to see it change. These are some of the topics that should be issues during these elections. We need to be willing to ask ourselves these personal questions. Since what is more personal than how much am I really eating. This is something I am working on because then obviously I overeat. But what american doesn’t especially this upcoming weekend with the fourth of july upon us. You can’t get any american than that. So as we are all eating our picnic food let's try and remember just how much we are consuming. I will start us off by reminding everyone that visualization is a great technique such as using the palm of your hand to represent 3oz. of meat. It is said that if it helpful they make already portioned formed plates so then you don’t even have to think about it. One of these days I am going to get one and use it at home only. Lol! I should not be embarrassed to bring that out in public. That is something I need to work through and it will feel so good when I do. Although I would like to get to a place where I automatically know the appropriate sizes and go no further. After learning the appropriate sizes well enough practice, practice, practice. That will be a great day. There are other tips for portion control as well such as using measuring cups for portioning cereal, rice, potatoes or just about anything. Well this post is bittersweet since this is my last post. I’m very fortunate to have had the opportunity to talk with all you ladies for these past months. Take Care

Stress Busting Tips

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Hi Ladies! Stress is everywhere and affects everyone. So that means that we all need to be willing to deal with it in a healthy way. I love breathing exercises to help calm me down and relieve stress. It is definitely one of my go to skills. There are tutorials online such as youtube that will guide you through some breathing exercises, apps, books and more. Besides breathing exercises there are guided mediations that are also one of my faves. It takes me out of myself and present stuff that’s bothering me and transplants me into some calming and soothing place. Yoga is also a great option because it combines both breathing and small body movements that helps to relax muscles. Which I find is best done alone, not in a group since then it can be increasingly distracting and defeats the purpose of doing the exercises in the first place.
I know another skill that works well for a lot of people is something called mindfulness. Which is simply being totally present in the moment even with distractions. But bringing your mind back each time it wanders. Since we all get distracted then we all can use this skill in our daily lives. But again the key is to bring your mind back to what you're focusing on. It’s just like anything else in life. The more we practice it the better we will get at it. I will say I have tried this skill and haven’t really gotten the hang of it yet. But I know I definitely will since when I put my mind to something I totally accomplish it all the way. So an example of mindfulness is taking a walk outside, observing everything and everyone around you. Plus noticing how it feels outside. This is just one of hundreds of ways to use this skill in our daily lives.
In addition to the above skills there also is aroma therapy skills with essential oils. One of my go to oils for this is peppermint and spearmint essential oil. Now although those 2 oils purpose aren’t specifically for the above benefits. Since each oil has a specific purpose. But for me, those oils have the same benefit as lavender which is the “relaxation” oil. So just experiment with some oils if you choose and see what works for you. We all have to start somewhere and actually I’d say I’m a novice as well. Nevertheless I’m very interested in learning more.
Besides the previous skills, music therapy can also be quite effective in resting and steadying the mind. For the most part I basically live on music. I connect and relate to it like no other. Furthermore I like many different kinds of music. But I know that when I need something to calm me down it will usually be something very soft, lite and uplifting. Nothing to drag me down. So we all just need to know ourselves since there is no manual for each person. We are all very unique and different in our own ways.
Lastly I would like to say that their is nothing more therapeutic than reaching out to a good friend for support. We all need it. Whether it’s to talk and process something, need a shoulder to cry on or someone to listen and validate our feelings. Take Care Everyone

Diabetic Stress

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Hi Ladies! What comes to mind when you hear the word “stress?” I know for myself and most people, stress is negative. I think stress definitely can be positive though. Without it, humanity wouldn’t be motivated to do just about anything. So thankfully we do have it. But it has gotten out of balance in an unhealthy way for people in general. When you stop and actually think how stress in the negative can be and then add diabetes in addition to the complicated nature of stress, it’s insane what we all deal with on a daily and/or weekly basis. It also is a testament to the resilient nature of the human spirit and heart and how we can overcome so much. When you actually think about how much we as diabetics have to deal with, it is an insane amount of stress as well. For example, on a daily basis alone, diabetics need to check our blood sugar multiple times a day, carb counting,medication(either pills or insulin) exercise, checking our feet etc. Then on a monthly basis, I check to make sure I have enough blood testing supplies and if not order some the pharmacy. There is also monthly stress of the financial burden of paying for supplies and meds. Which can be quite overwhelming especially at different times in our diabetes journey. Since we all are woman here let’s not forget the stress of adding our menstrual cycles to the mix. Then the stress of doctors appointments either every 3 or 6 months. Whichever you choose for you. In addition to doctor visits there are the dreaded lab work. Not only getting it done but waiting for the test results can be stressful. It’s a lot of pressure for someone to take on. Let’s not forget the affect our blood sugars have on our emotions. I know for me that when my blood sugar is high, my emotions are all over the place and very irritable. For example one minute I will be happy and then sad and crying all the span of a few minutes. On the contrary, when my blood sugar is low it affects my emotions but in a different way by being really happy almost an euphoric feeling. It’s good to be aware of how our blood sugars affect our stress level and emotions since every person with diabetes is different and has different emotional triggers. It’s also very stressful to have blood sugars that aren’t within range and given your personality you may internalize it or blow up! But either reaction is ok! Knowing your own body can help you take better of yourself. The day to day stresses of diabetes can also stress the individual’s support system, because even if they think they understand, they never will until they actually experience it. I wish the stress of this disease, or anything for that matter, would just be limited to the person with the disease. But life doesn’t work like that. I have a difficult time asking for help even though I have gotten a lot better at it out of necessity. In the next blog I will talk about stress busting tips to help get rid of all this unhealthy, emotional garbage. If stress and emotions aren’t dealt with in healthy ways, it can certainly do a number on your mind and body. I also think that we need to know our emotional limits and adhere to our own personal boundaries. Believe me, I know this can be really hard for some people but it does reap great health benefits. Personally, I know that because I always feel exhausted, I bite everyone’s heads off! Another stressor: feeling like I can’t catch up with life's demands!

Let's Be Active

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Hi Ladies! I think it's a great point to make that we make sure we all check our blood sugar before and after any exercise to be aware of where it's at especially in case of low blood sugar. It's also our responsibity to be aware of it and plan accordingly. It's a good idea to bring candy or a small amount of food to treat a low in case it's happens as well. The last thing anyone wants to be some where and not have the right supplies to treat. Especially since it will happen some time and then you will be prepared to feel the best you can about dealing with this disease.

Do what works for you!

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Hi Ladies! So I know for myself I don’t think very well of exercise. I should think of it positively but i don’t. It’s a necessary evil especially with this damn disease. Although I do find like many of you that once I push myself to actually do it. I feel alot better. I know for me my go to exercise is walking. I love just love it so much and it’s so refreshing. I can incorporate anywhere like in a parking lot, stairs, just outside on a nice day. Plus it gives the cardio benefits and is extremely low impact.

411 of High's

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Hi Ladies! Blood Sugar Control is very tricky since so many factors play into it. I wish it would be more concrete but unfortunately it’s nowhere near that at all.  I think we all know this stuff but it’s great to be reminded of it. I’d like to point out that some medications that we take for other conditions can raise our blood sugar. So it’s imperative that you and all your doctors and Pharmacy are in communication to prevent this problem or unfortunately if it happens make sure it is dealt with immediately.

Being Prepared for Low Blood Sugars

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Hi Ladies! So to be quite frank I have some but very little experience with low blood sugars. It has only been since I’ve been on insulin that I’ve really even had to think about low blood sugars. I feel like preparing for low blood sugars is an education in and of itself. There are many tools to have in our diabetes kit. We need to empower ourselves with the right tools. The first step in the tool kit is good blood sugar control so then low’s can be detected and early dealt with so it doesn’t get worse but better.