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Talking Type 1

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Type 1 diabetes used to be called insulin dependent diabetes or juvenile diabetes. Over the years this has become confusing as many people with type 2 diabetes eventually need insulin to manage their diabetes and as well, adults can also get type 1 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes never turns into type 1 diabetes - they are very different diseases.


It used to be that when you got type 1 diabetes sugar was the "bad guy". Foods were restricted and even "forbidden". For a child, this equated to all the "good" foods. It also included being unable to eat foods which could lead to feeling isolated and left out.


Many people we talk to say that it just made them want these foods even more. The really down side many years ago was that non carbohydrate, fatty foods - such as meats, cheeses and so on were called "free" foods - foods that you could eat as much as you liked!


We know now that fat and salt are just as important in a healthy diet and management of any type of diabetes and in fact for any person.We have moved on from this thankfully and we now know a lot more about food and how it works in the body in conjunction with insulin and a range of other systems. We know that people with diabetes CAN eat sugar, in moderate amounts and can eat really any foods, in a healthy and measured way. It is important to avoid fatty, salty, high sugar, high processed foods - but this is the case for EVERYONE - regardless of whether they have diabetes or not.


However there is still a lot of misunderstanding in the community and many people find others asking them "Can you eat that"? "Doesn't that have sugar in it?" " You are being very naughty eating that"! Like they know more than the person with diabetes does! This can be a very frustrating situation and sometimes people call this the "Food Police'!

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ADA: Type 2 Diabetes Rising Significantly in US Youth - Doctors Lounge

ADA: Type 2 Diabetes Rising Significantly in US Youth - Doctors Lounge | Diabetes Counselling Online | Scoop.it
iScienceTimes.comADA: Type 2 Diabetes Rising Significantly in US YouthDoctors LoungeFrom 2001 to 2009, the prevalence of type 2 diabetes increased 21 percent among youth in the United States, according to research presented at the American Diabetes...
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Changes in Treatment Adherence and Glycemic Control During the Transition to Adolescence in Type 1 Diabetes

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Kids First, Diabetes Second Book

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In the book Kids First, Diabetes Second: tips for parenting a child with type 1 diabetes, Leighann Calentine shares wit, wisdom, and tips for parents raising diabetic children.

Via Ellen H Ullman, MSW
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Major Advances In Diabetes Research Being Discussed At ...

Major Advances In Diabetes Research Being Discussed At ... | Diabetes Counselling Online | Scoop.it
The world's largest meeting to discuss cutting-edge education and information about diabetes is going on at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
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Atkins diet causes 'heart disease risk' after linked to surge in cholesterol levels

Atkins diet causes 'heart disease risk' after linked to surge in cholesterol levels | Diabetes Counselling Online | Scoop.it
The popular Atkins diet could be putting people at increased risk of heart disease, according to a 25-year study from the University of Umea in Sweden.
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SYMLIN(R) Use Helped Patients with Type 2 or Type 1 Diabetes Achieve More Time ... - MarketWatch (press release)

SYMLIN(R) Use Helped Patients with Type 2 or Type 1 Diabetes Achieve More Time ... - MarketWatch (press release) | Diabetes Counselling Online | Scoop.it
SYMLIN(R) Use Helped Patients with Type 2 or Type 1 Diabetes Achieve More Time ...MarketWatch (press release)PHILADELPHIA, Jun 09, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
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Children With Type 2 Diabetes Exhibit High Rates of Hypertension ...

Children With Type 2 Diabetes Exhibit High Rates of Hypertension ... | Diabetes Counselling Online | Scoop.it
PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwire - June 9, 2012) - Children diagnosed with type 2 diabetes appear to experience a more rapidly progressive disease than people who are diagnosed as adults, with a higher rate of early ...
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Zealand Pharma Announces That Its Partner Sanofi Has Applied for Regulatory ... - MarketWatch (press release)

Zealand Pharma Announces That Its Partner Sanofi Has Applied for Regulatory ... - MarketWatch (press release) | Diabetes Counselling Online | Scoop.it
Zealand Pharma Announces That Its Partner Sanofi Has Applied for Regulatory ...MarketWatch (press release)Lixisenatide is a once-daily investigational GLP-1 agonist, invented by Zealand Pharma and licensed to Sanofi for the treatment of Type 2...
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Positive results from first human clinical trials of a first-generation artificial pancreas system

Results from the first feasibility study of an advanced first-generation artificial pancreas system indicated that the Hypoglycemia-Hyperglycemia Minimizer (HHM) System was able to automatically predict a rise and fall in blood glucose and...

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D-Blog Week- topic 5 – What they should know

D-Blog Week- topic 5 – What they should know | Diabetes Counselling Online | Scoop.it

Today let’s borrow a topic from a #dsma chat held last September.  The tweet asked “What is one thing you would tell someone that doesn’t have diabetes about living with diabetes?”. 

This may just be the easiest topic of the week. Here goes.

What they should know (those who are more pancreatically blessed than I) is that they are lucky. 

What they should know is that they take for granted the fact they can go to bed, without thinking. They can wake up in the morning, without thinking. They can eat, without thinking. They can go for a swim, without thinking. They can go on a trip, without thinking. They can go for a walk, without thinking. They can party, without thinking. They can live, without all the extra thinking, planning, worrying, guessing, deciding and generally “being on top of it all” that those of us with diabetes have to do. 

Do you know how tiring all this thinking gets!

 Life with diabetes is all about thinking. Planning. Deciding. Balancing. Managing. Dealing with crap. Finding each and every moment of your life can be dominated by your blood glucose if you don’t watch out. Finding that sometimes, you just don’t care anymore. Just can’t do it anymore. Just can not work out how you will manage to do it for the rest of your life.

But you do.

Because as any person with diabetes will tell you, if you don’t live with diabetes, we are tough.

We are smart. In fact I would say we are brilliant.

We know our body better than anyone. We work hard. We try. Sometimes we get it right. Sometimes we don’t. We have to consider so many things that you don’t and usually we do it quietly, without fuss, so you would not even know.

We are different to you. But really we are all the same. Just people doing the best we can with the hand we are dealt. It just happens to be the D-card.

There are many hands you can be dealt that are hard. Like cancer, motor neurone disease   ( I have experienced losing loved ones to both of these), poverty, mental illness and violent families. Many things can make your life a living hell, make life much harder than that of others.

Diabetes is just one thing. We are not saying it is the hardest. We are not saying we hate our lives. In fact diabetes can make life joyful. And people with diabetes certainly make joyful lives, as do other human beings when faced with hardship.

But sometimes, it is good to be able to tell you what it is really like because usually, diabetes is something you just get on with doing.

Thanks for listening.

 

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Overcoming diabetes burnout with goal statements

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Ginger Vieira (@GingerVieira) writes: 

 

'This might sound easy. You might think, “Well, my goal is to take better care of my diabetes.” I’m asking you to dig much deeper. Most goal statements we create for ourselves sound like tasks or obligations. Like chores your doctor asked you to do. They are anything but inspiring.

 

I certainly can’t create your goal statement for you, because every word in that concise, clear phrase needs to come from the most vulnerable and honest part of who you are. It should reflect the part of you that truly believes you are capable of achieving this goal, and the part of you that can see yourself succeeding. If you haven’t discovered that part of yourself yet, then it’s time to start digging! It’s in there.


Create your statement and write it down. Whether it’s carefully printed on a sticky note, or designed beautifully and framed on your kitchen wall, just write it down somewhere and be sure to look at it regularly.

 

I want __________________.
I will ___________________.
I am ___________________.

 

And if you have a minute or two, take a seat, take a deep breath, close your eyes, and envision yourself making the small steps and small changes that lead to the bigger steps and bigger changes that lead to your success. One step at a time.'

 

[AS: A really positive, inspiring post. Thank you, Ginger.]


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Men with diabetes "Shed"

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This is a "virtual" Men's Shed" - a place where men living with diabetes can find information about diabetes, wellbeing and mental health and the ways men can be affected by diabetes, as well as information and links out to other resources.

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Diabetes Drugs Carry Vision Risks - New York Times (blog)

Diabetes Drugs Carry Vision Risks - New York Times (blog) | Diabetes Counselling Online | Scoop.it
New York Times (blog)Diabetes Drugs Carry Vision RisksNew York Times (blog)A popular class of drugs used to treat Type 2 diabetes may increase the risk of vision problems, a new study suggests, underlining the importance of regular eye exams for...
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Study debunks belief insulin puts people with diabetes at risk of heart

Study debunks belief insulin puts people with diabetes at risk of heart | Diabetes Counselling Online | Scoop.it
Researchers at McMaster University have discovered that long-term insulin use does not harm people with diabetes or pre-diabetes or put them at risk of heart attacks, strokes or cancer.
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Quinoa and Asparagus Salad

Quinoa and Asparagus Salad | Diabetes Counselling Online | Scoop.it
The vegetal flavor of protein-rich quinoa makes it a natural for hearty salads with great staying power.
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Measuring waist circumference can help predict Type 2 diabetes risk - Los Angeles Times

Measuring waist circumference can help predict Type 2 diabetes risk - Los Angeles Times | Diabetes Counselling Online | Scoop.it
LifeGoesStrongMeasuring waist circumference can help predict Type 2 diabetes riskLos Angeles TimesWant to gauge your risk for developing Type 2 diabetes? Don't just step on the scale — reach for a measuring tape too, a new study suggests.
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Diartis' Positive Clinical Results of VRS-859 for Type 2 Diabetes Presented at ... - MarketWatch (press release)

Diartis' Positive Clinical Results of VRS-859 for Type 2 Diabetes Presented at ... - MarketWatch (press release) | Diabetes Counselling Online | Scoop.it
Diartis' Positive Clinical Results of VRS-859 for Type 2 Diabetes Presented at ...MarketWatch (press release)VRS-859, a long-acting glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) analog, is being developed as a once monthly treatment for patients with type 2...
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GSK Report Data From PhaseIII Study Of Once-weekly Albiglutide In Type2 Diabetes - RTT News

GSK Report Data From PhaseIII Study Of Once-weekly Albiglutide In Type2 Diabetes - RTT News | Diabetes Counselling Online | Scoop.it
GSK Report Data From PhaseIII Study Of Once-weekly Albiglutide In Type2 DiabetesRTT NewsL: News ) announced new 52-week data from phase III study of once-weekly albiglutide in type 2 diabetes.
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Expert warns against child mental health checks - ABC Online

Expert warns against child mental health checks - ABC Online | Diabetes Counselling Online | Scoop.it
TopNews United StatesExpert warns against child mental health checksABC OnlineBy Eleanor Hall One of the most influential psychiatrists in the United States says the Federal Government's program to screen three-year-olds for mental health problems...
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UPDATE 1-Novo insulin slashes noctural hypoglycemia in study | Reuters

* Novo's drug cuts nocturnal hypoglycemia 36 pct vs Lantus* Glucose control from Novo's degludec comparable to Lantus* FDA delays approval decision on degludec until Oct 29By Ransdell Pierson and Bill...

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Loud and Proud: telling it like it is

Loud and Proud: telling it like it is | Diabetes Counselling Online | Scoop.it
I was thinking about all the years I have lived with diabetes. There are so many things I have learnt, so many questions people have asked me, (some total strangers). There are also so many things ...

Here they are.

Life is short, don’t let diabetes ruin it.

It is horrible that you got diabetes, but it gets better, so hang in there.

YES I CAN EAT THAT!

Fingers can take A LOT of pricks and I don’t really care if they have black spots.

I don’t wash my hands before every blood glucose test, so shoot me.

Sucking your finger after a blood test is so totally normal to me that I did not notice the check-out chick looking strangely at me as I sucked my little pinky after checking in line.

Insulin is simply a marvel – and people everywhere should have access to it. It is a crime that some children in the world with type 1 diabetes do not…..

Any food will do in a hypo storm but some things taste like heaven.

NO I AM NOT HYPO BACK OFF.

Yes, when you are young sex can lead to a hypo. Now, with all the children in the house, that is never a problem.

YES counting carbohydrates is the centre of my world.

No it is not a pager, it is an Insulin Pump.

NO I will not take it off when I am going through your x-ray machine at the airport and NO you do not need to bomb check it.

Sometimes I change my pump set when I realise it is hurting a little, or it looks oddly red….does that make me a bad person – No.

And guess what, sometimes I put in a new reservoir and I KEEP THE SAME LINE.

I did not eat too much sugar as a child.

It was not my parent’s fault I got diabetes.

My children don’t have diabetes – I hope they never do.

I guesstimate carbohydrates sometimes and I don’t always get it right.

Sometimes I don’t know what to do, even after 33 years.

I have sore shoulders from lugging around all the diabetes crap I have to take with me and I hate that lack of freedom.

I have sore shoulders because stupid diabetes gave me frozen ones and they don’t get totally better.

Sometimes when I realise how reliant I am on machines and batteries and technology, I freak out a little bit.

I don’t think there will be a cure in my lifetime, although I hope there will be.

I love. I am loved. I have good days. I have not so good days. I laugh. I cry. I think, A LOT. I do, A LOT.

I know how hard it can be to wake up with a screaming high blood glucose and not know why and to spend the entire day trying to get it down, only to find you crash to the other end and have to deal with the crazy, mixed up, shivering, shaking hell of a hypo.

I know diabetes messes with your head, that we all need someone to talk to sometimes, that we all need someone who gets us. That we are all human.

And at the end of the day we are all filling the days. Diabetes makes for much fuller days.

There are so many more things to think about, to consider, to manage and to plan.

But then there are all those amazing people you meet, things you learn about yourself and your body.

And the fact that no matter what you get served in this life, you GOT a life – make the most of it

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The Farmhouse

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Welcome! Pull up a stool, grab a cuppa and join us in the Farmhouse! This is a place for farming families living with diabetes to learn, connect and get support.
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